Business

1
Feb

4 Simple Steps for Upselling Your Customers

What is your strategy for leveraging more sales with your existing customers? Apart from simply asking for more business, the goal is to develop or reinforce your relationship with key contacts in the account. From that you gain the intelligence you need to maximize sales with your customers. Here is a four-step strategy to intelligently upselling to your customers: 1. Select

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16
Nov

The One Question You Must Ask Every Candidate

Why do you want to leave your job? That question may be a very common one to ask for most hiring managers, but it’s loaded with the opportunity to gather some great information that many times gets overlooked in an interview. Why people leave a job is varied, but it can have a dramatic impact on whether or not they

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24
Oct

7 Reasons Sales Managers Fail

The job of a sales manager is one of the toughest occupations in the world. Part strategic and part tactical, they must deliver tangible sales results using the intangible qualities of their sales team members. That is not an easy task. Successful sales managers do well for many different reasons; likewise, unsuccessful sales managers fail for many different reasons. If you

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19
Oct

5 Steps to Holding Your Salespeople Accountable

I received a call from a Sales Director recently who told me that his Sales Managers fail to hold their salespeople accountable. He said: “My Sales Managers are too soft on their salespeople 95% of the time and too hard on them 5% of the time.” He went on to explain that when attempting to hold their salespeople accountable, the

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13
Sep

16 Questions You Need to Ask Your Customers Right Now

Ask your customers about their business and where it’s going. As a sales rep, you should not only focus on selling, but also collecting information that is relevant to what, why and how customers buy from you. You also need to share this with the marketing department. (If you don’t have one, then you are the marketing department.) I’ve divided

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19
Jul

What Type of Sales Manager Are You? The Reconstruction Sales Manager

Not all Sales Managers get to create a sales team from scratch like the Start-up Sales Manager. Instead, some must work with existing teams that have been poorly led and reform processes that are outdated, ineffective, or non-existent. This is the job of the Reconstruction Sales Manager. The Reconstruction Sales Manager has the task of taking a deficient sales team

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17
Jul

What Type of Sales Manager Are You? The Turnaround Sales Manager

When organizations are about to fail, they often turn to the Turnaround Sales Manager. While the Reconstruction Sales Manager must also manage a struggling sales team, the Turnaround Sales Manager is a sales manager with a more extreme task – saving the sales department. Essentially, companies employing this type of manager are looking at imminent failure if conditions do not

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16
Jul

3 Ways to Make Your Sales Training Better

While most companies agree that sales training is important, they also agree that it is ineffective. Salespeople enter sessions with low expectations and leave with a few new ideas, but no measurable improvement in their sales skills. To make your sales training more efficient, keep these three principles in mind. #1 Essentialism As the saying goes, when you’re good at

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15
Jul

6 Questions To Ask Before Terminating A Sales Rep

Objectively evaluate the source of the problem while you consider terminating a salesperson that is not meeting their sales goals. Got a salesperson that you might be terminating? So far you’ve tried everything to correct the situation – training, begging, threats, performance improvement plans, mentorship, etc. Still, they’re not meeting your expectations. Before making the decision to terminate a rep, ask yourself these

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14
Jul

6 Enjoyable Steps to End Procrastination

Got stuff to do that you hate doing? You’re not alone. Procrastination kills productivity for millions of people. Follow these surprisingly enjoyable steps and you’ll actually look forward to getting tasks done that were painfully avoided just last week. One of my biggest personal challenges is planning – and all the time consuming details that goes with them. My frustration

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