Tag: salespeople


Never Put This Person in a Hunter Sales Role

In this series, I identify a group of sales candidates who, when hired, fail to meet expectations. But they all have one thing in common: they interview well. You struggle to hire good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to meet their sales goals. Here is another example of a type of sales candidate you’ll want to avoid for

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Watch Out for This Tricky Sales Candidate

In this series of articles, I identify types of salespeople who fail to meet expectations. But they all have one thing in common: they interview well. You struggle to hire good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to meet their sales goals. Here is one example of why this happens… The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing This salesperson exhibits a very

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10 Things You Can Do to Become a Better Salesperson Right Now

We all want to improve as sales professionals and skill development is a lifelong process. Here are ten things you can do right now to become a better salesperson and improve your sales performance. 1. Remove demotivating factors from your life Whether it’s toxic people, the 24-hour news cycle, demoralizing Facebook/Twitter posts, or TV addictions, you need to limit anyone

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5 Behaviors of Stellar Salespeople You Should Replicate Now

We desire to be stellar salespeople. But what are the common characteristics of superstars? Some traits deal with internal factors such as personality style and thinking patterns. Other traits deal with things that can be replicated such as behaviors and activities. Here are five common habits that top performing salespeople do on a consistent basis. 1. They do things this year

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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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Why Bad Salespeople Get Hired

A friend told me over lunch about a sales rep he hired the previous year. He sold seven times the industry average of $1million at his previous company. At $7million in sales, he was a superstar. My friend (the CEO) and one of his Sales Managers snatched this sales rep up with great expectation. After several months of ramp up they

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Hire Better Sales Reps By Adding This

It’s a little unnerving to look back on a salesperson’s first six months and realize that the interview was that employee’s career highlight.  Too often sales leaders make hiring decisions based on how well a candidate performs during an interview, not how well he will perform in the field. Why is the salesperson you hired with great promise fail to meet

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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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9 Smart Questions Successful Hiring Managers Ask Before Recruiting Salespeople

People call me every day about hiring salespeople. I always respond with, “Describe the sales role please.” Many times they will struggle with defining the specific details of the sales role for which they are hiring. A salesperson may perform exceedingly well in one type of sales role and fail miserably in another. Defining your sales role first is critical to

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8 Intelligent Questions for Evaluating Your Sales Reps Performance

No experienced football coach would ever consider sending his team onto the field without being right there on the sidelines – observing their every move. The same applies to your sales team. Too many sales managers expect top producers to meet their sales goals without their observation, feedback and coaching. Instead, I encounter many sales managers expecting great results without

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