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Why do we get pushback – and can it be avoided?
Friday, 18 Mar, 2011
Why do we get pushback – and can it be avoided?

People in our organizations don’t object to change because they don’t like those of us who introduce it, or the solutions we propose, or because they don’t trust us. They object—push back—because they are protecting themselves from the fallout that would happen if something new entered their environment before they made the necessary systemic shifts to adopt […]

Total Sales Performance: Buying Facilitation® plus Sales
Friday, 11 Mar, 2011
Total Sales Performance: Buying Facilitation® plus Sales

We understand sales. We know how to assess need, brand/pitch/present solutions, and design sites to bring in, and follow, eyeballs. We use technology to help us sell. Now it’s time to have total sales performance – putting together all methodologies to help us find prospects and sell our solutions.
At the moment, you’ve got a lot […]

Is sales a ‘relationship-driven business’ ? Really?
Friday, 18 Feb, 2011
Is sales a ‘relationship-driven business’ ? Really?

I recently read a blog post by Andrew Hunt in which he stated: “…sales remains a relationship-driven business, the power of “who you know” is trumped by “what you know about who you know.” ”
Andrew is preaching the gospel of the entire sales industry: this is a common belief in the field, and drives much of […]

Opportunity Management
Friday, 4 Feb, 2011
Opportunity Management

Lately, a lot of new phrases are cropping up. Opportunity Management is one – and frankly, I have no idea what it means.
When I Google it, I get: ‘markets propostions while measuring success’, ‘track opportunities from lead to close,’ ‘meet your clients’ needs’, ‘forecast sales activity and revenue,’ ‘marketing validation,’ ‘market sizing,’ ‘cost of entry,’ […]

Selling for the banking industry
Friday, 28 Jan, 2011
Selling for the banking industry

Banks sell very similar products. Of course each bank has its own special sauce, but overall, the products are similar-enough to lull prospective buyers into believing that it doesn’t matter which bank they buy from, or which solution they choose.
PROBLEMS SELLING A BANKING SOLUTION
Bankers therefore encounter a few problems when selling: if solutions seem the same, how […]

Influencer and a decision maker: what’s the difference?
Friday, 17 Dec, 2010
Influencer and a decision maker: what’s the difference?

When I hear sellers say, “He’s just the influencer, not the decision maker,” I get curious. What’s the difference?
If you consider the tech manager an influencer, but the solution won’t be purchased if s/he says ‘no’, this person is a decision maker.
If you don’t consider the gatekeeper at all, and s/he won’t let you in, […]