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“My job is to start a conversation”
Friday, 29 Jul, 2011
“My job is to start a conversation”

I  recently contacted a man who runs a marketing automation company, thinking there might be areas of potential partnership. And while he agreed with my ideas about helping manage the buying decision journey, his baseline business beliefs were well out of the range of mine. In fact, it was fascinating to see how the concept “helping buyers buy” – my […]

Sellers can’t control the buyer’s decision journey
Friday, 3 Jun, 2011
Sellers can’t control the buyer’s decision journey

Sales folks like having control. You ‘understand the need’, ‘manage the relationship‘, ‘follow the digital footprint’, send the ‘right’ data at the ‘right’ time.
But what, exactly, can you be in control of? You are in control of the details about your solution, and how it’s used in a particular setting, and the data you seek from prospects. You certainly have […]

Provocation-based selling:proving pain does not close a sale
Monday, 30 May, 2011
Provocation-based selling:proving pain does not close a sale

A friend sent me the Harvard Business Review article written by my hero Geoffrey Moore and two of his colleagues – Todd Hewlin and Philip Lay – titled “In a Downturn, Provoke Your Customers.”
REALLY? BUYERS BUY BECAUSE THEY ARE IN PAIN? REALLY?
I found the article ruefully humorous. Here are some of the smartest business minds in […]

Make the vendor an active partner from early in the buyer’s decision path
Friday, 13 May, 2011
Make the vendor an active partner from early in the buyer’s decision path

Because choosing a solution is the last thing a buyer does, the vendor isn’t an active partner at the point the most important decisions get made.  We  like to think that because we gather good data, deeply understand pain, and have a relevant solution, we’ll be considered an ‘active partner.’
SELLERS ENTER TOO EARLY
We fail to realize that we are […]

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 […]

Effective Change Management: getting buy-in for new initiatives
Thursday, 3 Mar, 2011
Effective Change Management: getting buy-in for new initiatives

Decision Facilitation is a term I coined to help explain my Buying Facilitation Method®. It connotes a systems-based navigation process that leads people through all of the change management and systems issues that must be addressed, both personally and professionally, when some sort of change (all decisions represent change), or purchase, is being considered.
On Wednesday, March 9th […]