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Define Your Best Customer


To be more effective at developing relationships, one should always take time to describe their best customer. This is the customer that gives you the biggest bang for your buck.

Creating Your Perfect Pitch!


Why should you describe your business to others in 5 to 10 seconds?How long do you think you have to get anyone's attention? 5 minutes? 2 minutes? 30 seconds? It is actually 10 seconds. I know it does not seem like a long period of time but you will be amazed what you can say in 10 seconds.

The History of Sales: Dale Carnegie is Still with Us


I've recently been hearing sales companies talk about how they are 'helping their buyers buy' with a system that is the 'next thing' after Consultative Selling. After becoming familiar with their concepts and methods, I've come to believe they are correct: they are definitely on to the next iteration.

Stop Talking - Start Selling


Selling is not talking. It's listening.

Save Your Breath: How To Sell In Trade Shows Without Pitching


You stand there, in front of your great presentation material, wearing just the right suit or logo shirt, handing out some gimmick with your company name on it, wearing just the right smile or look of professionalism. You might even have a fishbowl at the table - or some type of contest material - to collect business cards of passers by for later use in your sales process.

Gatekeepers


When I ask salespeople to define what a gatekeeper is, I generally hear: "Someone who keeps out people who will waste the boss's time."But gates are two-sided - they open as well as close: a gatekeeper's job is actually to make sure the boss gets to spend his/her time efficiently.

Selling the Difficult: How to Sell What People Dont Understand How to Buy


I'll play a seller, using conventional selling methods, selling something difficult to understand; you be the prospective buyer. As we go through the process together, note your reactions, how your beliefs are being challenged, what 'objections' and emotions come up for you as I try to 'sell' you.

The Trusted Advisor Relationship: What Is It, and What Should It Be?


For the past months, maybe a year, I've been hearing sales groups talk about the need to become Trusted Advisors (I'll call them TAs). I suspect that the problems cropping up in the sales arena these days - the increased length of the sales cycle, the increased levels of competition - are leading sales management to base their initiatives on being of true service to prospects, as a way to seem different from the competition.

Going Global: Communication Across Mental Boundaries


A completed communication consists of a sender and a receiver. If there is just a sender - like in a pitch, or a lecture, or a commercial, or advertisement, or even a newsletter - it's not a communication, but an assertion, or a monologue, or an opinion.

What is a Pitch?


I've been training in countries outside the U.S.

The Struggle to Decide: The Paths Customers Take to Solve Problems


Usually my essays discuss the issues that the 'sales' method initiates, methods such as over-long buying cycles, product and brand differentiation problems, price competition, and objections. This article focuses on the buyer: what, precisely, is the real problem they face; and how you lose differentiation/competitive edge/time through your faulty assumption that a sale can be achieved through a clear-cut equation:problem + appropriate product + professional sales effort = sale.

Is Sales Profession an Oxymoron?


If you are in Sales, you have probably heard these before:Q: "How can you tell a sales person is lying?"A: "His lips are moving."Q: "Why do lawyers like sales people?"A: "They give them someone to look down on.

Sales Letters - How to Write Them


You could just send out your brochure to potential customersbut it's much better to personalise your mailing with a wellwritten sales letter.Personalise - Using the person's name in a sales letter willgive you the greatest success.

The Relationship Between Colour & Sales


Make no mistake that emotions are the driving force behind sales, and customers making buying decisions can be influenced through visual elements towards a particular behaviour or emotion that will encourage more sales.Not convinced? Have you noticed that a lot of restaurants are decorated in/heavily feature reds and/or oranges? Still not convinced?Pizza HutFrankie & BennysBurger KingLittle ChefTGI FridayBella Pasta (one of the few to focus on Orange rather than red)These major players understand the psychology behind colour and its relationship to marketing which dictates that red and orange specifically encourage restaurant patrons to eat faster; thus yes you guessed it - increasing sales within the same period of time.

An Ideal Selling Situation


The largest sale that I ever closed was negotiated over hot dogs and a soft drink at a refreshment stand, just off the exhibit floor, at a Superintendent of School Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I met an educator who was interested in the summer study abroad programs that I was selling at the show.

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