If You Want to Make More Sales, Try Following Up Fewer People

Following Up in Sales - Less is More

If you want to make more sales, you should be following up fewer people. Wait! Hang on!  I keep hearing that sales is a numbers game. Let me share a story with you that may have you seeing the truth in the above. One of my first sales roles was selling software over the phone. I started out a bit wobbly, it took me a full month to close my first sale. (The rule in … Read More

Measuring What Matters

Measuring Sales Performance

What is one of the least effective questions a sales manager can ask when trying to measure sales performance?  ‘What sales do you have coming in?’ If you just heard yourself ask that question in the last week.  Stop it now! That is like asking a professional sports team what score they will have at the end of the game.  They know what they are going for, but it totally depends on how well they play the … Read More

Think Before You Speak

A big mistake that companies make in sales is not bothering to take the time to think about the best way to position what they are selling, creating a sales script for it and practicing their pitch. Sounds obvious right? Business owners and salespeople constantly surprise me by not taking the time to: Develop a succinct way of explaining what they do and who they help, Practice what questions they will ask in a sales … Read More

Even The Hobbits Knew Where To Go

Hobbit Knew Where to Go - Sales Process

What happens when there is uncertainty about the next step in the sales process? Nothing – slow to no sales, no control of the sale, elongated sales cycles and management unable to ask anything more intelligent than “What sales have you got coming in?” I was once asked to help a company raise their sales through sales training. They wanted to make more sales. Simple, right? So, the first thing I did was interview all … Read More

Salespeople are a waste of [email protected] money!

Salespeople are a waste of money

Yep, that’s what I was told. Let me tell you the story. I was speaking with a potential client recently and they told me with a great deal of emotion that salespeople are a waste of f&*#king money. Of course, I was intrigued and asked what he meant and he went on to tell me that they have employed a few in the past, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars for no result. My next … Read More