Archive for Author: lmye-admin

How to sell in a crisis: a step-by-step guide. The case of Airbnb.

What if your product was mired in a scandal like Airbnb is right now? What would you do? Would you roll with the punches or throw in the towel? Would you rise to the challenge or, like an errant seller, sink to resignation, blaming the product and employer? “Na niliwaambia tu.” (I told them but

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Lessons in selling from government mistruths, half-truths and lies

In government, as in sales, the art of persuasion often involves crafting a compelling narrative that resonates with your audience. Like telling Kenyans that unga (maize flour) prices will fall to 120shs per 2kg packet (from 230) in six months to March this year. This was to happen following the subsidizing of production (as opposed

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Unlock value from sales tips and techniques as guides not crutches

“It didn’t work when I tried it.” Of course, it didn’t. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t work or it’s bad. It just means it didn’t work for you. Sales people that use sales tips and techniques as crutches unwittingly reveal that they are handicapped. They are handicapped because they want, no, need, to externalise the

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Read this before you think you can manage a sales team remotely

You will struggle to successfully run a sales team by remote. I’ll explain why shortly. But first, what do I mean by managing a sales team remotely? Well. Think of how effective, though detached, a remote control is from the TV, and the comfort it offers the user. Now then, there are sales managers and

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Focus on the customer’s problem with agility

Focus on the customer’s problem with agility, and not rigidity with what you’re selling, Interact with the buyer around his problem with an open mind, not your product, a closed one. Engage with the prospect on why he is entertaining your presence, because it’s not because you are. Like with a girl on a date,

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3 secrets of super sales teams that feel illegal to know

Here are three secrets of successful sales teams that business owners and entrepreneurs should know. The distribution curve rules First. Not all your salespeople are, or will even be, sales rock stars. Accept this. Move on. Like a bell curve you will always have a select few As, a bulk of Bs and Cs and

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If you sell, your dress is not your choice. Here’s why

Did you know that many employees in the bank keep ties in their top drawer? It’s the first thing they put on when they arrive at work (tie-less), and the first thing they remove and put back in said drawer, when the bank doors close. Indeed, your dress is not your choice. Here’s why. “My

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4 practical ways to resolve Sales vs Operations fights

“Field gets the glory, support gets the job done.” I laughed when I heard this line, by a fellow in IT, in a movie I recently watched. “Field gets the glory, support gets the job done.” Hilarious as I found it, it’s a source of irritation and conflict in many businesses, and the cause of

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