Interpreting quotable gems to boost sales

With all its unexpected objections, aborted meetings and painful rejections, selling can be very frustrating…but blaming your customers for your inability to sell is the beginning of your end. Today I wish to share and interpret some of my favourite quotes in a bid to spur your selling in 2018. “You are serving a customer,…

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Adapt sales techniques to industry

Disrespecting this rule leads to being disrespected by the sales team and limits effectiveness Selling isn’t, er, selling. Take the salesman who moves from say, selling fast-moving-consumer-goods (FMCG) to, say, selling electrical engineering products.  The former includes selling soaps, chewing gum and cooking oil, while the latter, monitoring switchboards, control panels and transformers. As the…

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Are You Struggling To Embrace Your New Role As Sales Leader?

To succeed, you learn to sell through leading, not lead through selling; the transition is not peaceful, it’s painful. It is also rewarding Transitioning from salesperson to sales leader is not peaceful- it’s painful. Many salespeople struggle with it because of the emotional turbulence it comes with; to succeed they must learn and change. Tragically,…

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What qualities make a good sales manager

The person who finds themselves in the position of sales manager more often than not gets shocked by the transition A sales manager’s job is not everyone’s cup of tea. Selling isn’t a desk job and management as we know it, and is taught, is skewed to a desk job. Consider the following with me….

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Making salespeople into CEOs might not help firms

Stellar salespeople struggle as CEOs. Leadership calls for a “generalist”. A salesperson is a specialist, which is a narrow approach to leadership In the past couple of weeks, acres of editorial space globally have been assigned the transition at the helm of Microsoft. Finally, a Satya Nadella took over as captain from Steve Ballmer. According…

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What winning salespesople and firms have in common

I was recently invited to a sales achievement awards ceremony and a few things stood out for me. The most prominent one (selling ethically) was the topic of last week’s column. Today we focus on the other five. The event was held at a prestigious hotel in town. The naysayers will look to this as…

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