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Setting Sail

By Kevin Hallenbeck / April 27, 2010

With the great economic storm over the last year, many businesses wisely pulled back into safe harbors for a period of time. In fact, those that failed to make adjustments and continued their course were likely wiped out or at least seriously damaged. Unwise use of credit and perhaps a bit of bad luck has…

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Dump the Jute!

By Tim Roberts / April 26, 2010

“Dump the jute, man, on the burning ground.” Van Morrison serves that to us in a song called “The Burning Ground.” I’m rarely sure what he’s singing but you can count on whatever it is to be unique. I dig that. All hip cats dig that. “The Burning Ground” is arguably one of Van Morrison’s…

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Consult the Bones

By Tim Roberts / April 23, 2010

Salespeople are not wise to the ways of great sorcerers and for that we can all be thankful. Sorcerers are known for exotic blends, flash powder, potent broths and a willingness to pluck the eyes out of living things. Sorcerers spend an inordinate amount of time consulting the bones, looking to see what the future…

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Presidents Talk to Presidents: Shorten Your Selling Cycle with EBS

By Tim Roberts / April 20, 2010

“Equal business stature, that’s all I want–to be treated as an equal. I have earned that right. Yet to a gatekeeper or prospect, I am the lowest form of humanity.” So lamented a friend of mine over a recent lunch of burgers, fries and a heaping plate of frustrated sales efforts. As a sales trainer,…

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When Talk Isn’t Cheap

By Dave Mattson / April 13, 2010

Whoever said talk is cheap didn’t know much about sales. Talk-too much talk, that is-can cost a lot. This is a difficult lesson for many sales professionals to learn, and that’s understandable. People in sales tend to have outgoing personalities. They enjoy good conversation, and the longer they are in sales, the better they get…

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Don’t Tell Me What to Do!

By Dave Mattson / April 5, 2010

I don’t know about you, but I have never liked being told what to do. I don’t think I’ve ever met anybody who did respond well to that kind of instruction, even when the person in charge-a coach at sports, for example-clearly knew what he was doing if the message is delivered wrong. It doesn’t…

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I Hired Experienced Sales People, So My Job Is Done. Right?

By Sandler Training / March 29, 2010

Small business owners tend to stay small because they do not install systems and processes into their business. Most owners want to hire “experienced” sales people. The mentality is to hire someone, teach them about their products and services, then expect the person to “go sell”. What’s the problem? If we hire experienced sales people,…

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I Love Voicemail!

By Sandler Training / March 24, 2010

While some salespeople might see voicemail as a dead end or a link in a long game of phone tag, opportunists see it as a chance to learn even more about the prospect before interacting with them. If you listen closely to a prospect’s outbound voicemail message, you can pick up clues to help you…

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Is a Good Offense Always the Best Defense?

By Dave Mattson / March 23, 2010

It’s March Madness time, which I enjoy, but not always for the same reasons my friends do. Because I’m in sales, it’s fun just to watch the teams execute their strategies and then try to figure out how these strategies apply to my own profession. And what stands out, season after season, is how predictable…

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Too Much Product Knowledge Can Cost You

By Dave Mattson / March 15, 2010

If you’re like most sales professionals, you work hard to learn as much as you can about your product or service. You take pride in how much you know about your business. When you can answer any technical question that might come up in a call with a prospect, you feel confident. That’s only natural.…

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