Category Archives for "Sales Calls"

August 16, 2016

8 Ugly Reasons Sales Calls Derail

Salespeople are often sloppy, particularly when it comes to structuring and conducting initial/discovery sales calls. What’s perplexing is how many sellers simply take for these hard-earned customer/prospect meetings for granted. Today, it takes so much effort and energy to secure a meeting with a key prospect, yet salespeople don’t prep or plan anywhere near as much […]

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June 3, 2014

One of My Favorite Probing Questions: I am Just Curious, Why Did You Invite Me in?

In the past few weeks I’ve led several sessions for various clients around structuring and conducting more effective sales calls. It’s such an interesting topic to tackle because so many salespeople have become complacent about how they prepare for and run an initial/discovery, face-to-face meeting with a prospective customer. I find this is particularly true […]

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November 6, 2013

Why I Hate Most Webinars and Demos

Hate is a strong word, so strong that many of us won’t let our young children use it. But it has its appropriate place in our lexicon. There are things I hate and I’m sure you have your own list, too. I hate cancer. I hate the herb rosemary. And I hate the word “presentation” […]

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June 16, 2013

The Sales Milk Run and Other Behaviors Killing the Results of Territory Managers

This past year I’ve consulted and coached more companies with territory manager sales forces than is typical. While personally I gravitate more toward hunting and new business development, I still love working with territory sales teams and salespeople who manage existing relationships. But recently, I am seeing several disturbing trends among many who manage territories. […]

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