The Myth of Price Objections

In the twenty-five years that I have sold and trained salespeople the number one objection that salespeople struggle with is the price. It does not matter what the economy is doing or where the product or service is positioned most salespeople fall apart when...

Habits For Sales Success

Habits! Most of life is habitual. You do the same things you did yesterday, the day before that and every day prior for the last month. It’s estimated that out of every 11,000 signals we receive from our senses, our brain only consciously processes 40. Habits, good or...

The Science Of Getting Rich

I recently learned of this book, first published in 1910, and in the short time since I discovered its amazing contents have read it many times. I have made every effort to make use of the tools in this book and the changes in my life have been swift. Down Load the...

Confidence! Want some more?

Have you ever noticed how some people are just more confident than others? I can write for thousands of pages about why some people are more confident than others but that does not really address the issue of how we develop confidence in our own lives. How do we face...

Are you a pilgrim or a tourist?

Are you a pilgrim or a tourist? This question was the theme of a Catholic singles weekend retreat that I attended more than twenty-five years ago. The weekend was held at a beautiful inner-city convent that had once been the home of a lumber Barron – an amazing place...

Let The Prospect Write The Pitch!

Yes, let the prospect write the pitch! It does not matter if you pitch on the telephone, in an elevator, in a face-to-face meeting or at a networking meeting. Most salespeople spend hours writing a script that they push onto prospects. We can see these pitches coming...

How To Make The Perfect Cold Call

Do you struggle to pick up the telephone and book a meeting? Do your salespeople avoid cold calling? Would your business benefit by more face-to-face meetings with prospects? If the answer is yes, then you need to read this! For years I absolutely hated cold calling....

The Fallacy of Price Objection

Price Objection Lowering price, as a reaction to price objection, is the very worst way to improve business. It strips away profits and turns your business into a commodity. There is not a week goes by that I do not hear the painful problems of salespeople, sales...

Top 10 (absolutely fixable) Sales Mistakes

Sales mistakes? Most salespeople underperform – that is they fail to consistently hit reasonable sales targets. Most businesses underperform – that is they fail to hit the average market growth rates consistently. Here are 10 absolutely fixable reasons: 1) Failure to...

6 Ways to Spot a Liar

People just lie, some people are more habitual at lying than others. Some people lie because they are worried of the outcome, some people lie to avoid problems, some people lie because they just like lying. How good are you at spotting a lie? Do you see it happen or...

The Art of Selling Smarter Not Harder

Interruption Based Selling does not work any more – period! Traditional cold calling is still the default approach of too many business people – call centers around the world are filled with rows of salespeople pitching cold. It doesn’t work but too many businesses...

Grow your Business by INCREASING PRICES!

Case Study Grow your Business by increasing prices. Business is highly competitive – especially for small businesses. Many businesses find themselves increasing commoditized with regular pressure from customers to cut pricing. Cutting prices usually has the...

Three mistakes that will kill the sale!

Lots of people think that all salespeople do is talk. Well, if you have tried your hand at selling then you know that this is not true. Selling is a skill that few can manage effectively. Most salespeople are order takers – which is still work – but without the...

Three Habits Of Millionaire Salespeople

In every industry there are salespeople that fall into the top 1%. These are the few that earn, on average, 54 times more than their industry’s typical salaries. Every industry has millionaire salespeople and although most of their colleagues view them as lucky,...

Six Steps to Exceeding Sales Targets

Most salespeople and most sales teams rarely hit, let alone exceed, sales targets. In rare cases the reason might be the economy or changes in technology that result in a shrinking opportunity. Most of the time, however, failure is because salespeople and sales...

Steve Jobs on Recruitment

You don’t build a world-class company without world-class people. Steve Jobs was as fanatical about hiring as he was about everything at Apple – it mattered! Recruiting is hard. It’s just finding the needles in the haystack. We do it ourselves and we spend a lot of...