Keynote topics for 2019

“When the stars are aligned and nothing happens”  We’ve all been here, we think the deal is in the bag. Then, at the last minute they tell you “We’re just not ready to move forward.” This talk explores why selling against the status quo is so hard. Using content from...

Three reasons why “Tell me about your business?” may be the worst sales question ever.

For years, “tell me about your business” was a standard question for B2B sales people. Unfortunately, that time-worn and trite question is no longer viable. Here’s why: 1.      Personalization – Understand that B2B buyers are consumers too. When they go to, say, Amazon.com what do they find? Amazon knows a lot about them. They know their purchase history, what they like […]

For years, “tell me about your business” was a standard question for B2B sales people. Unfortunately, that time-worn and trite question is no longer viable. Here’s why: 1.      Personalization – Understand that B2B buyers are consumers too. When they go to, say,...

Obsessing over activities? Darned right!

Recently, I read a blog where the writer talked about sales leaders who obsess over activities over results. He was lamenting the fact that measuring activity has become quite common and he thought it was wrong. This got me thinking as I agree with him and disagree with him. Sales leaders have to own their sales number. There […]

Recently, I read a blog where the writer talked about sales leaders who obsess over activities over results. He was lamenting the fact that measuring activity has become quite common and he thought it was wrong. This got me thinking as I agree with him and disagree...
Hey, sales VPs, can your people answer these three basic questions?

Hey, sales VPs, can your people answer these three basic questions?

Hey, sales VPs, can your people answer these three basic questions? “I never plan, that way failure comes as a complete surprise and I haven’t spent countless hours worrying.”  I’m not sure if anyone actually said those words, but I certainly have heard that sentiment before. Once on a “ride-along” with a prospective client’s sales […]

Hey, sales VPs, can your people answer these three basic questions? “I never plan, that way failure comes as a complete surprise and I haven’t spent countless hours worrying.”  I’m not sure if anyone actually said those words, but I certainly...

Ghostbusters – great salespeople?

http://www.bettersellsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/Ghostbusters_Snippet%20Edited.mp4 One of my favorite movies and one that really shows the value of Win/Results.  Can you name the Economic Buyer, the various Technical Buyers and their degree of influence, can you infer ratings and buying modes?  If so, leave a response here.

http://www.bettersellsolutions.com/wp-content/uploads/Ghostbusters_Snippet%20Edited.mp4 One of my favorite movies and one that really shows the value of Win/Results.  Can you name the Economic Buyer, the various Technical Buyers and their degree of influence, can you...

Why you need a sales system

Sales is a complicated topic with lots of moving parts. Being able to make sense of those parts, and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of each of those parts is essential. A “Sales System” is nothing more than a way to organize the pieces of your sales engine and for a way to have thoughtful […]

Sales is a complicated topic with lots of moving parts. Being able to make sense of those parts, and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of each of those parts is essential. A “Sales System” is nothing more than a way to organize the pieces of your sales...

How to justify no growth as superior performance by your sales team

Most would argue that a no-growth sales performance would indicate that the sales team isn’t doing a very good job.  Let me explain a bit about some metrics that might be of interest to you.  The question boils down to how you generate leads and your performance in closing those leads. One of my clients […]

Most would argue that a no-growth sales performance would indicate that the sales team isn’t doing a very good job.  Let me explain a bit about some metrics that might be of interest to you.  The question boils down to how you generate leads and your performance...

Problems we solve – Our forecasting is awful!

A sure key to losing credibility for a sales vice president is to forecast poorly. Here are some thoughts on how forecasting can be improved.

Forecasting is critical to any sales organization.  See our blog post on how it affects your credibility. Forecasting is related to funnel management.  Each opportunity in the funnel should have some probability of success associated with it.  For each opportunity do...

Anatomy of a bungled, but successful CRM sale…

As a sales consultant, I get to work with a lot of great companies. One that I’ve worked with over the past few years was in an interesting situation, they were going to buy a new CRM system. The attached presentation is a summary of the sales process and the mistakes made by the three vendors, Salesforce.com, Netsuite, and SugarCRM. It’s interesting reading.

As a sales consultant, I get to work with a lot of great companies.  One that I’ve worked with over the past few years was in an interesting situation, they were going to buy a new CRM system.  Being on the buying end, rather than the selling end was quite a...

There are only four ways to grow revenue. Which is right for you?

You are the vice president of sales and you are preparing to meet with your CEO to discuss how you will grow revenues by 20% next year.  Your CEO wants you to do it with the same headcount as last year.  What are you going to do? There are only four things you can do. […]

You are the vice president of sales and you are preparing to meet with your CEO to discuss how you will grow revenues by 20% next year.  Your CEO wants you to do it with the same headcount as last year.  What are you going to do? There are only four things you can do....