Personalization Counts When Prospecting

Personalization Counts When Prospecting

It sounds like a no-brainer, doesn’t it? We personalize our conversations all day long with the people we know. It comes to us as naturally as reaching for our first cup of coffee in the morning. Yet, in all my years of selling and coaching others to sell,...

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Why Waste the Month of August?

Why Waste the Month of August?

Make the most of your summer by seizing new business opportunities while your competition takes time off! While it’s true that most people do vacation in August, I don’t know anyone who goes away for 4 weeks straight! What does this mean for you? It means people are...

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Calculating Your Sales Cycle

Calculating Your Sales Cycle

Sales take time to close. Whether you’re launching a new business or growing an established one, the ideal time for a closed sale is usually “yesterday.” But we all know that’s not how life works. There is a tremendous benefit, however, in being able to predict how...

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Getting Prospects to “Hello!”

Getting Prospects to “Hello!”

Did you have as many new prospect meetings as you wanted in the last 12 months? If not, why not? And, most importantly, what will you do differently in the next 12 months that will yield better results? If you didn't get as many meetings as you wanted it's important...

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Is Your Seller Maniacally Methodical?

Is Your Seller Maniacally Methodical?

Is the salesperson you rely on to meet your goals (perhaps it’s you!) maniacally methodical? After running a company for almost 20 years whose primary focus is to get our clients in the door with their important prospects (Door Opener® Service), that’s what we’ve...

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When Your Solution Is Not the Right Fit

When Your Solution Is Not the Right Fit

Picture this: you’re meeting with your dream prospect. It’s the meeting which took months to land, the one which could lead you to make your challenging sales goals this year. As the conversation progresses and the prospect shares more about what he needs, you start...

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Why Are You Having Trouble Closing The Sale?

Why Are You Having Trouble Closing The Sale?

It’s frustrating when sales don’t close. If deals don’t close as often as you believe they should, assess why and fix it so you can accelerate results. Ask yourself these 6 questions to help pinpoint why sales may not be closing. 1. Is this prospect the right kind of...

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Making Sales Playbooks Work For You

Making Sales Playbooks Work For You

This article is not about whether it’s important to have a playbook…it’s important. If you don’t have one, do your company a big favor and take the time to get it done. Rather, this article is about what is sometimes missing from playbooks which is crucial for getting...

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Relationships Can’t Be Forced

Relationships Can’t Be Forced

Too often salespeople skip relationship building to try to close deals faster. In doing so they risk losing sales to competitors willing to put in the time to create relationships. Before blaming sellers for sloppy salesmanship, look at management to see if anything...

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These Six Sentences Are Key to Leaving a Voicemail

These Six Sentences Are Key to Leaving a Voicemail

It was a very busy Monday at Kopp Consulting. As I was going through each task on my checklist, I needed to call a potential client. But before I even picked up the phone, I prepared what I would say if I reached his voicemail instead of him. No matter how busy I am,...

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The 5 Planks of Door Opening Success

The 5 Planks of Door Opening Success

The perfect pipeline includes a consistent incoming flow of new prospect relationships with the exact right decision makers. Most business leaders and sellers say they can close sales most the time when they are in front of the right prospects. The problem is they...

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