When to Give Up on a Prospect

When to Give Up on a Prospect

When decision makers say, “No thank you," should you keep trying or cut your losses?  My experience is that as long as the prospect is someone whom your research indicates is an “A” level prospect there is no reason to give up, unless you receive new information that...

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Getting the Most from Prospect Meetings

Getting the Most from Prospect Meetings

It’s not easy to get a meeting with a decision maker. So when you have one, it had better go well! Have you ever walked out of a meeting and wished you had achieved a better outcome, gotten further into the discussion or secured better next steps? We call this “the...

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Consistency or Else! Stories of Lost Sales

Consistency or Else! Stories of Lost Sales

Consistency earns the respect of decision makers, a necessity for growing relationships that lead to sales. On a flight to Dallas, I met a high level decision maker from a Fortune 500 company. I asked her what she liked and didn’t like about sales people to get her...

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Know Your Decision Maker

Know Your Decision Maker

I was recently asked, “What is your single favorite piece of sales advice?” Here it is. Have a healthy respect and empathy for decision makers. These days decision makers are doing more than just their jobs. In the corporate world, many companies are still adjusting...

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Avoiding the ‘Big Black Hole’ of Business Proposals II

Avoiding the ‘Big Black Hole’ of Business Proposals II

In Part 1 of Avoiding the 'Big Black Hole' of Business Proposals, I covered the first two steps that will help you receive a well-earned request for a proposal including what to do in the Pre-Proposal Stage and how to Structure Your Proposal. This week we will explore...

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Avoiding the ‘Big Black Hole’ of Business Proposals I

Avoiding the ‘Big Black Hole’ of Business Proposals I

Have you experienced the 'Big Black Hole' of the sales process? It's like this: You receive a well-earned request for a proposal, spend precious time crafting it, hit “send” and anxiously await a response. And then surprise, surprise, you’re rewarded with nothing but...

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