Using the “Assume Close” Strategy to Open Doors

Using the “Assume Close” Strategy to Open Doors

The "Assume Close" strategy when opening doors has proven exceptionally successful, especially when working on securing meetings with difficult to reach corporate decision makers. Most recently, one of our Door Openers® used it and booked a meeting with a high level...

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#1 Sales Tip Given To 1000 Business Leaders

#1 Sales Tip Given To 1000 Business Leaders

At the Fortune Magazine Scaling Up Conference in Atlanta, Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up, Founder of Gazelles and Entrepreneurs Organization called me to the stage. He asked me to share a sales tip with the audience of 1000 growth-focused business leaders. As I...

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Right Message, Right Situation

Right Message, Right Situation

A sales message designed for one situation will not necessarily work well in another. For example, you may have perfected your 30-second elevator speech (or “30-second commercial,” as it’s often called). This works great if you are actually in an elevator and have...

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What to Do When You Lost the Sale

What to Do When You Lost the Sale

Just because you received the news that you didn’t  get the sale doesn’t mean there still isn’t an opportunity for you. By taking the right actions, you could change your prospect's mind this time or set yourself up to win the next time. Here’s how to do it:...

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Prospects are People, Too!

Prospects are People, Too!

What's another word for a decision maker in a sales situation? It is a prospect, a lead or a potential client, etc. These are all names we use to describe those we want to buy from us. However, something is missing from these words. It’s the human element. We need to...

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What else? Who else? What’s bigger than that?

What else? Who else? What’s bigger than that?

Maximizing relationships means you find ways to get new dollars from existing clients. Generally speaking, you want to work to increase your share of sale with your clients that may need more from you. You want to purposefully work toward getting a bigger “piece of...

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The New Paradigm of Selling

The New Paradigm of Selling

We can’t control the economic climate we work in, but we can face it and make the most of it. Ten years ago, you could offer to save a company 10 percent on a product or service, and that might have been enough to close the sale. Now, that kind of savings is not worth...

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When Your Prospect Chose Someone Else

When Your Prospect Chose Someone Else

I was recently training a client’s sales team. One seller asked me for ideas on keeping in touch with a prospect AFTER he was told “no”. He had competed for an RFP and was not awarded the business despite developing a great relationship with the prospect. I suggested...

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Fix the Right Sales Problem

Fix the Right Sales Problem

For many, fourth quarter can be a time to reflect on decisions made over the last year. What worked, what didn’t? What to continue doing to meet your goals and what to stop doing? As you may be embarking on this kind of reflection as well, I thought it would be...

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