Experience

Is Your Sales Forecast Inaccurate?

A few years back, I worked for a company that spent more money, time, and effort on sales forecast accuracy than what most companies pay in corporate taxes.  There was a complete department that had 3 permanent employees and at any given time 2 temporaries.  Why the expense?  While most would say spending this amount […]

Experience, Sales Advice, Uncategorized

Judged by Your Rolodex

Sound familiar in some way?  Some think size matters, others think quality does.  I am of the opinion that sales organizations that look for sales people with a big Rolodex are putting the cart before the horse.  What really surprises me is that the word “rolodex” still exists in the vocabulary of the modern salesforce.  […]

Experience, Hiring, Sales Tips

Sales Talent- The Horn of Plenty

Be afraid, be very afraid of what you wish for.  Ok, perhaps a little melodramatic, but seriously, as the economy begins to pick up so will the inevitable hiring.  This is where caution needs to be exercised.  I see planning taking place in all industries and in all different sizes of companies.  This planning is […]

Experience, Hiring, Sales Advice, Sales Tips

Getting Past the Gatekeepers

Gatekeepers: Every organization has them, though that is not their primary purpose.  They can be the scourge of the planet or your best friend.  Which would you prefer?  Regardless of what a sales manager says or expects, it isn’t always possible to call the decision maker direct.  That doesn’t mean you will never talk to […]

Experience, Sales Advice

How Desperate Are You?–Part 2

In Part 1 I asked, if, as a salesperson you reacted to pressure by showing desperation.  In this the second and concluding part of the article I will address some additional techniques that should be used to thwart any form of desperation. Some common “must have answers” for any sale should include the following: Does […]

Experience, Sales Advice, Sales Tips