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How to Have a Brilliant Sales Conversation Every Time (hint: Don’t Break These 4 Rules)

What, does the term “Selling” mean to you? I decided to see how the various dictionaries define Selling–beyond the obvious. Paraphrasing what I found, Selling is “to persuade or influence to a course of action or to the acceptance of something; to bring about or cause to be accepted; to advocate successfully.” Persuade. Influence. Advocate. To sell-and to do it …

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The Single Most Important Element of Sales (and No One is Talking About It)

Follow-up is what drives revenue at EVERY stage of the sales pipeline. Reps cannot close deals without following up on each and every opportunity. They cannot generate nor motivate these opportunities without following up on leads, no matter how ‘qualified’ they are. Taking these fundamental components as imperatives, you could therefore emphatically state that timely, relevant, and credible follow-up is …

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Bridging the Pipeline Chasm: 3 Essential Elements for Converting Leads to Closed Business

As sales leaders, we place a high degree of focus, energy, and resources on lead generation to keep our sales pipeline full, and of course, flowing steadily. And rightly so, we direct an equally high degree of these same assets toward the other end of the pipeline where – if all goes according to plan – we chalk opportunities up …

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15 Ways to Stay Motivated and Focused When Cold Calling

By Jim Domanski Most sales reps would rather endure a root canal than make a cold call. Cold calling is often be grueling so many reps procrastinate. And as they delay, the thought of dialing becomes more and more onerous. But it doesn’t have to be that way if you follow these 15 simple tips: 1. The 1 hour sprint …

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The 5 Personalities of Call Reluctance (and How to Fix Them)

Instead of making calls, are your salespeople making excuses?  It might happen to even the best members of your sales team from time to time. According to research from Dudley & Goodson, about 40-percent of all career salespeople experience episodes of call reluctance that are serious enough to threaten their careers. But you can’t lump all the call reluctance into the …

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5 Deadly Sins of Voicemail Messages

By Jim Domanski The problem with the majority of voice mail messages is less the message… and more the message treatment. In telephone selling situations, communication occurs at two levels: the actual words (the logic) we use and the tone (the emotion) we employ. Study after study reveals that about 84% of your messages comes as a direct result of …

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To Leave or Not to Leave (a Voicemail Message)

The debate about whether to leave a voicemail message on a cold call is as old as voicemail itself. You all know that leaving a voicemail rarely results in a callback, no matter how great your technique. Statistics found on various sales web sites show a range of five- to ten-percent of voicemails are returned. So even if you are …

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Three Quick Tips for a Better Interaction

The next target name and title for your new B-team salesperson pops up on his screen. He takes a quick look at the company web site and then punches “dial”. His conversation starts the exact same way his last conversation did. He doesn’t have any context for how your company can help his target, instead using a “One Conversation Fits …

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Can’t We Get More Time?

Salespeople today face a frustrating dilemma: There are too many balls to keep in the air and only so many hours a day to be making calls. A single meeting might cut into the time needed for 10 outbound calls. The prep time before a call to a C-level exec might eat up an hour or more. Fumbling through Salesforce …

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Press Release – May 11, 2010

  ShadeTree Technology Announces New Release of Incite2, Sales Intelligence Software for Sales & Marketing Professionals CRM Plug-In for Salesforce.com Offers Detailed Prospect Information in One-Screen View AUSTIN, Texas — May 11, 2010— ShadeTree Technology today announced an enhanced release of Incite2, sales intelligence software that simplifies the use of CRM and helps salespeople perform better by making more calls, …

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