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Activate Your Team to Sell More

It’s an endless cycle of trying to get more from each person on your team, isn’t it? You can’t take a break from the sales push because of the demands and expectations from your board, stakeholders, team, and maybe even your spouse! So what can you do to activate your team to sell more? Activate them! Here are three easy...

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Why a Win-Win Sales Approach Falls Short for Winning Big

For so long, we’ve been told to focus on win-win solutions and win-win negotiations. Yet in a traditional win-win situation, the goal is for two stakeholders–typically the buyer and the selling company–to win. Where does that leave you, the seller? When you close a sale, who really wins? Is it you? Your customer? Your company?...

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The Hidden Phenomenon That Makes Your Meetings Unproductive

When is the last time you walked out of a team meeting and thought, “Wow, everyone was engaged, involved, and participating?” From what my clients tell me (or should I say complain to me about), this doesn’t happen very often. Instead, most people leave their meetings thinking: I hope everyone does what they need to now. That...

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How to Solve the 3 Sales Challenges Every Manager Faces

Managing a sales team is no easy task. Whether you have tenured reps or an inexperienced team, if your goal is growth, there are many challenges to tackle. Fortunately, some of the most common obstacles that plague growing companies have relatively simple solutions. Here’s three recurring sales challenges and simple strategies for fixing or...

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Premature Proposals Promote Poor Performance

Did you read the title? While it’s definitely a tongue twister, it’s always truth: Premature anything in sales is a BAD practice. Unfortunately, premature proposals promote poor performance way too often. Here’s how it happens… You finally get a “live” prospect, either in person or a phone call, and after some...

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Little Words, Huge Impact

Ever say something you wish you could “take back?” I sure have! Unfortunately though, you can never erase the words you say…and someone else hears. Think about the social media snafus from celebrities and politicians in the past few months alone. So many words that would’ve been best left unsaid. Words are mighty and the...

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Why New Year’s Is Not the BEST Time to Focus on Goals

Nearly every website, blog post, and article this week is about goals. A focus on goals is never a bad thing, but is now the best time to focus on goals? Don’t get me wrong, goal setting is a key factor in top performance in any discipline. The problem is that SO much emphasis is put on setting the goals at the beginning of the year and not...

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One Question To Launch Your Annual Business Review

The year-end is here. Is your sales team in the midst of their big push? Wouldn’t it be great to not be in crunch mode at the end of the month, quarter, and year next year? It is possible with a plan of attack that begins with a review of what worked and what didn’t this year. Make this review easy. Start with ONE question to launch...

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