08 Apr 2020

Persuasion skills to sell your ideas
There is a lot of emphasis on coming up with innovative ideas and proposals in most organizations. Indeed many come up with good ideas too. But my own experience shows, it is one thing to come up with an idea, and it is altogether a different thing to sell or persuade others to agree to your idea. It is an art and a skill to persuade others to accept our ideas. And if you are a lea...

14 Jan 2020

Enterprise buyer types
Enterprise selling or B2B buying is complex and requires different tools and nuances than direct selling to consumers. One of the common challenges in enterprise selling is identifying the types of buyers one comes across. Most novice salespeople or even experienced ones do not approach multiple buyers in enterprise selling as different. This is one of the primary reason where ...

07 Jan 2020

b2b Sales training misconceptions
In today’s time, information is everywhere and everyone seems to have strong and better opinions. Instead of relying on facts, myths and misconceptions many times rule. Now when it comes to sales training or sales effectiveness programs, we hear many misconceptions organizations, sales leaders hold. This is also prevalent among sales professionals but our experience shows many ...

19 Nov 2019

Innovation selling
Recently we worked with a company that wanted to serve the education institutes with the innovative solution towards teaching in an experiential way. There is a lot of innovation that has gone into this solution to understanding current student grades, their gaps, progress. But when salespeople visited and promoted these solutions, the response wasn’t great from the teachers as well...

17 Oct 2019

Many sales opportunities get stuck at the end of the sales process and do not close, leading to frustration for sellers. Especially in the B2B sales with all the hardwork of proposals, pilots or demo stages and presenting the commercials, some buyers catch cold-feet and delay the closing. How can this be addressed is a common question among many salespeople? One of the key rules t...

05 Sep 2019

Sales training initiative India
Hiring any service is a challenge as there are many factors involved which are not easily quantifiable and also cannot be tried like a product. Most people try to simplify by going with referrals or known contacts. That might work at the individual level, but at an organization level what is required is to follow a process and have a clear evaluation criterion. Just like evaluat...

13 Jun 2019

3 mistakes companies make in implementing sales CRM
Do you have a plan to implement Sales CRM in your organization or if you are using Sales CRM already, then keen to know how to improve the ROI? Then from our studies as well as interacting with companies who have successfully implemented the sales CRM, there are 3 common mistakes to be avoided. Not having a sales CRM Strategy The 1st biggest mistake is to roll out sales CRM with...

30 Apr 2019

Can you increase price and retain your buyer?
The no.1 challenge most salespeople face in retaining their existing accounts is to keep them from switching to competitors. Due to this fear of losing customers, salespeople are always worried about communicating price increase to customers. Recently a client of ours told, " Many buyers threaten to switch to low priced competitors and hence our salespeople struggle to communicate pr...

16 Apr 2019

How to build trust with buyers
In the recent article from LinkedIn on the sales statistics, it is mentioned TRUST is the No. 1 attribute of the salesperson which is critical for B2B sales success. Here are the statistics, 51% of decision makers rank trust as the No. 1 attribute they want in a salesperson.Virtually 100% of sales professional say trust if “very important” or “important” to winning new business.88% of...

21 Mar 2019

sales coaching conversation
Recently one of the participants said, he is having a hard time to get consistent delivery from his team members. No one seems to own responsibility and happy when they meet 70%~80% target. I am not very aggressive like other sales managers and I don't know what to do? I asked have you tried coaching the team members weekly or bi-monthly? He said, I hear a lot about coaching but I am ...

18 Mar 2019

B2B Sales Prospects Qualification
Most of the sales process involves 8 to 10 steps as below and where do you think the difference b/w the high performers and average performers start? Preparation & OrganizationProspecting/QualifyingConducting a Needs Assessment Presenting Solutions to Needs Developing & Presenting Proposals Handling Prospect Resistance Closing Sales Professionally Following Up Sales Effectivel...

04 Mar 2019

Sales training initiative India
Recently, we interviewed a client who is in a business for almost 25 years and their sales is primarily done from field. The conversation went as follows: Q. When was the last time you took up sales training intervention?A. In our 25 years of working, we have never done training for the sales staff. Q. What prompted you to go for the sales training intervention now? A. We are ...

26 Feb 2019

In our last blog post, we started a discussion about the biggest inside sales challenges and discussed lead generation. In part 2 we are going to discuss other big challenges that make every sales manager scratch their head - Measure and Track Sales Process. InsideSales.com after doing thorough research developed the 14 Magic Sales Metrics that the most successful sales managers and s...

19 Feb 2019

Sales is pretty demanding job with plenty of challenges, no days are same and nothing is straightforward but if one manage to navigate correctly is very rewarding too. Recent technological advances also help a lot to manage the activity easily and effectively but can also be very confusing and overwhelming at the same time. Inside sales is the type of sales which become more and more com...

15 Feb 2019

When it comes to sales training initiative, measuring the success of sales training or ROI in terms of business results is not clear. This inhibits many businesses to take up sales training initiatives. Many companies we meet ask this question about sales training. Since I am investing money on this training, how do I clearly measure the impact with respect to business results such as...

31 Jan 2019

What actually results in sales success? This is a difficult question and there is no one answer. Some say sales success is driven by process, structure, whereas others say sales is all about building relations. The answer lies in the combination of these. Sales is as much an art as science. Many of you, would have come across someone who in spite of not having a sales process, produc...

17 Jan 2019

sales team understanding
Are you facing situations where you are losing business and don't know the reason? Do you wonder if you just had magic wand using which you could know what exactly your customer wants? Or wonder why the customer who used to buy stopped buying? If you are facing any of the above, there is a way to know the answer. It is fact, one of the hardest things in business is knowing what th...

08 Jan 2019

Innovation selling
Prospecting is one of the key activities of the B2B Sales professional. Accept or not, in most businesses, prospecting is undergoing major change with the penetration of internet and social media. Any B2B sales person, who has been in the industry will realize the way Buyers are slowing taking control of the sales process and traditional methods of cold calling, sending cold e-mails a...

23 Nov 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sales review meetings are key activity among sales teams. In these meetings, it is a great opportunity for sales managers to guide sales reps to find their area of weakness and show them opportunities to improve. Instead, the majority of sales review meetings leave a bad memory for sales executives. That is because sales managers use these meeting...

22 Oct 2018

Do this instead of buffalo leadership
One of popular analogy being used in leadership is buffalo leadership vs geese leadership. Let us understand how this applies to sales management and sales leadership roles. One of the biggest challenges for being manager or leader is how to make his team members think and own responsibility on their own. This is not easier for many. Most companies have developed a system to identify be...