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6-Step Checklist to Accelerate Your Sales Growth

Posted by Joanne Flynn

10/7/15 2:00 PM

 
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Topics: Business Development

Sales Upskilling as a Growth Accelerator

Posted by Joanne Flynn

9/29/15 11:30 AM

 

3 Competency Considerations - When 
Learning & Development Can Help Accelerate Strategic Growth Goals


We hope you enjoyed our blog series on Sales & Business Development.  This is the tenth and final blog in our series. In case you missed the other blogs, you can
 view them here.

The fourth quarter is the strategic planning time for many companies.  This is a perfect time to review your sales force competencies.  For many organizations, the sales function is the front line into the marketplace. Keeping the sales function aligned with strategic goals can and does have a significant impact on growth. So how do you ensure your current sales function is robust, ready and upskilled to accomplish the task? When is it appropriate to determine if it is time for learning & development to play a part in accelerating strategic growth goals? 

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Topics: Business Development

Sales & the DiSC Profile®: Align Salespeople & Clients

Posted by Joanne Flynn

9/22/15 3:00 PM

 


Maximize your Understanding of the Total Client Buying Center (TCBC) & Develop Serious Client Business Plans
 

We hope you have enjoyed our blog series on Sales & Business Development so far.  This is the ninth blog in our series. In case you missed the other blogs, you can view them here.

The DiSC® Profile is a very powerful tool used in organizations globally. The DiSC® Profile assesses people for their underlying personality styles. The model presents a methodology for understanding the feedback from the DiSC® Profile.  The key elements that make up personality and motivators can be used to manage effective interpersonal relationships, manage the sales process at a very personal level, and understand how to create highly effective client business plans.  That information breathes life into and gives dimension to effective client business plans.


3 Ways to Incorporate DiSC® into your Client Business Planning Process to Increase Sales

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The Ultimate Sales Growth Accelerator: REALLY Understanding the Total Client Buying Center (TCBC)

Posted by Joanne Flynn

9/16/15 10:30 AM

 

 Breathe Life into Your Client Business Plans
Take your Sales Targets to the Next Level
 


This is the eighth blog in in our Sales & Business Development blog series. In case you missed the other blogs, you can
 view them here.

Client Business Plans are one of the most critical sales business tools. A big problem with these plans is they often neglect to identify the most important information about the client – the qualitative data! What do I mean?


The Total Client Buying Center (TCBC)

I’ve seen countless business plans that identify the names of people within the buying center.  But, remember, a name is only a name without an operating context associated with the name.  I will often hear salespeople say, “I have the company organization chart.”  So what!  A name on an organization chart is often meaningless.  It is simply a ‘what’ data point.   There is so much more to this name that a great salesperson must know to truly understand the buying landscape:

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Topics: Business Development

The Client Business Plan: The Roadmap that Replaces Activity with Smart Activity

Posted by Joanne Flynn

9/8/15 2:00 PM

 

“Successful relationship selling is not just a list of activity items.  It is a thinking person’s occupation, requiring a plan, a process with targets and smart activity, together with integrated skills measured against the only metric that is an indicator of success – The Client Business Plan.” 

 

                  Joanne Flynn, “ The Relationship Management Model”©


This is the seventh blog in in our Sales & Business Development blog series.  In case you missed the other blogs, you can
 view them here.

We have been discussing Sales and Business Development from a holistic perspective.  This holistic perspective starts with:

 

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The Sales UBER Skill: Asking Great Questions

Posted by Joanne Flynn

9/2/15 10:00 AM


This is the sixth blog in our Sales & Business Development series. In case you missed the other blogs, you can
 view them here.

The Essentials

Questions are the most important tool in your sales toolkit.  Never underestimate the importance of questions.  They help you navigate through conversations and maximize the information gathering opportunity.  Asking great questions requires mental preparation, mental agility and precise communication skills.  Before you can ask great questions, you need to think of the question’s purpose.

 

  • Why are you asking the questions?  
  • What is the best question to use?
  • Exactly what do you want to gain with this question?
  • Who are you asking?
  • What is their perspective? What are their goals? What are their issues, challenges and/or problems?
  • How can you phrase your questions for maximum advantage?

 

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Topics: Business Development

The Focus of Questions: The Power Tool in the Sales Toolkit

Posted by Joanne Flynn

8/27/15 11:00 AM


We hope you have enjoyed our blog series on Sales & Business Development so far.  This is the fifth blog in our series. In case you missed the other blogs, you can
 view them here.

So far in this series, we have focused on the marketing mindset required for relationship selling.  The marketing landscape you find yourself in will help you identify the tools you need to effectively navigate through this landscape.  Both the marketing mindset and the tools / skills are necessary. They represent the holistic WHAT, WHY and HOW of relationship selling and must be integrated to manage the effective and efficient relationship sales process.

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Topics: Business Development

Waging the Sales Battle: The Differentiation Weapon

Posted by Joanne Flynn

8/19/15 11:00 AM


MULTI-DIMENSIONAL PRODUCT LEVELS: Where the sales battle is won or lost!


This is the fourth blog in in our Sales & Business Development blog series.  In case you missed the other blogs, you can view them here.

Your product / solution is not one-dimensional.  The complex relationship selling process often makes your product elastic, meaning different things to different people in your client buying center.  When you think about your product, think about the multi-dimensional product levels from basic commodity to differentiated product.

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Topics: Business Development

Differentiation: The Make or Break Sales Skill

Posted by Joanne Flynn

8/11/15 2:00 PM


3 Steps to Matching & Positioning Product for Maximum Impact


We hope you've enjoyed our Sales and Business Development blog series so far. In case you missed the other two blogs, you can view them hereThis blog is the third in our series, and will help you understand the importance of client differentiation.

  1. It’s All About the Client  

When a client has a problem, issue or ‘hook’ requiring a solution, they look for one thing: simplicity. They are looking to "break-down" an existing problem and seek a solution that will satisfy their needs and take their business forward. Your job is to understand the specific business issues and then provide a solution that will address their issues in very concrete, tangible ways.  Here is where you will need two key things:

  1. A complete understanding of the client, the business and their aspirations for the future and blockers that will get in the way and hinder future growth
  2. A thorough and detailed understanding of your product / solution and how to position that product appropriately so it presents a business answer to client growth
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Topics: Business Development

Tangibilizing© Ambiguity: 2 Challenges Facing Your Sales Team

Posted by Joanne Flynn

8/5/15 10:30 AM

If you can’t define it – you haven’t ‘tangibilized’ it.

This blog is the second in our Sales & Business Development blog series. Read our first blog, 6-Step Approach: Increase the Probability of Sales Success With a Disciplined Sales Methodology.  This will help you understand how to approach your sales methodology and sales strategy.

Before we continue you might be wondering what 'tangibilizing' means. ‘Tangibilizing’© is the process of taking ambiguous language and through the questioning process precisely defining the terms.  You can then completely describe the client situation in concrete, defined, specific terms. Keep that in mind as you continue to read this blog, and our entire business development series.

The Basics of the Relationship Sales Process

In the relationship sales process, clients want you to be a confidante and resource who understands and is working to help solve their business challenges.  They are looking for someone to provide advice and partner with them, moving up the trust ladder together.  They don’t want to feel like they are ‘being sold’!  (Clients can definitely tell if you're there just for a quick sale.) If you want to succeed at relationship selling, everything about your approach must reflect this proposition.

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Topics: Business Development

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