Are You Approachable?

I love to people watch. I enjoy trying to “figure someone out” by watching how they interact and engage people. One thing I attempt to assess and measure is if you are you indeed someone people feel comfortable approaching and speaking with? Do you hold yourself in that way that people sense and feel that you

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The New Sales: Numbers AND Culture

Numbers don’t lie. Unfortunately, they don’t always tell the whole story. New market research on the printing industry reveals why your sales strategy should be focused on the “Big Fish,” but that’s only the starting point. The next step you take is just as important as the data itself. We are big fans of market

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Three Words to Avoid!

There are three words that are absolutely deadly to sales, our careers and our very psyche. These three words when uttered send a very negative message  to everyone around us.  These words  – just nine letters and one apostrophe can have an incredibly detrimental effect on our ability to create new relationships, establish credibility and

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2016 is The Year of the Ask!

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it. – Maya Angelou Let’s consider where you are as we begin 2016.  Hopefully you had a great 2015 and you some newfound passion and our confidence. You polished your value propositions until they shone like fine silver. You built relationships, built trust, built understanding,

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Becoming a Thought Leader

Thought leaders earn respect. Sales professionals who distinguish themselves as being thought leaders are more likely to earn respect and get the deal closed. I believe this passionately and completely. Sales professionals as thought leaders? Is that an oxymoron? No! You heard it here first! I think that it is common for people to think

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Value Proposition in the Sales Culture

What is your organization’s unique value proposition? When all employees in your organization understand the value proposition well enough to articulate it in any situation, they become highly valued members of the sales team and, ultimately, an integral part of the sales culture. Imagine if every individual in your company could articulate your value proposition

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The People of a Sales Culture

The people of a sales culture are not just salespeople. Interesting concept. So who are these people? You will be surprised. The people of a sales culture include all of the organizational members who practice what I have defined as the essential selling skills of great sales professionals. Those skills are: Strong personal skills Strong

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