When a Sales Prospect Goes Cold… Know When to Walk Away

When a Sales Prospect Goes Cold… Know When to Walk Away

Building a better sales pipeline is a lot like that famous lyric from Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler: “Know when to walk away, know when to run.”

Through my years as a sales leader, I’ve learned that, despite our natural instinct as sellers to fight to win every sale, sometimes it’s best to walk away when the prospect goes cold.

In the February issue of Top Sales Magazine, I reflect on a recent situation where a prospect went cold, explore five reasons why it can happen even to the best of us, and share some strategies you can employ to tackle the challenges when they arise.

Mind the Gap: Waiting, Deciding and Doing

Mind the Gap: Waiting, Deciding and Doing

I’ve conducted hundreds (or more) interviews in my line of work of sales keynotes, workshops and consulting. At least 80 percent of the sales people I interview struggle with developing new business and filling their pipeline with new opportunities.

Why? Initiating, building or bringing anything new to light comes with fear. To succeed in sales, we must breakthrough that discomfort with initiating and building.

Sales Culture is the Key to Growing Next-Generation Leaders

Sales Culture is the Key to Growing Next-Generation Leaders

Has your organization filled its leadership pipeline?

For success into the future, you’ll need more professionals selling as part of your succession planning practices. When your professionals are equipped to sell, you’ll create more client opportunities, you’ll generate stronger revenues and profits, and you’ll be in a better position to diversify your services.

In this week’s post, I share four strategies for growing your sales culture and developing next-generation leaders with the experience and know-how to generate revenue.

What Distinguishes a Standout Seller…The Why or the How?

What Distinguishes a Standout Seller…The Why or the How?

Being in strategic selling, often I see sales conversations and the buying process get wrapped up in solution details way too early. I’ve done it too — my mind running a million miles an hour, jumping into creating solutions before I know enough about the true problem or why it’s a priority today.

When we jump into solutioning too early (the “how”), we risk losing prospect or client buy-in. We miss the opportunity to understand the “why” behind the interest. Why it matters to this person and the business. We might miss the opportunity to more creatively solve the challenge.

So what distinguishes a standout seller? I share that on the blog and in a short video.

Stand Out in 2019

Stand Out in 2019

If you’ve been part of my community for a while, you might be familiar with my One Word Tradition. Each January, I land on the word that I want to live my year by, professional and personal. This year, it’s “Standout.” You can read more in this post, and watch my short video.

As you start your 2019, I hope this gives you some ideas on creating One Word or a personal theme for yourself. When you reflect back, you might be surprised at how one word does make a difference for your path.

Accelerate Your Sales Results in 2019 with These Skillsets

Accelerate Your Sales Results in 2019 with These Skillsets

The last few days of the year provide the perfect time to reflect on what we’ve learned, and to lay the groundwork for an even more successful and productive new year.

Of course, 2018 was the year I launched my book, The Modern Seller.

Let’s take a look back at the five core dimensions of modern sellers: modern sellers are agile, entrepreneurial, holistic, social, and ambassadors.

These five dimensions are the skillsets that modern sellers need to develop to sell more and increase their impact in the new sales economy. Throughout the fall I published a series of short videos to help introduce the dimensions to you. Now, I’ve compiled them into one, easy to reference resource page that you can find on my blog.

Thanks again to all my clients, colleagues, partners and friends for being a part of my journey in 2018. I look forward to serving you in 2019.

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