Partners in Performance Blog

Intentional Selling: Reframe Limiting Assumptions to Ignite Sales

Intentiional MindsetIn a previous post I discussed the Power of Intention for Accelerating Sales Results. The notion of intention is a foundational building block that I weave into all of my coaching and Intentional Selling sales process skills training. That’s how important it is.

If you want to increase your sales results and shorten your selling cycles, there is nothing more streamlined than becoming aware of how your mindset impacts your selling behaviour. Read my post on Intentional Selling: Why 3 out of 4 People Suck at Sales to learn more about … Read More

How to Avoid Being Stumped by Client Objections

Client-ObjectionsThe boy scout motto ‘Be Prepared’ couldn’t be truer for sales. Especially when it comes to handling objections. There is no excuse for struggling with the same client objections over and over again. And yet it’s astonishing to see that professional sales people don’t develop a proactive strategy for handling these common objections.

Reactive Objection Handling

In my work coaching sales people, I find that many follow this common pattern:

Dread objections and pray they won’t come up Get defensive when they surface Struggle with a response and lack confidence Don’t listen … Read More

Coaching for Results: Focus, Intention, Means

Coaching-for-Results-ModelWhether you’re coaching an employee or yourself, to use coaching for results you need a model that works to bring about high performance. I’ve used a good model for years and can apply it to any client situation. It works really well with sales and presentations. Here is a recent sample of a coaching session where I demonstrate the model I use.

The key to a good model is that it must be useful. As stated in wikipedia “Conceptual models represent human intentions or … Read More

Preparation Checklist for Intentional Selling Success

Check-List-Sales-PreparationPreparation is the first step in the Intentional Selling 6-Step Process, as it is in any sales system process. Yet, when I work with sales professionals and we do a post-mortem sales autopsy, it’s the first place things go wrong – in the preparation, before there’s even any contact with the client!

Don’t let this happen to you. It’s avoidable. You have control over your sales preparation.

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. But not all preparation is the same. Knowing how to … Read More

The Selling Mindset: How One Man Changed My Sales Career Forever

Change your mindsetIn my last blog post, I told you the story of my early selling days when I struggled for six months to make a significant sale. I had plenty of sales contacts, but not enough results.

And with 100% commission, you know that’s not good! I guess I must have been at a turning point. I decided to pick up the phone and go right to the top of my best prospects. I called Al Kupcis, then CEO of Ontario Hydro.

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Sales Call to Action: Stupid Mistakes Smart People Make

Are you converting enough of your sales as fast as you’d like? If not, maybe it’s time to examine what you’re doing with your sales closing strategy and specifically your Call to Action.

Many factors are out of our control when it comes to how long it takes to close business. For example, we have to work with our clients to meet their specific timing requirements. And certainly internal changes in the client organization can cause delays.

But there … Read More

How Long Is Your Sales Cycle?

It is as long as you think it is.

As we think, so we shall do: If we think something will take a long time, it most certainly will.

While there are many factors that contribute to compressing sales cycle time, shifting our beliefs and assumptions is certainly a critical starting point. It’s like the classic children’s story about the little engine that could. ..”I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”

A client recently told … Read More

Favourite Client Stories: How Jim’s Success Almost Got in His Way

Jim Bentley (name changed) is a well respected, seasoned sales professional with solid expertise in the financial services industry. He has long standing clients, with whom he enjoys excellent relationships. He is one of the top sales producers for his company. In spite of his sales success, he almost missed out on solidifying one of his best client relationships.

Jim participated in the Intentional Selling™ program as part of a company wide initiative. Part of the training process includes identifying limiting assumptions that might unconsciously block sales success. … Read More