Partners in Performance Blog

What’s the Most Important Selling Skill?

ShoesWhich of these selling skills do you believe to be the most important?

Prospecting skills? Questioning abilities? Objection handling? Closing skills? Ability to deliver a great presentation? Get referrals?

All are important. But I believe there’s one that beats all the rest hands down. It’s the ability to put yourself in your client’s shoes. To think like they think and feel what they feel. And to see the world from their perspective.

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Words That Sell – Use Persuasive Words

MeharabianPersuasive words sell. There are multiple ways to weave persuasion into the fabric of your presentation. This week in Toronto, we had a lot of fun in our UPFRONT Persuasion workshop playing with persuasive words.

Thorough preparation and proper structure are essential for a compelling delivery: they foster confidence and your ability to walk through your presentation in a clear and logical way.

Part of your preparation should most certainly include developing relevant stories for social proof, analogies and evidence to support your key … Read More

Intentional Selling: The Conversation You Need to Have

Wakeman-Parsley-Hangout-2014I invite you to listen in on a conversation I recently had about Intentional Selling with Denise Wakeman. This is an important conversation you need to be having about your own selling intentions.

Denise Wakeman, a guru in online visibility marketing, recently hosted one of her ‘Conversations with Experts’ episodes and interviewed me.

The topic was How to Sell with Intention to Create More Results. In our 30 minute conversation we discussed the 6-step sales process I have developed to help entrepreneurs, business owners … 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

Can You Define Your Repeatable Sales Process?

sales process Small (2)If I were to ask you to specifically define your sales process and tell me why it works to produce sales results, what would you say? My hunch is you would struggle with your answer.

That’s because one of the most all too common mistakes made by sales people from all industries and professions is their lack of a disciplined, intentional sales process that stacks up against well established best practices.

How can it be that organizations understand the importance of … Read More

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

Levels of Intention Predict Sales Success

Levels of Intention You know your intention, but how well do you know your levels of intention? Here’s why this is so important for sales success.

First let me ask you this: What does the word ‘intention’ invoke in you? “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” is a quote that’s been in use since the 11th century. That saying gives the word ‘intention’ a bad rap. And in some situations it should have a bad rap. If we don’t fulfill our … Read More

Intentional Selling: Why 3 out of 4 People Suck at Sales

Sales-success-with-intentional-sellingI recently read in Hubspot some astonishing statistics on the performance of salespeople: A study by Objective Management Group (OMG) concluded that only 6% of salespeople across all industries are “elite sellers”.

They also reported that 3 out of 4 sales professionals are failing. These numbers aren’t coming out of thin air. They are based on the evaluations of 700,000 salespeople!

However the study was not all bad news. The silver lining is that most of the sales professionals in the 74% bracket can … Read More