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Intentional Selling : The Power of Intention for Accelerating Sales Results

Intentional-SellingAnyone who works with me and knows me has heard me rave about the power of intention. It’s no accident that I named my sales process training Intentional Selling. What does the word ‘intention’ mean to you? How would you define it? And what does it have to do with selling anyway?

In my Intentional Selling workshops one of the foundational concepts I establish right at the beginning is the power of intention. When I ask people what the word intention means to them, … Read More

Referral Tips: How to Ask a Client for a Great Lead

Generate-LeadsThis is the third post in a series on referral marketing. In our first post, 3 Reasons You’re Not Using Referral Marketing for New Leads, we explored how our mindset gets in our own way. We then focused on when to ask a client for a referral and the importance of specificity. In this post we’ll look at how to ask a client for a referral, so that it actually turns into a great sales lead.

Early in my career, I used to marvel at ‘Susie’ who was consistently the top sales … Read More

Ask for a Referral from Your Client: Have Good Timing & Be Specific

Referrals-WelcomeWhen is the best time to ask for a referral?

When you have delivered value and have demonstrated your abilities to impact behaviours and results, then you have earned the right to ask your client for a referral.

This can happen any time during a client engagement:

When you’ve delivered a great idea When you’ve had a great consulting session When they express appreciation for your work Most certainly the end of a successful project is a natural moment to ask

You would never forget to send a client the invoice for … Read More

3 Reasons You’re Not Using Referral Marketing for New Leads

how to get referralsThe most streamlined source of new business is to develop opportunities with existing clients, including asking them for referrals.

Event marketing, email marketing, research marketing, social media marketing are all excellent strategies for getting new leads for sales. But by far, one of the most under-utilized source of new business: referral marketing.

According to a study titled “Referral Programs and Customer Value” (published January 2011 issue of the American Marketing Association’s Journal of Marketing), customer referral programs are indeed a financially attractive way for firms to acquire new customers.

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Email Persuasion: How to Get Clients to Respond

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Email persuasion is a hot topic.

Let’s face it. Just like you, your clients are inundated DAILY with an avalanche of emails. And then it starts all over again. Day in and day out.

I consistently hear people ask “How do I get clients to respond to emails?” or if they do respond, “How can I better results from my email communications?”

Writing a great email makes the difference between getting a response, getting a meeting and making the sale. Using persuasive words and phrases is certainly a key … Read More

The 12 Most Persuasive Words in the English Language

persuasive wordsDo you know what the 12 most persuasive words in the English language are? Are you paying enough attention to using persuasive words in your sales communications?

Words are simple things but they carry power that you can leverage in all your communications. You need to be using them in your day to day sales meetings, presentations, emails and voice messages. If you aren’t intentional about your choice of words you are missing out. That can cost you sales!

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Favourite Websites for Sales Techniques

survey resources for sales tecniquesIn a recent survey to my newsletter subscribers, I had a number of interesting discoveries and I’d like to share one of them with you. In the survey I asked “What are your favourite websites for staying up-to-date on sales techniques?”

Favourite Websites for Sales Techniques: Nearly 50% of respondents said none or not applicable, which either means they may be using web resources but none stand out OR they don’t use web resources and aren’t taking an … Read More

Sales Follow Up: The One Thing Most Sales People Can Do Better

“It’s all in the sales follow up.” This is the mantra I hear repeatedly from several clients I work with in the financial services industry. The sales person calls on financial advisors and brokers to provide advisory support and promote their financial products.

But without timely, value-added follow up, any opportunities that may have been uncovered in the sales meeting disappear into the ether. Without excellent follow up they don’t ‘land the plane’ and results aren’t achieved. Without doubt this applies to every B2B sales person in every industry.

What I find astonishing is how inconsistently this last critical step … Read More