Partners in Performance Blog

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 Presentations Coming? Use Your Voice to Hold Attention

Power of PauseWhat do you do to prepare for your business or sales presentations? Are you like so many people who work hard on preparing the content and slides for their presentation but pay little attention to how they will deliver their message?

It’s one thing knowing WHAT you want to say but it’s entirely different knowing HOW to communicate your message so that you’re compelling and persuasive during sales presentations. Your content can be filled with great information but if your delivery is weak or distracting, it’s hard to really hear … Read More

Performance Anxiety is Nasty

Do you get the shakes and quakes, stomach flips and painful mental images of crashing and burning during your business presentations? If so, you’re in good company. Performance anxiety and stage fright are as common for actors, musicians, athletes and comedians as it is for business professionals.

In an UPFRONT Persuasion Through Presentation skills workshop this week, a senior executive confided that he never knew when stage fright would rear its ugly head. He even named this pesky intruder his “gremlin.”

Performance anxiety can … Read More

Sales Call To Action Mistake #4: Not Preparing

Your preparation for a sales meeting will be more effective when you start by asking yourself, “What is my desired outcome?” That leads to, “What do I want the client to do as a result of my presentation?”

An even better question to address in your preparation is, “What do I want the client to do as a result of my presentation that would move the action the furthest and the fastest?” These questions will ensure you are well-prepared for your … Read More

Avoid Sales Call to Action Mistake #3 and Shorten Your Sales Cycle

What makes a sales Call to Action effective? I believe that a good call to action can make a huge difference in your sales results and the length of your sales cycle. It’s not the only sales skill to hone but it sure is worthy of attention. Faster and more sales is a good thing!

According to Profit Magazine, 67% of sales people don’t ask for a call to action let alone do it well. Read … Read More

Sales Call to Action: Closing Mistake #2

When you are closing sales, who is doing the action in your Call to Action? If it’s only you and not your client, you are guilty of committing Sales Closing Mistake #2. And this will cost you sales results.

Mistake #2: Sales Person is the Only One with the Action Step

The Call to Action in sales refers to CLIENT action. In my sales coaching, I observe, far too often, sales people leaving their sales meetings with a list of follow-up … Read More

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