Partners in Performance Blog

Presentations: Is Persuasion a Dirty Word?

In the work I do coaching people in sales and presentation effectiveness, I see people being tentative about the word “persuasion”. They don’t want to come across as pushy or manipulative. With this mindset, they beat around the bush. Is that true for you?

In many ways, becoming persuasive is like making money or losing weight: everyone wants it, but few do what they need to do. They want it, but at the same time, they’re afraid of it. In fact, people sabotage their own efforts.

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How to Avoid Sales Sabotage

In a previous post I told Jim’s story about how he self-sabotaged his sales with a client. Jim was a client of mine who was already successful in sales. He had doubts that the Intentional Selling™ program could add anything new to his sales results. But he gave it a good try anyway, with much encouragement.

He ended up gaining new respect – and new sales – from his client. Had Jim continued to work under his previous assumptions about the client’s needs, without delving deeper into the discovery process, he would have missed a big opportunity.

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Self-Sabotage and the Sales Process: Jim’s Story

As service professionals, one of the ways we help our clients create breakthroughs is to raise their awareness of the assumptions and beliefs that sabotage their results and limit their potential. Many times, sales people aren’t even aware of their own assumptions about selling, or about their client’s needs.

In my coaching work, this is one of the first things I address with my clients. What are you assuming to be true, without examining it in light of the current situation and/or client? Even the smartest, most brilliant sales professionals are amazed at the ways in which they actually undermine … Read More

Sales Mistakes: Confusing Marketing with Selling

A big mistake some professionals make is confusing marketing with selling. In my work with Partners in Performance and as an Intentional Selling™ coach, I have met many professionals who are not crystal clear on the distinction between marketing and sales.

They see marketing as a way to avoid the dreaded job of selling their services. This resistance to sales is illustrated below.

One of the former “Big 5” professional services firms responded to fierce competition by rolling out a sales coaching program for their associates and partners in North America. As one of the coaches involved, I quickly learned … Read More

Gaining Client Perspective – From the Eyeballs of the Client

Client-PerspectiveUsing ‘Perceptual Positions’ is a powerful way to mentally shift into your client’s shoes and gain that powerful client perspective. But here’s what I recently learned when I actually physically experienced the world from my client’s perspective. It was astonishing!

A new prospect phoned me to let me know she was interested in purchasing my video training on ‘13 Expert Tips for Creating Truly Persuasive Presentations’. She expressed frustration because the information page lacked clarity about what she was actually buying and in what format. Yikes! I was very grateful for the … Read More

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