Partners in Performance Blog

Smart Sales People: A Common Mistake Even They Make

Sales professionals clearly understand the need for structure and process for the delivery of their products and services and yet, many of the smart sales people I talk with don’t have a clear process for selling. Having a clear sales process is very important and here’s why.

A clear sales process allows professionals to be who they are and to demonstrate their expertise during the selling process. For example, in all our sales training we incorporate a 6-step process that easily aligns the selling process with your identity as a consultant.

The 6-step sales process is a framework that guides … Read More

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

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

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

A Bold Email Template Designed to Get Client Response

Email-ResponseAre you having a hard time getting clients and prospects to respond to your emails?

There is nothing more frustrating than when a good sales opportunity stalls because of no email response. If you let too much time elapse, so does energy and connection. If you’re too impatient, then the client feels pressured.

This is when to bring out a good, strong, yet appropriate email template! One that’s designed to get a response so you can move forward or move on.

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Email Persuasion Tip #2: Create a Compelling Opening

5 Essential Email IngredientsThe #1 essential ingredient of writing effective emails is to create a magnetic subject line that compels your clients to promptly open your email.

The #2 key is crafting a compelling opening sentence. This is so important, yet many people start off on the wrong foot. They forget to put the reader’s needs first, what’s important to them, and what will make them hungry to find out what your email says.

Once opened, the goal is to pull your client into … Read More

Email Persuasion Tip #1: Create A Magnetic Subject Line

magnetIn writing persuasive emails to your clients, the subject line holds the magnetic words that will compel them to open your email.

“Open Sesame!” are the magical words used by Ali Baba in the Arabian Nights to open the door to the den filled with gold. So popular is the phrase that it has earned its place in the English Dictionary to mean “something that allows a person to enter something successfully and easily and unfailingly brings about a desired end”.

Without a magnetic … Read More