Category Archives: Sales

Sales Negotiation Skills

As more customers are trained in negotiation, we need special skills to protect and increase profits while building relationships. Negotiation increasingly involves teams and may need more than one meeting to reach agreement. Such issues require even greater skills. Overview As competition increases, the frequencies of negotiations increase. In most industry sectors negotiation is an… Read More »

Business Management for Sales People

As business moves forward, salespeople need to manage their business including effective pipeline management and forecasting. This course helps participants develop the key skills using their accounts/prospects. Overview Increasingly we ask salespeople to act as business-people and ‘run their business.’ What makes a good salesperson is not necessarily the same as what makes a good… Read More »

Guidelines For Effective Negotiation

Only negotiate when you have to: Distinguish between selling and negotiating Don’t use negotiation as a substitute for effective selling – that’s costly! Don’t use negotiation to resolve ‘risk issues’ Negotiate when you can’t outweigh or influence a situation in any other way. Only negotiate when both parties are both able and willing to move… Read More »

Displacement Selling Part III

We must increasingly deal with a wide range of behaviour types amongst the customer group. Our success will be increased if our versatility increases. Overview Increasingly the salesperson must be able to persuade and work with a wide variety of people. This means the salesperson must develop a ‘chameleon’ quality to quickly change behavioural style… Read More »

Displacement Selling Part II

Any account that gives you a good share of their business is a target for your competitors. A classic error is only to focus on obtaining market share from those that are not yet giving a significant market share. There are a number of other classic errors in defending market share. We must develop effective… Read More »

Displacement Selling Part I

Having tried ‘normal’ sales approaches there are often people/accounts who fail to respond. Displacement Selling explores other reasons and approaches to increase market share or penetrate a new market. Participants are asked to bring problem accounts with them. Overview We must fight for market share. This means we must use excellent selling skills and effective… Read More »

We Are All Selling Services And Solutions Now

As many market-places commoditise selling organisations attempt to move up their value chain to escape the deathly grip of diminishing competitive advantage. Two common (and often interconnected) approaches to this problem are; adding services to an organisation’s offer and selling solutions. The Move To Services This has several advantages: Stand alone services tend to deliver… Read More »

Sales Demonstration Skills

The demonstration may be to keep customers informed, find needs, or to prove that a solution is the best. These varying aims and stages in the sales process mean that our approach must be appropriate. Common errors include inflexible standard demonstrations and demonstrating our ‘flavour of the month’ instead of responding to the customer. Overview… Read More »

Advanced Selling Skills

As products and services become more alike the real competitive edge lies in the skill of those dealing with customers. Advanced Selling Skills takes selling skills to a more advanced level. Overview In a competitive situation, every minor aspect of selling becomes more important. As products and services become more alike, or can answer the… Read More »

The Four Most Difficult Sales Types to Manage

Managing salespeople is never easy. The top performers who also do things in the approved fashion and the chronic under performers are relatively straightforward to sort out. It’s the awkward squad who are trickier. Below we offer a snapshot of four of the most common types. The Prima Donna. Very successful, comfortable in their position,… Read More »

Dealing With Objections

Whatever your product, there will come a time when your prospect raises an objection – a reason for not accepting what you offer.  Customers use objections to play games with salespeople. They also use them as a way of expressing in a deal: “I don’t think we can use this…” can often mean “Tell me… Read More »