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How To Be A Good Team Member

An effective team is more productive than a group of loners. Teams settle down over time. To be effective quickly, the individuals need to acquire key skills and understand team dynamics. Overview A team is far more than a group of loners. An effective team shows greater results, resilience and creativity than a group of… 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 »

Training The Trainer

Skills’ training is different to many other types of training. A skill training has certain advantages and challenges by comparison with other types of training. This course provides participants with the key skills needed. The duration is based on a group of 4-6. Larger groups will need a longer course. Overview Skills training is more… Read More »

The Four Stages Of Negotiating

Preparation Gather all the relevant facts from as many sources as possible to have the widest view of the situation. Having done so you will be able to assess your bargaining power and that of the other party and as a result, the scope for either party to apply leverage. You need to be clear… Read More »

Report & Proposal Writing

Reports and Proposals are often the product of extensive effort. Poor documents ensure the previous effort is wasted. There is increasing competition for attention; every document must compete for attention. Overview Reports and Proposals are a major element in communication, internally and externally. As more people are involved in decisions, documents increase in importance. Many… Read More »

Creativity and Brainstorming

Creativity Creativity is concerned not only with new ideas, but also with escaping old ones.  Many old ideas survive through habit or routine, and not – as they should – as a result of a continuous re-assessment of their value and validity. Our usual method of thinking is referred to as VERTICAL THINKING, in which we… Read More »

Letter Writing Skills

Letters are our ambassadors and provide a permanent record. Excellent relationships created face-to-face can be ruined by one poorly written letter. Overview Letters, e-mails and memos are a vital element in customer communication and internal communication. Problems in relationships and costly errors are common. Written communication also provides a permanent record and may ‘haunt’ the… Read More »

Are Your Employees Under Performing?

Detecting Poor Performance Detecting poor performance in an employee is not always as easy as it seems, but any check list should cover the following: Aggression:  Appears to provoke a lot of conflict?  Others seem reluctant to work with them?  Customers sometimes complain about behaviour? Childishness:  Practical jokes?  Silly comments?   Keeps colleagues up late at… 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 »

Administration Skills

Being competent in the ‘technical’ skills of the job is no longer enough. If we do not have appropriate skills – we cannot communicate effectively with internal and external customers. Your participants will learn the key skills. Overview Administration roles today require a variety of skills to help develop and build relations with internal and… Read More »

Net Neutrality? You Got It!

There’s a lot of talk about net neutrality, and with  US legislators voting to abandon net neutrality, with few people understanding why, what it means and who will benefit (and who will lose out) Burger King made a fun ad to help its customers understand what burger neutrality gives them:   If you want the… 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 »