15 Effective Responses to A Prospect Who Chooses Your Competitor

27 Mar

Sales objections are part of the job. And salespeople commonly come up against the competitor objection when talking to new prospects. As soon as the buyer realizes the nature or function of your product, she says something along the lines of, “We already work with Competitor X,” or “We already have a supplier for that.” More >>

How to Write a Professional LinkedIn Headline (With Examples)

20 Mar

When it comes to icebreakers, “describe yourself in three words” is by far one of the toughest. You’re a complex person, with unique ambitions, experiences, preferences, and traits – how are you possibly supposed to distill yourself down to three mere words? More >>

19 ‘Thank You in Advance’ Alternatives That Are Far More Polite

13 Mar

Don’t end an email with “thank you in advance.” Many people find this phrase rude; after all, you’re assuming they’re going to do whatever you’ve requested – essentially taking away their right to say no. And it can also seem like you can’t bother to follow up with a “thank you” after they’ve obliged you, so you’re just going to say it now. Instead of writing “Thanks in advance,” “Thank you for your consideration,” or “Thank you in advance for your help,” try these 19 other ways to say it. More >>

25 Professional Voicemail Greetings to Help You Record the Perfect One

6 Mar

I have a confession to make: I haven’t recorded a new voicemail greeting since 2014. In the past four years, I (hopefully) have become more articulate, poised, and self-assured. But hear my voicemail recording, and you’d think I was still new to the work world, a little unsure of myself – and probably not an authority. More >>

The Secret to Asking Sales Questions Assertively, Not Aggressively

27 Feb

Questions are some of the most valuable tools in a salesperson’s arsenal. With a well-crafted inquiry, reps can open their prospect’s mind to a new possibility, compel them to action, discover relevant information, or secure buy-in for the next step. But if reps ask questions aggressively, they won’t get far. More >>

19 Sales Podcasts Every Rep Should Listen To

20 Feb

After a long day at the office, Netflix is usually more appealing than cracking open a sales book or streaming a sales training video on YouTube. Fortunately, there’s a simpler way to learn new sales techniques without having to set aside extra time in your day – through podcasts. The next time you’re walking the dog, commuting, exercising, cleaning, or doing any other task that doesn’t require mental energy, pop in your earbuds, press “Play,” and learn from sales leaders and experts. More >>

7 Creative LinkedIn Summary Examples to Help You Craft Your Own

13 Feb

Writing a LinkedIn summary is incredibly difficult – for everyone, but especially for salespeople. You’re not targeting recruiters and hiring managers; you’re appealing to buyers. That means on top of finding an interesting and genuine way to describe your professional background, you must also come across as a subject matter expert. More >>

3 Sales Strategies to Be Assertive Without Appearing Aggressive

6 Feb

Have you ever swallowed a question or backed off from a certain topic for fear of offending your buyer? This happens on sales floors around the world every day. Reps let their qualification questions slide so as not to flare tempers. But the truth is, salespeople are often more worried about the potential of pissing off prospects than the situation warrants. More >>

31 Pump Up Songs for Motivation at Work

30 Jan

The right music can make all the difference when you’re trying to be productive. With that in mind, we’ve compiled the ultimate pump-up playlist to keep you sharp and focused while you’re at work. As an added bonus, you can find the embedded Spotify playlist at the bottom of this post. More >>

7 Steps to Getting Business From Friends

23 Jan

Cultivation through social prospecting makes sense, but it has a drawback. It can take a long time to get results. The solution is to have many prospects. Some will come around sooner, others later and some never. But what if you have numbers to hit? Your chances of asking a friend for business and getting it increase substantially if you’ve identified a need. That’s the genius behind financial planning. Once you have uncovered the need, it isn’t going away. At some point, it needs to be addressed. More >>