Enterprise Sales: Why Is It So Hard?

Written in collaboration with Sean Murphy of SKMurphy, Inc. For early-stage founders aspiring to scale fast and get the market recognition that comes with landing a prestigious Fortune 500 customer, having an enterprise sales strategy can be a game-changer. The visibility and legitimacy that these jumbo accounts engender are understandably enticing, and for some B2B […]

How to Think About Sale vs. Sell

The difference between sale and sell

Being a salesperson by profession and someone fascinated by the psychology of sales, words like sale and sell naturally intrigue me.

As simple as it may sound, the significance of sale vs. sell is worth some examination for those of us dedicated to the craft of sales.

Big B2B ≠ Everyone

Selling to large enterprises is hard. Sales cycles are protracted and unpredictable.  Product requirements will be extensive and demanding. You’re selling to multiple different personalities, functions, agendas. There are purchasing specialists and full-time attorneys on staff. A reorganization can throw your deal into limbo. Or stop it altogether. The inefficiencies and general irrationality of your […]

Paint the Picture

Assumptions can be a dangerous thing. I was in a preparing for a follow up sales call with marketing people at one of the premier health systems in the country. Both individuals were super sharp, knew their stuff and were particularly innovative. I knew this having sat in on their respective presentations at a conference […]

This is a Test

Here’s a question. How does one get better? How does one improve at something? (Okay, that’s two questions.) Here’s how you don’t improve. Keep doing the same thing. You certainly can’t keep doing the same thing over and over and expect to get better. Somehow or another, you have to do something different. You have […]