Sales Fundamentals

Sales Fundamentals: Triangulation

As any given sales opportunity gets bigger, more strategic or expands across multiple divisions, it inevitably becomes more complicated to manage and more difficult to close. Every new variable brings with it the possibility of more potential, but also greater risk of loss or delay. Among the potential headaches you should anticipate include: New players …

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Founders and Sales

If you’re a founder (or a bootstrapper or solopreneur), keep reading. I have a Public Service Announcement for you. You need to know how to sell, and you need to be selling. Yes, we understand. You’re busy. You have a solution to craft, pressure to deliver, people to deal with and a company to run. …

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Incorporate Experiments into your Sales Process

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 …

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Sales Tip: 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 …

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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 …

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