I was once talking with a VP of Sales about their quarter, and they shook their head and said: “We were surprised to lose a deal to that competitor.” Yes, sometimes you can lose deals in unexpected ways and to unforeseen competitors. But in many cases, it’s a poor excuse to be “surprised” by competitors. It’s the result of one
– There’s something nearby that can help A quick caveat: I know I’m lucky. I’m safe at home, don’t work on the front line, and my family is healthy. I’ve worked for myself since 2003 and can work from anywhere. I’m thankful for these things and for the selfless individuals who keep us safe. But I admit five weeks (to
In a previous post, I wrote about how it’s not business as usual, but it’s crucial to take action to bring money into your business, i.e., spend time on sales. Over years of working in outbound sales, I’ve seen a lot of with entrepreneurs and business owners with negative thoughts about sales. Sometimes people put sales on too high of
The first rule of business, is to stay in business. So undeniably true. However strong your vision, sense of mission, passion and hard work, your business doesn’t operate in a vacuum. You must plan your strategy, and be prepared to operate and react to circumstances that impact your business. This means that you need to be aware of any changes
If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, this scenario may be familiar: you work long days, perhaps 8, 10 or 12+ hour-days, with a never-ending to-do list. You spin so many plates it can feel relentless, and yet at the end of the month or quarter you find yourself in need of more sales and to increase sales. When we’re
There are lots of negative stereotypes around sales. These stereotypes — portraying the practice of sales as a manipulating activity — are prevalent, and can be deep-rooted. It’s why many entrepreneurs see sales in the an unfortunate light. The result? They don’t practice consistent outbound sales activities. If you want your business to grow, you need to shift your thoughts on sales.