Tag: Sales

Managing Resistance – Align, Clarify, Assure

We’ve all experienced it. That point in the conversation with a client – maybe just after you’ve presented your solution – when the room goes a little quiet and you feel some push-back coming on. This is the point at which all the work you’ve done previously – understanding goals, challenges and needs, qualifying and diagnosing, presenting a client-specific solution…

Forget Smarter Not Harder, It’s Work Differently, Work Together

In the Lumina work I do with teams, leaders and individuals, we look at 24 personality qualities. These are qualities that are a part of everyone’s personality. Qualities like “logical,” “cautious,” “spontaneous,” “sociable,” and others.  We each have all of these qualities, they are all in our capacity with different preferences, which makes us the complex, unique individuals we are.…

Gaining Commitment—Presenting Your Client-Specific Solution

For the past several months I’ve been writing about best practices in the sales process.  I’ve talked about how to effectively prepare for and open the client meeting; how to increase potential and probability by thoroughly qualifying clients; diagnosing (before you prescribe!); providing predictive insight as you recommend an approach; and closing the meeting with mutual and specific steps. Now…

Recommending an Approach: Providing Predictive Insight

Over the last few months I’ve been writing about what I consider to be best practices in moving through the process from identifying an opportunity to closing it. So far, we’ve covered Preparing for the Call, Opening the Call, and Qualifying the Opportunity. If you’ve been following along, we’re now at the point where you recommend an approach. As the…

A Change in Language Precedes a Change in Behavior

In the work I do with sales teams and sales professionals, I’ve noticed that people often begin a description of their sales role as, “I’m accountable for…” instead of, “I’m responsible for…” I’d like to suggest that there’s a difference between “responsibility” and “accountability,” and I think understanding and internalizing that difference can contribute to improving your sales performance. Merriam-Webster…

Linking and Leveraging Science and Art to the Craft of Selling

The other day someone asked me whether I thought selling is more science or art. My response was that it’s both. The science part is the process, which involves your IQ. The art part has to do with how beautiful you do something like building and maintaining relationships, which involves your EQ (emotional intelligence). Actively linking and leveraging both the…

5 Must-Knows Before Your Client Call

Champions are made in preparation. Olympic competitors train for years to prepare for their chance on the world stage. Professional athletes and competitors of all sorts train day in and day out to prepare for the next game or competition. Practice is the mother of all skill. The same goes for people who become champions in sales. They know that…

What Fly Fishing Can Teach Us About Sales

I recently spent a wonderful week with my family in the historic town of Breckenridge, Colorado.  We went white water rafting, we hiked, we enjoyed the beautiful scenery together, and…my son and I made our very first attempts at fly fishing. As the fishing instructor described the techniques and optimal conditions to successfully catch a fish, I realized that fly…

Acting Against Your Best Interests in Sales

Acting against your best interests means you err because of ignorance or ineptitude.  Ignorance says we err because you only know partially what to do.  There are skyscrapers we do not know how to build, snowstorms we cannot predict, and heart attacks we still have not fully learned how to stop.  Ineptitude is when the knowledge exists, and yet we…