Equities.com recently published an article I wrote about how to bounce back from sales rejection. No one enjoys rejection, but learning to respond constructively to these disappointments can actually turn losses into future opportunities. Here’s how: Give Yourself Room to Recognize the Gift: Step back and allow yourself the chance to respond rather than react. Do what […]
“The purpose of a pitch isn’t necessarily to move others immediately to adopt your idea. The purpose is to offer something so compelling that it begins a conversation, brings the other person in as a participant, and eventually arrives at an outcome that appeals to both of you.” ― Daniel H. Pink, To Sell Is Human: The […]
Sales success is not achieved by accident, but rather by carefully planned strategies and the avoidance of common sales pitfalls, according to a new white paper authored by Amy Fox, President and CEO of Accelerated Business Results (ABR), a leading corporate training and custom e-learning firm. The white paper, “12 Sales Pitfalls & How Today’s Most Profitable Salespeople Avoid Them,” is available for download on the ABR website.
Value. What does that mean to the buyer? One way value is defined in the dictionary is “the worth of something in terms of the amount and quality of other things for which it can be exchanged.” The value of your service or product is often measurable and easily demonstrated up front. However, the “perceived” value will many times only be experienced by your follow-up and your willingness to go the extra mile and add value.
Sales can be brutal. Admit it—have you ever felt like you’ve just been trampled after a sales call? Or wished that you had just run a marathon (twice!) rather than conduct a grueling first appointment with that tough-nut-to-crack company? And sometimes even the most basic responsibilities in business development may seem way too time-consuming, tedious, or even trivial.
Have you ever invested so much of yourself in an opportunity only to feel totally deflated when you learned you didn’t get the business? If you’re in sales, I’m sure you’ve been there. How do you recover from these situations so that it doesn’t get in the way of securing future business? Those of us in sales recognize the importance of high activity and a robust funnel, and “on to the next” is a regular state of mind for many. However, it’s still important to take a moment to learn not only from our wins but also from our losses.