SIMPLE Framework – Positioning: What is Your Positioning Strategy to Move Your Deals Forward

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We have earlier discussed the first 3 steps in the SIMPLE framework for selling – Surprise, Inspire & Motivate. If done well, this will bring your customer/prospect to a situation where they identify with a vision that you have painted for them and are motivated enough to take action to move towards the vision. Once the customer is motivated to do something about the challenge that you have helped surface, you need to then position yourself or your product/service, such, that the customer feels confident that you will be able to help him resolve the challenge. This is the 4th […]

PBTO6: How to Turn Yourself into a Sales Rockstar

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http://traffic.libsyn.com/pushingbeyondtheobvious/06_PBTO6__How_to_Turn_Yourself_into_a_Sales_Rockstar.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | Email | RSSIn this episode, we host Paul Castain, who is the Vice President of Rock Star Development for Castain Training Systems,  where he works with organizations and individuals who want to sell more and sell better. He is also the founder of the LinkedIn group “Sales Playbook”, a group with more than 40000 members and one that is totally spam free. In this conversation, we talk about a lot of important topics for the sales executive and sales leaders: We talk about how taking action (starting Sales Playbook […]

Do You Make this Common Mistake?

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At the start of the year, I had decided that the theme for me this year was “Transformation“, specifically in 5 different spheres of my life. One of it was to transform my relationship with my son and wife – To spend more time with them with complete attention to them. In a step to achieve that, I tried to reach home earlier than normal yesterday. I reached home and started spending sometime with my 9 year old son. He has exams starting today at school and I was trying to teach him his Maths. In the middle, my phone […]

How Can Children help Sales Executives Regain Control On their Sales Process (B2B)

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In the past couple of months, I have had the opportunity to interact with sales leaders in India, China, Singapore and Australia. One thing that everyone agrees is that selling, and more importantly, B2B selling is getting more and more challenging.  Buyers are getting more and more intelligent as they are able to do all the research even before inviting any sales teams in for discussion. This also means that most of the interaction tend to lean towards order fulfilment or what I call “Selling to Specs”. This is a zero sum game with no clear winners at all. The […]

What can Sales Teams Learn from Performing Arts?

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Selling has a lot in common with performing arts than visible at first glance. One of the most important goal of a performing artist is to take their audience on a journey with them, the more immersive the experience, the more successful is the performance. The same is with selling. The goal of a sales executive should also be to take the customer on a journey with them. The more immersive this experience, the more successful will be the sales executive. Some lessons that sales executives can learn from performing artists who are very successful are: Weave a story: There is […]