7 “Sorry to Bother You” Alternatives Every Salesperson Needs

When you’ve been in sales a while, it’s easy to develop bad habits. You pick them up from other reps or take a shortcut during an especially busy week and, all of the sudden, you’ve added some skills to your...
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100 Sales Probing Questions to Truly Understand Your Prospects’ Pain [Infographic]

Probing questions ask for more detail on a particular matter. They’re often follow-up questions like, “Could you tell me more about that?” or “Please explain what you mean.” Probing questions are meant to clarify a point or help you understand...
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Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1....
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10 Habits of Highly Effective Closers

If you asked most people what activity they associated most with sales, I’d guess that many of them would respond the same way: Closing. And it’d be no surprise. For one thing, it’s the most visible part of the sales...
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The Sales Closing Technique That Gets Prospects to Overcome Their Own Objections

I’m not a big fan of closing early and often. I prefer to close once I know a prospect is already sold. I try to avoid signaling to prospects that I’m there to sell something. Instead, I strive to portray...
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5 More Great Habits to Grow Your Business

A while back, I discussed some Great Habits to Grow Your Business. That was along with a discussion about Hoboken, New Jersey, people watching, Frank Sinatra, stopping at red lights, sunshiny days, the New York City skyline, and a pack...
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6 Sales Closing Techniques and Why They Work

Closing is a make-or-break moment in sales. Choosing the right phrases to seal a sales deal is crucial. And this moment is likely the final verdict determining whether or not your efforts will amount to anything at all. More...
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How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile For Sales

Social selling is part activity and part reputation. If you’re writing insightful comments on your prospects’ blogs, responding to their tweets, and liking their shared content, you’ve got the activity bit down pat. But if your LinkedIn profile is three...
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How to Write a Sales Email People Want To Respond To

There’s a single purpose behind every sales email, whether it’s a prospecting email, follow-up email, or a breakup email: Get a response. More...
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8 Questions That Keep Prospects Talking

When asked why salespeople don’t close more sales, a company president answered instantly, “They don’t ask enough questions.” He went on to add, “They’re so focused on getting prospects to buy they don’t engage them. That takes asking lots of...
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