It is a job-seekers' employment market. With nationwide unemployment hovering around 3.9%, and the Wisconsin unemployment rate even lower at around 3%, employers are now having a difficult time filling key positions – especially in sales and sales management. But we’ve found the low unemployment rate isn’t the only reason for this. The real issue is poorly written job descriptions. Even when unemployment is low, people are still looking for sales position opportunities. Maybe they don’t like their current job, maybe they [...]
You may know your company’s product lines backwards and forwards, but the simple truth about sales is your customers are buying from you. If they don’t like you, there’s a good chance they won’t buy from you. Many forget that during every sales meeting, one of the products you are selling is: you. During the small-talk portion of every sales meeting, there’s a chance to sell yourself by answering the simple questions almost everyone asks. We’ve put together a few examples [...]
We live in the era of fake news, sensationalized reporting, elevated threat levels and common household items that you use every day that could kill you in your sleep. There’s a nice, short way of describing these things: bullshit. And while bullshit is negatively portrayed, there is such a thing as good bullshit. Bullshit is simply a misdirection. Like a magician getting the audience to focus on his left hand while he hides the rabbit with his right, bullshit - when used [...]
Oh No! You just sent out an email with an attachment, but you forgot to attach it. Dang it, you had one thing to do! We've all been there, but it’s embarrassing and it makes you feel like a forgetful idiot. But have no fear, there are several ways to recover. Have a sense of humor about it: Send another email with the attachment with a funny, but informative, subject line like: Attachment actually attached, I’ve returned with your attachment, A case [...]
This is the story of a $200 t-shirt … and company systems gone terribly wrong. Earlier this year, an employee wanted to send a shirt with our logo to
Saying the wrong thing during a sales meeting can bring your pitch to a screeching halt. What's the wrong thing? Here are five things you should never say during a sales meeting. "I don't know" – In sales there is never a reason to say "I don't know." It makes your potential clients think, "If you don't know this now, will you know the answer to a really important question once we've hired you?" Not to say you should lie (see tip [...]
You've scripted the perfect PowerPoint, assembled some magnificent imagery for your slides, and you've out the invites to your online presentation. The only thing you need to do now is show up and press start, right? WRONG! Online sales presentations are only effective if you've done your best to eliminate all potential issues you could encounter in the virtual conference room. We've all been looped into really bad online presentations, and they are more frustrating than informative. If you want to keep [...]
It’s pretty incredible how often you hear managers complaining about their best employees leaving, and they really do have something to complain
If making a lot of money in sales was easy, then everyone would be doing it. These ten things separate the winners from the losers in sales.
It’s the day of the big sales presentation. You and your team put in countless hours making sure the PowerPoint is flawless, your brand is accurately depicted and your final sales pitch will be pontificated perfectly. Then you show up 10 minutes late (you’ve gotten lost and couldn’t find parking), you say hello to Steve (Scott) with a confident handshake before finding out your laptop can’t connect to the wireless network and you were supposed to bring a projector for your sales [...]
Meetings don't have to be inefficient! Use the following guidelines to increase productivity.
Sales productivity is the #1 challenge for B2B organizations and it continues to decline. Consider these 7 helpful hints for increasing sales productivity.
Are you suffering from org chart disintegration? Since the recession of 2008, many companies have been operating lean — keeping the “do more with less” philosophy alive. While this seems like an effective way to maximize productivity while minimizing expenses, it has a harmful side effect. At the VX Group, we believe many companies – especially mature ones — are now seeing org chart disintegration – as people in traditional leadership roles are now devoting more time to short-term tasks [...]
Millennials have a reputation for not staying in jobs long. If that’s the case, sales managers need to quickly onboard them and get them selling. Doing so not only ensures they are productive for you in a short amount of time, but it could also make them want to stay with you longer.
The harder it is to explain the plan, the less you can expect people to carry it out.