Do You Follow This Sales Rule?
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Do You Follow This Sales Rule?

We’ve talked recently about the importance of having the right mindset and skill set in sales, along with how to work your way through the buyer-seller dance. Once you’ve mastered those, it’s important to look at your level of activity. I’ve sold professional services my entire career. First in banking, then in my coaching practice. Because…

In the Buyer-Seller Dance, Are You Leading or Following?
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In the Buyer-Seller Dance, Are You Leading or Following?

The buyer-seller dance is a metaphor for the dynamic that occurs between buyers and sellers during a sales call. Both parties have their own goals and agendas, and they are constantly trying to influence each other.  Who leads in the buyer-seller dance depends on a number of factors, including:  In my experience, if we don’t…

How to Become the Salesperson People Want to Buy From
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How to Become the Salesperson People Want to Buy From

Having success in sales can sometimes feel easier said than done. It takes hard work, dedication, and a willingness to learn and grow. It also takes the ability to overcome rejection and setbacks.  I was asked by a former coworker in banking to provide sales training to their commercial bankers. Because I had run sales…

Selling: It’s Not About You, It’s About Them
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Selling: It’s Not About You, It’s About Them

Every salesperson has a big dream of exceeding sales goals, making lots of commissions or incentives, and getting the recognition among peers and executives in their organizations. The problem is when the idea of sales comes up, many of us re-live the experience of the last time we went into the car dealership. We experienced…

The One Question Every Business Owner Should Be Able to Answer
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The One Question Every Business Owner Should Be Able to Answer

What’s my business worth?    In a recent study, business owners were asked what they estimate the value of their business to be. 10% didn’t have a clue. The other 90% answered in a wide range between $500,000 and $100 million.    Further when asked how they arrived at that valuation, 2/3 answered that they had no…

ProfitSense Episode 49: Dan Mahony, Transcendent Sales Solutions; Keith Costley, Keck & Wood, Inc.; & Samantha McElhaney, Pinnacle Financial Partners
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ProfitSense Episode 49: Dan Mahony, Transcendent Sales Solutions; Keith Costley, Keck & Wood, Inc.; & Samantha McElhaney, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Dan Mahony, Transcendent Sales Solutions, Keith Costley, Keck & Wood, and Samantha McElhaney of Pinnacle Financial Partners joined host Bill McDermott for a roundtable discussion about what it takes to have a good mindset for sales. Each of them shared their career journey and their experience in sales. Bill led them through a conversation about…

The Sales Rule Everyone Should Follow
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The Sales Rule Everyone Should Follow

When someone mentions they are a salesperson, mental images often come to mind of the used car salesperson that asks, “What do I need to do to get you in this car today?” People hate to be sold. But, when people are ready to buy they appreciate the help. There’s a subtle mindset shift (sell…

Liquidity Traps to Avoid
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Liquidity Traps to Avoid

“Gazintas”? What is that? “Gazinta” is what I call a “goes into” and your balance sheet is full of them. Your balance sheet is dynamic, not static, and a “gazinta” indicates a change in your balance sheet and the reason. Cash going down “goes into” receivables going up or purchasing equipment for cash or funding…

Profitability = Viability
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Profitability = Viability

Every business owner wants to increase profitability. But many CEOs/business owners don’t know where to start or what to do. Business financial literacy classes are something that many of us didn’t take in school and there’s limited to no on-the-job training to help you get there. Every business owner deserves to have a business with a…

Are You Accidentally Making These Common Financial Mistakes?
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Are You Accidentally Making These Common Financial Mistakes?

Every business owner wants to maximize cash flow and profitability. But I’ve found that while business owners are excellent at their craft, they often struggle to understand and manage the financial side of their business. They don’t know where to start or what to do. This leads to making common mistakes that when left unchecked,…

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