6 Legit Sales Statistics (And Techniques That Work)

6 Legit Sales Statistics and Techniques That Work

For about the past 4 years I’ve had a printout of cold calling sales statistics on the wall of my office… It’s from the “National Sales Executive Association”. You’ve probably seen these before… These sales statistics are a good motivator because they remind me that while cold calling is hard, I should push through the pain because there’s a light at the end of the tunnel if I persevere. The bad news about these stats is that apparently the “National Sales Executive Association” doesn’t exist… So the stats are made…

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Thinking Makes It So

The Waking Up Course is a great way to practice meditation. The course features over a month of guided meditations by Sam Harris… Each day the host of the Waking Up Podcast offers insight into the practice of vipassana, or “insight meditation”. Day 20 of The Waking Up Course contains a powerful lesson or concept… It gave me a new perspective on the experience of meditation. The lesson I learned in Day 20 is that every thing (such as a thought or sensation) experienced in consciousness is experienced in the…

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A Whole Different Animal…

Sam Harris’s “Waking Up Course” may give you a fresh perspective on how you think. I’m only on Day 12… But one of the things I’ve noticed consistently is that after each session I feel like I have a healthier relationship with my mind and my own thoughts. Since the quality of your entire life is determined by the quality of your mind, it would seem that this course may be priceless in terms of its potential value if it improves my mind even a little. Even though I had…

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They’re Insecure Too…

That person you met who you felt a connection with. You have something in common with them, maybe a mutual friend. Maybe an interest. You want to reach out to them but you are afraid… Your fear is telling you a fictional story that this new person you don’t know yet somehow thinks you’re a fraud. You are afraid they don’t want to talk to you… But one of two scenarios is more likely… 1) They’re not thinking about you at all. 2) They want to reach out to you…

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Leading To, Not With

Most salespeople today deliver with sales presentations by leading with information about how great their company is. But this isn’t really the way it should be. And it’s very likely that your sales prospect is merely enduring the beginning portion of your presentation, the part with the slides about your company… Silently wondering when you’re going to get to the point. The point being: Them The book “The Challenger Sale” flips the conventional sales presentation concept on its head. The sales strategy in The Challenger Sale is not leading with…

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Orvis is the New Brooks Brothers

orvis is the new brooks brothers

Orvis is officially the new Brooks Brothers. For years I shopped at Brooks Brothers for shirts, pants, sweaters, ties, etc. But it has been sucking for so long that I think really Orvis is the new default choice for cool, preppie clothing. Why doesn’t Brooks Brothers develop a cool line of casual fleeces with the BB logo…? Why does Orvis sell Barbour jackets and clothing and Brooks Brothers does not…? What genius made that decision…? Why doesn’t Brooks Brothers offer the basic staples like a nice light blue gingham long…

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Increase Your Chances of Success

Pick up the phone and call someone who you think you can help. The worst case scenario is not them saying “no”. The worst case scenario is not having that opportunity in the first place. If you don’t ask, the answer is always “no”. Just by asking you have increased your chances of success by 100%. From there, who knows…? Ask sincerely, get your answer, and move on to the next one.

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Irrational Fears… Running Out Of People to Call

You can tell yourself almost anything to avoid making a cold call… One of the more irrational fears that manifests itself in my cold call preparation is the thought that, somehow, once everyone says “no” to me I’m going to run out of people to call. For example, I will buy a list of ideal target customers to call, then not call them because I’m afraid that I’ll go through the list and it will be 100% rejections. Then I think that afterwards I’ll have nothing to do. How insane…

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