Category Archive for: ‘Sales Negotiations’

How Sales and Negotiation Skills Training Can Fail the Front Line

I recently noticed and greatly enjoyed Dave Stein’s LinkedIn Pulse post, “If I Have to Sit Through One More B.S. Sales Training Class…” Dave discusses the major pet peeves of a sales “heavy hitter” who bristles at the thought of sitting through sales training meetings conducted by people who have never sold, don’t know sales’ specific challenges or how to …

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Best Practices: Territory Business Management

Recently our friend and colleague, Jim Hale, published a blog on territory management and the art/discipline of applying multiple resources and time to effectively generate sustainable sales. In the end, winning Territory Action Planning (TAP™) results in increased customer satisfaction and relationships, higher win rates and overall better revenue and profit results. Because this is such an important subject, we …

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Curiosity Killed the Cat (But It Made the Sale)

By Jim Hale, VP of Business Development, K&R Negotiations In my work with sales teams all over the world, I am often asked about what is the most critical trait for a successful sales person. My answer is always the same: “Genuine curiosity.” Curiosity is like a Swiss Army knife with all the attachments. It gets the job done in …

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It’s not the ROI that Drives the Buy!

You may think arming yourself with facts and data will help you convert prospects into customers, but it’s more important that prospects believe you truly understand their business, the industry, the company, the LOB’s and the Individuals within the organization. This issue comes up time and time again in our interviews with clients, they want their solution provider to understand …

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Why Disruptive Deals Are So Difficult (And Why Yours Can Work)

In a 2012 Harvard Business Review article titled “The End of Solution Sales,” authors Brent Adamson, Matthew Dixon, and Nicholas Toman identified a new way of selling being practiced by the cream of today’s sales professionals—usually B2B salespeople attempting to land complex deals. These prominent authors identified a small percentage engaged in what they call “insight selling.” In contrast to …

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Do You Want to Be Successful? A Better Negotiator? Break These Three Bad Listening Habits

Forging a winning deal depends largely on your ability to gather as much information as possible about the other side’s market position, motivations and goals. This holds equally true at the organizational, departmental and personal levels. Better information means a more finely tuned value argument and increased credibility, both of which mean more positive leverage that will help you close. …

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Chief Procurement Officer Study: Implications for Sales Negotiators

The IBM Institute for Business Value recently released a new thought leadership study (Chief Procurement Officer Study: Improving competitive advantage through procurement excellence) Sellers who regularly deal with chief procurement officers (CPOs) or that CPO’s staff should read it. The paper’s creators surveyed 1,128 CPOs from organizations with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion to understand how procurement has …

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Negotiation Examples: Managing Internal Conflict

Not all books on negotiation skills cover how to handle internal dissension or conflict during important negotiations. There’s a reason we included it as the third of K&R’s Six Principles™ of Negotiation: A team divided is a costly team. Here is an example of how one of our seasoned negotiation consultants, “Hank,” handled a very difficult situation with a member …

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Negotiation Examples: Preparation is Key

Often, successful sales negotiations rest on preparation. How do you go from hard work to successful outcomes? What’s the actual process? It’s preparation. Preparation means always gathering information to gain an understanding of the motivations and objectives of the other side as well as our own. Without this understanding, we’re merely guessing at the terms (the requirements) that might satisfy …

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