What does that mean -- Selling is not about selling? It means simply that....

Who is your inner critic? You know, that little voice in your head that says things like "you'll never hit your target this month" or "I told you so" or "you never were any good at presentations". We all have an inner voice...

Have you ever been at a meeting when someone is talking about his or her vision for the organisation and somebody interrupts to announce that there are no loo rolls in the gents? Have you ever been bored at a presentation -- when all you wanted was an over view and instead you got War and Peace?

Listening is a vital skill that is often neglected and yet is crucial to your sales success. Be aware of the five stages of effective listening and get into the habit of recognising and practising these stages;

In the build-up to a first meeting, there are details and tasks that shouldn't be delayed until you are between the reception and the boardroom on the day itself. All of your investment up to now and potential revenue hinges on this meeting, so it'd be inexcusable to go in unprepared.

Having found the business you were looking for and spent some time looking in from the outside, observing all you can, it's time to make contact. There's no time to stop, in awe of the bright lights, you need to move while the lead is fresh and your research is relevant.

At the start of the sales journey, the road can look a little empty. When previous success stories are left behind and what's ahead is all that matters, there's an understandable tendency to feel overwhelmed or frightened of the unknown. For the best sales professionals though, lead generation means new business and is seen as an opportunity.

Refuse to Lose

What It Takes to Get Back in the Fast Lane in Sales

Martin Limbeck describes how sales professionals can get back in the fast lane--even in tough times with budget cuts, well informed clients, and comparable products. He shows that the ability to sell is within all of us. What it takes to be successful is the right attitude and tenacity.

After years of The Sales Consultancy getting called into improve companies' sales, experience suggests there's a good chance your team could be off the standard required. That's why I list below my 10 Reasons Why Sales Managers Lose Their Jobs. Check you and your team against these common mistakes in sales. Nobody does it on purpose, everybody's busy. Of course. But if you're losing sales, you're losing revenue, you're losing profits. And you need to do something about it. Check yourself and/or your team against these common mistakes...

How resilient are you? Reading a recent newspaper article by Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology at University College London, reminded me of just how importance resilience is when it comes to achieving success. In fact I would go as far as to say that you would struggle to succeed in anything without resilience.