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“Growing people is key to growing sales”: coaching for sales performance

The team at SalesStar 03 Apr 2018

Not coaching a sales team is like putting 91 petrol into a high-performance car. It’s going to strain the engine, reduce its performance and make it less economical to run.

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Overcoming the skills gap: 6 steps to develop solid sales skills

The team at SalesStar 27 Mar 2018

Not having the right set of skills and knowledge will hamstring any team—no matter how good their mindset is. Training up sales reps to ensure they have the necessary skills to perform in their role is vital, but it’s not always easy.

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Assessing a sales mindset: the hidden weaknesses to watch out for

The team at SalesStar 20 Mar 2018

In sales, it really is mind over matter. No amount of skills training will overcome a poor selling psychology. In fact, at SalesStar we’ve found that 80 per cent of a salesperson’s success comes down to mindset. It’s why hiring people with the right mindset is so critical to developing a high-performance sales team. But what sort of mental attitude should sales managers look for?

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Recruiting sales reps? Then it’s a good time rethink your sales recruitment strategy

The team at SalesStar 13 Mar 2018

Gut feel is not a recruitment strategy. Yet, many organisations still rely on it to recruit their salespeople. It’s a hit and (mostly) miss strategy, and it can severely impact a company’s ability to grow. Onboarding an ineffective salesperson is not going to help you hit your growth targets. However, a solid sales recruitment strategy will.

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Sales growth Sales leadership

Creating effective sales managers: are your leaders actually leading?

The team at SalesStar 06 Mar 2018

Sales has a problem—or rather, a shortage. Effective sales leaders are hard to find. Research from over 100,000 sales managers has found that 18 per cent of all sales managers should not be in the role and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Sales growth

KPIs and sales systems: the essential tools for effective selling

The team at SalesStar 27 Feb 2018

As the founder of modern management, Peter Drucker, once said, “What gets measured gets improved.” Without a set of sales KPIs and an effective system to track and monitor them, a sales team is operating without knowing where the goal posts are.

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Sales strategy Sales growth

How to develop a sales process: 4 steps you need to know

Paul O’Donohue 20 Feb 2018

The sales process is the epicentre of everything in sales—getting it wrong can send shockwaves through your business. A lack of process means salespeople constantly wing it, sales cycles linger on for what seems like forever, and sales leaders are left frustrated and unable to manage their teams. All this translates to inconsistent sales results, a position no manager likes to be in.

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Your sales plan: your roadmap to sales success

Paul O’Donohue 13 Feb 2018

After completing a sales analysis, you should have a good understanding of what’s working and not working for your sales team and your business at large. It’s now time to strategically hone-in on the weak points and create a plan to develop these areas—and set your growth targets. This is your sales plan; it’s one part strategy, one part execution, and is a vital roadmap to your goals.

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Want laser-focused sales growth? It starts with a sales analysis

Paul O’Donohue 08 Feb 2018

Imagine you’re ill. Not the head-cold kind of ill, but the chest-pain kind. You go to the doctor, who immediately schedules you for open heart surgery that afternoon. Following doctor’s orders, you go, get sedated and allow a surgeon to investigate your vital inner workings. The diagnosis? Indigestion! You’ve just wasted however many thousands of dollars on surgery, an afternoon—plus, a bucket load of stress—on a solution before you had a proper diagnosis.

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Sales training

5 secrets to perfect the timing of your sales proposal

The team at SalesStar 15 Nov 2017

You’ve nailed your opening call, delivered a superb value proposition and you’ve piqued your client’s curiosity. But there’s only a small window of opportunity to present a proposal, so timing is mission critical. Are you sure you’re ready––and what about the client? Is there such a thing as too soon in the world of consultative selling? 

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