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12 Oct 2018

How to Overcome Sales' Elephant in the Room: Customer Cynicism

By: Nick Kane

One of the side effects of today’s more informed buyer is an increase in customer cynicism – even to the point where they’ll, at times, reject purchases that are to their benefit. Therefore, sales reps need to be aware of this built-in skepticism and work to overcome it.

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10 Oct 2018

How Understanding Choice Architecture Leads to More Effective Sales

By: Nick Kane

When Richard Thaler and John Balz of the University of Chicago and Cass Sunstein of Harvard Law School coined the phrase choice architecture in 2008, they clarified how decision makers make choices. More importantly, they illuminated how choice architects, such as sales people, can use choice..

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09 Oct 2018

Empathy: The Most Difficult and Valuable Sales Skill

By: Nick Kane

One of the sales skills we think deserves more attention and conversation than it currently gets is empathy. It’s a vital trait to develop in work and in life, allowing you to develop your emotional intelligence to a high level. It’s also perhaps the most difficult skill to develop in sales.

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02 Oct 2018

How Paying Attention to Sales Types Results in Better Hiring Decisions and Job Hunt Success

By: Nick Kane

It’s a common complaint – there just aren’t enough good sales reps out there. Or so hiring managers, business owners, and HR departments think. Conversely, even in an economy that’s allegedly strong, there’s still a lot of people struggling to find work, especially the long-term unemployed. One of..

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01 Oct 2018

Motivate the Middle Tier of Your Sales Team to Maximize Sales Revenues

By: Nick Kane

Although the 80/20 rule was first popularized in the business world by Richard Koch’s 1997 book, The 80/20 Principle, the concept itself was devised a hundred years earlier (1896) by Italian economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto at the University of Lausanne in his work, Cours d’economie..

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25 Sep 2018

Why You Need to Respond to Inbound Leads ASAP

By: Nick Kane

We here at Janek Performance Group were recently searching for a vendor for a specialized service. What we found was shocking – despite research showing that the response time to inbound leads should be an hour or less, the average response time was around 72 hours – 3 days after our initial..

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24 Sep 2018

How Sales Teams Can Help Stop Revenue Leakage

By: Nick Kane

Revenue leakage, or the loss of income from customers spending less than expected over the lifetime of the relationship, is a subtle but significant negative influence on gross income, with most studies showing a 1 to 5% decrease in gross income due to revenue leakage. It’s a problem that falls..

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18 Sep 2018

Neuroscience in Sales: How a Positive Attitude Can Improve Your Performance

By: Nick Kane

You know that always cheerful, chipper coworker whom you wish somedays would turn down the sunbeam while you’re grumpily reaching for your coffee and mulling over the giant pile of paperwork on your desk? It turns out, Sunny Sunshine may have the right idea. That’s the general consensus from..

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13 Sep 2018

Why Sales Training Reinforcement is Critical for Your Organization

By: Nick Kane

The Ebbinghaus Forgetting Curve states that we forget 40% of new information 24 hours after we learn it - a key factor in why sales training reinforcement is important. ATD affirms the vital role reinforcement plays, estimating the entirety of sales training can be forgotten in as little as three..

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12 Sep 2018

Neuroscience in Sales: Negotiations

By: Nick Kane

There’s a surprising amount of research on neuroscience in areas related to sales – it’s becoming a field of increasing interest as companies and academia seek to understand the biomechanics of the buying and selling processes. Today we’ll be looking at how neuroscience applies to negotiations, and..

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