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21 Aug 2019

The Power of Narrative and Storytelling in Sales

By: Nick Kane

Storytelling and sales have always gone hand in hand. Science and art agree on this point: employing narrative is more persuasive and engaging than a mere listing of objective statements. But how does it work? And how do we tell a tale that speaks to our clients?

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20 Aug 2019

What to do When Your Buyers Simply Don’t Answer

By: Justin Zappulla

It’s one of the facts of sales life – buyers often don’t respond. They don’t pick up their phones, don’t respond emails or other various ways to get in touch. Two questions come to mind – 1) Why won’t they just answer? 2) What can you do about it?

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18 Feb 2019

Personal Branding in Sales: An Introduction

By: Nick Kane

In our digital sales age, we’re seeing increasing attention paid to the idea of personal branding. Although the idea itself is by no means new (a brief history is below), awareness of its importance and value in business – including for sales reps – is now reaching a critical mass of awareness...

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12 Feb 2019

The Sales Rep’s Guide to When and How to Follow Up

By: Justin Zappulla

We often encounter sales reps and business development reps who have reached out to us and ask “When should we follow up?” and “What do we say when we follow up?”. Just like in the job market, there’s a push-pull tension between wanting to reach out soon enough to maintain top of mind presence, yet..

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30 Jan 2019

Key Tips For Your Elevator Pitches - Yes, That's Plural!

By: Nick Kane

In business, and in life in general, it’s a good idea to have at least one elevator pitch handy for when you meet new people. It helps to break the ice and lays the groundwork for a possible future relationship. While most of the conversation in the blogosphere and the publishing world centers..

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16 Jan 2019

Selling to the C-Suite: Why You Need a Different Sales Mindset

By: Nick Kane

Many of our customers have commented over the years that they don’t know how to sell to the C-Suite. It can be an intimidating process – hard to get the meeting in the first place, even more difficult to have a successful presentation. It’s also an area where many sales professionals fail –..

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07 Jan 2019

Knowing Your Competition is Critical to Sales Success

By: Nick Kane

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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31 Oct 2018

4 Best Practices for Maximizing Your Lead Conversion Rates Early in the Process

By: Nick Kane

One of the roughest sales realities is that the majority of your leads won’t pan out. The causes are seemingly endless: the timing isn’t right, something goes amiss with the qualification process, a decision maker vetoes the purchase, the customer gets cold feet, changes happen in the marketplace..

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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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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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