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2 min read - January 26, 2021
Intensely Human
Early in my marriage to my ex-wife it became clear that something had to change. Well, it was clear to her.  That something was me. I had good potential as a husband. It was the human side of me that needed work. That was my awakening to the reality that every role we play in […]
Our job is to build connections. First things first. If we are unable to connect with another person, engage their interest, build their trust and inspire them to take action, then everything else we think we know about how to sell is irrelevant. First things first. To sell requires a connection. With a real-life person. […]
2 min read - January 20, 2021
Coaching vs. Mentoring
Too often I see sales coaching fall into one of two categories: strategizing and game-planning sales opportunities coaching the mechanics of sales New tools and apps support this orientation. AI-powered call recording and analysis tools are a good example. They’re useful tools for managers to use to coach the mechanics of selling. “Say this, not […]
Did you know that pessimism may be the key to your success? Don’t get me wrong. Self-confidence is good. Optimism is essential. If you aren’t confident enough that’s a different issue. However, if your self-confidence isn’t tempered with a bit of negativity it will hold you back. I consider myself to be an optimist. People […]
Research has found that the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person can actually increase your brainpower. But, only if you use it. So, if you’re in sales, you have two essential motivations to be empathetic: Empathy is an avenue to connect with your buyer It gives your brain a boost and […]
“I spend 98% of my day sitting in my office and thinking about what I can do to get my team to play just 1% better.” – Pete Carroll (NFL Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks) I love this quote. It speaks to the reality of performance improvement. Especially for skill-based professions. Such as sales. Technology can […]
Jonas Salk was one of the greatest scientific minds in American history. He is most well known for discovering and developing the first successful polio vaccine. He once said, “What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question.” If you, as a sales professional, can keep this solid […]
Before we get started, here’s a quote from Voltaire to help trigger some self-reflection: “Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.” Actually, that pairs well with this wisdom from the Dalai Lama: “When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” […]
Being fast with no value has no value to your buyer. Here’s a real life example from a former client: I worked with a client who was successfully generating a ton of targeted inbound leads. However, their follow-up stunk. They were taking three business days on average to follow up a lead. In other words, they […]
3 min read - October 21, 2020
Productivity in Sales
Sales leaders and sales managers are real confused by the whole notion of productivity. I hate to say this. But, unfortunately, it’s true. This is a problem in that it drives sales leaders to make the wrong decisions about how to improve productivity. Let’s get the basics out of the way. First, a sales person’s […]
A Simple Lesson Very early in my sales career I made a cold call on the CEO of a large homebuilder in my territory. I was selling computers for what was at the time one of the larger computer companies. I was freshly trained in sales and computers, a newly minted sales rep ready to […]
Everyone feels the constant push-pull in sales. You want to make the big deal happen. However, the buyer isn’t yours to control. You want to push. You have to be patient. Pushy? Patient? You gotta be both. Being pushy is not about asking for the order. Buyers expect that from you. Though it has no […]

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Andy PaulringDNA

Bestselling author of Amp Up your Sales and Zero Time Selling, Andy Paul is #8 on LinkedIn’s list of the Top 50 Global Sales Experts to follow. With more than 170,000 followers, Andy is a highly sought-after speaker and sales sage who interviews the world’s foremost sales minds and extraordinarily interesting people to bring you strategies and insights that you can use to generate epic wins and massive value.