Articles for Sales Professionals

11 Biggest Mistakes Sales Professionals Make in Their Presentations

A guest article by Patricia Fripp, Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, sales presentation skills and an on-line training expert. Like Hollywood actors, sales professionals put themselves and their companies on the line with every word, taking a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome. Just like actors, even the best, most experienced…

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5 Tips When You Have 5 Minutes With A Prospect

A guest article by Patricia Fripp, Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, sales presentation skills and an on-line training expert. If you are on the phone, a webinar, or in person, and you have a few minutes with the executive, what do you say to keep on track and be professional? Here is an…

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Are You Healthy Enough to Pass a Sales Physical?

The Six Critical Tests That Most Contribute to Your Personal Selling Success So how healthy are you? Want to find out by completing a simple six question test of your selling skills and effectiveness? As a sales and sales management consultant and trainer for 35 years I’ve been able to observe and evaluate the skills…

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Are You Selling to Their FUD Factor?

“FUD Factor” is an old selling term that stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. The idea as a sales person is to focus on a buyer’s fears, uncertainty and doubts in trying something new or in taking no action or in doing business with your competitors. A foundation of all buying is the opposite balance,…

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Are Your Selling Actions Truly Customer Focused?

Four Questions to Test Your Resolve & Improve Your Sales Success Whenever I ask experienced sales professionals this question, they always affirm how customer-focused they already are and how they really do not need any additional help or training in this area. What about you? Are you really customer-focused in your day-to-day selling efforts? Answer…

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As a Sales Professional, Look for New Smokestacks!

Everyone agrees with new business prospecting being a critical component of any sales territory. However, even during tougher economic conditions the majority of sales people still tend to over-service their existing customers and do as little as possible to find new clients. What about you? How much new business prospecting have you been investing in…

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Find ‘The Win’ In Any Sales Loss

Do you see selling as an event or as a process? Less trained or experienced sales reps tend to see selling as just a series of stand-alone events. They work hard at every selling opportunity but when that sale is complete, whether it was won or lost, they see that sales effort as now being…

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Generational Changes Driving Today’s Sales Process

By Rick Mullen, Maintenance Sales News Magazine Associate Editor – Originally published at During a presentation at the recent ISSA Show North America 2019, in Las Vegas, NV, titled, “Winning Selling Strategies for Today’s Disruptive Sales Realities,” Sales Consultant Jim Pancero told an audience of cleaning professionals that selling has changed dramatically in recent years. “Fifty years ago, in…

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How to Sell Your Way Out of a Tougher Economy

So how’s business? Whether you sell equipment…materials…supplies…or services…I’m guessing your answer isn’t that positive right now. Some business areas are doing really well…but most have spent the last year struggling for every sale…fighting off aggressive cost-cutting competitors as you all chased after fewer buyers. I’m Jim Pancero. and I’ve been consulting and training sales teams…

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