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Where are the Dinosaurs?

By Monday Morning Manager on May 23, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

 
 

Symptoms:

Jerry never felt compelled to trust or rely on technology. In his opinion nothing beats getting out there and looking someone in the eye or at least picking up the phone and chatting live with a prospect or a customer. No one ever refused to do business with Jerry, and in many of his customers’ locations he had free rein to essentially come and go as he pleased. No way email could be that important as long as Jerry could walk in, pull up a chair and talk about personal “stuff” before staring his pitch. Jerry thought email and all this new “webinar” and virtual selling stuff was just more trouble than it was worth and never going to be as important as that face to face visit. Jerry stuck to his guns and even managed to get one of the inside team to transcribe his emails, so he was not forced to adopt that new-fangled irritation into his sales game. And then Covid-19 arrived, and Jerry was lost.

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Podcast: Emotions and Margins

By Monday Morning Manager on May 16, 2022 6:30:00 AM

 
 
Symptoms:

Chris is concerned about his sales team. They are active, they are selling, and sales are up but margins are way down. The business model allows reps to be flexible in the field and sell at the prices they feel appropriate. But something is missing, and Chris is unsure how to help his field reps get more margin. He doesn't want to kill the ability of his reps to set pricing in the field, but doesn't know what information they need in order to be better at the task.

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Podcast: Are You Collecting Stamps?

By Monday Morning Manager on May 9, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

Symptoms:

Charlie had been working with a long-time client and just can’t believe why some meetings could really get under his skin. Charlie left angry with this client’s attitude towards him, the ability to waste time like it was nothing and at times complete disrespect for Charlie and his process. Yet, this client was important to Charlie’s success each year and he was unable to fire them. He opened his stamp book and added a nice bright red anger stamp on this client’s page after the last meeting he had.

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Podcast: Name Your Days

By Monday Morning Manager on May 2, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 
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Podcast: Slow Down

By Monday Morning Manager on Apr 25, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

 

Symptoms:

Elizabeth had just gotten the call every sales person hopes for each day. A target account in her territory reached out and asked that she come right away to help them with a big problem. Knowing her technical expertise could be very valuable in this situation, Elizabeth felt sure that winning the project was just a matter of not making a fatal mistake. Her competitive fires were stoked and her confidence at an all-time high as she made the appointment to be there three days later. Despite the repeated requests for her to drop everything else she had going, Elizabeth held firm and kept the date she asked for at the outset of the conversation. She had seen this movie before so this time she was determined to keep her emotions under control and the prospect on a leash instead of rushing head long into another disappointment.

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Podcast: Your Verbal Business Cards

By Monday Morning Manager on Apr 18, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

Symptoms:

Mary was on one of her first sales calls as a new rep and the prospect, with his first question, invited her straight onto the Buyers Bus: "Tell me about your company and what you do". As is typical, she proceeded to talk about the long and successful history of her company, then described the numerous accounts they had helped, and then went for a strong finish by stating how confident she was that her extensive line of products would find a good fit somewhere within the prospects business needs.

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Podcast: But They Were Interested

By Monday Morning Manager on Apr 11, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

Symptoms:

Cody knew that the firm he represented was considered best in class by the other major players in the market. As far as technical competency, customer service and the ability to deliver more than clients expected, Cody's firm always scored extremely high. With that ace to play whenever he needed to, he was sure that his new position as a Business Development Specialist would soon prove to be the road to riches. After his first 90 days Cody and his manager met to review his progress, and the picture was not pretty. Feeling the pressure to turn his fortune around quickly, he only felt more confused since so many of the people he had met with had openly said they were "interested" in his offerings. Why wasn't it working when all the stars seemed aligned?

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Podcast: More Options Doesn't Mean More Business

By Monday Morning Manager on Mar 28, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

Symptoms:
Linda was frustrated by her prospect's unwillingness to make a decision. Her prospect said he needed some time to digest the three options outlined in her proposal before making a decision. The prospect added that he was pleased with the proposal and that she had done her job well. Now she found herself in the "chase" mode because the prospect wasn't returning her calls.

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Podcast: We Are Talking About Your Worth

By Monday Morning Manager on Mar 20, 2022 8:55:08 PM

 
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Podcast: Is Research a Good Idea?

By Monday Morning Manager on Mar 7, 2022 6:45:00 AM

 

Symptoms:
Jason really wanted to impress both his sales manager and his prospect with how prepared he was for the first call of his sales career. He had all his literature organized and had armed himself with all of the background info he researched on the prospect's website. He felt good, except that after reviewing the website data, he really didn't know what 

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