The Art of Stress-Free Productivity: David Allen’s Getting Things Done

Here is Getting Things Done author David Allen talking about ‘The Art of Stress Free Productivity.’

For those of you who are not familiar, Getting Things Done (or GTD) is a very popular and very effective time-management method whose core premise is simple:

Our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax.

According to Allen, it’s only “when you can clear your mind and organize your thoughts that you can truly achieve effective results and unleash your creative potential.”

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The Challenger Sale – A New Way to Drive Growth

The Challenger Sale Book CoverAccording to The Challenger Sale, there is a class of sales reps out there that consistently outperform their peers by up to 200%. What’s their secret? How are they succeeding where other’s fail? Is there a way to mirror their success?

Ask any sales leader about the state of the sales industry today vs. ten years ago, and you’ll get a wealth of opinions:

Purchasing budgets have been slashed, and decision makers are more hesitant than ever. Deals are scarcer, and the competition is fiercer.

In other words, it’s never been this tough.

But in spite of these challenges, there are reps out there that consistently close over 200% more deals than their colleagues.

And that’s even in declining markets with declining growth.

What’s their secret? How are they succeeding where others fail?

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How On-the-Job Coaching Can Improve Your Sales Performance

On the Job Coaching

According to Neil Rackham, 87% of sales training content is lost after 30 days. How can you stop this loss of investment? Are there better ways to improve sales performance and knowledge?

I’m sure you’ve experienced this before: your employer spends hundreds of thousand of dollars to get all customer-facing sales reps together and ‘brainwash’ you on the latest product updates, sales techniques and SOX-compliance rules.

You spend 10 hours a day in a room with no daylight, using your breaks to make return calls to your clients and prepare your forecast by Friday, only to come back the next day (maybe a little hung-over from a night at the bar) and repeat the whole thing.

By Monday morning, you’re lucky if you remember about half of what was covered. And, according to a study by Neil Rackham, 87% of what you learned is lost within thirty days!

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A New World of Sales

Until recently, customers seeking business solutions had to ask suppliers for guidance early in the purchasing process, because crucial information wasn‘t available anywhere else. But today customers are better informed than ever before. By the time they approach suppliers, they generally have a clear idea of the problem they need to solve, the solutions that are available, and the price they‘re willing to pay. In this world, process-driven sales machine approaches fall short, because they give sales reps no room to exercise judgment and creativity in dealing with highly knowledgeable customers. The new environment favors creative and adaptable sellers who challenge customers with disruptive insights into their business and offer unexpected solutions.

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3 Reasons Why the MEDDIC Sales Process Works

1. THE MEDDIC QUALIFICATION CHECKLIST

Did you ever give a thought why pilots go through rigorous checklists before they start the engines and take off? That’s right, they have to be 99.9% sure they are setup for success, as even small issues could have big impact. Once they’re airborne, there’s no option for failure.

Similar to a pilot, MEDDIC gives you a checklist for every sales stage, giving you a health check for flying a deal to closure. Just like a pilot, you’ll be able to quickly understand your chances of landing successfully, and might even consider to step back and take another plane. While the pilot saves a lot of lives, we in sales save a lot of very precious time by planning to recover early to succeed in the end and close more deals.

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Asking for the Order Is a Closed Question

It doesn’t matter if you sell into Enterprise Companies or Small and Medium Business, we sales people do a hell of a job preparing the decision making, support clients to understand their benefits and show them how to get the quickest return.

Still, we seem to have a big issue harvesting on all the hard work we have done and ask for the deal. The most common perception is that sales hate to get a “NO”. Here is an interesting video with a different opinion.

 

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Your MEDDIC Sales Process Checklist

Your MEDDIC Checklist

There’s no doubt:

MEDDIC as a sales process has helped many sales teams around the globe to achieve extraordinary results.

Statistics prove that 30%+ growth rates in saturated markets and 250%+ in start-ups are possible. In fact, many salespeople that touch MEDDIC will never again work without it.

Fast paced companies like Workiva, MongoDB, Alfresco, Snowflake and many more have build a healthy pipeline and forecast on the fundaments of MEDDIC.

Read on to get a brief overview on this simple and lightweight qualification process.

 

Here’s the basic MEDDIC checklist:

MEDDIC Checklist

MEDDIC Checklist

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Some Tips for the Right Sales Attitude

Cultivate the opportunity

  • Determine if the opportunity is worth the investment of time
  • Hypothesize about new ways to engage the customer
  • Infer the scope of the opportunity on the basis of limited information about the customer

Asses the customer’s receptivity to insight

  • Make informed assumptions about the customer and its needs
  • Identify atypical sources of information about the customer and its assumptions
  • Exercise patience in order to allow an opportunity to develop

Challenge the customer’s thinking

  • Judge when best to engage key decision makers and other stakeholders
  • Adapt the approach in order to generate buy-in
  • Asses the worthiness of the pursuit on the basis of the customer’s reaction

Build consensus

  • Tailor responses to stakeholder’s highly varied objections and reactions
  • Creatively determine ways to revive stalled deals
  • Encourage and arm key stakeholders to influence detractors

Close the deal

  • Asses the buying group’s understanding of what differentiates the solution from the alternatives
  • Know when to stand firm or acquiesce in negotiation
  • Identify negotiation points beyond terms and conditions