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Time Management Tips for Really Busy People

Do you always have a lot to do and never enough time to do it all? The clock ticks relentlessly on and your to-do list gets larger rather than smaller, despite your best efforts. Before you sink under your ever increasing workload, take a couple of minutes to check that you really are using this…
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Controlling the Talkative Customer

Customers who talk an excessive amount can be a particular problem for the inexperienced sales person. Customers who are excessive talkers do not listen to your sales presentation; they frequently interrupt you and often take the leadership of the sales discussion completely out of your hands. One of our sales trainers gives the following tips…
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Do Your Sales People Recognise Buying Signals?

To be effective your sales people need to be able to recognise the point when they have convinced the customer to place an order with them. Continuing to sell, rather than attempting to close the sale, when the customer is convinced, is a common error made by the poorly trained sales person. (more…)
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Handling Impractical Suggestions

In most cases managers are usually very grateful when a member of their team makes a suggestion on how things could be improved. Being an effective manager of people is, after all, about encouraging open communication and innovation. However, what should you do when someone brings you an idea that is simply unrealistic? (more…)
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Body Language Helps You Sell

Try though one might, it is impossible to avoid communicating! Although this simple statement may surprise, it expresses the concept of non verbal communication. Sales people need to remember that their customers will form an opinion of them not from what they say, but rather from what their body language is saying. (more…)
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Talk Once A Day, Not Once A Year

Managers are responsible for the positive performance of the people in their team. This means having regular feedback sessions. But managers can be extremely reluctant to do this. (more…)
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Achieving Your Full Potential

Newly promoted managers can suffer from self-doubt and may worry that they are not be good enough to succeed in their new role. This phenomenon – sometimes called “imposter syndrome” can become a self-fulfilling prophesy, unless it is tackled head on. (more…)
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Updating the 70:20:10 learning mix

There are many ways in which we can learn to be a successful and effective manager. The 70:20:10 learning mix was first proposed by McCall, Lombardo and Eichinger who based their conclusions on studying high-performing managers. But maybe it’s time to re-think this model. (more…)
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How to Cancel Unprofitable Customer Meetings

Picture the scene... you have arranged a meeting with a potential customer. It is the second such meeting (or it could well be the first visit). After arranging the meeting, you realise that the visit is not worth the expense - either the possibility of concluding business is too marginal, the order will be too…
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Setting Great Goals

Goals define what we are expected to achieve. At work we are measured, and sometimes directly rewarded, on our achievement of the goals we have been set. (more…)
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