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Don’t Be a Sales Schmuck

Slick lines, canned responses, and a voice that sounds just like the typical salesperson—a common combination for too many salespeople today. Even those who avoid this Wolf of Wall Street persona still tend to talk too much, listen too little, and dominate versus facilitate conversations with buyers. Is it any wonder that almost everyone, including salespeople themselves, dislike being on the receiving end of a sales pitch?

The definition of a schmuck is:

An obnoxious or…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 14, 2014 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Say What You Mean, Just Don’t Say It Mean – Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought for the Day

Tough love and brutal honesty are, quite honestly, terrible ideas. Love is never, ever tough and telling someone the truth doesn’t have to be harsh.

We can tell anyone what needs to be said with clarity, composure, and compassion. So, today and each day hereafter, I encourage you to be direct AND kind. You can say almost anything to anyone if you say what you mean with saying it mean.

Added by Scott Wintrip on April 10, 2014 at 9:34am — No Comments

Attitude Isn’t Everything

Wintrip Consulting Group : Take No Prisoners Take No Prisoners is a free weekly memo from Scott Wintrip that explores how Radical Accountability prospers companies and changes lives. Instead of taking people hostage with outdated, heavy-handed, and ineffective methods of management, measurement, and motivation, Radical Accountability focuses on creating an unwavering responsibility for getting what matters most done.

Those who claim attitude is everything are most likely struggling with attitudinal challenges…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 9, 2014 at 12:53pm — 1 Comment

Count the Change to Make the Change Count

If you want something different, you must do something different. Even if you want things to stay the same, change is still required. Everything evolves, including the economic climate, needs of colleagues and constituents, the competitive landscape, and the momentum caused by constantly shifting trends. The status quo, if that is truly a desirable state, requires…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 7, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Turning Predicaments into Problemtunities – Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought for the Day

“If I could just go a day without having to solve problems, that would be a good day,” a CEO I advise recently shared.

Having heard him say this before, I responded, “The problems aren’t the issue. How you’re viewing them is the real problem.”

This led to a conversation on Making Shift Happen.

We all have a choice of how we view the world around us. Unfortunately, repetitively thinking the same thoughts creates a belief system that stays with us until we…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 3, 2014 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Brutally Honest or Honestly Brutal?

Next time anyone claims they are being brutally honest, ask yourself, is brutality of any kind really necessary?

These occurrences often start with an exchange of emails or texts. One person thrusts with nasty words, then the other one parries with sarcasm. Before long,…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on April 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Death by Repetitive Practice

While some people may like the idea of death by chocolate, most would probably agree that killing the success of a business with ineffectual approaches is a really bad idea. Unfortunately, that’s what’s happening in many companies across the globe.

While the use of Repetitive Practices in…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Be a Peer, Not a Pauper – Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought of the Day

On a discussion forum this week, advice was sought for dealing with a reluctant buyer who was viewing the salesperson’s attempts to sell as competition to her own efforts. This all too common attitude by some buyers is exactly why they need your help.

Unfortunately, advice on this topic often perpetuates the subservient mentality of many who sell. This “you have to prove yourself approach” is the beginning of a losing battle for the hearts and minds of those who’ve already decided…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 27, 2014 at 8:52am — No Comments

How to Avoid Compensation Complaints

Like the overly complicated tax code in the US, many compensation plans for sales roles are filled with convoluted rewards, confusing tiers and thresholds, and loopholes that undermine the system.

Thankfully, it doesn’t take an act of…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 26, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Putting Lipstick on a Pig and Calling It Innovation

Hundreds of leaders in the staffing and recruiting industry heard panelists and speakers talk about “innovative” ideas last week at the Executive Forum in San Diego.

In a number of instances, what was said was no different than putting lipstick on a pig and saying she’s a contender for Miss Universe. The…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 24, 2014 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Extreme Customer Service

Wintrip Consulting Group : Take No Prisoners Take No Prisoners is a free weekly memo from Scott Wintrip that explores how Radical Accountability prospers companies and changes lives. Instead of taking people hostage with outdated, heavy-handed, and ineffective methods of management, measurement, and motivation, Radical Accountability focuses on creating an unwavering responsibility for getting what matters most done.

When’s the last time a customer thanked you for making a mistake? If the answer is never or…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 19, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Candidate Gravity – TempNet

It was an honor and pleasure to be your keynote speaker at TempNet.

I promised more potential Points of Gravity for enhancing your gravitational field in the market. Here those are:

  1. College and trade school recruiting
  2. Providing outplacement services
  3. Contacts from trade association websites
  4. Speaking at events attended by…
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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 14, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Corporate Vitamins and Minerals

Wintrip Consulting Group : Take No Prisoners

Healthy bodies gain their strength and stamina through a balanced intake of nutrients, exercise, and sleep. Nutritionists have raised our awareness of physical health by focusing our attention on what we ingest and do each day, often in the context of Minimum Daily Requirements. MDR’s make the achievement of healthy living easier by allowing us to manage this one day at a time.

The corporate body also requires a balanced intake of nutrients in order…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on March 12, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Avoiding Employee Neglect

There’s nothing wrong with being nice, and it’s a huge asset in most situations. Building relationships with customers and forging new ones with prospects requires some degree of niceness or the ability to fake nice really well. And I believe that most people aren’t faking.

Being a nice person becomes a liability for leaders when they engage in Employee Neglect, the workplace equivalent of child neglect. Employee Neglect occurs when…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on February 12, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

Super Sales and Marketing

Fans were surely pleased, engaged, and even surprised during the Super Bowl. I refer not to the game itself, which was a stunning upset, but the much anticipated commercials. Millions of tweets, texts, emails, and Snapchats provided an ongoing commentary on these carefully crafted sales pitches. All this excitement focused on companies wanting us to part with our money in trade for their products and services. Shows what a compelling approach can do to create a buzz, name recognition, and…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on February 3, 2014 at 1:14pm — 4 Comments

Scent of Urgency

Take No Prisoners is a free weekly memo from Scott Wintrip that explores how Radical Accountability prospers companies and changes lives. Instead of taking people hostage with outdated, heavy-handed, and ineffective methods of management, measurement, and motivation, Radical Accountability focuses on creating an unwavering responsibility for getting what matters most done.

Predatory animals and the best leaders of sales teams have something in common—their sense of “smell” is…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on January 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

HR’s Diabolical Plot

A host of human resource leaders are embroiled in a conspiracy—protecting their companies from the likes of you. Their evil sidekick, procurement, has their back. They make you jump through hoops called the RPF process, leaving you thinking this is your shot, when really it’s a process of exclusion rather than inclusion. They even deploy technological advancements, including VMS, as a shield to protect their companies from too much contact from the perceived toxic interactions with account…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on January 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Leadership Blindness

Like color blindness, some people on your team may have developed Leadership Blindness. Here are a few of the symptoms:

  • You have to repeat instructions or requests two or more times.
  • Directives, especially those in print, appear to go unnoticed.
  • The same mistakes happen again, and then yet again.
  • Important details are being overlooked, especially when dealing with customers.

Leadership Blindness…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on January 22, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Inspired Sale

Some interactions with customers almost seem to be divinely inspired, while others feel like you’re trudging though mud and muck, getting nowhere fast. What’s the cause of these very different scenarios?

The Inspired Sale, one in which the buyer feels a compelling need to buy and buy from you, always has two components: trust and compulsion. Without both of these, selling becomes a difficult, if not impossible task.

Without trust and compulsion, you…

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Added by Scott Wintrip on January 20, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Why Hearing “No” is a Good Thing – Scott’s Sales Yoga Thought for the Day

When a prospective buyer says “no” it is not always a refusal to do business with you. In many cases N-O really stands for one or more of the following:

  • Not the Official: You’re talking to the wrong person, so of course you’re getting a “no.” This is your opportunity to get to the official decision-maker with true buying authority.
  • Not Open: Just like a chained and locked storefront closed for business,…
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Added by Scott Wintrip on January 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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