Monday Mornings with Madison

Yearly Archives:
2009

SALES SUCCESS, PART 2

FROM LEADS TO DEALS… HOW TO IMPROVE SALES CONVERSION RATES Ever seen a salesperson who was excellent at finding potential new customers, yet wasn’t even close to being the company’s top producer?  That’s because finding potential new customers—known as leads—is … Continue reading

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SALES SUCCESS: PART 1

GETTING THE TRUTH FROM CUSTOMERS Let’s face it: sometimes customers are not completely honest with salespeople.  What’s difficult is that salespeople are limited in what they can do about it.  Unless you don’t plan on doing business with that customer … Continue reading

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RUTHLESS PRIORITIZATION

Disorganization is costly, wasteful, demoralizing, and begs failure. Your success may hinge on your ability to remain organized, regardless of the financial and emotional pressures work may place on you.

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STRESS OUT: HOW TO CHANGE YOUR REACTION TO STRESS. PART 3

Over the last two weeks, we’ve looked at the sources and causes of workplace stress and positive ways to react to stress, like relieving the anxiety and tension that are a byproduct of stress.  But, perhaps the best way to … Continue reading

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GOT STRESS? – PART 2 – WAYS TO DE-STRESS

Last week, we saw that while stress is a normal occurrence, high and continuous levels of stress can be psychologically and physically harmful.  The first step to help deal with stress is to understand the internal and external sources of … Continue reading

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GOT STRESS? PART 1 – IDENTIFYING SOURCES OF STRESS

“Stress” continues to be the number one buzz word circulating around water coolers these days. Those that haven’t lost their job, worry that they will. Those who are still working have seen their workload increase, downtime vanish, and duties expand beyond … Continue reading

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BUILDING NEGOTIATING POWER

Negotiating the final terms of complex deals can be thorny.  Often, sales professionals find themselves in a situation where the customer holds all the cards. You may have invested time in the opportunity. You may have made a transaction or quota commitment … Continue reading

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THE SECRET OF NETFLIX

You’ve probably heard of Netflix, the online DVD rental-by-mail service.  If you’re one of their ten million subscribers, you’ve probably enjoyed a couple of the two billion videos they’ve mailed out in the past 10 years. It’s a brilliant business … Continue reading

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LINKEDIN FOR BUSINESS

In the final installment of our series on using social media for business, let’s look at LinkedIn, which is the most powerful professional networking tool available today. LinkedIn allows you to connect with business contacts and share information in a … Continue reading

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FACEBOOK AND TWITTER FOR GROWN-UPS

To round out our discussion of social networking, let’s take a look this week at Facebook and Twitter. The fact that these sites are being used for business purposes by major corporations is a recent phenomenon, and many companies today … Continue reading

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