Have a plan in place

A group of workers sit at a conference table looking over documents.
A group of workers sit at a conference table looking over documents.
Effective Sales Meetings require preparation and agendas. Photo by fauxels from Pexels

With most salespeople working these days remotely, having sales meetings are more important than ever.

But how can you have productive meetings without wasting everyone’s time?

Here are four suggestions to help you

First, have a clear agenda — This may sound like a no-brainer, but I’ve attended many meetings in my career when there was no agenda. Instead, the sales manager would ask for questions, and the discussions would turn into a free for all complaints and comments. Sometimes personal and emotional topics would surface that usually would have been better handled off-line or one-on-one.

By having an agenda, you set a professional tone. You also keep the meeting organized and on track. …

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It’s time to remove all of your sticky notes & develop a serious plan for 2021. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Take a fresh look at your sales pipeline.

It’s time to say good riddance to 2020. But will 2021 be any better? Yes, the COVID-19 vaccines are here. But it could take several months before most people are vaccinated. And it could take even longer for the economy to recover.

How can salespeople generate a good income this year while battling the dual crisis of a rampant pandemic and a weak economy?

Here are 4 suggestions to help you out.

First, analyze your sales pipeline.

It’s customary to review your sales pipeline once a month or quarter. However, at the beginning of a new year, this is a good time to thoroughly unclog your pipeline of old prospects and sales leads that are going nowhere. …

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Set the right priorities.

Struggling with both the COVID-19 pandemic and the recession, many salespeople are facing a time crunch. This is partly due because many companies are laying off or furloughing employees. Or, in some cases, employers are imposing hiring freezes. All this means is more work for everyone.

So, the pressure is on.

Salespeople are now forced to do more than selling. For example, many have to do customer service. Simultaneously, others must perform mundane and time-consuming clerical tasks that were once delegated to office workers or interns.

How can salespeople generate orders when they are wearing many hats and performing too many responsibilities? …

Sound confident, stress urgency.

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Leaving voicemail messages isn’t child’s play, You need to sound confident & professional if you want to get sales. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

When making outbound sales calls, you will rarely reach anyone. As a result, you must leave voicemail messages. The challenge we face is how to leave messages that will give you a response.

Here are five suggestions to help you leave messages that make a difference.

1. Be confident

No one wants to hear a whiny or wimpy message. Speak with confidence. Be professional. Keep your message short — no more than two minutes. Drop the word “just” from your vocabulary. You don’t want to say you’re “just” calling. Using the word “just” minimizes the importance and urgency of your call.

Yes, you want to be enthusiastic when calling, but don’t overdo it. Also, speak more slowly than usual. …

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You don’t need to fear rejection in sales if you learn to take steps to bounce back. Photo by samer daboul from Pexels

Avoid self-pity & push forward

Rejection in sales is part of the job. There is no way to avoid it. But how you handle rejection can make the difference between being a good or lousy salesperson.

Here are five suggestions to help you

First, don’t take it personally. Many salespeople take rejection personally. You shouldn’t. In most cases, clients are not rebuffing you, but the products or services you are selling. There are many reasons beyond your control when the proverbial door closes on you. Maybe the client has a tight budget, and he needs to put you off for a few months. …

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With COVID-19 disrupting our work, it’s important to follow some simple rules to maintain our sanity at home. Photo by Ketut Subiyanto from Pexels

Avoid bad news & stay positive

If you are like most people, you started working remotely in March or April when COVID-19 became an official threat. Initially, you may have thought you would only be working at home for only a few weeks or a couple of months.

But we are now heading into December, and there is no end in sight. Yes, there is promising news about vaccines coming. But there are no firm dates yet when the vaccines will be available or how the government will distribute the medication.

After nearly nine months of working remotely, how can you maintain your sanity and still be productive for work? …

Determination creates strength

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The Queen’s Gambit offers lessons that salespeople can adopt. Credit: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt10048342/

(Spoiler Alert — if you haven’t watched The Queen’s Gambit yet, please stop reading this post and return once you viewed the show. You will not regret it).


The Queen’s Gambit is a 7-episode fictional miniseries on Netflix. It is about orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon (played by Isla Johnston, then by Anya Taylor-Joy). The story follows her pursuit to become the world’s greatest chess player. But Beth’s quest is hampered with drug and alcohol addiction, along with emotional struggles. …

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Doing successful Business Virtual Presentations requires preparation and planning. Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, like it or not, companies have no choice but to do virtual presentations if they want to stay in business.

Here are six suggestions to help you out.

1. Do your research.

Never do an online tour cold. It would help if you did your homework. The best resources are on your client’s website. Also, check out your client’s About Business LinkedIn profile page. A company’s About LinkedIn page is sometimes better than their website in explaining what they do.

2. Who are you doing the presentation with?

Is he a key decision maker? Is he an influencer? Has he worked at companies that currently use your products or services? The best way to find out is to check your client’s LinkedIn profile page. Also, try to get more than one person to view your tour. This will save you time from doing many presentations and could speed up the decision-making process. …

Stay on Message & Take Risks

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Presidential Candidates can teach us a lot about Marketing. Photo by Tobi Oluremi on Unsplash

Putting aside the controversy of the upcoming General Election, let’s look at what past Presidential Candidates can teach us about marketing.

Create a mission

Successful presidential candidates focus on achieving one primary goal they want to do. For example, Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton wanted to improve the economy. Yes, each candidate had several other goals. For instance, Roosevelt wanted to abolish Prohibition. Reagan wanted to shrink the size of the Federal government. Clinton wanted to improve health care. …

Follow these tested-and-tried practices.

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The first step to success is taking the first step. Photo by Jake Hills on Unsplash

Selling is difficult.

I know because I’ve been selling for years. And with the double whammy of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, selling is now more stressful than ever before.

So, what does it take to be a successful salesperson during these challenging times?

Here are five suggestions to help you

First, be patient.

Don’t rush. You can’t master selling in a day. Learn about your products and services. Learn about your market and industry. Whatever they teach you in your employer’s training sessions, absorb it. Selling is a profession, not a job.

Second, be persistent.

Or, better yet, be reckless, but in a polite way. …


Don Lee

Sales professional, Writer. Blog: http://dononselling.com. Author: Jumpstart your Sales Career: Help for New Salespeople — https://amzn.to/3eXg0O4.

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