The Sales Professional’s Independence Day & Bill of Rights

Early in my career, I suffered under the delusion that my job was to sell everyone. I tried relentlessly to turn around purchasing agents who sat salespeople in uncomfortable chairs until the sales rep begged for mercy and caved into brutal demands. I tolerated executives who treated account salespeople like the scum of the Earth. And I courted gatekeepers who rivaled the seven-headed serpent that … [Read more...]

I Want a Sales Force of Derek Jeters

Queuing up the Yankee ballgame on my iPhone, in hopes of seeing Derek Jeter hit number 3,000, evoked childhood memories of my very first mobile device. My father cashed in wrappers from the countless cigars he smoked to give me the most popular electronic communication device in history. I was 8 or 9 years old when he called me into the living room to watch him set it up. He opened the back and … [Read more...]

Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way: The 7 Traits of Great Sellers by Ron Karr – Book Review

More sales books, blog posts, and articles are published monthly than all the material available when my sales career began in 1971. Finding the gems can be daunting, so I was fortunate to find “Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way.” I met the author Ron Karr on Twitter, enjoyed his conversations and posts, and liked what he says about selling. A Fox TV interview with him finally piqued my interest … [Read more...]

How to Exceed Your Sales Quotas

The company set my quotas, but I had goals. Quotas and goals are not the same thing. My Goals exceeded the company’s expectations.  The company's vision was bottom line numbers, but I had a vision for my entire life and my sales goals were set to achieve that vision. Their quotas became irrelevant. In 1983, the vision for my life was compacted into a short list, penned on the back of a photo of … [Read more...]