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Categories: Differentiation  |  Sales Execution  |  Social Media

How to Use Your Sales Skills in Your Next Job Interview

Matt Payne is a seasoned sales enablement executive, with extensive experience in software. A certified Command of the Message Facilitator, Force Management worked with Matt at Jama Software helping  the company align the sales strategy with the organization’s growth goals. After leaving Jama, Matt continued his sales enablement experience for a customer data platform company. Several years ago an engineer friend of mine was laid off and was trying to find work. After a few weeks of job searching, we met for coffee. I’ll never forget his serious, deadpan comment, “The skills that make me good at my job are the exact opposite skills needed for finding a job.”

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Categories: Technology

Joining Remotely: 7 Tips for Great Virtual Sales Conversations

Remote and virtual selling is nothing new. For many of us, we are often moving opportunities forward via conference calls and video chats. However, in times of uncertainty, it is critically important that you are differentiating yourself as a trusted adviser, as someone who adds value in every conversation.  Use this guide as a refresher checklist or an outline to share with your teams. Brushing up on your conversation skills is never a bad idea, even for veteran sellers and sales leaders. Remember, there's as much differentiation in how you sell, as there is in what you sell. 

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Categories: B2B Buyer  |  Differentiation  |  Podcasts

Align Your Differentiation to Your Prospect's Needs

We often write about the importance of discovery. Our facilitators frequently say that deals are won and lost in discovery. It's critical that you use this time in the sales process to uncover needs, and at the same time, align your differentiation to what the buyer needs. As a salesperson, you need to think about why people choose your solution and how you can get that criteria into every buyer's decision criteria.

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Categories: Sales Messaging

Don't Move Your Deal Forward Without These Three Things

If you are trying to move a sales opportunity forward, there is no better way than to ensure you're linking a solution to an issue that's mission critical to an organization.

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Categories: Podcasts  |  Sales Conversation  |  Sales Messaging

Podcast: How to Use Metrics in Your Sales Conversation

Metrics can be a tricky concept for salespeople, especially those who are new to our Command of the Message® methodology. Typically we find these sellers are using metrics in the wrong way in the sales conversation. Metrics are important, but they're not the whole story. They don’t necessarily solve the Positive Business Outcomes or the Required Capabilities.

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Categories: Sales Planning

How to Hold to Your Committed Forecast

One of the greatest aspects of my job is the ability to speak to sales leaders / CROs / VPs on a regular basis and learn what their sellers do well and where they need to improve. One common theme that often comes from these conversations is the need to improve forecasting accuracy and eliminate “slipped deals”. 

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