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Small Business Saturday

For today only... [ap_column_wrap] [ap_column span="3"]Small businesses make-up the life-blood of the UK economy and part of British culture. Many small businesses; however, have not seen the benefit of professional sales training and how something as simple as understanding how buyers buy can increase their sales dramatically. [/ap_column] [ap_column span="3"]  [/ap_column] [/ap_colum...
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Black Friday? How about Rainbow Monday…

Be 'better' than 'Black Friday'. [ap_column_wrap] [ap_column span="3"] Here at Venture Training we do not go in for slash discounting on a particular Friday. Here's our alternative to 'Black Friday': Excellent value, real world training for your business EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! One sale gained through our sales training will give an instant return on your very modest investment. ...
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if you always do what you’ve always done…

If you always do what you've always done you'll always get what you've always got! [ap_column_wrap] [ap_column span="3"] If you always do what you've always done you'll always get what you've always got... or so the saying goes. The reality in business; however, is that you will get less than you've always got as someone will do better, faster, cheaper and take your business. Clichés ar...
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Do you actually want buyers?

For those of us in business the answer to the question 'Do you actually want buyers?' would generally be a 'yes!' [ap_column_wrap] [ap_column span="3"]There is a distinct difference, though, between someone buying from you and you selling to someone. Let's say they arrive at your flower shop choose an arrangement and buy it. Great! However, think about it a little deeper. If someone had inter...
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I don’t want to be a salesman!

I don't want to be a salesman! [ap_column_wrap] [ap_column span="4"]This is something often heard from small business owners, perhaps the self-employed tradesman or the specialist engineering company and is completely understandable. BUT, the reality is that if you are exchanging a product or service for a fee you are selling. Maybe not in the professional salesperson sense but you are looking t...
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Hunting, farming or fishing?

There is a tendency to lump sales people into one mould but this could not be farther from reality. Three modes of selling exist, Hunting, Farming and Fishing and the approaches for each are quite different: The Hunter will use lots of time and energy tracking-down sales prospects but nurturing the herd once found is alien. This is what most people see as a 'typical salesman' and they are oft...
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My competitor? Oh, they’re good!

We've all been in the position of pitching our business when someone says "what about XYZ-Systems?" (our competitor). How do you respond? How should you respond? Clearly we do not want to sell for the competition and many of us learn that 'attack is the best form of defence'. Well, maybe against a wild animal but not in a sales situation! My suggestion to you is simple: Praise your compet...
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Business cards

Business cards are much more important than you may think. We all understand the importance of making sure our business contacts have the means to reach us, and vice versa but there is a protocol, by which I don't mean the very admirable Asian methods of presentation. Firstly, the design: Your cards should be informative but not cluttered nor overly complex but contain enough information fo...
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Bond, James Bond

Bond, James Bond... one of the most well known movie lines of all time, but why? It comes-down to the use of English and, in particular a technique called a diacope. Writers employ these techniques to make certain words and phrases stick in our minds and a diacope is basically repetition of the phrase with a small 'something' in between eg. Bond, James Bond. Bond (key word), James (the 'somet...
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The High Flyer

We've all seen the High Flyer sales person but what makes them so good? [ap_column_wrap] [ap_column span="3"]If you work in a sales team you will have one person that seems to out-perform the rest, even if the territory has similar prospects, the products are the same etc. The weak sales person will find something/someone to blame but the professional sales person will look and learn. In m...
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Networking…

We are big fans of informal networking and recommend all business try to find a local networking group and become actively involved. There is, however, a caveat. Go to the network session with the view that you are both giving and receiving as this is how you will both make useful contacts and become a useful contact and to really get the most from a network group takes time. When you do go yo...
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You do have competitors

Even the most unique product or service has competition and the business that recognises this has the advantage. [ap_column_wrap] [ap_column span="3"] Let's say that your business sells computers. Your customer needs a new computer and you have the perfect machine at the perfect price. Your store is across the street from their offices and they have bought from you many times before. Where ...
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One day sales training workshop

December 3rd, 2014: One day sales training workshop in Middleton-on-Sea, West Sussex, PO22 7RH. Most small businesses are started and run by people highly skilled in a particular area with a passion to match; however, business demands much more and selling is one area where some training will make a significant difference. Sales people are trained, not born and this workshop is ideal for thos...
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Stuck? Ask a question!

If asked most what they fear the most salespeople will say "cold-calling" or "closing" yet, in truth these are both fairly straightforward. Dig a little deeper and what we find is one of the biggest fears is actually the dreaded 'lengthening pause' and the longer it lasts the more difficult it becomes. The technique to overcome this is simple and really comes-down to your own preparedness. ...
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Plato or Aristotle?

What do the Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle, have to do with selling? [caption id="attachment_105" align="aligncenter" width="236"] Plato[/caption] Take two opposing philosophical stances, Rhetoric and Dialectic (Emotion and Logic) both of which are valid ways to convey a principle or statement. Which is likely to receive greater acceptance from your prospect? As a sales professiona...
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It’s Friday!

The 'Friday Feeling' means different things to different people and if you are a sales professional it often means a time of frustration, particularly in the B2B sector and the reason is that many businesses close early on a Friday making it impossible to reach prospects. So, now what? Golf is one option... Perhaps a better option is to reflect on what you have done this week. To see where y...
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Tell them what it does…

Last week we wrote about sales people talking about the product/service rather than what it provides to the customer. The next question is "When do you tell them 'what it does'"? Many presentations and demos begin with: who we are, what we do, how long we've done it, how much money we've made and then what it 'is'. If you are a complete unknown there may be some relevance to s...
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It’s not what it is…

So many sales people miss the point that whilst customers may-well be interested in the detail of the product/service, what makes them ultimately buy is what it does. Regardless of whether it is a chocolate bar, a piece of technology or a pension you need to convey to the customer what the item actually does, how they will benefit. Always keep in mind that "It's not what it is, it's what it ...
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Ask me for discount, please…

As a sales person it is often thought that a customer asking for discount is something to dread or fear. "What if I 'give' too much away?" "What if I say 'No'?" When what you should be thinking is "Great, this is a buying signal, what is left to do to close this deal for us both?" Of course, there will always be 'tyre-kickers' that try to make you look bad but properly qualified and progress...
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People like being sold to…

Yes, you read that correctly. Selling is not about hoodwinking the customer, getting one-over on them and good sales professionals understand this. When a trained sales professional is selling to a prospect the prospect is comfortable and at ease with the process. Remember, in any sale the prospect actually wants to buy the product/service. Take the stress and pressure away and it is generally an...
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