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It’s almost ALL MENTAL!

By Dave Tear | July 11, 2017

Yogi Berra is known for wacky sayings & quotes that make you say, huh? He had a lot of them. His best? Hands down has to be, Baseball is 90% mental, & the other half is physical. What’s so great about that quote? It applies to EVERYTHING! It applies to every sport from baseball to […]

3 Ways to Stop Trying to Sell Rolaids to a Person without Heartburn

By Dave Tear | June 27, 2017

Ok, so the title might sound silly. It certainly won’t make sense until you’ve read the entire blog – so, looks like we’ve got you hooked. Let’s set the stage: Tommy the Salesperson has a giant bowl filled with every flavor of Rolaids ever invented. He’s in a large room filled with 200 people (ages […]

3 Ideas to Help you Stop Asking for Referrals & Start Asking for Introductions

By Dave Tear | June 13, 2017

Referral. The very word gives people an upset stomach. The thought of putting myself out there & the chance that something could go wrong… “Nope… I can’t think of anyone.” You’ve all been there. On both sides: As the consumer: A salesperson asks you for a referral, “Do you know anyone that I should talk […]

Seating Chart? Are you kidding me? I’m in sales!

By Dave Tear | May 30, 2017

If you think it doesn’t matter where you sit on sales appointments, you’re wrong. If you think your customer is always “in charge” & will tell you where to sit, you’re also wrong. Where you sit matters… & you do have a say. Please note: This is written & intended for selling in North America. […]

5 Ways to Stop Saying, “Just Following up…”

By Dave Tear | May 16, 2017

  As sales leaders & salespeople, how do you feel on the 4th or 5th time that you call a prospect to let her know that you are “just following up”? Be serious. Raise your hand if you feel like a stalker. Keep your hand up if you feel a little bit more of your […]

Sales Manager vs. Sales Leader

By Dave Tear | May 2, 2017

Everywhere you turn there is an article on leadership. Not a day goes by that you can’t find a blog or white paper on effective management strategies. A cluttered space to say the least. At the risk of adding to this already-cluttered-space here’s a hard look at the difference between people that just have the job […]

Not Another Negotiation!

By Dave Tear | April 18, 2017

Negotiation. One of the worst occupational hazards of the sales profession. It’s not fun. Nobody ever looks forward to it. We want it to end up a win-win for both sides (but does it ever really turn out that way?). It’s inevitable. Hear me out. If a sale is qualified properly (all items in the qualifying […]

Participate in Sales Role Plays… I’d Rather Poke My Own Eyes Out!

By Dave Tear | April 4, 2017

We facilitated a role play session with a client last week. Were the participants dying to do it? Nope. Was it awkward? Yep. Were they nervous? Oh, hell yes! Did it help them? Absolutely. It’s not uncommon for salespeople to really dread a role play session. After all, as Jerry Seinfeld says in his stand-up […]

Time Management: Two Dirty Words

By Dave Tear | March 21, 2017

How many times have you said to yourself, “I need more time”, “There’s just not enough time in the day”, “I don’t have time to hunt for new business.” How many times has your manager or director come down on you because you were late on delivering a project, report or anything else she asked for? Admit […]

A Sales Organization’s Struggle: Hunting vs Farming

By Dave Tear | March 7, 2017

Does your business lend itself to customers consistently placing “orders”? Are you lucky enough to enjoy easy & automatic renewal of business? If so, stop reading. Most salespeople have to endure a daunting balancing act — a balance between two activities: 1) the management of current accounts (farming) & 2) going out & finding new […]