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Should selling be taught at university? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Specifically, Barrett was interested in how the community perceived the profession of selling and the “usefulness” of having sales qualifications at degree level. The study attempted to understand the state of existing development for sales professionals and how tertiary education in selling and sales would further assist in ensuring sales and selling is viewed as a profession.

Sex and the saleswoman. How to keep it professional

Women have many innate traits that potentially can help them rise to the highest levels in sales. They have a natural ability to really “listen” to their customers, recognise and understand others’ needs. What’s more, they are great at harnessing their emotional intelligence.

Stop undermining your own business. Why discounting is a bad idea

Do you cut prices, and give up your margin, because you don’t know how to say ‘no’?  If you do, it’s time you realise that it is no good for anyone — not you, your customer or the industry. 

Prospecting, prospecting, prospecting. Get your sales mantra right

Prospecting is the oxygen that fuels the fire of sales. Now, take a deep breath and grasp the full significance of that statement! Then, stop hyperventilating at the thought of selling, and read on. Simply put, there is no business without prospecting.

Five tips to master the art of continuous learning

To learn more and to be our best is often put on the back burner. It’s called continuous learning. It is what will set us apart in business. So, how do we learn more? Here are five tips to make continuous learning part of everything you do.

Stop trying to delight your customers; give them practical help instead

We all feel good when our customers are delighted. However, the longevity of your working relationship is not dependent forever rolling out shiny new sales and marketing services, but on how you can reduce the clients’ time spent on the basics.

The ABC of effective selling [going back to the often-forgotten basics…]

Bold statement alert: Everybody lives by selling something. Why then do so many of us leave the sales process to chance? It’s interesting that the majority of Australian business leaders - whether from big business or the SME sector - all experience similar challenges with sales planning, sales prospecting and sales communication. Many businesses lack robust sales processes for its products, services and people - this is a big business blunder.

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