Some indicators that your people need further development of their communication and influencing skills: 1. Your team members have difficulty overcoming the excuses and tactics of the supplier when convincing them to improve their materials/product quality. 2. It takes too long for your team members to get to an agreement or start the work as planned. Your team members do… Read more →
STEP 1: TARGET the person or people to influence. Is it your boss? A peer? A subordinate? Or is it someone who has the power to stop your promotion or hinder the progress of your project? STEP 2: IDENTIFY the behaviour to be changed. Is it an action? Maybe it’s inaction. Maybe you want this person to be more open… Read more →
“I’m experienced, competent, ethical and knowledgeable – so why don’t I have more paying clients?” Having all of the above traits doesn’t prevent a big fear – the fear of selling (oh, that horrible word) your services. There is no way you can avoid selling, so how can you make it less scary? Have the right attitude. I’ve heard consultants… Read more →
Are your revenues and margins getting squeezed? Do you find yourself under pressure to drop your price? Buyers are becoming increasingly proficient at negotiating with suppliers and are demanding ever-greater concessions. Only those sales people who are truly skilled at negotiating will be able to close deals that maintain profitability.