Rising Above Self-Sabotage in Sales

 

Do you want to be successful at your career?

It seems like an asinine question, doesn’t it? Still, so many salespeople suffer from a severe identity crisis. It’s like they don’t know they are success stories in the making! I’d like to propose that this identity crisis doesn’t come from a confusion of identity, but in fact comes from a long history of self-sabotage. At some point in our lives, we have either experienced debilitating failure, been emotionally damaged, or even maintain a deep seeded regret from a missed opportunity. This kind of self-sabotage leaves us stuck in a state or moment that it seems impossible to escape from.

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Are you streamlining your sales process?

 

Streamline: (verb) to change something so that it works better, esp. by making it simpler. 

Source: Cambridge Dictionary

The idea of streamlining comes from a process often utilized by vehicle manufacturers to describe the optimization of aero or aqua dynamics. In its simplest terms, it means to minimize the drag of either air (aero) or water (aqua). This quickly translates to business as a process to minimize any type of drag or slowdown that hinders a process from beginning to completion. Organizations should always be striving to ensure that they have the most streamlined processes that work within the framework of their organization. Unfortunately, sales is often one of the more inefficient divisions for many providers.

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How to Coach Successful Salespeople

 

Every day hustle.

Salespeople pounding the pavement.

Differentiating yourself from the competition.

These are the obvious signs that you are committed to growing your sales or brand footprint. Unfortunately, there are many examples in our industry that salespeople build one or two solid relationships and end up riding those relationships and the referrals they bring in, without ever truly growing.

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6 Key Metrics to Succeed in 2018/Part 2: The Strategy Review

 

In this two-part series on strategizing 2018 sales, we will be reflecting on last year’s wins and losses and considering our strategic approach to the future. You may have expanded your profile and acquired or launched new locations or business lines. Perhaps adversity defined your year with massive staff changes, census decline, or worse. Regardless of the outcome of 2017, the good news is that you are here TODAY. Like the ancient proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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6 Key Metrics to Succeed in 2018: Two-Part Series on Strategizing 2018 Sales

 

In this two-part series on strategizing 2018 sales, we will be reflecting on last year’s wins and losses and considering our strategic approach to the future. You may have expanded your profile and acquired or launched new locations or business lines. Perhaps adversity defined your year with massive staff changes, census decline, or worse. Regardless of the outcome of 2017, the good news is that you are here TODAY. Like the ancient proverb says, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

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Are you set up to win in sales?

 

I have had the luxury of meeting with hundreds of agency providers around the country and been blessed to discover how they have focused their referral outreach efforts. Some have blown me away with 21 point sales initiatives, while others may focus on hiring and developing talent. Still other agencies have absolutely no reps or plans to grow their business. Each market requires a different approach and what I have found to be true of each of these providers that are experiencing success, is that they have some form of interaction with their referral sources and community.

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Using Process To Ensure Sales Success

 

Looking for any type of competitive advantage has become common place, but what is often missing are the key elements that make referral acquisition work day-to-day. Sure you can purchase claims data and then identify who you want to target, but what’s next? Implementing a sales process will help you to shake the “great relationships are the ONLY thing that brings referrals” mentality. 

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