The Sales Process Exists for a Reason – Here’s What Happened When I Failed to Use It

At Criteria for Success, we talk about the sales process all the time. This probably isn’t a surprise since it’s a huge part of what we do and how we help our clients achieve greatness in selling. But what might surprise you is that even we make mistakes when it comes to using our sales [...]

By | 2017-03-06T15:34:03+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Sales Success|1 Comment

12 Things Top Sales Performers Share

I’ve come across plenty of top sales performers in my travels as a sales trainer. I’ve also learned a lot from these top producers. Perhaps the best lesson is that truly successful top sales performers share best practices with their teams. Top Sales Performers Here are 12 things I’ve discovered they all have in common. [...]

By | 2017-02-23T09:37:05+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|1 Comment

How to Recognize You’re a BAD Manager [and What to Do About It]

Let’s face it: there’s nothing glamorous about being known as a bad manager. In fact, it’s probably the last thing you’d ever want to hear from one of your salespeople. The truth is, however, that we hear a lot more horror stories about bad managers than we do about good ones. That’s not to say [...]

By | 2017-02-02T10:37:52+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|Sales Leaders|2 Comments

5 Tips on How to Grow Sales Within Your Organization

You've likely discovered endless results when asking the question: how to grow sales. But rather than give you a bulleted "how to" list, let's explore the aspects of what leads to sales growth and help you get on your way. Sales growth comes when all facets of your sales process and team are working harmoniously [...]

By | 2017-01-31T17:47:29+00:00 January 24th, 2017|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|2 Comments

How to Measure Business Growth in 4 Simple Steps

If you’re wondering the best way to measure business growth, you’re not alone. I haven’t met a CEO or stakeholder yet that hasn’t wondered the same thing. Now, before I continue, I’d like to set the stage. First, push everything else you’ve heard and read about business growth out of your mind. Once you’ve done [...]

By | 2017-01-11T17:08:17+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Sales Leaders|2 Comments

Sales and Marketing Collaboration: How to Leverage Your Teams to Sell More

I’m clear that sales and marketing are working more closely together than ever before. This is especially true at CFS. Let me tell you about it. About three years ago, we were happy to get 1,000 hits a month on our website. Ever since then, we have consistently increased this number. This month’s numbers are [...]

By | 2016-12-29T14:32:23+00:00 December 27th, 2016|Sales Leaders|3 Comments

Break These 6 Bad Sales Habits Before the New Year

As you close out the year, you might've noticed that you've developed some not-so-great sales habits. Yes, it's that dreaded end of year panic! For some it causes deviation from the usual sales process. For others, things like unnecessary discounts crop up to help make deals happen. But we all know this isn't right--it's not [...]

By | 2016-12-19T15:23:42+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|Sales Success|2 Comments

Relationship Management 101: Nurturing Your Biggest Fans

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: relationship management time! I know, I know. The term relationship management doesn’t sound very exciting. Having to “manage” relationships actually sounds like kind of a drag! I mean, relationships should be natural, right? Relationship Management 101 As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned something funny about time: it [...]

By | 2016-12-14T17:01:30+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|2 Comments

Cleaning Out Your Sales Pipeline is Like Cleaning Out Your Closet

Cleaning out your sales pipeline is like cleaning out your closet. You know the feeling… Every day you tell yourself you really should get rid of that bright orange sweater you haven’t worn in two years.  Or that awesome pair of boots with memories that extend beyond your college party days. But it’s just too [...]

By | 2016-11-28T15:39:08+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Sales Success|0 Comments

6 Prospecting Tips to Finish the Year Out Strong

Here we are in Q4… it’s time to roll out some prospecting tips to finish out the year strong! That’s right! We’ve been talking to lots of salespeople and sales managers lately about their goals. Salespeople are concerned about making quota in the fourth quarter. And guess what? Sales managers are too! Then again, who [...]

By | 2016-10-20T11:58:34+00:00 October 25th, 2016|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|0 Comments