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Proposal content is critical, but looking good doesn’t hurt

There’s no substitute for clear, compelling content in your sales proposals. Easy to understand language, diagrams, images, and/or video that makes it clear you understand the prospect’s problem(s), and have the best path to the solution. A lot of people … Read More

What I learned selling services

Like a lot of people who accidentally became consultants, I got started because I was really good at helping companies solve certain kinds of problems that they had trouble solving themselves. Like a lot of people who start consulting companies, I … Read More

Don’t Pitch Your Solution Too Early

You’ve finally scored the big meeting with the dream prospect. They have expressed strong interest in your company and seem like a great fit for your services. As the Very Important Top Officer (wow, she’s actually in the meeting!) kicks … Read More

What to Eat for Better Productivity

How our minds and bodies feel is an important factor in how productive we can be at work (and in life). If you put the wrong fuel in your car, it will have less power, less acceleration, and you’ll damage … Read More

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Why Consulting Websites Are Terrible

I had a consulting website for a long time. It was terrible. Through various updates, tweaks, and relaunches, it got less terrible, but it was always terrible. Here’s why. In the early days of the web, you put up a … Read More

The Real 80/20 Rule for Sales

Most people are familiar with the Pareto Principle, that a small fraction of the work takes most of the time, a small fraction of customers contribute most of the profit, etc. This is commonly known as the “80/20 Rule”. Mark … Read More

Enterprise Sales and the Prisoner’s Dilemma

If you’re not familiar with The Prisoner’s Dilemma, it’s an interesting exercise at the heart of game theory. In the dilemma, 2 criminals are imprisoned separately and can’t communicate. The detectives don’t really have enough evidence to convict them on … Read More

Meetup 6/17: How to Keep Your Pipeline Moving

Gary Smyth from Sandler sales training will be our guest speaker this month, talking about a critical sales topic: How to Keep Your Pipeline Moving. If you spend a lot of time that seems like “sales activity”, but have trouble … Read More

Embedded E-Signatures for Proposals

Mimiran has made it easy to accept proposals online. Now you can include an embedded e-signature in your proposal, and, if you allow PDF generation for that proposal, the PDF version. A merge field automatically creates the signature box. Once … Read More

Price Segmentation is Thousands of Years Old

If you’re not offering your prospects “good/better/best” pricing, you may want to catch up to the ancient Egyptians. According to the “Stuff You Missed in History Class” podcast, the embalmers offered 3 levels of mummification, with only the highest, “most … Read More