Re-Engage Your Unresponsive Prospects Right Now

Re-Engage Your Unresponsive Prospects

We’ve all been there with an initially warm prospect that’s suddenly gone cold. You’re trying to close the sale and they’re just not moving forward. Maybe they’ve stopped returning your calls or emails, or they’re responding with some strong pushback. When you need to re-engage your unresponsive prospects, there are several things you can do to move things forward. How … Read More

Year-End Sales Success Starts at Halloween

Year-End Sales Success

Being in sales can often feel scary as we put ourselves out there and face rejection, but with these three sales tips you can calm those fears and achieve success. Your year-end sales success starts NOW, around Halloween, but it doesn’t need to be scary. Now that we’re well into the last quarter of the year, it can feel overwhelming … Read More

Networking: BDU’s Five Key Tips for Attracting Influencers

Networking and Attracting Key Influencers

Most sales professionals understand that networking is a key component to business success. Perhaps you’ve attended a handful of networking events but haven’t gotten much out of them. At Business Development University, helping you take things to the next level is what we do…here are some key tips for attracting influencers. Networking is so much more than just showing up … Read More

5 Tips for Becoming a Sales Leader

tips for becoming a sales leader

The sales world is competitive, and you need to separate yourself among the competition. In this post, I’m going to offer a few simple tips for becoming a sales leader, and effectively managing a sales team that produces results. As a sales manager you have a one-line job description: make your sales team successful. Sound easy? Actually, this can be … Read More

Three Reasons Your Salespeople Aren’t Doing What They Need To Do

Your Salespeople Aren’t Doing What They Need To Do

If you’re a sales leader, you’ve likely experienced times when your salespeople aren’t doing what you’ve told them to do. You know that your one job is to help your direct reports be as successful as possible, but what do you do when you’ve provided someone with ample training, tips, feedback and support and they are simply not taking your … Read More

Decision-Maker or Not Decision-Maker?

Decision-Maker or Not Decision-Maker?

One of the biggest challenges that a sales person faces is reaching the right decision makers within the companies they are prospecting.  It is often times very easy to set appointments with low level, non-decision makers within organizations; so we set those appointments because it feels productive, without asking ourselves if the person we’re meeting with is “decision-maker or not … Read More

The Ups and Downs of Sales

ups and downs of sales

The sales profession is a wonderful one, if you can deal with the psychological aspect of dealing with the constant pressure and the ups and downs of sales. For those of you who know what I mean and have experienced those peaks and valleys, I have great news – There is a way to avoid the lows. It took me … Read More

Going from Good Salesperson to Great Salesperson: Focus on the Gap

good salesperson to great salesperson

How do you go from good salesperson to great salesperson? Whether you’re a salesperson or a sales leader, it’s important to identify triage areas so you can focus on the gap and make the necessary tweaks to boost performance and potential. You’ve likely heard us talk about BDU’s triage philosophy of identifying the top three areas that, if improved upon, … Read More

Providing Effective Feedback: Tips For Sales Managers

Providing Effective Feedback

Providing effective feedback is a tool to help your sales professionals improve their performance ongoing. It is not meant for them to feel bad, guilty or shamed for a situation; it is so that they walk away with the tools to perform better in the future. For many sales leaders, feedback is a critical tool for encouraging the right behaviors … Read More

Five Secrets of Successful Sales Leaders

secrets of successful sales leaders

As a sales manager or leader, you have a one-line job description: to make your sales team as successful as possible. In order to be a great leader, you first need to build trust within your team. Then, you’ll need to figure out what needs to be done to maximize everyone’s performance and potential. From our years of experience working … Read More

Back to In-Person Meetings? Don’t Give Up Your Zoom Meetings Just Yet!

in-person meetings

In 2020, the pandemic brought with it the drastic shift away from in-person meetings and suddenly everyone was on Zoom. This meeting platform that most of us had never used before was becoming our virtual office space. Now, many of us are returning to in-person meetings after two years of virtual chats and “Zoom fatigue.” However, we can’t discount the … Read More

Boost Your Close Ratio: Always Set a Next Appointment

improve your close ratio

Want to improve your close ratio? Always set the next step at the current step when it comes time to go for the close! It’s common during the sales process for a prospect to go dark once they’ve received a quote or proposal from you, and you may find it difficult to reconnect with them once they’ve gotten all the … Read More

3 Steps for More Effective Sales Coaching Meetings

more effective sales coaching meetings

Do you feel your sales coaching isn’t quite getting your sales team where it wants to be? Read on below for some simple steps for more effective sales coaching meetings. Coaching is in place for one specific purpose, to help improve your team member whether it be productivity, client services, appearance, conversation or anything else that might be standing in the … Read More

Stop Showing Up and Throwing Up

stop showing up and throwing up

Heave you ever heard the expression “stop showing up and throwing up” when it comes to sales calls and presentations? It’s an important piece of advice. Last week a neighbor called and asked if I’d sit down with her to discuss a business opportunity. I told her that I was not a good prospect and was extremely busy with Business … Read More

Prospecting Tip: Take Note of Note Taking

Prospecting Tip: Take Note of Note Taking

In sales, you know the importance of paying close attention to your clients or prospects. During a meeting, you’re not only listening to what they are saying but also of picking up on their nonverbal cues as well. You’re paying attention to their facial expressions and body language, as well as how they’re listening to what you’re saying and their … Read More

The Top 4 Tips for Overcoming Objections

tips for overcoming objections

It can happen at various points throughout the sales process:  you’ll be presented with some sort of an objection. How do you confidently handle objections and navigate pushback from your prospective clients in order to land the sale or opportunity? We’ve added this post to include a few tips for overcoming objections and putting prospects at ease. This is a … Read More

Start Helping, Not Selling

start helping, not selling

Although I have been in sales in one capacity or another for over 30 years and BDU is a sales training, coaching and consulting company, I am a big believer that nobody in the whole wide world wants to be sold anything. So I tell people that they should stop trying to “sell” anything and instead start helping, not selling. People or companies are seeking … Read More

Ask BDU: New to Sales Leadership? Do These Four Things Right Now!

Sales Leadership

Investing in a sales leadership course is a crucial step to take when being promoted from sales to sales management. Question: After being one of the top sales performers at my company, I was just promoted to the position of sales manager. While I am very excited, I am extremely nervous as I’ve never had any experience or formal training … Read More

Thinking in Threes: Listen to Lisa’s Interview on the Top 3 Podcast

Thinking in Threes: Listen to Lisa's Interview on the Top 3 Podcast

Lisa was recently welcomed as a guest on the Top 3 Podcast, hosted by her long-time friend Marcia O’Connor, CEO and Founder of The O’Connor Group. Listen to the episode now to hear their discussion about the importance of being purposeful in all that you do, as well as how to maintain proper relationships. You’ll also learn about BDU’s triage … Read More

How to Get Your Team Hitting Their Goals: 5 Steps for Sales Managers

How to Get Your Team Hitting Their Goals

Do you have a sales team of dynamic individuals that is struggling to achieve your company’s sales goals on a consistent basis? Do you have a clear vision for how to get your team hitting their goals? Perhaps the roadblock to your team’s success is the lack of a succinct game plan, utilizing each account executive’s individual talents and strengths. … Read More

7 Tips for How to Help Your Close Ratio

how to help your Close Ratio

Closing ratio is how many proposals convert to sales. So, if you close one client for every four proposals, your close ratio is 25 percent.  Do you know how to help your close ratio improve? If you find that your close ratio is not where it needs to be, that your proposals on the street are not converting BDU suggests … Read More

”Squeeze the Lemon” in Every Moment, Big or Small

be more productive

By now, you probably have heard all about BDU’s philosophy of “squeezing the lemon” to get the most juice out of everything you do each and every day. To fully “squeeze the lemon” and be more productive, it’s important to also think about what more you could be accomplishing throughout your day. How can you maximize every moment, and especially … Read More

AWE’s September Roundtable: Getting in Front of Decision-Makers

getting in front of decision makers

BDU’s CEO Lisa Peskin was honored to facilitate the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs’ September Founder’s Roundtable. Current and prospective AWE founder members joined Lisa for a discussion on the topic, “How to Get in Front of Prospective Clients / Reaching Top Level People.” Getting in front of decision makers can be a challenge, so there are some key things to remember … Read More

Determine Your Desired Outcome

determine your desired outcome

The people you meet with on a regular basis typically fall into one of three different categories: your prospects, your clients, and your centers of influence (COIs). There are a variety of different outcomes you can aim to achieve depending on the type of contact you’re meeting with, as well as your initial agenda, so it’s important that you determine … Read More

Want Sales Success in Q2 (and Beyond)? Do These Three Things Right Now

Sales Success in Q2

On Friday, April 1st we held our quarterly Sales Success Peer Group, where we once again came together to share tips, strategies and motivation for sales success. The topic of conversation for this quarter’s meeting was all about the top three things that all salespeople need to do right now in order to maximize their performance and potential in quarter … Read More

Interview: Lisa’s Return to Rain Maker’s Roundup

Lisa was thrilled to make a return appearance on Rain Maker’s Roundup with host Mark Iorio recently! Watch the interview now and learn how Lisa believes prospecting has changed over the past couple of years, what’s helped make her so successful in sales and leadership, and how she’s helped so many people achieve their own sales success (and how you … Read More

Three Plus Three Equals “Six”-cess!

Whether you’re an individual contributor or a leader, sales success ultimately comes down to just three types of key activities and three types of key results. Over the years, Lisa and our coaches have worked with hundreds of companies to help them maximize their sales performance and potential. We’ve noticed that every organization has their own set of metrics or … Read More

Stand Out From The Competition

As salespeople in a competitive selling environment, we always need to make sure that we can differentiate ourselves from our competition. Often buyers will indicate that they’ll be basing their decision solely on pricing, but we may not always have the least expensive option to offer. It’s important to remember that there is one thing that no other company or … Read More

Suspect vs. Prospect: Do You Know the Difference?

One of the most important keys to being successful in sales is to fill the sales pipeline with qualified prospects on a consistent basis. However, sales professionals often mistake suspects for prospects. By doing so, they get a false sense of the true value of their prospective business and end up ultimately forecasting business that is not yet properly qualified. … Read More

Perfect Your Prospect Messaging: Use Benefit Statements

We work with a variety of clients, both selling and non-selling professionals, but the one common challenge we hear more than anything is that they all have difficulty with prospecting and getting net new appointments. How do we help? We take a look at two key things: What is their game plan? Do they have a methodical approach outlined, including … Read More

Sales Success: Lisa’s Interview on the Heroic Council Webcast

Lisa had a wonderful time talking with Sarah Ohanesian and Parchelle Tashi on a recent episode of the Heroic Council. They discussed the BDU Sales Success Workbook and Lisa’s thoughts on what it really takes to achieve next-level sales success. Want to boost your own sales to the next level? Watch the episode now! For more information about the Heroic … Read More

AUTUMN (and Year-Round) Tips for Sales Success

As we’re into the fourth quarter of the year, it’s time to kick our sales efforts into high gear. Here are six AUTUMN-inspired tips you can apply right now to help you not only meet but exceed your year-end goals and set yourself up for success in the new year ahead! A = ASSESS Now more than ever, it’s important … Read More