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the toughest negotiation tactic ever

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Mon, Feb 19, 2018 @ 04:23 PM

After 22 years consulting on over 25,000 business negotiations in over 46 countries, we’ve heard a lot of negotiation tactics. All are attempts at commoditization and driving more concessions from the seller; some are more difficult than others.

A recent client was negotiating with their largest customer, a $60b Fortune 50 firm in the manufacturing business. Our client produces bleeding edge tools and software for manufacturing. In fact, they very often have tools that increase yield and reduce defects ahead of the market. This position gives them real power in negotiation. However, during the negotiation, their buyer, in a very angry and aggressive manner ended the negotiation proclaiming: 

“If you don't give us what we want, we will fund a start-up competitor to you!”
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Tags: business negotiations, negotiation tips, business relationships in sales

"I can get the same thing cheaper!"

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Thu, Feb 08, 2018 @ 03:49 PM

In my last post, I reported my friend and colleague, Jim Dickie (https://www.salesmastery.com) recently surveyed sales leaders who stated their top barrier to achieving their 2018 revenue objectives was lack of coaching. That article focused on how to use virtual coach technology to address that issue. For this article, we will focus on the second issue for sales leaders:

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Quickly Gain 30 Points in Win Rate!

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Wed, Jan 31, 2018 @ 02:49 PM

My friend and colleague, Jim Dickie (https://www.salesmastery.com) recently reported sales leaders stated their top barrier to achieving their 2018 revenue objectives is:

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Tags: negotiation skills for sales, business negotiations, brian dietmeyer

are relationships all that important in selling?

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 03:38 PM

Business relationships.pngSo often in selling we hear about “relationship” as the reason we win deals. I am curious about your opinion here. Would you buy an inferior solution from someone you like better than someone else? Conversely, if you find a great solution at a fair price, but don't really like the salesperson, would you buy that solution? As a "victim" of multiple back surgeries, I have had the opportunity to experience bedside manner on at least two occasions. When interviewing doctors and getting second opinions, I have always chosen the doctor I felt was most qualified, even if she was not a great communicator or someone I didn’t feel aligned with on a human level. That being said, all else being completely equal, I think we would choose the person we felt most comfortable with and would tip the scales in our way. This doesn't always happen in, say elections. Research shows that voters would choose that person they would “rather have a beer with.” Which could be another blog entirely!

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turn your entire organization into a negotiation powerhouse!

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Tue, Jan 09, 2018 @ 04:10 PM

Sales organizations spend a great deal of time and money on negotiation skills training. Much of that investment is sub-optimal and in essence, sales teams are being trained on how to execute your company negotiation strategy. The problem is there is still a prevalent view that negotiation is a “soft skill.” When we execute training without a broader organization strategy improvement, we are, in substance, automating a broken process.

We recently consulted with a global account organization where their customers in France were bypassing their local account teams and buying from the German account teams as the prices and terms were better! This type of incoherence not only lowers margin, it creates a lack of trust.

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who drives the negotiation bus?

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Fri, Dec 08, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

We recently conducted negotiation coaching for over $1b in revenue on over 100 renewal opportunities for a global client of ours. We weren’t training their new reps, but working with some of their most seasoned global account managers to help them be more strategic and successful. This consulting gave us the ability to confirm with a new level of conviction what we have been seeing in industries, cultures and companies for years.  It is this:

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Tags: negotiation strategies in business, sales enablement

Think! Inc.’s Carrie Welles has been published!

Posted by Marie Dudek Brown on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 04:17 PM

Think! Inc.’s very own Carrie Welles has been published in SAMA’s new book: Customer Value Co-Creation, Powering the Future Through Strategic Relationship Management.

For 16 years, Carrie has been a Partner and Vice President at Think! building strategic negotiation skills and using her coaching and training talents to improve the effectiveness of salespeople across the globe.

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Tags: negotiation skills for sales, business negotiations, affiliations

Speaking the Language of Procurement

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Tue, Sep 19, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

A blog from Buyer/Seller Insights points out that there is bad buying just like there is bad selling. They go further to suggest that sellers who can help procurement buy better will achieve a competitive advantage. We couldn't agree more.

One of the core problems we see is that sellers don't understand the role of procurement professionals and therefore get anchored on the price conversation with buyers. Part of this misunderstanding is this: how procurement buyers articulate their role–and the reality of what their role is, are actually two different things.

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Tags: negotiation skills for sales, business negotiations, brian dietmeyer, competitive advantage, Negotiating with procurement, speaking the language of procurement

the toughest negotiation opponent you'll ever face

Posted by Brian Dietmeyer on Tue, Aug 01, 2017 @ 09:24 AM

POP QUIZ!

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Tags: negotiation skills for sales

the emergence of sales enablement

Posted by Marie Dudek Brown on Fri, Jun 02, 2017 @ 08:33 AM

Revenue goals are up, the win rate of the sales team is down, way down. These amongst other reasons have created a need and filling it is a relatively new function that is starting to gain momentum: Sales Enablement.

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Tags: affiliations, sales enablement, podcast

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