Reviewing the Basics of Sales Aptitude Testing

May 7, 2018

The APQ sales aptitude test has been instrumental in turning around low-performing sales teams for several decades, in conjunction with sales training and coaching. In the past, sales executives and hiring managers had to rely on imprecise recruitment methods, such as gut instinct and interview performance. With the development of the APQ sales aptitude test they could glean deeper insights into a candidate’s personality and determine with much greater accuracy whether he or she was the right fit for the job.... read more

3 Ways How March Madness Teams Close the Deal

May 1, 2018

March Madness is the annual college basketball tournament which separates the wheat from the chaff. It’s a dramatic end to the season for hundreds of players for whom the stakes are high: prestige, recognition, and a possible shot at a lucrative NBA career.... read more

Hiring Great Salespeople Needs to Be Scientific. Use the APQ Sales Aptitude Assessment.

April 26, 2018

Sales and marketing today have evolved into more scientific, efficient practices thanks to raw computing power and advances in data science. While psychology has always played a part in sales, we now understand better which parts of the mind and personality most affect success in these fields due to the sheer amount of transactional data and analyses available.... read more

Making a Good First Impression will Close Deals Faster

April 23, 2018

The first impression you make with a potential buyer can make or break a deal. We used to think that it took several seconds or minutes for this first impression to form, but recent research shows that it only takes fractions of a second. Once it’s made it is hard to overcome, and a negative one makes it difficult to close deals faster – the goal of all salespeople.... read more

Simple EQ Lessons for More Sales Success

April 9, 2018

Greater importance is being paid today to emotional intelligence (EQ) than traditional IQ when it comes to sales success. The shift comes after research has proven that EQ is the major factor to better selling, and this is likely due to emotion being the primary driver of decisions – not rationality or intelligence.... read more

What’s New in 2018 for Sales Training Seminars

The new year is well underway, and I am happy to say that sales training seminars are not the “same old – same old.” This year promises to build on many exciting new developments made in 2017. New technologies, improved science in sales techniques, and steadily improving teaching techniques are being incorporated by top sales training companies.... read more

Are You Closing Deals Faster? Learn Simple Metrics to Measure and Improve

Deal velocity is an indication of power for any sales organization. The more deals you can move through the pipeline, and the faster, the better your sales department is running. If deal velocity is slow, then overhead alone could crush a business. You need a significant amount of closed deals within a certain time period to survive, let alone thrive. It’s why learning to close deals faster is a worthwhile endeavor.... read more

Sales Closing Techniques Starts with the Right Prospects

March 7, 2018

One of the giveaways of a new salesperson is when he asks, “How do I get prospects?” For experienced sales professionals, this is like asking “How do I breathe?” More so than worrying about sales closing techniques, this is such a silly question because there are so many ways to get leads. With websites, blogs and social media announcing what we do, not to mention personal relationships, to NOT get a good prospect every once in a while would be pretty strange – even if we just sit there!... read more

Why Farmer Salespeople Don’t Need Great Sales Closing Techniques

March 3, 2018

When interviewing prospects for sales roles, you can sometimes spot who might obviously make a great inside sales farmer, and who might make a great outside sales hunter. The farmer has a nurturing, empathic way about her. The sales hunter has an unmistakable intensity or drive. You can also tell from the way she talks to you that she possesses closing sales techniques.... read more

You CAN Grow Your Emotional Intelligence and Sell More

March 2, 2018

One of the first priorities when meeting with a prospect is to establish rapport. This can involve some initial small talk about common interests, noticing something in the prospect’s home or office to talk about, or even some innocuous subject such as the weather or sports.... read more

Rapport Building & Using Emotional Intelligence for Sales Success

March 1, 2018

As I explain in my new book, Close Deals Faster: The 15 Shortcuts of the Asher Sales Method, most buyers are driven by emotions and gut feelings rather than a careful, rational analysis of the pros and cons of your deal. Building rapport with the client and using your emotional intelligence can lead to sales success. This makes the first hurdle any salesperson must overcome to be to get the other person across the desk to like you, otherwise, even if you have the best deal, you will be rebuffed.... read more

Tips to Close a Deal Over the Phone

February 28, 2018

While a great deal of B2B marketing has shifted online, sales remains very personal, as do the various techniques and tips for how to close a deal. Despite predictions, AI salespeople do not rule the roost. I would say, apart from face-to-face meetings, telephone sales are dominant. Selling via video conference has not taken off in a meaningful way, and when conversations start on LinkedIn, they generally evolve into phone conversations.... read more

Sales Closing Starts with the Right Prospects

February 26, 2018

One of the giveaways from a new salesperson is when he asks, “How do I get prospects?”  For experienced sales professionals, this is like asking “How do I breathe?” More so than worrying about sales closing techniques, this is such a silly question because there are so many ways to get leads. With websites, blogs and social media announcing what we do, not to mention personal relationships, to NOT get a good prospect every once in a while would be pretty strange – even if we just sit there!... read more

Trick to Hiring ONLY Salespeople Who Know How to Close a Deal

February 9, 2018

No matter your product or service, it’s not going to sell itself. At least not in enough volume to make your enterprise viable. The solution is to build a marketing team and salesforce capable of capturing business in an ever-expanding sphere. And a certain percentage of your salesforce needs to be very proficient in how to close a deal.... read more

The Weakest Sales Closing Technique – Seeing the Buyer Shift

February 8, 2018

In order for your sales closing techniques to work, your buyer has to be primed. Building rapport, presenting, demonstrating, handling questions and objections – these are all part of that priming process. There is a stage in all these where average salespeople tend to falter, and that is the critical moment where they need to “go for the kill.”... read more

The OLD BRAIN Science Behind EQ for Sales Success

January 19, 2018

At Asher Strategies, we are leading a renewed charge towards emotional selling and using emotional intelligence (EQ) for sales success. The evidence is just overwhelming; appealing to the intellect alone is a limited approach, even in B2B or government sales.

Use Your EQ For More Sales Success

One of the hallmarks of a good salesperson is they possess the natural talent to succeed in the sales profession. At Asher Strategies, we insist that every sales professional, whether inside or outside sales is their specialty, be tested on Read More

Science In Selling Taught by the Top Sales Training Programs

December 21, 2017

They say the quants have taken over marketing. At many firms, “data geeks”who can derive scientific insights from an endless stream of behavioral and purchasing data are more in demand than creative types. But what about sales? Can relationship-based, B2B sellers adopt a data-centric, scientific approach as well? Is science in selling a real thing?... read more

Breaking News – Asher’s Emotional Intelligence for Sales Success

December 12, 2017

As one of the only leading sales training companies that focuses on incorporating the latest neuroscience into its curricula, Asher Strategies constantly peruses studies which might point to more effective selling techniques. We have discovered a very promising area in current research, which we have immediately started emphasizing to great acclaim: using emotional intelligence for sales success.... read more

Learn how to Close a Deal Faster from A Nuclear Submariner!

Those of you who know a little bit of my history know that I was a Naval Commander, in command of two fast-attack nuclear submarines including the USS Pollock. This experience, and my subsequent stint as a Programs Manager at the Pentagon, led me to develop a deep interest in the science of sales, as I was “selling” constantly to both my subordinates (orders and policies) and my superiors (requests for money and resources).... read more

John Asher Discusses How to Close a Deal with Close Deals Faster

November 7, 2017

I recently had a phone call with content marketing expert and blogger Willie Pena to talk about my new book, Close Deals Faster: The 15 Shortcuts of the Asher Sales Method. We spoke for about 20 minutes, and we figured it might be of some use as a quick free educational podcast for salespeople looking to close deals faster. So we have placed the recording of the call on YouTube for you to listen to the conversation.... read more

Closing Sales Techniques – 25 Key Ideas from Close Deals Faster

November 3, 2017

As our fast-paced world becomes even more hectic, it pays to be able to close deals faster, before the buyer decides to go elsewhere for the next shiny-new offering. This means the sales process has to be streamlined so all actions move the buyer forward. This book helps you do just that.... read more

How Will My Corporate Sales Team Ever Remember All They Learned in Sales Training

November 1, 2017

The human mind can be likened to a sponge which soaks up interesting new knowledge and stores it for later use. Unfortunately, a sponge is also full of holes which can evaporate its contents, similar to how a mind forgets new information within about 90 days. For companies which have just invested tens of thousands of dollars in corporate sales training for their staff, this is a big problem.... read more