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George is the founder & CEO of Membrain, the world's 1st Sales Effectiveness Software that makes it easy to execute your sales strategy. A life-long entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the software space and a passion for sales and marketing. With the life motto "Don't settle for mainstream", he is always looking for new ways to achieve improved business results using innovative software, skills and processes.

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Five steps to changing salesperson behaviors, according to psychology

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or keep a New Year’s resolution knows first-hand how hard it can be to change a behavior. Despite good intentions, and entire industries dedicated to helping fix bad habits, many people continue to smoke, eat junk food, and fail to exercise.

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Can a sales process be mistake-proofed?

In 1986, a Japanese industrial engineer by the name of Shingeo Shingo published a book outlining a revolutionary approach to quality control in manufacturing. His approach included a concept called, “poka-yoke,” which roughly translates in English to “mistake-proofing.”

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Keys to Winning Mega Deals: An Interview with Christopher Engman

There’s a lot of talk about the differences between transactional and complex selling, but Christopher Engman says that’s not granular enough. Beyond complex and account-based selling, there’s a world he calls the Mega Deal environment.

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Salesforce — the most expensive rolodex in the world?

At a base price of $25 per user per month, Salesforce looks on the surface like a can’t-go-wrong affordable investment for any sales team.

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Three sales assumptions costing you millions

The sales profession is undergoing an exciting transformation, but is challenged by some pretty bad assumptions. These assumptions underlie the ongoing struggle to combat global declines in sales effectiveness.

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Introducing the sales effectiveness manifesto

“We hold these truths to be self-evident”: Thus begins a document that every American schoolchild knows. The document would inspire an army to fight for a new nation that would one day become the most powerful in the world. It is a document that changed history.

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How many sales processes do you need?

If you’ve been following me for long, you may think this article is going to be about how your department needs to formalize a single sales process for everyone to follow. You would be wrong. In fact, every sales department needs at least two sales processes - and maybe more.

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18 Eye-Opening Sales Effectiveness Statistics

I took the time to review some of the more stunning industry data from the past year. For instance, even as sales effectiveness continues to decline, 92.5% of firms raised their revenue targets for 2016. It remains to be seen how many of them achieved those targets, but if the trend of nine years holds, it’s unlikely to be an encouraging number.

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Why self-coaching may be the next big thing for sales departments

A few weeks ago, my workout trainer suggested that I start hanging from a bar five minutes every day - a “passive” exercise. This would straighten my spine, strengthen my grip and provide some additional health benefits. I listened with every intention of doing exactly as he suggested, but when it came down to it, I didn’t actually do it.