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    Podcast: Importance of Context and Business Acumen with Dr. Howard Dover

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    In today's episode, we welcome Dr. Howard Dover, Director of the Center for Professional Sales and Sales Coach at the University of Texas at Dallas. 

    We discuss the essential role of technology and business acumen in today's sales landscape, exploring the evolution of sales over the past two decades and emphasizing the importance of understanding customer business contexts.

    Business Acumen in Sales (11:59)

    This chapter explores the importance of agility in sales and its impact on sales effectiveness. The host engages with experts in the field, including alumni and sales professionals, to understand the role of agility in the ever-changing business landscape. They discuss the current state of the sales industry, the need for business acumen, and the role of technology in sales. The conversation also highlights the significance of understanding how businesses operate and why salespeople are relevant to their customers. The host and guests share their insights on harnessing agility to propel the field of sales forward.



    Importance of Context and Business Acumen (18:16) 

    This chapter explores the importance of understanding the context in which a business operates to truly understand its problems and needs. We discuss the need for genuine curiosity and analytical skills to effectively use technology to augment human intelligence. A story is shared about using AI and AI to generate outbound emails, which resulted in a higher response rate but lower results at the bottom of the funnel. The importance of building business acumen and intelligence is emphasized, and a student shares how he used technology to ask relevant questions to a director of commercial insurance.



    Training, Technology, and Talent in Sales (46:54)

    This chapter focuses on three key elements for success in the sales profession: training, technology, and talent. The host and their network of partners are dedicated to elevating the sales profession by providing streamlined technology, top thought leadership and resources, and a focus on recruiting, training, coaching, and empowering top teams. Through their efforts, they aim to create leaders and executives with strong habits and sales methodologies, while also utilizing technology that supports and reinforces these habits. The ultimate goal is to ensure success for both customers and companies.

    Paul Fuller
    Published December 11, 2023
    By Paul Fuller

    Paul Fuller’s stated mission is to help others maximize their gifts by using his.
    Paul has been a pioneer in the sales process and training, sales as a service, content marketing and CRM. As a previous founder and owner of multiple successful growth organizations in these spaces, Paul has effectively trained and led sales and marketing teams across the world to focus on and achieve dynamic growth.

    He firmly believes sales is defined best in three categories:

    • Service - helping other get what they need

    • Leadership - guiding others toward their vision

    • Wayfinding - navigating the path to success together

    He is firmly committed to elevating the sales profession through coaching, leading, and empowering others through systems that enable strong performance.

    Currently Paul leads revenue growth at - the top sales effectiveness CRM in the world. Working with his team, and a group of over 100 top sales consultant organizations across the globe, they are focused at creating scalable growth through sales excellence in companies and teams in over 80 countries.

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