Tag Archives: productivity

Adding to our Blogroll – SalesTeamTools.com

9 Feb

One of my favorite sites is SalesTeamTools because it’s one of the few sites I’ve found that is focused on productivity tools for salespeople. Hence their name! I have worked at small companies for years and while that means I don’t always get full support from corporate, it does mean that I can pick and choose the sales tools best suited for me.


Some of my favorite postings include:

Outlook plugins to improve your productivity

More Outlook plugins

20 Great Sales Resources

Must Have Tools

Finding email addresses

Sales Templates

Free way to track customers, prospects, competitor and yourself

Why LinkedIn won’t help you sell

Have you found any other top 10 links in SalesTeamToolsto share with us?


Get Productive, Drop Your P.I.T.A. Clients

27 Dec

We’ve all had a “PITA client”-perhaps more than one. (PITA stands for “pain in the a**.) A PITA will drain you, consume valuable resources, upset your team, squeeze you on price, pay slowly, and will never be satisfied with the results-even when you’ve agreed on the deliverables.

You know the warning signs. A PITA client will:

  • Nickel and dime you on price
  • Tell you they’re the decision makers when they’re not
  • Threaten you with your competitors
  • Make unreasonable demands, and expect fast, complete, and reliable delivery of your service
  • Not return phone calls

Talk about loss of productivity! PITAs are our biggest time wasters and they erode our profits. When we accept a PITA, it’s an opportunity cost-an opportunity lost to do business with our ideal clients. Yet companies continue to accept this bad business, all the while thinking it’s better than no business. But is it?

Sometimes it’s because we have a quota to meet, or our company insists we do a deal, or we think we can turn a bad situation into a good one. We’re dreaming. Bad business is bad business. Period.

Salespeople frequently say that they will sell to “anyone who fogs a mirror.” Avoid this kind of thinking. We shouldn’t target just “anyone.” “Anyone” all too frequently turns out to be the PITA customer.

Fire the PITA! Most of the time we can identify the PITA client before we even begin to work with them. Say no. It’s OK to walk away. In walking away from the PITA, you’ll have time to attract the kind of clients you really want, to do the work you love, and your productivity will soar!

Want more?
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