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Time Stamps [will need to be updated once audio is edited]:

  • 00:25 – Jeremy’s career story
  • 08:20 – The Phenom team 18 months ago versus now
  • 11:07 – Achieving success through selling outcomes
  • 14:52 – Perfecting the art of discovery
  • 19:42 – Multi-threading versus single-threading deals
  • 23:52 – Onboarding the high-level executives
  • 28:27 – Approaching a more sustainable and predictive selling strategy
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  • 37:12 – The characteristics of top performers
  • 40:16 – Recommendations for development

Highlights: 

Perfecting the Art of Discovery

The discovery part of the sales process is an art, and you need to nail it. Jeremy’s top advice for this is to forget your product and be curious. You need to identify and discover the problem and how it is impacting a business, then work on understanding their psychology around solving the problem. Once you have done this you can start to introduce your product into the discussions, before digging into the value, identifying the key influencers, and ultimately developing a plan. Ensuring you have a cohesive understanding of each step before moving onto the next ensures you will be driving a good quality cycle.

Multi-Threading Deals

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With recent analysis showing that only 20% of sellers are consistently hitting their quota, it is vital to look into increasing quota attainment across the whole team. Jeremy’s team have begun hiring individuals based on an assessment against the top performer characteristics, which align to their buyers and to the rest of the company. It is imperative to have conviction and clarity around your hiring profile, and not to deviate from it, to increase the success of your team. However, it is also important to encourage a culture that says it is okay to fail as you can learn from it and improve. You never lose if you learn.

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