Bill Zipp's Sales Blog

The One Question NEVER to Ask in Sales 

It’s the one question never to ask in sales. Not that it’s a bad question. In its day I’m sure it was quite serviceable. Perhaps, even, insightful. But not any more.  Ask this question and you’ll get rolled eyes and blank stares. You’ll look like every other sales leach prowling the planet, and you won’t […]

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The Superman Syndrome: A Recipe for Leadership Ruin

Superman has superpowers. But Superman has a fatal flaw: he can’t be all places at all times. As a result, a lot of things don’t get done. Really important things, like feeding starving children, keeping airplanes from falling out of the sky, and finding a presidential candidate we can actually support. When you can’t be […]

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Stop Using ABC and Start Using ABG

Classic sales dogma says this: ABC. Always be closing. If you’re still following that acronym, please stop. Now. You’re ruining sales for the rest of us. Replace it with this: ABG. Always be giving. ABG Versus ABC Here are four critical differences between ABG and ABC: Always be giving starts by providing important, valuable information […]

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Five Reasons Every Leader Should Keep a Journal

I just unwrapped the cellophane from a brand new Moleskine journal. I get a thrill every time I break open a new notebook, move the tassel to page one, and embark on filling its 240 pages. This is Moleskine journal Volume 21, the other 20 five-inch by eight-inch volumes line my shelf, like soldiers at […]

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You May Be Smartphone Stupid If …

It’s the technology we love to hate, but can’t live without: our smartphone. That’s the conclusion an MIT research study reached about the personal impact of inventions in the last century. The smartphone handily beat out the alarm clock, the television, and email. Do you agree? As amazing as our smartphones are—with apps for doing […]

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Do Your Metrics Matter? Four Critical Questions

I’ve never met a business leader who’d actually say, “Oh no, metrics don’t matter to me.” Have you? I didn’t think so. So why ask the question, “Do your metrics matter?” Because I’ve found the way most business leaders operate is like they’re practical atheists when it comes to metrics. I know, I know that’s […]

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The Honest Truth about Leadership Transition

All leadership roles are not the same. And while we might agree with that statement on paper, in practice we violate it regularly. In practice we promote a high performing individual contributor—a leading salesperson or a leading researcher—to the role of frontline manager and are surprised when that person struggles to win the support of […]

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