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Simple Business Development Metrics

If you are attempting to grow revenue, tackling increased competition for fewer opportunities while opening new markets with a leaned-down organization, the focus must eventually be upon [...]

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Identifying The Hidden Talent In Your BD Organization

Your best new hire may already be on the team waiting to be discovered. What are you doing to find them? Whether advancing revenue through acquisition or strategic or organic growth, the [...]

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Braving The Perfect Storm: Confronting Culture & Control Issues

Remember George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg on their ill-fated fishing trawler in the film, The Perfect Storm? White knuckled, engines at the max, they were striving with every fiber of boat and [...]

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Is Your BD Team Process Driven or Chasing Fly Balls & Butterflies?

If you had to evaluate your Business Development team today and make a determination as to each individual's ability to generate revenue without a pre-existing network, which individuals on your [...]

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Master a Never Ending Dialogue with your Customer to Guarantee a Winning Re-compete

How to overcome the pitfalls of being the incumbent in government contracting. Regardless of current belief, becoming the contractor of choice doesn't happen overnight. Winning the business takes [...]

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Project Management: Opportunity Lost and Cost?

Project Management... it's where the rubber meets the road. It's the font line. It's where technical services firms engage their clients. But it's also where senior managers have the least [...]

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The Art & Science of Opportunity Identification & Qualification

Much has been written about the Capture and Proposal Management Process (CPM). At most government services organizations CPM is a well defined, documented and integrated procedure. Likewise, most [...]

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Opportunity Identification & Qualification: Bid Smartly Or Walk Away

The impact of the MBD (OI&Q)i Phase on revenue generation With commercial markets reeling in today’s economy, future revenue growth is becoming more uncertain. With increased competition for [...]

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Sales In An Age of Falling Multipliers – Training Scientists and Engineers to Develop New Business

Over the past 30 years, the consulting engineering business has become increasingly competitive. Advances in technology from Fed Ex to Fax and, of course, in all aspects of computerization have [...]

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Yes, You Can Turn an Angry Client into Your Best Client!

Can This Client be Saved? Impossible you say. Can’t be done. Someone or something in your company may have screwed up royally. Your product simply failed to perform as promised. It was a complete [...]

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The Day The Job Fairy Died

It was nearly 40 years ago, but I can still remember it clearly. I’d just started my first “real” job, and had been at it about three months. Every day, someone had given me billable project work [...]

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You Will Never Listen Yourself Out of Business.

This insight is one of the better understood principles relating to the difference between traditional sales and Business Development. Simply put, if your objective is to develop business with [...]

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Don’t Get Mad At People For Doing What You Never Told Them Not to Do.

As professionals in Business Development we have to take responsibility for the nature of our relationship with our customer. Prevent issues from becoming negative issues by negotiating and [...]

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If Your Question Is Longer Than Two Lines, You Probably Aren’t Asking the Best Question.

Stop and take a moment to think about the kinds of questions you ask your prospects. Is your tendency to ask long, overly-focused questions or short, open-ended questions? As a Business [...]

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Just Because You Have It … Doesn’t Mean They Need It!

Salespeople often rely too heavily on their company’s products, services and accompanying solutions. They believe just because they have something to offer, someone must need it. Since [...]

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No Problem … No Need … No Prospect!

In Business Development, most of us think you have to establish a prospect’s need for your product or service. But there’s a significant hurdle that must be tackled first: the real [...]

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Your Prospect Needs to Be Working As Hard to Buy As You Are to Sell.

One of the basic rules of psychology states, "If you are working harder to help someone than they are working to help themselves, you are in fact the problem."

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Why People Don’t Buy: No Pain, No Match, No Crisis, No Trust.

If we do not understand how and why people buy or have a process to disqualify opportunities early, we tend to rationalize a reason why the person did not buy from us. On a fundamental basis, [...]

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The Burden of Proof Is on the Prospect.

Traditional sales people labor under an unfair burden and disadvantage. Psychologically, they believe that when approaching a potential customer, they have to prove the value of their product or [...]

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Your Prospects Don’t Care About You … But They Love to Talk About Themselves.

Prospects and individuals in general are self-centered and really only care about themselves. Given the opportunity, they are happy to discuss every detail of their world, situation and [...]