Blog

3 Steps to Gaining a Competitive Edge in Sales

competitive edge through sales diagnosis by tyson group

This article was originally posted on May 1, 2019 by Lance Tyson in SellingPower 

I recently made a visit to the orthopedic surgeon to check in on a shoulder issue. I didn’t walk in the door wanting to sign up for surgery.

After spending a bit of time in the waiting room, I was led back to another part of the office, where a nurse practitioner asked me a number of questions about my health, took notes on my weight, temperature, and blood pressure and interviewed me about my health history. They gathered lots of information about me in order to help the doctor accurately evaluate my condition.

Continue reading

How to Master Away-game Selling to Win More Sales

away game selling tailored process from tyson group

This article was originally posted on March 25, 2019 by Lance Tyson in SellingPower

I’m addicted to my Fitbit. It keeps my diet on track, helps me work out longer and more frequently, and basically keeps me on my game regardless of whether I’m at home or on the road.

Continue reading

Powerful Talent Assessment is the Moneyball Magic You Want

talent assessment moneyball

“People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and mathematics cut straight through that.”  -Peter Brand, Moneyball

The premise of Moneyball, both the book and the film, was that the method of recruiting baseball talent was stuck in the past. The process used outdated methods and antiquated statistics. Recruiters were using the same methods tied to the same statistics dating back to the early days of baseball. Because the Oakland A’s had a smaller budget for salaries, they were forced to look for players undervalued by the market. When the general manager teamed up with a statistician, they found that certain, previously ignored stats were better indicators of a player’s performance today than the traditional stats used by the bulk of the sports executives and talent scouts.

Continue reading

How to Use the Why Speak Statement to Crush Your Sales Calls

why speak statement sales calls tyson group

In a previous post, we talked about a powerful tool salespeople can use to open their sales calls. That was the Impact Statement. Today, we’re going to look at another tool you can use to take control of your sales calls. This is the Why Speak Statement.

Continue reading

How to Make a Powerful Sales Opening with the Impact Statement

sales impact statement from tyson group

In a previous post, we introduced the concept of the Impact Statement and using that tool to focus the opening of your sales call.  Remember, as stated before, no one is sitting by the phone waiting for your unsolicited call, and sometimes, not even your scheduled phone call. People are busy. They have things that they need to get done, especially if they are in any kind of decision making capacity.  So once you break their preoccupation and get their attention, you have to build their interest. And for that you need an effective Impact Statement to tell your story.

Continue reading

When Opening a Sales Call, You Need to Stop Doing These 2 Things

smart phone opening a sales call tyson group

Sales reps are still being taught old school tactics that don’t work in today’s digital business environment. In a previous post, I reviewed how the much maligned cold call has become ineffective because of the outdated practices still being used to execute them.

The same can be said for opening a sales call. If you want to to be effective when opening a sales call, you need to drop the old-school behaviors that some organizations are still teaching.  Here are two examples of behaviors you need to stop right now when opening a sales call.

Continue reading

How to Sell Like a Professional in Today’s Environment

tyson group sales podcast sales game changers

Sales Game Changers Podcast Episode 171 features Lance Tyson

What does it take to succeed in today’s complex sales environment? What do you need to break into the top 10% or even 20% when selling premium suites for national sports franchises, or big-ticket luxury items, or top end experiences and events?

In this episode, Fred Diamond, host of the Sales Game Changers podcast, runs through a variety of questions like these with Lance Tyson, CEO of Tyson Group, and author of Selling is an Away Game. If you want tips that will put you on the field of play and supercharge your sales game, then put in your earbuds, buckle up your seat belt, and get ready for a rapid-fire one-on-one that will change how you approach developing your sales team as well as your career. 

You can find Fred Diamond’s Sales Game Changers podcast here. Give it a listen today.

Boost Opening Your Sales Process with Technology


sales process technology tyson group

This post on the sales process was originally published on Aug 28, 2017 and updated on Aug 7, 2019.

Here’s a question you need to ask yourself about your sales process: If I could get in front of more qualified prospects, how much more could I sell?

In all of  my training sessions and sales activity over the years, here’s something I’ve noticed:

Most companies are product and service heavy, but sales process poor. If you look at the typical training programs a company puts its people through, you’ll see a lot of attention given to product and service education, product positioning, etc. A lot less attention will be given to the actual sales process, which involves organization skills, communication skills, and prospecting techniques, to name a few.

Continue reading

6 Simple Tactics That Will Boost Your Listening Skills

listening skills for resolving sales objections

In a previous post, we talked about the cushion. It’s one of the communication tools you must develop if you want to dominate resolving objections. Another communication tool you’ll need to develop are your listening skills.

Continue reading