The simple rule for start-up survival is to focus on the 80/20 rule-the 20% of tasks that generate 80% of the benefit.My first year at business school, I thought my professors were trying to kill me. Each night, I had more reading and homework than could possibly get done in one evening even if I stayed up all night. I quickly realized that one of the key lessons of survival was prioritization--figuring out what portion of the work was most important and what just was not going to get done.I remember one night, working on a term paper with a group of students. We had worked hard on the paper and we all thought it was in good shape. We had other work to complete that night and were not anxious to pull an all-nighter so we were ready to move on
Are you making these six common selling errors? Find out what they are and how to easily avoid them.Why does one sales campaign end in success and another in abject failure? In almost every case, it’s because the seller neglected an essential step in the selling process. Here are the most common errors, along with some advice on how to avoid them.1. Failure to Research the CustomerIn today’s information-rich business world, customers expect you to know the following before you contact them:Who they areWhom they work forWhom they work withWhat their company doesWho their customers areWhy they might need your offeringWhenever you ask a customer a question that could be answered by spending 30 seconds on the Web, you’re telling that customer that either you’re stupid or you don’t really give a damn.
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