The ignorant customer and the unfortunate salesman?

It is easy to jump to the conclusion that potential customers that don’t get it must be “ignorants.” However, blaming our failing sales strategy on the customers may prevent us from making the changes that could overcome the resistance. Look in the mirror. That’s where all the answers are....

Slow down – it’s not your business

As a management consultant you have to take responsibility for the outcome of the process you are engaged to help improve. You cannot assume responsibility for the final results. That responsibility resides with the client’s executives, but you have to guarantee the quality of your own contributions....

Proposals Are the Last Thing You Do

I now realized the advantage I had in proposal writing. It was never about me. It was always about the customers. What does the customer need and how do we deliver that, mitigating the risk of failure? How can we summarize this in the briefest way possible?...

Key Considerations for the Direct vs. Indirect Go-to-Market Approach

In the video, I discuss the main difference between the direct and the indirect go-to-market approach and how you can make the indirect approach work in your favour. This is the second video in the Building Successful Partner Channels series of five videos that TBK Consult have made for the Microsoft Smart...

“Revenue Generation” as a Service

Let’s just face the brutal facts: Marketing and sales are not the core competencies of most information technology companies and that is the primary explanation that they may make it out of the startup stage, but they very rarely make it to the tipping point and beyond....

Nine Steps to a Successful 2019

One of the biggest time savings I have achieved comes from the decision to set up an office at home. Besides a saving of $10,000 in annual rent, I save 45 minutes every day on the commute. This corresponds to 50 effective working days per year....