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Same Side Selling Audiobook

Same Side Selling: A Radical Approach to Break Through Sales Barriers

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Publisher's Summary

Are you tired of playing games with your customers?

The most widely used metaphors in sales are those related to sports, battle, or games. The challenge with this mind-set is it requires that one person wins and the other loses. Instead of falling victim to a win-lose approach, what if you shared a common goal with your potential client? How might things change if the client felt that you were more committed to their success than making the sale?

Does it sometimes seem like you and your client are working against each other?

Same Side Selling gives practical steps to break through sales barriers and turn confrontation into cooperation. Sellers who implement the Same Side Selling approach will be seen as valuable resources, not predatory peddlers.

A different type of book on selling

What makes Same Side Selling different from any other book on this topic is that it is coauthored by people on both sides : a salesman (Ian) and a procurement veteran who understands how companies buy (Jack). The buyer's perspective is baked into every sentence of the book along with the seller's point of view. Our aim is to replace the adversarial trap with a cooperative, collaborative mind-set. We also want to replace the old metaphor of selling as a game.

The new metaphor: Selling is a puzzle

Same Side Selling is the idea of solving a puzzle instead of playing a game. Discover how to sell with integrity from the same side of the table for better results all around.

©2004 Ian Altman and Jack Quarles (P)2015 Ian Altman and Jack Quarles

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    Mäntylä Helsinki, Finland 06-30-15
    Mäntylä Helsinki, Finland 06-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Best businessbook of the year!"

    I read & listen lot of businessbooks and Same Side Selling is now in my Top 3 all-time. I liked a lot authors clear overall strategy abou sellers and buyers in the same side not competing.

    Book gives also tactics to put strategies in practice and I have allready started to use those.

    Extrapoints for authors about the narration style. It worked very well when both authors talking in a conversational way. I liked this choice a lot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Cummings Austin, TX United States 08-18-15
    Lisa Cummings Austin, TX United States 08-18-15 Member Since 2016
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    "If Your Buyers Are Focused On Price, Grab The Book"
    Where does Same Side Selling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved the idea of "Focus On Fit" - it gives you a lot of confidence to focus on whether your solution is a fit for this buyer and whether you can add value. That gives you and the prospect a clear question: is this solution a fit or not? And even if you're not a fit, you're likely gaining a fan who will refer you. I love the counterintuitive idea that when I step back and acknowledge that the prospect is better off with a different solution, it actually helps me sell more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part is the concept of the "Adversarial Trap" - it's so common for us to sell from a competitive point of view. The authors do a great job of getting all parties on the same mission to solve a problem.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite section is where they give some example responses from buyers and then characterize them as "Adversarial Responses" or "Same Side Responses." It's a really practical way to rethink the typical responses from my prospects.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Rivera huntington beach, ca 07-25-15
    Rob Rivera huntington beach, ca 07-25-15 Member Since 2016

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    "Just like having a private consultation with the authors"

    This was one of the best audio books I've heard. Great tips and strategies to use on your product or service. I thought it was great that both authors did the entire thing. It really was like sitting in a room with them doing a consultation for you. Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Romance 05-24-16
    D. Romance 05-24-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Same Side Selling has Revolutionized my Selling"
    What made the experience of listening to Same Side Selling the most enjoyable?

    Listening to Same Side Selling was so enjoyable because I started to use the material the same day that I was listening to it. I actually started to achieve results within the first week.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without a doubt Ian was my favorite character. He sounds like such an easy going guy and his knowledge of certain selling situations have provided a great new model for me. It would be great to actually meet Ian some day.


    Which character – as performed by Ian Altman and Jack Quarles – was your favorite?

    The Buyer and the Seller were equally intriguing to me. The perspective of each allows the listener to really know what's going on with each situation that is discussed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course, time permitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the book several times now. Then I ordered the hard copy to read. Listening to the book everyday in the morning while exercising and also back and forth to work gave me at least 90 minutes a day to absorb all the new teachings. As I speak with Prospects, the questions that I ask have become a comfortable part of my conversations. These new conversations allow me to be much more effective in finding impact together with potential buyers. If you are in sales and your sales have fallen off a bit then you need to do something different. Buyers really won't change...you need to change. Immerse yourself in Same Side selling and you will supercharge your sales. You will be happy and so will your boss; I mean your spouse.

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    Jeff 02-24-16
    Jeff 02-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Ian is the best. Highly recommend this one"

    a sales genius for sure. if you haven't read, then read and read again. You will not be disappointed.

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    Justus van der Merwe Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng South Africa 02-10-16
    Justus van der Merwe Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng South Africa 02-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Brilliant for Helpers in Sales!"

    At long last a book on sales that I can relate to!

    I'm an Educator and Helper by nature, but my work requires active involvement in selling. The authors do an excellent job describing how to avoid and counter the 'adversarial' traps inherent in most sales processes.

    If you're a Helper by heart (counselor, teacher, consultant) and struggle with stepping into a sales role because of its perceived competitive and manipulative nature, this book can definitely help reframe the Salesman role to one of Helper.

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    Chad 02-01-16
    Chad 02-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic book!"

    I've been in sales for decades, and this book provides actionable insights that any sales professional can use immediately. I love the approach shared, and

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    John Szczesniak 09-02-15
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    "Great refresher and helpful reinforcement"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great refresher for anyone in sales. If you are an avid reader of sales books, this will not shock you, nor give you the key to success. It will build and help reinforce what you know and give you some helpful tactics on keeping the sale true to the customer. Overall a very good read and a very good tool to keep you sharp.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for anyone wanting to improve their skills in sales and transactional relationships.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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