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The Challenger Sale

Taking Control of the Customer Conversation
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What's the secret to sales success? If you're like most business leaders, you'd say it's fundamentally about relationships - and you'd be wrong. The best salespeople don't just build relationships with customers. They challenge them.

The need to understand what top-performing reps are doing that their average performing colleagues are not drove Matthew Dixon, Brent Adamson, and their colleagues at Corporate Executive Board to investigate the skills, behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes that matter most for high performance. And what they discovered may be the biggest shock to conventional sales wisdom in decades.

Based on an exhaustive study of thousands of sales reps across multiple industries and geographies, The Challenger Sale argues that classic relationship building is a losing approach, especially when it comes to selling complex, large-scale business-to-business solutions. The authors' study found that every sales rep in the world falls into one of five distinct profiles, and while all of these types of reps can deliver average sales performance, only one - the Challenger - delivers consistently high performance.

Instead of bludgeoning customers with endless facts and features about their company and products, Challengers approach customers with unique insights about how they can save or make money. They tailor their sales message to the customer's specific needs and objectives. Rather than acquiescing to the customer's every demand or objection, they are assertive, pushing back when necessary and taking control of the sale.

The things that make Challengers unique are replicable and teachable to the average sales rep. Once you understand how to identify the Challengers in your organization, you can model their approach and embed it throughout your sales force. The authors explain how almost any average-performing rep, once equipped with the right tools, can successfully reframe customers' expectations and deliver a distinctive purchase experience that drives higher levels of customer loyalty and, ultimately, greater growth.

©2011 Matthew Dixon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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“The history of sales has been one of steady progress interrupted by a few real breakthroughs that have changed the whole direction of the profession. These breakthroughs, marked by radical new thinking and dra­matic improvements in sales results, have been rare.... Which brings me to The Challenger Sale and the work of the Sales Executive Council.... On the face of it, their research has all the initial signs that it may be game-changing.... My advice is this: Read it, think about it, implement it. You, and your organization, will be glad you did.” (Professor Neil Rackham, author of SPIN Selling, from the foreword)

“The amazing thing is that the Challenger sales rep has been hiding in plain sight all these years. The Challenger Sale breaks the winning elements of this powerful approach into a set of teachable skills that can take even a top sales team to a new level of results delivery.” (Dan James, former chief sales officer, DuPont)

“This is a must-read book for every sales professional. The authors’ groundbreak­ing research explains how the rules for selling have changed - and what to do about it. If you don’t want to be left behind, don’t miss this innovative book that provides the new formula for selling success.” (Ken Revenaugh, vice president, sales operations, Oakwood Temporary Housing)

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  • Elias Karráa
  • 11/08/2019

Bellow average book

Books about sales are never filled with ground breaking discoveries or filled with tactics that people who do sales wouldn't know. Sales books are made to remind you of techniques and motivate you for the time when you face the customer. This book, however, is less filled with knowledge than an average book and when listening to it I thought I was listening to a commercial promoting writers further services. Most valuable content of the book could be finished in less than 30 mins of reading...

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  • Shannon
  • 15/03/2020

Good Book, Just Needs More Examples

Good read but it needed more examples of people and companies actually adapting the model. I would have liked more examples of how to give a challenger presentation for instance.

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  • adan romero
  • 12/09/2020

Repetitive, not a lot of value

Buy only if you are new to sales, if experienced in sales this book add close to zero value. I felt in an infomercial for a good part of the book.

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  • George Kremenliev
  • 29/06/2020

A 5 hour sales pitch

Indeed offers some unique perspective into a different approach of selling. It is backed by data and can be trusted but for a book to have real value there should be way less references to a web site where we can buy more of the same.

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  • Ricardo Sencion
  • 18/06/2020

Dimension

A new Dimension on the depth of the saling world. Concentrated mostly on the B2B aspects of sales, but nevertheless very thoughtful on how to handle yourself as a salesman in general.

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  • Tara DeVore
  • 24/02/2020

Great book!!

Fantastic content and great readers make this book easy to get through. Highly recommend for all lines of business involved in internal or external sales.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/02/2020

Telling Selling Gets a Book

I'm grateful this was not the first sales book I read - my career would have suffered. The last part of the book contains a chapter that uses the Challenger method to push people to buy the program. Listen to that and you'll experience just how offputting this stuff can be to most people. I think I once had a sales manager who read this because he always asserted he knew the clients business better then they did. He also 'tell sold' and chastised my search for the best questions to ask. The only leads they closed were inbound who were ready to buy. Their outbound leads never went anywhere. I don't find this surprising one bit. So why does this weird book even exist? I think it stemmed from people trying to sell stuff no one wanted or needed. They got desperate, and in a fit of rage, started to shout at customers... and then it was probably born. In a fit of frustration. There is one rather big premise I do agree with: many people are unaware of their problems. There are far better question based ways of helping people see them. The issue here is that question based selling is hard for most to learn. It's also hard to learn how to influence, be charismatic, etc. Telling selling is easier, it also fails to sell anyone who hasn't already decided to buy, that's probably why you see a lot of people saying that your marketing must be 'on point' to get challenger working - because you'll need the prospect to be pre-sold. Last note. This method seems low on emotional and social intelligence.

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  • John Beuke
  • 26/01/2020

The next sales book to put on you shelf and forget

Rule one, if you are going to tell me a list of things to do and not do what ever you do don't break those rules in the same book. you must do what you say. what I am glad about is that I studied manipulation and saw it with in the first chapter. they plugged their organization so many times I almost stopped reading and listening. I felt like I was being sold something and Rule 1 in sales is not to act like your selling something.

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  • Charles Lambert
  • 27/11/2019

Fascinating Broad Application

The model lends itself to broader application than sales, and that connection was made only as an afterthought in the end. Leading the book and broadening the audience with cross discipline application strategies would have helped tap into potential other readers.

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  • Jim M.
  • 14/10/2019

Spot-on Effective Selling Analysis and Help

After 30+ years in retail and wholesale marketing, I can confidently say The CHALLENGER SALE concisely cuts to the core issues of success in complex, sophisticated selling situations. It is backed up with immense amounts of research that dispels the notion that "good salespeople are naturally that way by virtue of their personality". But even so, this book RAPIDLY translated otherwise illusive concepts into actionable self-awareness and impactful "course corrections". It impacted my approach better than any other marketing/sales training program I have experienced before it. There are other tools to help with business plan, time management and the like. This really zeroes in on selling psychology for both target customer and marketer/salesperson. Want to move yourself, (or your sales team) from the middle 60% of performers to the top 20% winners or even from the bottom 20% "lost" into the middle 60%? This is for you! I wish I had picked this up a couple of years ago when I first learned of it and had embraced it when I was managing marketers and strategic relationships. I wish I had this arrow in my quiver 30 years ago when I began my career in the field. It's the right "hammer" for both leaders and troops in the field.