Neil Rackham

Speaker, writer, and seminal thinker on sales and marketing issues

Neil Rackham

Neil Rackham is known throughout the world as a speaker, writer, and seminal thinker on sales and marketing issues.  Three of his books have been on the New York Times best seller list, and his works have been translated into over 50 languages.  He has been Chairman and CEO of three international research and consulting firms.

In the 1970’s Neil first gained international recognition for his studies of sales effectiveness, when he led the largest ever research study of successful selling.  This massive project, supported by major multinationals including Xerox and IBM, involved a team of 30 researchers who studied 35,000 sales calls in over 20 countries.  The research took 12 years at a cost of $30 million, in today’s dollars.  From the results of these studies he published the groundbreaking classic SPIN® Selling (McGraw-Hill, 1988) and Major Account Sales Strategy (McGraw-Hill, 1989).  His books regularly rank among business best sellers, and SPIN® Selling is McGraw Hill’s best selling business book ever.  He is author of over 50 influential articles on marketing, selling and channel strategy.

Neil’s other books include Managing Major Sales and Getting Partnering Right: How Market Leaders Are Creating Long-Term Competitive Advantage.  His recent book Rethinking The Sales Force has received wide acclaim from critics, academics, and salespeople.  It is required reading at many leading business schools. 

He has worked closely with many leading sales forces such as IBM, Xerox, AT&T, and Citicorp.  He has also been an advisor on sales performance to several of the largest Fortune 100 companies in the United States. 

Neil has worked extensively with senior partners in some of the world’s most successful professional services organizations including McKinsey & Company, where he was for many years a member of the Sales and Channel Management Group.  He currently serves as Executive Advisor for Go To Market Partners, a market strategy and sales effectiveness research and consulting firm.

Neil Rackham is also widely recognized as a highly original and creative trainer and communicator.  His work in sales training won him the Instructional Systems Association award for Innovation in Training and Instruction, and more than half the Fortune 500 train their salespeople using sales models derived from his research.

He is a sought after conference speaker who receives top reviews from participants for his capacity to take complex issues and make them accessible and interesting.  He uses a combination of humor, passion, and group interaction to stimulate and challenge his audiences.

Neil has a farm and winery in Northern Virginia and, when not working on improving sales performance, he writes poetry and science fiction, plays medieval musical instruments, and walks the Appalachian Trail.

Books by Neil Rackham

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