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A Right Time to Sell and a Wrong Time to Sell

The Shameless Sales Blog

There's a right time to sell. And there's a wrong time to sell. The right time to sell is when you have earned the right to sell. Sounds simple enough. But lots of people screw this up. You don't earn the right to sell just because the customer has asked you for information, for a pitch, or a demonstration. You earn the right to sell when you uncover the driving reason behind the sale. You need to know the reason WHY people want to buy what they want to buy.

Is Money the Root of All Evil?

The Shameless Sales Blog

I'm sure you've heard this… Money is the Root of all Evil. Do you believe this? Last night this came up over dinner with my daughter. She said that life sure would be easier if there weren't money. Boy that perked me up outta my seat! When such cultural viruses invade my space, I stand right up and go after em! So I began to explain to her… I told her that there is nothing bad about money. Money is neutral. Money is simply a means of exchanging value between people.

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Getting the Secret Truth on Every Deal

The Shameless Sales Blog

Woody Allen once said… 90% of life is just showing up. That might be true for him. But it aint true in sales. Just showing up isn't enough. You gotta get in the game. And you gotta ask. Because if you never ask, then no one will ever say yes. But in selling, we always have competition. And usually lots of it. In every deal, there are lots of losers who just "showed up", and only one winner. The secret to winning 90% of your deals is knowing the secret truth about every deal.

Be Proud of Being a Salesman!

The Shameless Sales Blog

Here's my Sales Thought for the Week…. Be proud of being a salesman! Be proud, because all business activity starts with the sale. Sales IS business. The people who create the products you sell NEED you to get their products to the customer. Without you, there would be no business. Sell with Pride, -Shameless Shamus Brown. Sales Tips business to business selling sales power salesman successful sales people

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

The Wrong Way to Ask Sales Questions

The Shameless Sales Blog

Questions asked the right way, lead you closer to the sale. Questions asked the right way, uncover opportunity. Questions asked the right way, create a bond between you and the prospect based on a belief that you can help you them. Ask questions the wrong way, and you will accomplish none of this. What's the wrong way to ask questions?

How I Focus and Keep Distraction at Bay

The Shameless Sales Blog

Here's my Sales Thought for the Week…. You get what you focus on. Every day I make a short focus and action list. I mark only 1-3 items as must-do actions to focus on. The rest are nice to do (and I sometimes get to them as "break-time" from my must-do work). Otherwise I put those off to another day… By focusing on the must-do actions, and keeping those limited to 1-3, I get a LOT of things that I WANT to do, done. This is how you make the reality you desire, one-day at time.

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How to Get More Done Faster, Right Now

The Shameless Sales Blog

How do you get more done faster? Or asked another way, how do you get more done in less time? Simple answer: Get busier. People who do more, get more done. "Uhh, "Uhh, yeah no shit, Shamus." " Seriously though… There's a saying that goes "If you want to something to get done, give it to a busy person." " In the past 10 years I've learned how to do more "new things" than I did probably in the previous 20 years of my life.

Now's The Time to Get Major Momentum…

The Shameless Sales Blog

Here's my Sales Thought for the Week…. Whether you make New Year's Resolutions or not (I Don't), January is a great time to set Motivating and Big Goals for yourself. For most of us the calendar is free from distractions for the next 5-6 months, plenty of time to get some major momentum, and big progress in life and business. Sell with Pride, -Shameless Shamus Brown. Sales Tips sales goals sales motivation sales thought

No More Getting Your Ass Kicked in Sales

The Shameless Sales Blog

About a year ago I took a training on how to kill people. Now it might be easier to call this a self-defense course, a practical martial arts program, or a combat training system. But the simple fact is, this was a training on how to kill an attacker, when the chips are down, it's him or me, and there is no other option.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

How to Find the "Sales Magic" – Again

The Shameless Sales Blog

As I write this on Wednesday, December 28th, there are just 4 days left on the calendar of 2011, and only 3 business days left in the year. Where did 2011 go? Before I went to bed last night, I was thinking, how it's already been a few days since I last wrote you. And then this morning as I looked at the date of my last email, I realized that it was 2 weeks ago. Aaackkk! Where did the time go?

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Crikey, I Shipped It!

Bernadette McClelland

I have always said to my kids, ‘behave yourself because you never know who’s watching’. Like all kids, without fail, they listen to their mum (she says tongue in cheek!). But the point I am making is you never know who is watching you.

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson: Part 1

Connect2Sell

What does it mean to be memorable? sales strategies sales questions sales process sales effectiveness

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I gotta question for ya

Bernadette McClelland

Hello there! With the New Year about to kick off again we may do one, or both, of two things. We may reflect on the year just gone or project on the year ahead.

In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

Salesforce users were surveyed about the forces shaping today's workplace. Discover the results and why investments in digital transformation and automation are pushing sales teams ahead.

Follow These 5 Steps When Preparing For A Sales Meeting

MTD Sales Training

Having achieved the goal of setting a sales meeting with a customer or prospect, what would be the best way to ensure, as much as possible, its success? Follow these five ideas in order to make sure you are fully prepared and confident when approaching the meeting: 1) Have a clear purpose.

Are Small Business Owners Salespeople in Disguise?

Jeffrey Gitomer

The success of a small business rests on the owner's ability to sell. Small business owners have about 50 different hats to wear, but sales is the biggest hat an entrepreneur wears. Actually without the sales hat, the other hats are useless.

Should Your Field Marketing Team Own a Number?

Sales Benchmark Index

Pick five non-marketing employees at random, and ask them what value your field marketing team brings to your organization. If you’re reluctant to do this exercise, it’s likely because you want to avoid blank stares and wild guesses that humble you.

How to Get a Prospect’s Cell Phone Number

Mr. Inside Sales

Having trouble reaching your prospect after your initial call? Here are two ways you can ask for–and get–a prospect’s cell phone number. . The post How to Get a Prospect’s Cell Phone Number appeared first on Mr. Inside Sales.

Successful Social Selling Best Practices Guide

This best practices guide focuses on helping you organize, harness and capitalize on the information, buying signals and qualified prospects identifying themselves to you online every single day.

To Err Is Human

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I have written in the past about how “ perfection is overrated.” The quicker you realize that the more productive you’ll be. As with many things in sales, it comes down to focus. There is no secret that I am big on execution, but always with the question “To what end?”

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A Sales Enablement Tool for the CEO

Sales Benchmark Index

Move The Close Date – Not The Open Date

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Salespeople are preoccupied with closing; makes sense, that seems to be where the pay-off is for everyone, at times even the prospect. However, the biggest challenge most sales organizations have is not closing but opening.

So It’s Your First Day as the CMO…

DiscoverOrg Sales

First days can be stressful. Especially if you’ve just been promoted to Chief Marketing Officer. Extending far beyond traditional marketing tactics, today’s CMO shoulders vast and complex responsibilities that now span technology, analytics, revenue and—above all—measurable impact.

How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

How to Overcome the Fear of Cold Calling

Mr. Inside Sales

Do you struggle with call reluctance when it’s time to cold call?

A Critical Mistake In Handle Prospecting Objections

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. People will tell you that the number one reason sellers do not like to prospect, specifically telephone prospecting, is rejection.

Building an Accurate Business Model is the Key to Ensuring Product Launch Success

Sales Benchmark Index

So, you have a new product investment you are excited about. How do you ensure that your idea holds up to leadership scrutiny, and has a big enough ROI to be considered a success? Understanding and building a business model.

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Hiring Salespeople Should Not be Like a Coin Flip

Understanding the Sales Force

Hiring the right salespeople has always been problematic for most companies but with the shortage of quality sales candidates, it's more difficult than ever. The pressure to fill a role often causes sales management to hire the best of the pool of candidates instead of the right candidate.

Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

How Do You Measure Customer Experience?

Sales Benchmark Index

Recently, my colleague Sid Nakappan wrote an article on How the CEO can jumpstart the Customer Experience Transformation. If your boss put this article on your desk, you are probably getting started. With the interest of beginning with the end.

The Top 8 Requirements for Becoming a Great Salesperson

Understanding the Sales Force

If you're young enough, some of the questions in the first few paragraphs won't apply because you haven't experienced the world without the innovations mentioned below. Don't let that prevent you from reading this because after the milestones, we'll get to the good selling stuff.

For Revenue Sake, Act Now to Engage Buyers and Influencers During Career Transitions!

Sales Benchmark Index

Tis the season – we’re past the holidays – tis the season for career transitions. End of year bonuses have been paid, budgets have been set, and resource decisions have been made. Your first thought may be “oh no, there.

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Is Your Current Sales Opportunity Real?

Anthony Cole Training

In this article, we discuss and identify the three main reasons why salespeople get duped into believing a specific opportunity will close and why some deals are not worth chasing. They are: Weak pipeline. Failure to ask tough questions. Afraid to pull the plug.

Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where and how to add it throughout the sales process!

How I Made the Mental Shift with Social Selling

John Barrows

As a GenXer, when Social Selling hit the sales scene I thought it was a joke and yet another thing I was supposed to do to be successful in sales. Fantastic, add it to the list. The whole idea of tweeting and posting sounded and felt ridiculous to me.

How to Adapt to the Well-Educated Modern Buyer

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Kelly Bosetti Salespeople once played a significant role in educating buyers about their options and helping them come to a decision regarding a product or service, but times are changing.

Mission Impossible: Making Hard Choices as a First-time CMO (Part 2)

DiscoverOrg Sales

Fear isn’t a luxury the CMO can afford. Neither is hesitation. Today’s CMO position – “ a minefield where many talented executives fail ” – requires the courage of conviction to survive. If you’re a first-time CMO, this goes double.

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Dave Kurlan's 10 Surefire New Years Resolutions For All Salespeople

Understanding the Sales Force

Like most people, this year I intend to make good on my New Year’s resolution. It’s actually more of a life resolution than it is a New Year’s resolution in much the same way that salespeople should make theirs a career resolution. If it’s important enough then it shouldn't be for only one year.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

Companies are increasingly implementing technology to bring efficiency to their workforce. Data accessibility aside, teams continuously struggle with manual processes for document generation. Learn why automating your documents is key to sales success.