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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

What Awesome Sales Managers are Doing to Crush It!

Speaker: Steven Rosen, MBA, Author, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Top 50 Sales Influencer

If you're tired of continually pushing your sales reps to do more, working countless hours, and still not getting the results that you desire, then this webinar is for you. Join Steven Rosen, Founder and CEO of STAR Results, to discover the key to consistently crushing your sales goals!

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.

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.

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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Consulting Services: Putting the Client First in Sales and Delivery [Podcast]

Sandler Training

Brian Sullivan, VP of Sandler Enterprise Selling, speaks with Steve Moritz, thirty year veteran of the technology industry and CEO of Moritz Consulting Group about Consulting Services: Putting the client first in sales and delivery. Listen Time: 40 Minutes. Professional Development

Two different approaches to getting in-the-door

Sales 2.0

If you run a small company, you usually end up being one of your company’s early sales people. If you are in this position, this post may help you. It’s about an alternative way to get in front of your target buyer without cold calling.

Are CEOs Focusing on the Right Sales Opportunities?

Sales Benchmark Index

Most CEO’s have good visibility into the top deals in your sales pipeline and are reviewing with their CRO and CFO at least weekly. And often, CEO’s will review top deals with their Chairman or a board member in a.

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.

Which Sales Org Structure Is Right for You?

Sales Benchmark Index

Far too often, sales leaders look to org structure first regardless of the underlying cause of their performance issues. It is viewed as an easier change to make, and it is likely you have executed or been a part.

The Magic Customer Service Question

The Sales Heretic

I was hungry. I had just checked in at the Sheraton hotel in Tampa, Florida, where I was conducting a sales training seminar the next day. Now, normally when I’m traveling, I like to get out of the hotel and find a good, local restaurant to eat at. But this evening, it was late and [.].

Does Your Pipeline Get a Paid Vacation?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Excuses like everything else are subject to seasonality. For example, when I ask some reps why they are not prospecting, I’ll get different excuse based on time of year and state of their pipeline. In August, the excuse of choice is by far vacations.

Podcast 110: The Changing Role of SDRs in Sales With Amir Reiter

John Barrows

In this week’s episode we have Amir Reiter on the podcast, the CEO of outsourced sales company CloudTask. Amir has traveled far and wide having started businesses young and learn the hard way.

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Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

Don’t Ask Them That!

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I understand connecting with decision-makers or influencers is a challenge, we are all looking for good ideas. But some things sellers are told to do are not just silly but can cost them opportunities. See what I mean: [link]. Please, don’t ask them that.

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The Best Stories Are Told By Buyers

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. There is a lot of focus on storytelling in sales these days and for all the right reasons. Stories help spark the imagination, help people look beyond their limits.

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Turn Pains Into Priorities

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. While some may argue, salespeople are people, with all the pluses and minuses that come with that. One thing about people you can count on, is they usually find what they are looking for while ignoring the rest.

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How to Successfully Deploy a CX Transformation Program

Sales Benchmark Index

Customer Experience (or CX) is at the forefront of how B2C companies are competing and winning. B2B firms are waking up to the importance of CX, and many are on their transformation journey. However, Harvard Business Review outlines that many.

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Fulfilling Today's (Changing) eLearning Needs

Speaker: Bryan Marriott, President, P1 Learning

eLearning cannot be a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s not enough to post 1,000+ courses and leave training up to chance. Join Bryan Marriott, President of P1 Learning, as he walks through the process of identifying learner needs, and then delivering training that specifically addresses those needs – in a short, effective, and entertaining manner.

Direct Mail Done Right

The Sales Heretic

Regular readers of this blog know that I like to point out egregious examples of bad sales and marketing efforts. Like this one. And this one. Oh, and let’s not forget this one. But I like to highlight good examples as well.

How to Make Your Value Proposition Stronger

Jill Konrath

How can you tell if you have a weak value proposition? One telltale sign is that virtually no one responds to your emails or gets back to you on the phone. Selling Tools

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Winning Your Prospect’s Prospect

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. We’re all familiar with the expression “ The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Not a moto for successful selling and retention, but maybe it has some purpose. At the core, the concept points how two unrelated parties can band together for a common cause.

Timing is Everything

John Barrows

The more experienced I get in business the more I realize how important timing is with almost everything. I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve heard about (or come up with myself) that were great ideas at the time, but failed because the market wasn’t ready for them. Good Ideas, Bad Timing.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Ignoring The Buyers’ State of Readiness

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I’d like you to take a look at the marketing material or collateral you use to prospect and sell. For many, you will find one piece or set aimed at your market. Some will have iterations based on the role of someone in the decision process.

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What Do I Do When a Prospect Goes Silent?

The Sales Hunter

You have the perfect prospect. You know how you can help them. You have that initial phone call, and everything feels good. They share great information and provided even more information and insights in response to your questions. You feel like life is good.

How a CEO Drives Revenue Growth with Digital Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

Today Scott Santucci, CEO of Growth Enablement Ecosystems, joins us to discuss digital transformation and how it impacts revenue growth. Digital is transforming the market as companies like Apple and Amazon reign supreme.

How Top Salespeople Anticipate and Manage Resistance

Understanding the Sales Force

Last week Tom Hopkins shared a post on LinkedIn that resembled what I have said so many times. He said, " The art of selling involves two jobs: Job One is to reduce sales resistance and the other is to increase sales acceptance.".

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Sales Training That Gets Results – With or Without Classroom ILT

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, VP Sales Enablement Services, SPASIGMA

Most sales ILT (instructor-led training) has historically not been very effective, if we consider “effective” to mean “changes behavior, improves results, or produces a ROI.” In this webinar, sales enablement expert Mike Kunkle will break down how modern technology removes the need for ILT in sales training - and will also explain how to effectively integrate ILT into your modern training, if you want to continue using it!

Six Ways Of Dealing With A Client Who Won’t See You

MTD Sales Training

It may sound strange, but there will be people you know you can help who will refuse to meet with you! How dare they! Don’t they know you have their holy grail, the answer to their prayers, the very thing they have been looking for?

Is Your Value Proposition Strong Enough?

Jill Konrath

I was eating lunch with the new president of a large manufacturing company. She was well aware of the work I’d done with their sales organization. So when I asked about her biggest challenge, I assumed we’d be talking sales. Instead, she answered, “Waste.”. Selling Tools

In The Beginning

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Every journey has a beginning, middle and an end, and this is true for a buying cycle and sales cycle. And while it may work for Zen and motorcycles , in sales, it is not about the journey but the destination, the win.

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The Best Salespeople are 2733% More Likely to Have This Than the Worst Salespeople

Understanding the Sales Force

86% of all salespeople have beliefs that don't support ideal sales outcomes. That's important because beliefs influence behavior, and appropriate sales behavior drives results. Think about sales process, sales methodology, sales strategy and sales tactics.

Supercharge Your Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO, Sales Readiness Group, and David Jacoby, President, Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training, but many sales leaders report a low ROI from their sales training initiatives. Join us, along with Ray Makela and David Jacoby from Sales Readiness Group, as they break down the five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.