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How Do You Perfect the Art of Sales Conversation?

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What are the mechanics of delivering an effective sales pitch? The appropriate question is “How do you perfect the art of sales conversation?” These 9 actions are instrumental to the secret of having an effective sales conversation. Mutual respect and client-focused behavior trumps selling in the art of conversation. A pitch is one-sided.

The Need for Emotionality in Sales Management

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Ken Thoreson is the president of Acumen Management Group , and a recognized expert in sales execution channel management. He has over 18 years in consulting and advisory positions, and has led development-stage entrepreneurships as well as $250 million national vertical software sales organizations. He’s been ranked in the top fifty sales and marketing influencers four years in a row, is in the hall of fame of Sales Coach World, is ranged in the top twenty channel visionaries and is a member of the National Speakers Association. A : Absolutely.

Sales management – balancing micromanaging and abandoning

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When asked about his early management challenges, Roger Ferguson – CEO at TIAA-CREF – shared: “You have to get the balance right between leaving them alone and micromanaging.” Although Roger was discussing management in general, we thought his advice was particularly relevant for sale managers. 2015 Sales Momentum, LLC. So where is the balance?

Sales management – the power of culture

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We thought this was an interesting idea for sales management to consider as they start a new year. Traditionally, we have talked a lot about best practices for sales strategy and sales call execution – we have positioned them as the hallmarks of sales success. So what might sales management do to help put in place a more supportive culture?

Building sales management excellence: 12 questions for getting it right

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Sales Management Excellence. Herminia Ibaraan, an INSEAD professor, published a provocative book arguing that in today’s market if you desire to get better at management you must venture outside your comfort zone. The message is: to achieve success, managers must learn to pivot – that is do something different rather than just getting better at doing what they are doing.

The #1 Reason Why New Sales Managers Fail

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Why New Sales Managers Fail. Are you a new sales manager , or have you just been promoted into a sales manager role? I am going to share the number one reason why new sales managers fail. Time and time again companies promote their best sales reps into managerial roles. For new sales managers, things got worse in 2016.

Transitioning to sales manager – a rubicon moment

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New sales managers. You are now a sales manager. Even after some initial guidance from colleagues, most new sales managers find themselves struggling to figure out how to balance the requirements of the position. The mountains of paperwork about HR concerns and other administrative requirements take most new sales managers back a step or two.

Sales management coaching – the power of questions

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Sales Coaching. Asking questions is also an underpinning of successful interactions between salespeople and their sales managers. The problem is too many times when coaching, managers do it the other way around. They don’t ask enough questions and they talk more than the sales rep. 2015 Sales Momentum, LLC. Consider this …. How do you think the call went?

Sales managers must be roadblock removers

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Sales managers – roadblock removers. Sales managers – how does your sales team spend its time? You can’t sell if you are not selling and most sales reps spend too much time not selling. . Simply put, there are roadblocks that every sales rep faces that are time-sinks. 2014 Sales Momentum ®. Sound familiar?

5 Sales Management Myths Debunked

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I sat across the desk from Mike, the new VP of Sales. Before his promotion Mike was the can’t-miss Sales Manager. Now he was just another VP of Sales in the crosshairs. After a quick conversation, we found he was committing 3 of the sales myths below. The majority of Sales VPs are guilty of at least one. Press your managers on adoption.

Sales management – coaching for the Lombardi trophy

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Lessons for Sales Coaching. So we thought it would be a good time to see if there were lessons to be learned for those of us in the world of sales. Let’s transition all this to sales and sales coaching. As is the case with the NFL, the coaching relationship between a sales rep and their front-line sales manager has a direct and immediate impact on sales success.

New sales managers – starting off on the right foot

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New Sales Managers. Customers now want sales reps who are trusted advisors not product facilitators. All this means that in order for a sales team to be successful in the years ahead, front-line managers need be highly skilled. It is not an overstatement to suggest that front-line sales managers truly have become the pivotal job for sales success.

Sales manager trust – everyday, all the time, everywhere

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Sales managers and developing trust. Sales managers must develop the trust of their sales team and help their team members to trust each other. Because of all this we are always looking for ideas that can help sales managers do a better job in developing trust. So, how can sales managers develop trust ? 2014 Sales Momentum ®.

Sales managers – are you passing the leadership development test?

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Developing Sales Leaders. It’s natural for front-line sales managers to focus on sales team performance – drilling down on the numbers. Sales managers spend their careers developing the required skills with corporations providing the necessary training and encouragement. Clearly the aforementioned ability to manage the numbers is a part of this skill set.

Sales management: Step 1 – Stop annoying your sales team

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Sales Managers. If you want to get better at management a good first step is – stop annoying you staff. People complain about their managers regardless of their position inside the organization or the type of business all the time. While her five points were written to apply to all managers – we thought salespeople would be able to relate to them.

Sales managers – a new pathway to leadership

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Sales Leaders. Although Ibaraan was writing about business in general, we thought her message held particular insight for the world of sales. If buyers change how they buy, sellers need to change how they sell and sales leaders need to bring the insight to make that happen. So let’s translate this message to sales management. The caveat is – manage the risk.

Big data supports the importance of front-line sales managers

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Sales managers. When companies get it right managers thrive, staff is more engaged, and companies gain a competitive edge. In fact, according to Gallup , when companies can increase the number of talented managers and double the number of engaged employees, they achieve, on average, 147% higher earnings per share than their competition. 2014 Sales Momentum, LLC.

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Sales managers – leverage 10 behaviors of successful entrepreneurs

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Sales managers – success. It immediately struck us that these 10 behaviors, with a bit of tweaking, apply equally well to successful sales managers. Independent - Prepares to do whatever needs to be done to build a successful sales team. Promoter - Are the best spokesperson for their sales team. 2014 Sales Momentum, LLC. What do you think?

Sales Managers—Pay Attention to How Your Reps Communicate

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Can your sales reps put a sentence together? Sales managers, listen up. Even the most effective sales techniques fall short if your team sounds, well … stupid. Sales reps want a call back ? ” Does that mean everything else your sales reps have been saying is dishonest ? Sales buzzwords are even more uncreative and obnoxious than filler words.

EDGY Conversations

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EDGY Conversations. If you need a personal lift or want to motivate your sales teams, buy this book. IDEA: buy this book for your entire sales team and discuss one chapter a week during your next sales meetings, you will see a difference in your team both professionally and personally. Get EDGY Conversations by Dan Waldschmidt, from Hydra Publishing. 3f4qb8v9ge.

Sales managers – and the smartest person in the room dilemma

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Sales managers. There’s little doubt that sales managers are the pivotal job for creating a superior sales team. And, a critical responsibility for the sales manager is coaching. Most people agree that sales coaching is important and can make a difference. In sales calls, we recommend that salespeople “ask, listen, and then talk”.

Artificial Intelligence – a last best hope for sales management coaching

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AI and Sales Management. Sales leadership talks about it all the time. Sales consultants advocate it and sales managers say they would like to do more of it. The “it” of course is sales coaching. Yet, if you nose around, you’ll find less sales coaching is occurring then might be expected given all the advocacy. 2017 Sales Momentum® LLC.

Sales managers and the story of the “super salesperson syndrome”

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Sales Manager. Well, a sales manager with the “super salesperson syndrome ” will probably exhibited some of these 6 characteristics : Sell rather than coach. When push comes to shove, S 3 sales managers will spend their time selling rather than sales coaching. Downplay the importance of sales training. Take over sales calls.

Sales managers – tips to fix the time sieve

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Sales managers and the time sieve. Sales managers universally tell us that time is their most valuable asset – and they also tell us they are continuously “running out of time.”. So let’s look at some of ingredients that make up the modern-day sales manager time sieve: Those things you’re doing that you know you should not be doing but you have to – okay fair enough.

Sales managers need feedback too!

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Sales Coaching. We have written a number of posts on sales coaching. You need a superior sales team and maintaining a superior sales team requires f ront-line sales managers who coach and who are good at it. But for sales managers to be good at coaching, feedback must run both ways. If sales managers don’t, sales reps will remain silent.

Sales managers – underestimating the power of words

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Sales managers – words have power! When salespeople get promoted to a sales manager position there are many traps to avoid and new things to learn from: analyzing CRM data, to conducting performance reviews to figuring out how you are going to find the time to coach. What’s interesting about this trap is regardless of tenure, we’ve seen sales managers fall prey.

Sales managers and the “mini-me” syndrome

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Sales Managers. I was talking with a new B2B sales manager about sales coaching. She was a super star as a sales rep and promoted to a sales manager just a couple of months ago. As a new sales manager , she was fortunate enough to inherit a young but very talented sales team. Many new sales managers were great sales reps.

Sales managers with new sales teams – first things first – focus!

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New sales managers. When front-line sales managers take over a new sales team, the natural tendency is to get things moving – make a mark. For example, it is not uncommon that the “what” turns out to be a bunch of stuff that choruses of those on your sales team are complaining about. 2014 Sales Momentum, LLC.

Sales management coaching training – necessary but not sufficient

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Sales coaching puzzle. A while ago we received a call from a company wanting to talk about coaching training for their front-line sales managers. They were real cheerleaders – they believed sales managers were the pivotal job for sales success and coaching was the sales managers’ key responsibility. Time management. Here’s why.

How to Converse with Prospects Without Sounding “Salesy”

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The post How to Converse with Prospects Without Sounding “Salesy” appeared first on Pipeliner CRM Blog. For CEOs For Sales Leaders For Sales Managers For Sales Pros For SMBs Sales Effectiveness Sales MethodologyThere is no shortage of advice one can get when trying to determine the basics when talking with potential new customers and clients. Asking the right questions and asking insightful questions will give you a better understanding about who you are connecting to and how you may be of service. The goal here is to […].

Sales managers – expectations and accountability

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Sales managers – setting expectations and accountability. Too often sales managers – and for that matter other managers – think what needs to be done is intuitive – so of course everyone on their team understands what is to be done and why. Unfortunately, very often it’s only intuitive to the sales manager – not to the remainder of the sales team.

Sales management across generations – similarities not differences

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Multi-generational sales teams. There has been much written and many perceptions about Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y – what they want and how to manage them. Both were about management in general but we thought the insights were of particular interest to those of us concerned about the world of sales. 2014 Sales Momentum ®. Broad Generalizations. Summary.

Do You Have the Right Sales Managers?

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Sales Manager dashboards have been updated. the Sales VP asks. Download the Sales Manager Execution Guide. It will: Provide you 10 Sales Manager actions you must take immediately to save the year. Test your Sales Managers to determine if they are involved with making the number. Tell you if you need to upgrade your manager.

Successful sales managers are effective delegators

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Lessons for Sales Managers. In the book, the author shares several key points about entrepreneurs which we believe surely presents lessons for sales managers. Delegators are great managers and supportive bosses. From our observation, these points are particularly important for front-line sales managers. 2014 Sales Momentum, LLC.

Successful sales managers – question success more than failure

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Questioning Sales Success. I’ll ask more questions when sales are up than I do when they’re down. Her points struck a chord with us – primarily because we too often see sales managers – whether first-line sales managers, mid-level sales managers, or VPs of sales focus on what’s going wrong in sales – “Why did we lose the big sale?”

Sales management – the power of autonomy and recognition

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Motivating sales reps. Motivating sales reps is a key responsibility of every sales manager. How can they motivate their sales teams effectively? Two struck us as really important for sales managers. We’ve written about the importance of sales managers not micro-managing. Summary for sales managers. Autonomy.

Coaching sales strategy – 4 tips for sales managers

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Coaching sales strategy. Ask sales managers and salespeople what makes them successful. Sales managers can’t help salespeople become more talented, but they can help them become more skilled. However like a lot of good ideas, coaching sales strategy is easy to say but no so easy to do. 4 tips for coaching sales strategy. 2014 Sales Momentum, LLC.

Sales management – 7 tips for coaching your top sales performers

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Sales coaching. One frequently asked question is – Where should we focus our sales coaching efforts to optimize the impact on revenue generation? While the above answer is widely accepted, it does not mean that coaching top sales performers should be totally neglected. This is particularly true among younger sales professionals in the Millennial generation.

Sales managers – 6 tips to be nimble!

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Sales managers – be nimble! The article by Adam Bryant, the NY Times columnist and author of Quick and Nimble , shared 6 pieces of advice for managers developing that ever-desired characteristic – nimbleness. We know successful front-line sales managers adopt this principle – they act as filters, not funnels. Have Frank Conversations.

What is the Role of a Sales Manager

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I just had a conversation with a sales executive who asked me “what is the role of the sales manager?” This executive was frustrated by poor sales and felt that the sales managers could be doing more to meet sales objectives. I agree that the sales manager’s goal is to meet or exceed sales objectives. By Steven A. Rosen.