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Why Companies Need More Women in Sales

Score More Sales

As a champion for more women in sales and sales leadership, I could not have been more pleased to see this article written by Microsoft Inside Sales Chief of Staff and Microsoft Women Board Co-Chair Rahki Voria aptly titled Why We Need More Women in Sales. women in sales sales leadership

Sales Tech Game Changers: Identifying Actionable Intelligence to Penetrate Target Accounts @mattbenati

Smart Selling Tools

In this series, we ask Sales Tech Executives to describe how their solution can change a sales organization in a significant way. We call it Sales Tech Game Changers. This week I interview Matt Benati , Founder & CEO of LeadGnome.

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What You Should Know When Your Cold Prospect Suddenly Returns From the Dead

Understanding the Sales Force

Last week I wrote about the deep freeze, why prospects suddenly go cold , and how you can prevent that from happening. That article was instantly as popular as any I have ever written.

Who Would You Draft in Your Fantasy Sales League?

Smart Selling Tools

With this week’s announcement of a professional league for Esports , it’s time to recognize what great salespeople have known all along. Sales is a sport. Think about it. We love to watch others optimize a process to achieve a goal, whether physical or mental.

Battle of the Sales Strategies: ABM vs Traditional Sales

Understanding the following 5 core differences between traditional sales and ABM goes a long way in motivating, inspiring, and informing the often necessary shift to ABM.

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18 Sales Podcasts Every Rep Should Check Out

Hubspot Sales

Best Sales Podcasts. B2B Growth Show. The Advanced Selling Podcast. Sales Gravy. The Salesman Podcast. Linking Into Sales Podcast. In the Arena. The Ziglar Show -- Inspiring Your True Performance. The Sales Evangelist. Bowery Capital Startup Sales Podcast. Accelerate!

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The Missing Ingredient to Top Performance in Sales

Inside Sales Training

Have you ever wondered why some people excel in sales, while others don’t? Have you ever questioned – if most other things are equal, like if you all have access to the same leads, the same sales training, the same number of hours in the day, etc. –

Don’t Interrogate Your Prospect, Use This Approach…

MTD Sales Training

Many buyers have told us in the past that the one thing they hate when with salespeople is being sold to. That seems odd, when you think the reason they are there is to sell their products! But what they mean is that they dislike feeling under pressure, the salesperson using sales tricks and tactics, and the false promises that are only used to grab short-term deals.

The Science of Basic Selling Skills

Bernadette McClelland

And the basics of selling are….? It’s a question I’ve asked a couple of times in workshops and online, and it’s a question that was triggered by a few ‘posts’ I read, stating that. salespeople today don’t execute on the basics. And my response was, what are the basics then?

12 Must-Ask Questions for Sales Managers

If you want to improve your sales team's results, you need to start by asking the right questions.

How to Coach a B2B Sales Team to Win Bigger and Better Deals


Every sales manager wants their team to close bigger deals. How much would revenue go up if your entire team was closing deals like your best sales rep? What if every rep was prospecting as well as the rep generating the most leads? Your team’s success starts with you.

Are You Managing Your Culture As Closely As You’re Managing Your Strategy?

Sales Benchmark Index

Strategy and culture are inextricably intertwined. The saying goes, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Strategy is logical, tangible, formal. Culture is more amorphous, evidenced through values, purpose, and shared goals. Leaders rise through the ranks developing their strategic capabilities along.

Buying Process Or Selling Process Or Sales Methodology

Partners in Excellence

Recently, I’ve seen a renewed interest or discussions on Buying Process, Selling Process, Sales Methodology. Part is driven by an old article of mine, Sales Process or Sales Methodology. There still seems to be a lot of confusion, some thinking we have to focus on one or the other.

The Ultimate Guide to Lead Qualification for Inbound & Outbound SDR Teams

Sales Hacker

In this guide, I will teach you the fundamentals of Lead Qualification for inbound and outbound sales development, and give you actionable steps you can take to maximize your Revenue per Lead. What Is Lead Qualification?

30 Ways to Get Inside the Mind of Your Target Buyer

Trust, support, and transparency: that's what your target buyer really wants. These 30 findings show the path from respect, to relationship, to business win.

Solution Selling vs The Challenger Sale


The Challenger Sale is essential reading for anyone in complex B2B selling and many enterprise sales organizations are embracing the concepts. Sales Methodology

Salespeople Who Email Sell More … Yup, Seriously


I wrote recently about the importance of having an effective follow-up system in place to dramatically (and more easily) increase your sales closing rate. Autoresponder emails are a key component to effective follow-up and no follow-up system should be without them. Setting up a series of automated emails not only saves you time, it puts your follow-up on autopilot while helping to ensure you stay top-of-mind with prospects. And it is equally effective with B2C and B2B sales.

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Key Mistakes CEOs Make When Allocating the Sales Budget

Sales Benchmark Index

Top CEOs understand that their role is to provide their company with an executable strategy. Strategy is the allocation of time, money, and people. The best CEOs are masters of where to place bets, invest their time, and divest from. Article Corporate Strategy Sales Strategy allocation budget budget allocation ceo ceo guidance CEO sales budget investment blunders sales budgeting sales strategy sales team profitability sustainable growth

Are You a Top Performer or a “Top Perfrauder”?

The Sales Hunter

Remember Lake Wobegon, the ficticious community brought to us by Garrison Keillor? It’s the mythical community known for the line, “…where all the children are above average.” ” That line is used by too many salespeople when it comes to claims about being a top performer. I’m going to pop some bubbles, but it’s time this […].

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.

Is Your Employee Ready To Be A Sales Manager?

MTD Sales Training

One of the key motivational drivers for many salespeople is the desire for advancement and growth. This could involve seeing their territory sales improve, helping a new product through its launch or possibly farming an account for new business. For some, though, it would be seen as real progress if they were to be promoted to a management position. But does that fact that they are a good salesperson mean they will make a good manager? Not necessarily.

The Real Competition

Bernadette McClelland

We think it’s the company that sells the same as us, Or the paperwork we have to do, Or the meetings we have to run, Or the slackness of our admin team, Or the lack of urgency of our buyers. The real competition is ‘no change’.

Don’t Sell People “Things”–Sell Them Value


If you want a better understanding of what truly motivates people who are looking to buy, here’s a great story–backed up by one of my favorite poems.

Don’t Hit the Wrong Button…Why the User Interface Matters


As I’m sure you have heard by now, an emergency alert notification sent out over the weekend claiming a “ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii” was a false alarm. Pushing the “wrong button” was the explanation provided in an official timeline for that false warning. In truth, it’s a bit more complicated than simply pushing the wrong button.

Account-Based Marketing: A Practical Guide

Your step-by-step manual on all aspects of ABM.

The Care And Keeping Of A Healthy Pipeline


If your pipeline is not coinciding with revenue, you?re re likely to be questioned about it at some point which is all the more reason to keep it true and tight. Sales pipeline. If you are in sales, you?ll ll be asked about yours on a regular basis

A Great Sales Story: Getting the First Appointment

The Center for Sales Strategy

After a workshop I was leading about earning a first appointment with prospects, one of the folks in attendance shared an incredible success story with me. Setting Appointments new business development Sales

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Why Asking for Referrals Isn’t All That Matters for Account Based Selling Teams

No More Cold Calling

It’s still who you know that counts. Let’s set the record straight: You can’t depend solely on referrals to fill your pipeline. Whoa, did I really say that?

How to Gather and Use Social Media Data for Sales Advantage

Adaptive Business Services

As a sales rep you are probably struggling with lack of information that is being passed to you. This makes it difficult for you to sell and often good leads may seem as bad due to lack of proper data.

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Why Marketing, Sales, and Business Owners Love Marketing Automation

Learn what Marketers, Sales and Business Owners each have to say about what Marketing Automation has done for their business.

Beat the Odds by Perfecting Your Market Entry Strategy

Sales Benchmark Index

Joining us for today’s show is Walt Megura, Vice President of Emerging Industry Segments and Channels for Ericcson. Walt is here to share his experience in creating new beachheads in verticals that provide future long-term growth to Ericsson. Matt and.

Stop Making These 6 Mistakes


Here are some of my favorite screw-ups. Those funny stories that I have seen many of my fellow sales professionals make ? me included. Ever realize how much you can learn from watching other people screw up? Sometimes I think that watching

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How To Coach Your New Sales Rep To Build An Account List


When you add new sales reps to your team and don't have an account list ready for them to start calling on, it doesn't mean they have nothing to do. In fact, they can start building a leads list on their own leveraging your existing customer base and toolset.

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Do You Have Sales Growth Problems? Solution #4: Create a Selection Criteria Checklist

Anthony Cole Training

Whitey Kollmeier, my friend and greatest center of influence, told me a story about Coach Scolinos. In January of 1996 he was a speaker at the American Baseball Coaches Association. His topic: Stay at 17 Inches. He approached the stage with a home plate hanging from his neck.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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