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Virtual reality – a new day for medical product launch presentations

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Virtual Reality and Sales Presentations. Each year medical companies develop a dazzling array of new products. Some are minor upgrades. While others are extraordinary new products designed to be game changers or, in some cases, “bet the company” entries into the market.

Best practices for improving sales process

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Sales Process. Listen to a conversation about the need for improving sales process and it usually begins like this: “We have very aggressive sales targets and we’re just not getting there.”. “We’re

Selling at C-level and the too late-too little puzzle

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Selling to C-Suite Puzzle. In major accounts sales success at the C-level is a “do or die” proposition. What makes it particularly challenging is “one strike and you’re out.” ” There’s no second chance to get it right.

Sales training – managing a conundrum

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Sales training. Here’s the conundrum … You have a 250 person sales team. You are a new, first time Sales Training Director. You replaced a sales manager who did no sales training for a long time. To add urgency, revenue numbers have been stagnant for too long.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Sales training – more of the same never results in something different

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Sales training. If you look back over the last decade, a number of industries have gone through dramatic change. They have changed what they buy, how they buy, and what they are willing to pay for it. The future will produce more of the same with the changes likely to be even more dramatic.

Sales productivity – time to push the more button

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Companies spend a tremendous amount of time, money and effort every year to improve the productivity of their sales teams. The intervention strategies range from sales training efforts to coaching initiatives to sales tools to marketing materials.

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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.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving … and for many a long weekend filled with fun, football, and perhaps some shopping

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Sales culture – put the horse before the cart

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Developing a sales culture. Traditionally when talking 
about sales best practices, most of the emphasis has been placed on individual sales rep and
 sales management skill sets.

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Sales excellence – listening is not a spectator sport

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Listening isn’t a spectator sport. You have to get in the game. You must convert from thinking about listening as something that is passive – to something that is active.

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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.

Listening – the forgotten twin of sales success

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Listening in sales calls. While most salespeople have come to agree that asking questions is a key skill, many still underestimate the contribution of good listening to achieving top 
performance. It is the forgotten twin in the proposition – ask, listen and then talk.

Internal champions – why one may not be enough

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Internal Champions. In major accounts a lot of the selling is going on when you are not there. So developing internal champions is a key to sales success.

Sales excellence – put the horse before the cart

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Sales excellence. Major account selling is truly a highly skilled and information-intense profession. Just like any highly skilled profession one must not only master skills; you must also understand the principles upon which success is built.

Sales success trap – confusing busy with productive

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Salespeople like everyone else can succumb to the temptation to stay busy. Research tells us that most people have an aversion to idleness and a bias toward taking action – especially when facing uncertainty. The rub is it doesn’t seem to matter if the action is a productive effort or not.

Emerging trends in medical device sales

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Medical Device Selling Trends. ORTHOWORLD published an article in their February 2012 ORTHOKNOW newsletter summarizing key points Richard shared in a Medsider podcast with Scott Nelson on emerging trends in medical device sales.

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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.

Product pitches – nothing dies harder than a bad idea

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Product sales pitches. If you are an avid reader of sales blogs, it’s likely you will come across three or four blogs a week about the secret sauce for creating a winning product pitch.

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

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Sales Manager. How can we diagnose someone with “super salesperson syndrome”(S3)? Well, a sales manager with the “super salesperson syndrome ” will probably exhibited some of these 6 characteristics : Sell rather than coach.

Sales management coaching – the power of questions

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Sales Coaching. Asking questions is an underpinning of successful selling. The notion – ask, listen, and then talk is a powerful principle in the science of successful selling. Asking questions is also an underpinning of successful interactions between salespeople and their sales managers.

Shape the customer’s decision journey – create a unique competitive advantage

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Customers Buying Journey. McKinsey&Co’s David Edelman and Marc Singer recently wrote about the world of consumer buying. We thought the overall conclusion also had relevance for the B2B market.

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.

New sales managers – starting off on the right foot

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New Sales Managers. Customers expect salespeople to know more today than ever before … and to know it at a higher level of proficiency. This difference constitutes an inflexion point. Customers now want sales reps who are trusted advisors not product facilitators.

Sales training – what’s the biggest challenge?

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Given the substantial amount of money that companies commit to training every year, the notion of learning more about how to get it right is a question of interest. With that in mind, McKinsey & Co conducted a survey of 1,400 executives worldwide to explore the question. Major Finding.

Becoming a top sales performer – in the end it’s up to you

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Today having a superior sales team is more important than ever. Good is no longer good enough. Several factors are driving this need for excellence – two stand out: You can’t sustain a competitive advantage by product alone.

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Sales memo – winning starts with thinking strategically

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Crafting sales strategy. In B2B sales, one-size-does-not-fit-all is a cornerstone proposition. There are no generic customers; hence there are no winning generic strategies – each customer is unique and every winning account strategy must take that uniqueness into consideration.

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.

An age of disruption – salespeople need to change now and change fast

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Sellers need to change now. Are you ready? According to Bain & Company, B2B sales executives have seen tremendous disruption in recent years – and there’s no reason to think it won’t continue.

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College graduates – should you consider a sales job?

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Sales reps and new college grads. From time to time we come across articles that tell a tale of doom for Sales as a career. The stories predict dramatic reductions in the number of sales reps as the future unfolds.

Sales simulations – try one, you’ll like it

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Ssales Simulation. Historically companies have often used sales simulations as a capstone sales training program for their senior sales reps or their national account group – that is when the program is positioned as a Top Gun school.

Sales mastery 2015 – a horse of a different color

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Sales Mastery 2015. According to Bain & Company, B2B sales executives have seen tremendous disruption in how customers buy in recent years – and they see no reason to think it won’t continue. And if buyers change how they buy – salespeople need to change how they sell.

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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!

Sales management – the power of culture

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Consider this …. “If If you create an environment that inspires people in the good times and bad, they will figure out the right strategy and will do the right things from an execution perspective. I used to think strategy, execution and culture were a three-legged stool.

Getting sales process right

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Whether or not you have put in place a sales process – it is happening everyday. It is whatever your salespeople are doing Monday morning to navigate the customer’s buying process. The real problem is not, therefore, a lack of sales process.

Sales success in an age of disruptive change

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Sales Success. Constant change has always characterized the business world. Looking in the rear view mirror has never been a recommended strategy for determining future direction. However, from time to time the nature of the change takes on a different look.

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. The deadlines are immediate and the rewards are explicit.

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.

Sales Coaching: Lessons from the Mets’ Psychologist

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While hardly a new idea, professional sport teams increasingly are hiring psychologists to work with their players. Individual athletes, like golfers and tennis players, are too. In all cases the goal is the same: Gaining an edge and lifting performance to the next level.

Sales success – don’t forget these 6 soft skills

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Develop soft sales skills, too. Asking questions. Selling value. Handling objections. Crafting sales strategy. Closing. Analyzing the competition. Check out any sales training program and you’re likely find some of these sales skills being taught.

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Pipeline management – not all business is good business

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Good vs. Bad Business. Sales reps are always looking for that next big opportunity and justifiably so. But while all new big opportunities initially look great – be cautious! All “bright shiny objects” aren’t good opportunities.

More people in the game equals more sales

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Sales teams – more people with “sales antennae up” = more wins. The investment required to make a sale is lower when selling to existing customers versus new customers.

Using Connected Device Data to Improve Sales

Speaker: Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce

Now that you've figured out how to connect your products and devices to the cloud, how do you prove that your investment will pay off? Discover the power of Smart CRM, and find out how companies are leveraging the best ideas from Software as a Service to provide Customer Experience as a Service.