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What Makes a Sales Manager Awesome or Awful?

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Al Martin was the best sales manager I ever had. He led by example and you could often see a split second of decision making before Al would give you an answer based on his very clear sense of right and wrong. Once Al and I went in person to a sales call. The executive we were to meet with was running late. Rather than sit and wait, Al (who was about 6’5”) stood up in the waiting area and slowly paced – occasionally checking his watch.

3 Ways to Immediately Increase The Right Sales Activity

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Sometimes you, or your sales team members, get in a slump. Monotony. The same old, same old each day. It is easy to get stuck in a rut. Sales Skills Sales Productivity sales strategy

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Three Ways to Build Your Brand as a Leader

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Next week I’m hosting a conference in Boston called Rev it Up – Sales Leader Summit. Our opening keynote will be best-selling author Dorie Clark speaking about building your brand as a sales leader.

Recognizing Women in Sales

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On International Women’s Day #IWD2017 we wanted to help recognize some great women past and present who have served as mentors, role models, and women we simply want to give a shout out to in the field of professional selling. We are sharing two resources today. B2B women in sales

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

Top 30 Social Sales Influencers

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Almost three years ago, I was named to a list of Top Social Sales Influencers – I came in at #12 on the list which had been researched by an influencer marketing agency for an up and coming sales tech tool company, KiteDesk. Sales Skills social selling B2B

The Power of Connecting Others in Sales

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Best selling author, journalist, and speaker Malcolm Gladwell wrote a book in 2000 called The Tipping Point. It is a great read for anyone in business, and one of the things it covers is different archetypes of people, including mavens and connectors. B2B sales strategy

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The Deal Stalled for Months Now They Say No

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It’s frustrating being a newer sales rep and falling for what I call the “buddy effect”. It’s even worse when you are a veteran seller and this happens to you. It happened to me more than once, until I learned how to qualify. Here is an example of what the buddy effect is –.

Should Women in B2B Sales Sound Overly-Friendly to Succeed

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Recently, my good friend and sales prospecting expert to SaaS companies, John Barrows looped me in on a conversation he had with a woman who attended one of his recent sales prospecting sessions.

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The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

Who Had the Greatest Impact on My Year? Amy and Michael Port, That’s Who!

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My good friend, Jim Keenan, author of Not Taught, speaker, and colleague started this meme for people to share who impacted them the most in their business growth in 2016. I have heard a lot of negativity about 2016, and yet, in professional B2B selling there is always lemonade to be had from your lemons.

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3 Top Sales Tips That Will Help Keep Your Sales Focus

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Paying attention to growing sales and revenues is a challenge for many sales reps and leaders. It takes amazing, ongoing focus on the activities that lead to new revenues in order to grow business and ultimately succeed as a professional seller. Here are three ideas you can implement. Sales Tips B2

Make Your Sales Team Reflect Your Buyers and Grow Revenues

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The #SalesSummit at Dreamforce #DF16 Tuesday Sept 4th 1:30PM at the Marriott Marquis Yerba Buena Salon 9 Pre-register here. B2B women in sales sales strategy

Review of The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need by Anthony Iannarino

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Anthony Iannarino is a very disciplined guy. For five years he woke up at 5AM every day (maybe 7AM on weekends) and wrote, which is why he has such a large body of work on his blog, The Sales Blog. I am quick to recommend it to sales reps and leaders who want to learn and grow.

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Sales Competencies Top Professionals Need

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What sales competencies do the top sales professionals have - SDRs, BDRs, ADRs, account managers? Can sales people be built or are we born to sell? These questions fuel many discussions in board rooms around the world. It is a universal challenge to find the top sellers for your company’s sales team. But how to go about it? sales leadership

Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization.

Sales Productivity Focus

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Improving sales efficiencies and effectiveness is a top, recurring issue as researched by organizations like CEB and the AA-ISP. I participated in two podcasts about this recently with CEB you can listen to here. In this new year, how will YOU lead a team to better productivity? If you just lead yourself, and not a team, how will you have your most productive sales year ever? B2B Sales Productivity

3 Things I Learned at CEB Sales and Marketing Summit

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I headed to Las Vegas for CEB’s Annual Sales and Marketing Summit with a bit of apprehension. I had never attended before, and was thinking that it might be a very academic marketing focused crowd even though “sales” is in the name of the event.

SaaS Sales Reps Are Bad At Explaining

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When you are in professional, B2B sales and go to a lot of business conferences you see a lot of trade show booths and marketing tables. These tables and booths typically have large monitors or big screen displays with whatever SaaS sales tool that booth is promoting. Sales Skills B2B

4 Ways to Reduce Seller Burden and Grow Sales

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At the CEB Sales and Marketing Summit many dimensions and directions of growing revenues were discussed, as was roadblocks to seller success. B2B sales strategy

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Matt Heinz explains how to attract, manage, close and keep more business in a buyer-centric world.

We Lead with Sales Leadership

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The year 2002 seems like such a long time ago, yet with memories etched in my brain forever it seems like yesterday. In 2001 we were all rocked by 9/11 – a horrific time in Boston that I’ll never forget.

The Best Way to Get a Prospect to Reply to Your Email

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People are working at a frenetic pace at most companies. If they are a small or medium sized business (SMB) people always are doing two or more jobs. In a major corporation, when someone leaves the company often their duties are delegated to others. Sales rep left or got let go?

Salespeople are AWESOME

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Yes, professional sellers, salespeople are awesome and amazing in many cases. Sales professionals are what make the business world go around. Have you ever heard the following statement: Nothing happens until somebody sells something.

The Competencies You Need to Lead Your Sales Team

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To be a real sales leader – not just a manager - you must be willing to look inward. Self-awareness is understanding everything about everything that makes you, well, you. LifeHacker wrote a great piece about self-awareness and how to be more self-aware. B2B sales leadership

In Sales Push Your Comfort Zone

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Michael Phelps, Olympic Gold Swimming Champion, was known to say “I think goals should never be easy – they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”. Doing big things – in your sales career or in sales leadership - requires you to find something within you that you may not know you have. You must really push yourself to success. B2B sales leadership sales strategy

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Why Front Line Sales Managers Need to Coach Their Reps More

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Sales Leaders Love Your Sales Reps

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I immediately liked what I heard when John “JT” Turner, Senior VP, Sales, Trinet spoke. It was an Enterprise Sales Meetup in New York and the “fireside chat” format enabled John to discuss his views on selling. B2B Inspiration B2B Sales

Losing Track of a Buyer Not Yet Ready to Buy

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Recently we shared a post 5 Ways – Don’t Leave Money on the Table and this week we break it down by one item at a time. Losing track of a prospect is one of the biggest ways to lose a sales opportunity because research shows that only 3% of buyers are ready to buy at any given time. The remaining 97% is either not going to buy or will buy at a later time. It’s the latter group, who will buy at a later time, that you need to be thinking about as a seller. Sales Tips B2B sales strategy

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Modern Sales Is Complex – Jill Konrath, Brent Adamson, Nick Toman

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Recently I had the opportunity to talk about how challenging and complex modern sales has become for both the sales rep and his or her customers with three true sales experts: B2B sales strategy complex sales

Baseball Loss and Sales Rejection

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Top sports teams know a secret that we can all use in business and especially sales. You don’t always win. Sometimes you lose. If you don’t dwell on the loss you can win again tomorrow. I was thinking about this again recently when I heard that the Red Sox had lost 21-2 to the Angels at Fenway Park.

Woman Shaves Head for Client Fundraiser

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Yes, it’s true. On Monday, March 3, I will be shaving my head for cancer research. Salespeople love a great sales pitch. I heard one, couldn’t resist seeing if I could be involved, and offered to participate too.

The Best Thing Gary Vee Has Ever Said

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The night before the 2016 Presidential election, Gary Vaynerchuk, business mogul, investor, author, and top keynote speaker gave a keynote at INBOUND. It was a coincidence that INBOUND, a large annual marketing conference - started on election day this year. By the time the keynote began at 6PM, voting had been going on all day. The stress level was high – so many people "knowing" their candidate would win and getting ready for a celebration later. Tensions were high.

Sell More with Client Conversations

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It is always good to see great sales skills in action. While in the Concierge Level Lounge of a Marriott hotel recently, I saw a woman from the Marriott walking around and striking up conversations with guests. She was polite and friendly, getting everyone she approached to interact with her.

Top Sales Lessons from #Rainmaker16

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What an amazing two days in Atlanta for Rainmaker16. This was the big event for those working in B2B sales development roles – the sales reps and sales leaders making initial contact with buyers – inbound and outbound. Sales Tips B2B

Sales Prospecting in Beast Mode

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As the year draws to a close, it can be challenging to find inspiration to be productive when there are so many distractions going on. Want to make the most of your days through the end of the year? Just think Beast Mode.

Gary Vee Suggested You Do This One Thing to Build Customer Relationships

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Are you the Beatty or Dunaway of Your Sales Team?

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The 2017 Academy awards were nearly over when a huge mistake was made in announcing the last award – for Best Picture. People wait all night – all year – to hear those final awards for best actor, actress, and film. This year, actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had the honor of announcing the big Best Picture winner. Many loyal Score More Sales blog readers are in their 20’s and 30’s - you may have no idea who those old folks were.

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5 Ingredients To Win In Sales

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To win in sales you, and your company, need a recipe for success. The ingredients to win in sales must be pure and of high quality to create a great, high-end, finished product.

Sales Reps Succeed When Leaders Lead

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If you are a typical sales team you have a top percentage of sellers who will do great things no matter what is going on in the organization and with leadership. But after that small percentage, everyone else is affected by the structure and consistency of sales leadership. B2B sales leadership

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