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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

Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.

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.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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

Time To Decide How You View Time

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. People deal with time as though it was a fickle dance partner, “if I work with it, I can stretch and do things I know it can’t do.” As you know I think time management is a stupid concept that just leads to more work. The only thing malleable about time is you.

3 Rules to Improved Candidate Selection

Anthony Cole Training

When you don't have a pipeline of sales talent to go to when making a hire, you can become desperate. You become desperate because you believe having someone in the role is better than a vacancy.

Want to Crush Your Competition? Read How to Build an AI-Powered Selling Roadmap

“If sales reps have the right AI tools and adoption, we see sellers easily closing 3 times as many sales each month.” Hear from 5 experts on steps you can take to reduce non-selling time and use conversational & sentiment analysis to transform how you sell.

The Ones Worth Your Time

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I posted yesterday about the need for salespeople to make better decisions about their view of time. One of the points I emphasized was to reorient from qualifying to disqualifying. Most people usually find what they set out to look for, a nip here, tuck there, but they find it.

Quick Tip to Become a Better Communicator

Mr. Inside Sales

How long does it take you to respond to an email? How about a text message? Or a phone message? The answer, I suspect, is “It depends on who it’s from.”. Let’s get more specific then: How long does it take you to respond to a client or to a prospect’s email or voice message?

31 Seconds That Make a Prospecting Call

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. There is a lot of folk myth b t out there about the telephone and its value in today’s B2B selling. Many would have you believe it does not work, which may be true for them but not for others. The view that modern selling is different, the phone is a relic.

What Is The Purpose Of Your Cold Call?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. The main reason salespeople hate telephone prospecting is rejection , anything else can immediately be drawn back to rejection. And while there is no avoiding rejection in prospecting, there are things you can do to turn things your way.

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

Are You Focused on Results Generating Activities?

Steven Rosen

Are You Focused on Results Generating Activities? Not another virtual meeting! How many times a day do you think that? How can you get any significant work done if all you are doing is attending virtual meetings and managing endless emails?

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The Importance of Profile Fit in No Assembly Required Hiring

Anthony Cole Training

Your potential sales candidates have to have a successful history selling the way your company sells, to the people you sell to, in the environment you sell in.

4 tips on how to stay resilient and successful in times of permanent change

The Pipeline

A Guest Post – by Michael Wigge. I always find changing the filters helps bring different often valuable perspectives, I have enjoyed Michael’s approach to challenges. I wanted to share it with you all and help you learn from his experience, and apply it to your selling. Michael Wigge.

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Guide to Sales Automation: How to Streamline Prospecting

Zoominfo

Sales automation tools streamline repetitive tasks so you can focus on selling. Explore popular solutions and how they can integrate with your CRM in this complete guide. What is Sales Automation?

7 Keys to Creating Massive Value in Your Sales Meetings

Speaker: Marc Wayshak, Sales Strategist, Best-Selling Author & Founder, Sales Insights Lab

Engaging prospects in a strong two-way dialogue is something most reps struggle with. In this session with Marc Wayshak, you’ll discover a data-driven approach to sales meetings that yields significantly better results.

4 Tips For Effective Landing Page Design

Zoominfo

What aspect of ZI’s platform is the most underutilized and why do you think that’s the case? Picture just a blank white web page with a form to fill out, and basic text that reads “Fill out form for [insert offer here].”. Sounds pretty boring, right?

Cold Calling Isn’t Dead

The Pipeline

I had the opportunity to sit down with Nancy Calabrese, on her Conversational Selling. We chated keys to sales and prospecting success, as well as: Choosing to either fall for excuses or execute a strategy. Evaluating metrics, and what type of measurement is best. Utilizing voicemail effectively.

10 Sales Influencers You Should Be Following On Social Media

Zoominfo

Almost everyone thinks salespeople are all about beating their competition (well, there might be a little truth to that). But in reality, many people who work in sales are also motivated to help other salespeople succeed and advance their careers.

Solution vs Budget: The Great Dilemma

Anthony Cole Training

Typically, when a salesperson doesn't win an account it's due to a few different factors; the prospect didn't have a compelling reason to make a change, the salesperson didn't do enough to uncover their capacity to invest, or the incumbent wasn't properly eliminated from the running.

[On-Demand Webinar] The State of Customer Education: Trends and Benchmarks Report

Speaker: Sandi Lin & Linda Schwaber-Cohen

In this webinar, Skilljar CEO Sandi Lin shared learnings from Skilljar's recent study and her insights on the state of Customer Education. She dug into key findings so you can benchmark against industry trends and understand how your strategy and metrics compare.

A Better Way to Follow Up on Emails

Mr. Inside Sales

Many sales reps struggle when following up on emails they’ve sent out to prospects (or even clients!). When they get the prospect on the phone, they open with: “Did you get the email I sent?”. Did you have a chance to review my email?”.

5 Reasons to Follow a Script

Mr. Inside Sales

Before you get on your high horse and tell me you wouldn’t be caught dead using a script, consider: If I were to record your prospecting and demo calls for a week, and then transcribe what you say, what would I get? Your script.

Overcome Call Reluctance Today!

Mr. Inside Sales

Two weeks into the New Year, and are you already stressed about picking up the phone and making prospecting calls? I learned a secret years ago that enabled me to overcome my fear of making calls, and that allowed me to make hundreds of cold calls stress-free.

Cold Calling Guidelines for Practical and Actionable Prospecting

Zoominfo

So you’ve got yourself a list of new leads to turn into possible customers. Now comes the hard part — the cold call. Daily, sales reps (mostly SDRs) face the daunting task of turning cold calls into warm calls. Sales reps look to increase conversion rates by upping their cold call game.

How to Redirect Your Indirect Channels by Enabling the Right People

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

The Lead Generation Strategy Guide

Zoominfo

What is lead generation, and why is it a source of contention for sales and marketing teams? What does a “good lead” look like anyway? Get answers to these questions about lead gen — and so much more! What is Lead Generation?

How Swim Lanes Get Marketing, Sales Development, and Sales More Wins

Zoominfo

Hey, Marketing. Is your team going in the same direction as sales development and sales? Check your swim lanes to get everyone synched for selling. What are swim lanes? Swim lanes are a visual representation of workflows that show who’s responsible for which tasks.

Go through the motions

Sales 2.0

In sales we need to go through the motions. Our buyers are “frazzled” as Jill Konrath says.

Today Is The Day

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Often things that seem to fall together nicely are not as random as some would believe. It takes time and awareness to put the pieces together and see how the outcome was actually a result of specific actions.

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.