Trinity Perspectives

Mood of the B2B Buyer Report

Trinity Perspectives

Almost a year ago, I hatched an idea to tap into the sentiment of business decision makers and procurement people around the world, to understand what really makes them tick. I’m delighted to announce the results of the inaugural Mood of the B2B Buyer study for 2018, conducted by the team at Trinity. Psychology of Buying

Traits of the most successful sales professionals

Trinity Perspectives

At some stage of our career, all of us will work with someone who seems to have the Midas touch when it comes to making sales. Sales Tips and Tricks

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What not to do when closing a deal

Trinity Perspectives

As we edge closer to the end of the quarter/financial year, the pressure to close deals is almost certainly increasing. The funny thing about being under pressure to close deals, is that our customers and prospects often sense our growing desperation.

Sales and the art of storytelling

Trinity Perspectives

In our media saturated world, cutting a path through the forest of fake news and content clutter can be a herculean task.

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Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Top 5 stress reduction strategies in sales

Trinity Perspectives

I’m either exactly the right person, or completely the wrong person, to write an article about how to overcome stress in sales, given my experiences over the past 20 years in the B2B sales industry. I’ll let you be the judge. What I can say without fear of contradiction, is that being a sales professional can be one of the most stress-inducing, gut-wrenching and soul-destroying career paths that anyone can pursue.

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“I’m a sales management consultant,” I explained to passport control

Trinity Perspectives

This week my sales management consulting company turned 6 years old. It was a milestone day for me and my team and it gave me pause for thought. I reflected on how many of our clients have been with us through every step of this journey and how many of our newer clients have come, not through outbound marketing activities, but through warm referrals from existing clients and the extended Trinity network. Psychology of Buying Sales Tips and Tricks

How to become a sales superhero

Trinity Perspectives

So you want to be a grea t salesperson, a truly great salesperson? Do you really want it? Good, you’re halfway there. The other half is learning the rules of the game, how to plan, how to prepare, how to ask intelligent questions and really listen to the answers.

Could empathy be the B2B key?

Trinity Perspectives

Fake it til you make it' is a mantra most people in business understand and one many of us have used as the cornerstone of our professional lives. Without occasionally ‘faking it’ along the way, we would never move up the corporate ladder or overcome the crippling Impostor Syndrome that afflicts so many people (myself included) in our daily lives. Psychology of Buying Sales Tips and Tricks Win Loss Insights Training

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So you want to meet the C-suite?

Trinity Perspectives

I interviewed a customer recently, as part of a workshop I was running for a client in the technology industry. One topic they asked me to talk about was harnessing the ‘Voice of the Customer’ and getting inside the head of a C-suite executive. This particular sales strategy topic is very close to my heart, so close that I’ve spent the past 6 years building a business focused on extracting actionable customer insights. This article will reveal the most successful strategies.

5 simple sales strategies for 2017

Trinity Perspectives

Optimising sales is the single biggest priority for sales managers and sales reps in most businesses around the world. Truth be told, any employee who enjoys getting paid each month, putting their kids through school and having the occasional holiday should take at least a passing interest in the sales side of the business. The ability to sell in a consistent and predictable fashion is the clearest (though not the only) predictor of a business's long-term viability.

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.

Want to close more sales? Follow these 3 simple tips …

Trinity Perspectives

B2B sales isn’t like a factory assembly line. While some elements of repetition may exist in sales, no customer or prospect in the world appreciates being shoe-horned into a sales process, which doesn’t align with their buying process. Sales Tips and Tricks

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What was sales really like in the 'good old days'?

Trinity Perspectives

A young sales rep asked me recently to explain the differences between the B2B sales profession these days, by comparison with the heyday of technology sales. Psychology of Buying Sales Tips and Tricks Transformation

Friday Five - Desire and Commitment - Week 2

Score More Sales

Here are 3 tips, 1 quote, and 1 resource to end your week. Hiring tip #1: Does your sales rep / BDR / SDR candidate have the DESIRE & the COMMITMENT necessary to succeed? Hiring tip #2 : Is your sales rep / BDR / SDR candidate TRAINABLE & COACHABLE - they are not the same!

Eleven Things You Should Never Say In a Presentation

The Sales Heretic

Crafting a great presentation is like navigating a minefield: In order to achieve your goal, you have to avoid all the potential missteps along the way. And like a minefield, we often don’t know where those missteps are, because typically we’ve never been taught how to create effective presentations.

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Should B2B Sales Be A Licensed Profession?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. There is a lot discussed about how sales and selling has changed over the years, be it the tech around sales, social attitudes changing what is acceptable and what no longer works due to many factors.

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.

Why Aren’t You Using More Tie Downs & Trial Closes?

Inside Sales Training

I don’t know why tie downs aren’t used more by sales reps selling over the phone. I was listening to an experienced rep the other day just pitch and ad-lib to a good prospect, and at the end of the call, she had no idea about the prospect’s level of interest, nor did she qualify the prospect.

What to Call Women in the Business Workplace

Score More Sales

I have spent an entire career in sales since my early 20’s being called a guy. Filling out forms that said “Salesman Number”. Being invited to sales incentive and award events at cigar bars. sales leadership B2B

Friday Five - Hiring for Sales Roles

Score More Sales

Here are 3 tips, 1 quote, and 1 resource to end your week. Hiring tip #1: If you are looking to hire more women on your sales team, hold an event at your offices quarterly (or twice a year) and get the Women Sales Pros guide on how to do it to widen your recruitment pipeline.

Most Popular Article of the Last Two Years!

Inside Sales Training

As a sales rep, you need solutions to the problems you face when selling over the phone. You don’t need theory, you need actual word-for-word responses that aren’t salesy. Responses that work. And that’s why my blog has thousands of subscribers and why more and more sales teams are added daily.

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.

Two Killer Questions to Open & Close a Sale

Inside Sales Training

I was having breakfast with a client in Denver before a training program I was giving, and we were talking about the importance of asking questions and listening.

Want to Know Which Deals Will Close by End of Year? Do This Right Now.

John Barrows

I’m getting a lot of questions from reps right now about what they can do to make sure the deals in their pipeline will close by the end of the year or how they can create urgency to get them to close.

Dancing with the Competition? Watch your Step.

Jeffrey Gitomer

How do you feel about your competitors? You say, "I have a great relationship with my competitors." Right, if you needed $50,000 or your business would fold, I guarantee your friend, the competitor, would send you a bon voyage note. Get real, man.

Put Your Shoes On! Plus 12 Other Tips to Do Travel Right

John Barrows

Last week I spent 40 hours on planes flying to India and back. Each year I log over 250,000 miles in the air, and with 25 training days booked in January and February 2019 will be no different.

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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.

The Top 10 Sales Articles of 2018

Understanding the Sales Force

Many of us love traditions, some of us have rituals or superstitions and most of us find comfort in a routine. Routines are familiar, we don't have to think about it, and it's predictable. In December I have two traditions with my Blog.

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5 Voicemail Tactics to Get More Callbacks

John Barrows

Reps always ask me whether or not they should even leave voicemails anymore since they almost never get a callback. My response is yes – as long as they are good ones. If you’re leaving ‘touching base’ and ‘checking in’ voicemails then I would not to waste the prospect’s time.

What Is the Role of Sales in the Customer Buying Experience?

Connect2Sell

You can’t close a sale until you open and nurture a relationship with a buyer. You have to demonstrate value that is personal, meaningful, and relevant to the buyer. Sales does the work to open, nurture, and communicate value. Without this work, it’s hard to create a great customer buying experience.

A Bold New Model for Launching Brands in a Market that Demands Speed and Certainty

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Allen Adamson, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Metaforce Talk about old school. Today’s traditional, linear model of building brands is actually a manifestation of the manufacturing assembly line used to build Ford’s Model T.

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!

Post-it Note your way to achievement.

Jeffrey Gitomer

People are not afraid of achieving success, they just don't know how. Here's one element that will put you on the path. You have several goals you want to achieve, but they are not written down.

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Do you want to be a miner?

Sales 2.0

What do you want to be when you grow up? Sales has come a long way in the last decade when we started playing around with the concept of “social selling” and deploying “sales 2.0” technologies.

Volunteer to be an insider

Sales 2.0

I am the Chairman Emeritus of the Wharton Club of New York. I’ve been the president and the chairman. Over the years these titles have been very useful for my various business and sales endeavors.

A Means to an End

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. One of the most stressful moments for most salespeople comes at the point when they have to decide whether or not to go around someone they have been dealing with to that point, be they client or prospect.

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.

Leading Indicators of Sales Performance You Can’t Afford Not To Track

Sales Benchmark Index

The average lifespan of a Revenue Leader is less than two-years. Most of the time the Leader’s departure is related to poor revenue performance or inadequate return on Sales & Marketing dollars. In the following article, we will outline.

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The Race for AI-Driven Sales Success Starts Now

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Anil Kaul Co-Founder and CEO of Absolutdata Artificial intelligence — AI for short — is already changing the world in countless ways. Millions of people use devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home to find out more about products and services they need or to control their home environment.

Put Your Damn Phone Away

No More Cold Calling

No toys at the table! Answer this question: What’s more important than the person sitting in front of you, walking beside you, sharing a meal with you, or sharing your bed? If actions speak louder than words, your phone is more important.

Nine Holiday Networking Strategies

The Sales Heretic

The holidays are officially upon us. Judging by the ads, store displays, and TV listings, Christmas now apparently starts on November 1.)

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.