John Barrows

Podcast 113: The Inside View at High Growth Companies

John Barrows

This week we’re excited to have 2 killer guests on the podcast. We have a duo from Looker, Rafael Jara-Simkin , Director of Eastern Americas as well as Talal Assir , Director of Sales Engineering.

Timing is Everything

John Barrows

The more experienced I get in business the more I realize how important timing is with almost everything. I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve heard about (or come up with myself) that were great ideas at the time, but failed because the market wasn’t ready for them. Good Ideas, Bad Timing.

Podcast 110: The Changing Role of SDRs in Sales With Amir Reiter

John Barrows

In this week’s episode we have Amir Reiter on the podcast, the CEO of outsourced sales company CloudTask. Amir has traveled far and wide having started businesses young and learn the hard way.

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Podcast 111: Supporting Women In Sales with Natalie Severino

John Barrows

Joining us this week is Chorus.ai VP Marketing Natalie Severino. She’s one of the top names in Sales and Marketing working on making salespeople able to review data that can improve their performance instantly.

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.

Podcast 116: Sales Lessons From Coaching The Yankees With Coach Dana Cavalea

John Barrows

This week it’s an honor to have Coach Dana Cavalea on the podcast. He’s spent years working with the Yankees on their strength and conditioning, working with elite athletes every day. We’re talking about people who win every day.

How Not to Close End of Quarter Deals

John Barrows

For many of us, April marks the start of a new quarter, fresh targets and quota and new opportunities to focus on. Sometimes you hit your quarterly number with weeks to spare, other times you’re pushing in any deal you can to Make It Happen by the end of that third month.

Podcast 119: The Beginning of a Sales Career With Lauren Bailey

John Barrows

You may well have heard of GirlsClub , it was set up by Lauren Bailey to help coach and celebrate women in sales and their success’ in the profession. This week Lauren is our guest on the podcast and together with John, they covered a bunch of topics.

Podcast 117: Leading A Growing Company With Suneera Madhani

John Barrows

This week we’re proud to have Suneera Madhani on the podcast. Suneera earned her stripes as a sales person going door to door, working in a seriously difficult industry. After realizing how shady the industry was, she wanted to do something about it. She tells the story of how she presented a positive change to her leadership in the full episode below, but was not listened to.

LinkedIn Voice Messages

John Barrows

You may have heard about the benefits of LinkedIn voice messages. Many sales reps, including Morgan, are using them with great success. Of the 125 Morgan has sent, he’s seen 50 responses and booked 25 meetings. That’s a 40% response rate, and 20% success rate in getting next steps.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

Podcast 120: Future Proofing Your Sales Career With Anita Nielsen

John Barrows

This week we have Anita Nielsen on the podcast. The Author of “Beat The Bots” has lots of thoughts on how sales is changing and the increasing role of technology in the profession.

Podcast 112: Transparency in Sales with Todd Caponi

John Barrows

This week we’re honored to have Todd Caponi on the podcast. Todd spent 3 years building PowerReviews, as well as being a part of ExactTarget’s executive team through their IPO and eventual exit to Salesforce back in 2013.

The Story of How My Emotions Stopped Us From Winning The Deal

John Barrows

I wanted to share a story about what just happened to me. Hopefully you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes. . I’m pretty sure I lost a decent sized deal last week because I let my emotions get the best of me. I had been working on this renewal for a client who had invested in my online training portal the previous year. New leadership had recently come in and my Champion needed me to present the value to them to help justify the renewal. . Where it started.

How I Prospect Every Day

John Barrows

I always refer to myself as a sales rep who happens to train rather than a trainer who happens to sell. While the days of making 400 cold calls a week (and they were truly cold calls) are over, I still prospect every single day to keep a big fat pipeline.

Fulfilling Today's (Changing) eLearning Needs

Speaker: Bryan Marriott, President, P1 Learning

eLearning cannot be a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s not enough to post 1,000+ courses and leave training up to chance. Join Bryan Marriott, President of P1 Learning, as he walks through the process of identifying learner needs, and then delivering training that specifically addresses those needs – in a short, effective, and entertaining manner.

How I knew I was going to lose a $200k deal

John Barrows

There are a bunch of key indicators that happen throughout the buying/selling process that help us understand the true ‘health’ of any opportunity we’re working on and whether we’re in a good or bad position to win the deal.

We Give Waaaay Too Much in Sales

John Barrows

We are givers in Sales. We give and give and give in the hopes that at the end of the sales process, we get what we want – which is the signed contract and commission. The problem is we tend to give a bunch of stuff away without really getting much in return.

A Conversation with SalesLoft CEO, Kyle Porter

John Barrows

I couldn’t be more excited for SalesLoft’s upcoming Rainmaker19 conference held in Atlanta on March 11-13th. This is one of my favorite conferences of the year put on by one of my favorite companies.

Podcast 115: Under The Skin of Successful Salespeople With Mary Grothe

John Barrows

This week we have Mary Grothe , CEO of Sales BQ on the podcast. Mary is a sales trainer and keynote speaker who has an incredible drive to succeed in sales. In this podcast Mary talks about how she got into sales and used her own drive to blow her quota up and climb the career ladder.

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4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Podcast 114: Taking Charge of Your Sales Career With Sydney Sloan

John Barrows

This week we’re proud to have Sydney Sloan join us on the podcast. We’re partnered with SalesLoft, Sydney leads marketing as their CMO. In this episode, Sydney and John talk about what a sales career looks like right now and how you can climb the career ladder.

IF You’re Going to Make Cold Calls, This is How to Do It

John Barrows

“Cold calling” is getting harder and harder to justify these days. Less people are picking up the phone, some executives don’t even have office lines anymore, the layers of gatekeepers are getting thicker and harder to navigate. It’s brutal out there. With all this, I still think cold calling has its place and can be effective IF done right. First, let me be clear on my definition of what successful “cold calling” does and does not look like.

How I Made the Mental Shift with Social Selling

John Barrows

As a GenXer, when Social Selling hit the sales scene I thought it was a joke and yet another thing I was supposed to do to be successful in sales. Fantastic, add it to the list. The whole idea of tweeting and posting sounded and felt ridiculous to me.

Why is Authenticity So Rare Today?

John Barrows

At Salesloft’s Rainmaker conference this year I delivered a workshop, a keynote, and I participated in a panel. In each of these presentations, my focus was on providing as much value as possible to the audience.

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Sales Training That Gets Results – With or Without Classroom ILT

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, VP Sales Enablement Services, SPASIGMA

Most sales ILT (instructor-led training) has historically not been very effective, if we consider “effective” to mean “changes behavior, improves results, or produces a ROI.” In this webinar, sales enablement expert Mike Kunkle will break down how modern technology removes the need for ILT in sales training - and will also explain how to effectively integrate ILT into your modern training, if you want to continue using it!

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.

Podcast 108: Mentality & Personal Brand With James Buckley

John Barrows

This week’s podcast guest is James Buckley. He’s a familiar face on the podcast and we were lucky enough to spend some time with James as a team before recording this episode. James “SayWhatSales” Buckley is that guy you see on every social media feed you’ve got. He’s a Sales practitioner who is growing a killer team at RingLead , as well as the Uncrushed podcast host.

Let’s Keep Talking

John Barrows

The feedback from the recent “We Need to Talk” webinar was so positive that we wanted to summarize some of the key points we discussed, share the resources we’ve compiled and keep the conversation by introducing the Slack community we’re building called Sales Done Right.

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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.

Supercharge Your Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO, Sales Readiness Group, and David Jacoby, President, Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training, but many sales leaders report a low ROI from their sales training initiatives. Join us, along with Ray Makela and David Jacoby from Sales Readiness Group, as they break down the five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.

Prospecting is Not About Selling

John Barrows

At least it’s not about selling your products or services. Can you sell your product or service in a 30-second pitch? Can you sell it in a one-page e-mail? I hope not. If you could your company wouldn’t need you. Prospecting is about selling the next step. It’s about selling time.

Should you leave a voicemail?

John Barrows

Something I get asked a couple of times a week and usually has a lot of engagement when I share it on social, is the topic of voicemails. There is always a debate if leaving voicemails still makes sense in 2018. The answer, for a number of reasons, is yes. Why you should leave a voicemail.

A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Networking Events

John Barrows

With Q4 around the corner and event season (September) upon us, we here at JBarrows will be making the rounds at all the events coming up like Tenbound , HyperGrowth , INBOUND , Digital Sales World and of course Dreamforce.

The Why?

John Barrows

I’m re-sharing this post from last year because I really want to highlight that Sales, when done right, is the best profession in the world. When done wrong, it’s the worst.

2019 State of Sales Coaching: Managers, Reps, and Enablement Pros Weigh In

Speaker: Henry Bruckstein, Founder at Canam Research, and Jake Miller, Product Marketing Manager at Allego

Virtually every sales organization sees the value of good sales coaching. So why do so few organizations do it systematically and well? Join Henry Bruckstein, Founder of Canam Research, and Jake Miller, product marketing manager at Allego, to learn why--and more--from the new 2019 State of Sales Coaching survey. Our speakers will synthesize the different views from sales reps, managers and sales enablement pros to uncover common areas of misalignment, proven methods to overcome coaching barriers, and the best coaching approach for you.

Free Sales Training: 6 of My Favorite Sales Tips

John Barrows

There is no shortage of free sales training resources out there. Today there are more videos on YouTube than you could watch in your lifetime and more books on Amazon or Audible than you could ever get through even if you read one a day.

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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Top Takeaways from My Interview with Chris Voss, Author of Never Split the Difference

John Barrows

This week on the podcast I chatted with Chris Voss, author of Never Split the Difference and founder and CEO of Black Swan Group about all things negotiation. Below are just some of the takeaways from our conversation plus the video of the full interview. If you haven’t read his book, it’s a must-read for anyone in sales. Go grab yourself a copy! You Probably Aren’t Listening. Chris is really big into what he calls, Tactical Empathy. That begins by listening to what the other side is saying.

Your #1 Competitor…

John Barrows

Recently I’ve noticed reps and companies spending a lot of time worrying about their competition and trying to figure out what they’re doing or how to defend against them, etc. I don’t know why but I’ve never really worried too much about competition.

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.