Mr. Inside Sales

Less is More in Sales

Mr. Inside Sales

Sales people like to talk; if you don’t believe me, just listen to a recording of one of your reps (or of yourself!). This is a problem. And that’s because when your mouth is open, your ears are closed.

Qualifying: Before or After Your Presentation?

Mr. Inside Sales

I was working with a new client this week, and I listened to a recording of their presentation and it went like this: Hello, how are you doing—brief rapport building Deep dive into their presentation—including features and benefits Qualifying to see what the client was most interested in.

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Ask for More to Get More

Mr. Inside Sales

My sales numbers when through the roof when I changed one simple thing: I asked for double or even triple the deal size at the end of each presentation. Before this, I used to give my presentation and automatically default to the lowest deal size and be happy if I got it.

Bigger Goals = Bigger Results

Mr. Inside Sales

What do you expect to accomplish this year? Think carefully, because nothing (in my experience) is more predictive of results than mindset.

Developing Your Training Content So That It Actually Moves the Needle

Speaker: Bryan Naas, VP of Sales Productivity at Braze

Getting reps & marketers to engage in your content is half the battle of providing value that can ultimately impact the bottom line. How do we break through the noise? In this session, Bryan Naas will detail what it takes to build training and content resources that reps will actually take the time to engage with so you can help them reach their goals.

3 Ways to Overcome Call Reluctance

Mr. Inside Sales

Picking up the phone and making “cold calls” has never been easy, and this has prevented many reps from making the calls that can make them more sales and more income. Instead, reps these days tend to spend more time communicating on social media and sending emails.

Master the Fundamentals to Succeed

Mr. Inside Sales

I was training a group of new reps last week, listening to one of their calls, and we found that the rep was ad-libbing right from the beginning of the call. The best practice script, which we had provided him, was far, far away….

Pitch Your Product in Two Sentences

Mr. Inside Sales

Less is more. Instead of opening your calls like: “Oh hi, this is _ _ with __ and my company, XYZ, is a leader in national and international shipping and freight services with offices in the top metropolitan cities across the world.

Would You Spend $10.99 to Double Your Income This Year?

Mr. Inside Sales

Tricky title, I know, but there is a tool out there (many, in fact) that will enable you to do this. And this particular one is called TapeACall Pro. As the name suggests, this is a phone recording app for your iPhone.

“I Need to Think About It.”

Mr. Inside Sales

If this objection frustrates you, then all that will end after you read this blog post. First, remember: Most objections are smokescreens hiding the real reason a prospect isn’t moving forward. Real objections can include things like: They can get it cheaper somewhere else.

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 Be a Leader

Mr. Inside Sales

A boss says, “Go!”. A leader says, “Let’s Go!”. This quote sums up my management philosophy: A leader isn’t afraid of jumping into the trenches and showing their team exactly how to succeed in their job. In sales, this means leading by example.

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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.

Two Simple Words to Open More Doors—and Close More Sales

Mr. Inside Sales

The first word is “please.”. This may sound elemental, but I rarely hear sales reps use it when speaking with gatekeepers. Instead, they just barge in and ask if so-and-so is available. Or they just say they’re trying to reach so-and-so.

Is Sales Really Just a Numbers Game?

Mr. Inside Sales

The answer is yes. And no. First the no part: Sales is much, much more than just “rolling the numbers,” as they used to say.

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.

5 Questions for Influencers

Mr. Inside Sales

More and more these days, decision makers hid behind their assistants or other influencers. Many sales reps get frustrated by this and often try to get past these very important people, thinking that only the decision maker is worth talking to. Big mistake.

Question: Why Aren’t You Asking More Questions?

Mr. Inside Sales

We all know the importance of asking questions of our prospects and clients, yet how many do you ask? How many does your sales teams ask? If you’re like most sales reps, then you’re probably doing a lot more talking (read pitching) than you are listening.

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?

Four Ways to How to Handle: We Already Have Someone

Mr. Inside Sales

Prospects are good at blowing sales reps off the phone. Believe it or not, they have scripts just like you do, and one of their favorites is: “We already have someone who handles that.”. This is an easy stall to get around—if you know how.

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.

Our Award-Winning Article

Mr. Inside Sales

In case you missed this, I received the following email last week: Dear Mike: The people have spoken and your article, “3 Keys to Dealing with Difficult Prospects,” has won 2nd place in our 2020 Sales Pro Central MVP Awards Social Selling category!”

One Simple Technique to Learn Buying Motives

Mr. Inside Sales

Question for you: How often do you take notes while you’re on Mute and your prospect is revealing their buying motives? You don’t take notes? How about using your Mute button? Are you actively doing that? (If If not, start using it today: search my blog to read articles on how to do that.).

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.

Why Wanting to Win Isn’t Enough

Mr. Inside Sales

“It’s not the will to win. that matters – everyone. has that. It’s the will. to prepare to win. that matters.”. –Paul “Bear” Bryant. football coach. You may want to win, want to make more money, want to be in the elite class of closers at your company, BUT: Are you willing to put in the work?

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.

Stop Telling and Start Asking!

Mr. Inside Sales

Once very couple of years, I like to re-run this article on the importance of asking questions as opposed to pitching. While this context is presented as an interview, it is completely translatable to sales—and that means YOU.

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?”.

3 Keys to Dealing with Difficult Prospects

Mr. Inside Sales

I listen to a lot of calls each week that my clients send me. This week, I listened to a closing call from one of their reps, and here is how the prospect opened the call: Prospect: “Let me just tell you upfront that we’re looking at a lot of different options right now of which yours is just one…”.

3 Ways to Handle: “I Don’t Have Time for the Presentation”

Mr. Inside Sales

We’ve all been there – you call your prospect back at the appointed time for your presentation and they tell you any of the following: This isn’t a good time, OR. I’ve got another meeting in 10 minutes, OR. How long will this take?” What to do?

[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.

Can You Make Your Goal This Year?

Mr. Inside Sales

Can you make your revenue goal this year is the same thing as asking: Can you run a marathon? You know, a 26-mile marathon race? Listen carefully to what your mental answer is: Yes or No. When I ask that question at a sales conference, the majority say no, they can’t.

How to Overcome the Email Stall

Mr. Inside Sales

What do you say when you get this stall while prospecting? If you’re like many sales reps, you accept it and become a willing participant in the follow up chase that ensues. And you know how frustrating that is.

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Stalls During Covid-19—How to Handle Them

Mr. Inside Sales

“We’re just not doing anything right now….”. “We’re We’re ‘on hold’ until things settle down.”. “We’re We’re not spending any money right now.”. These are common stalls that you get all the time, but now it seems harder to overcome them. Why is that? It’s because salespeople are now buying into them.

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3 Easy Ways to Better Listening

Mr. Inside Sales

When you open your mouth, you close your ears. We all know the importance of listening to our prospects and clients, so why are we doing so little of it?

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.

A Reminder to Isolate the Objection

Mr. Inside Sales

Want to make dealing with objections easier? Then remember to always use the powerful technique of isolating the objection instead of answering it….

Best Motivational Book Recommendation for the Holidays

Mr. Inside Sales

It’s been a challenging year with Covid, and as cases skyrocket it seems as if it could be a rough winter…. With the holidays and the end of the year just around the corner, I think it’s time to give your attitude a boost.

Two Great Questions for 2021

Mr. Inside Sales

Welcome back to your home office; how do you feel? Overwhelmed? Under pressure already? If so, then you’re not alone. Most company’s sales teams are under immediate pressure to begin accomplishing their new goals and sales targets for 2021.

Use This Email for Missed Sales

Mr. Inside Sales

You pitch, you wait, then you get the email that says: “We’re not in the position to do this at this time…”. We’re going to pass on this right now…”. What do you do? First of all, realize that you can’t win them all—at least not now. But that doesn’t mean you can’t win them later.

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.