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Message to Management: Sales Trends in 2022

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There are predictions, and then there’s reality. I’ve never liked predictions. I’m not an economist and I’m not a fortune teller. Yet, we’re asked to make predictions all the time.

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She Said My Experience Wasn’t Research — What Do You Think?

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She said my research wasn’t real research. I told her I ask my clients if they’ve asked every one of their clients for a referral. That’s each person they’ve met during the buying process. The answer is always no. She said this wasn’t her experience and wanted to know the source of my research.

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Sales Reps Not Closing Sales? Try This

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This broken link is to blame for sales teams’ biggest closing mistakes. “My My salespeople can’t close.” This is the frustrated lament I hear regularly from sales leaders. But not closing sales is never the real problem. It’s just a symptom.

How to Reach Decision Makers Every Time

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A referral is the best way to get a meeting with the decision maker. There are two parts to the sales process: Part One: Getting meetings with decision makers. Part Two: Everything that happens after that. Referrals help you ace Part One and set you up for success in Part Two.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

Starting a Small Business? It Doesn’t Have to Be So Tough

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I didn’t know what you need to know before opening your own business. I knew nothing about starting a small business. Luckily, the economy was great in 1996, and my niche was referral selling (still is), so I at least knew how to build a small business sales pipeline.

Why Are You Neglecting Your Customer Relationships?

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Your referral network is your net worth in sales. “How do I ask for a referral from customers I haven’t spoken with in two years?” ” That’s what a client recently asked me, and I was baffled by his revelation.

Your Lead Gen Is Broken (Here’s How to Fix It)

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Not getting the ROI you expected from your lead-gen tactics? Try this instead. Your lead generation tactics aren’t driving bottom line revenue. That’s a fact. Every sales leader says their #1 prospecting challenge is getting leads in the pipe.

Don’t Let This Bad Sales Behavior Derail You [Q3 Referral Selling Roundup]

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Plus, here’s what you might have missed from No More Cold Calling this summer. I’m embarrassed by the bad sales behavior that blasts us every day. Obviously, I’ve never been a fan of cold calling, but now the uninvited sales pitches are multichannel.

Women Sales Leaders: From Pioneers to Modern-Day Trailblazers

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Who paved the way for women in sales? Picture yourself in 1900. You didn’t have the right to vote or run for office. Your job was to take care of your household, your children, and your husband. If you had to work, you only had a few options: nurse, housekeeper, cook, or factory worker.

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

It’s Exciting to Manage a Multi-Generational Workforce

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Why entitlement may actually be a good thing. Remember when your parents told you to turn down that loud, obnoxious music? Actually, they yelled, because otherwise you wouldn’t have heard them. They griped about “kids today” and wondered what this next generation was coming to.

Research-Backed Benefits of Diversity on Sales Teams

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The research is clear: Diversity drives sales. It’s true. Diverse sales teams can make more meaningful connections with your increasingly diverse customer base.

What LinkedIn Invitations Are You Accepting?

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So much social media, so little time. LinkedIn is supposed to be the place to begin conversations and begin relationships. That’s why it’s called a “social network.”

Look at the Camera Already [The Importance of Eye Contact in Virtual Sales]

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This is the most common mistake sellers make when video conferencing. I really hate my webcam. (Ok, Ok, hate is a strong word.) I have a good camera, but I don’t like the way I look. Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t lie.) I feel totally uncomfortable staring into my camera.

The Definitive Guide to the Top 4 Sales Enablement Metrics

See what metrics matter to increase productivity and revenue and your organization. This guide will help you stay data-driven while avoiding data overload.

Headline, Headline, Read All About It: Women on the Quarters

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Get those quarters and celebrate women! I was over-the-top excited to learn that the U.S. Mint is releasing five new coins a year between 2022 and 2025—all with women on the quarters.

Referral Selling Insights: Q1 Roundup

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Here’s what you might have missed this year from No More Cold Calling. If you were asked last year how your day was, your answer would have been: “It’s 2020.” That said it all—at least for businesses that were negatively affected by the pandemic.

Celebrating 7 Trailblazers on International Women’s Day

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Even slow progress is worth celebrating. Today is International Women’s Day, and I’m reflecting on women pioneers—trailblazers who paved the way for women in sales, entrepreneurship, engineering, law, and other male-dominated professions. And that includes women in my own family.

Get Rid of Your Sacred Cows Now [Q1 Referral Selling Insights]

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Your sales processes need an overhaul. Now is the time to do it. There’s an old story about a young girl whose mother always cut the ends off of a ham before putting it in the roasting pan. One day the little girl asked her mother why she did this.

12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.

For Salespeople, Trust Matters Most in Times of Crisis

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Why do you trust some people and not others? Trust is a word we use indiscriminately, but we do not trust indiscriminately. How do we define trust? How do we get our arms around such an emotional word?

Bust the Myth You Can’t Read Prospects’ Minds

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Do you know where your clients are? It’s not always about revenue growth. Wow, did I really say that? It surprises me, too, but different times call for different approaches. I was struggling with a new way to position referral selling during a recession.

Your B2B Lead Generation Sucks … 5 Reasons Why

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How to stop ignoring your best source of new revenue. Remember the Johnny Lee song, “Lookin’ For Love”?

Sales Pipeline Dried Up? The #1 Way to Land Top Prospects Now

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Don’t panic—here’s how to get your phones actually ringing again. It’s a very scary time, with lots of uncertainty as we stay shuttered in place. We see deals in our sales pipeline postponed or disappearing. So, what do you do? You take action.

Delivering a More Human Marketing Experience

It’s essential to reach customers and create human connections, especially in a world where in person meetings aren’t always possible. Download this eBook to learn why an integrated sending platform takes your marketing strategy to the next level.

Technology Can Wait … What About You?

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Please take care of yourself. “ The pendulum has swung too far in the direction of superficial online communications at a time people are hungry for true personal connection.”

I’m Most Thankful for Our Human Connection

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This isolating year has been a harsh reminder that human connection still matters. It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and I’m taking a break. I’m taking the time to appreciate my amazing family and friends, my clients who have become friends, and my remarkable team at No More Cold Calling.

Are You Telling the Truth About Asking for Referrals? [Q3 Referral Selling Roundup]

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Get the latest from No More Cold Calling. I used to think it was just sales newbies who struggled with referral reluctance. They simply hadn’t built their networks or their confidence. When seasoned salespeople started admitting they also felt uncomfortable asking for referrals, I was shocked.

The Phrase of the Year Is Seller Access

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Are your buyers clamoring to talk to you? My phone rang off the hook the last half of 2020. Why the sudden interest in referral sales? A sudden decline in seller access. When the economy shrinks and companies cut budgets, buyers don’t want to talk to salespeople.

12 Tips for Selling to the C-Suite

The question for sales pros is this: Are you ready for the challenge, and opportunity, of selling to the C-suite? The following 12 tips can help ensure that you and your team are.

How to Make Real Connections in the Era of Virtual Sales Meetings

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Referral sellers have been relationship-building their way through the pandemic. Video conferencing is a great way to get face to face with clients. But while it may be as close as you can get to in-person, it’s not, and you’re not.

Hey Sales Manager, Get Your Head Out of That Spreadsheet

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Poor leadership will cost you $3.5 million per sales manager. Message to Management: Your job is to get the rocks out of the road for your salespeople so they can do what they were hired to do—sell!”.

Why Asking for Help Isn’t a Sign of Weakness

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You’re not a wimp—and there’s no reason to apologize. Everything’s changed in our world, and that includes the business world. In sales, asking for help used to mean you were a wuss. Definition, informal : a weak, cowardly, or ineffectual person; a wimp.)

Relationships Always Rule [Q4 Referral Selling Roundup]

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Find out what you might have missed from No More Cold Calling in recent months. The most valuable business relationships that salespeople have are those with our clients—the people who know our value, give us repeat business, and provide us with referrals to other great clients.

The Power of Conversation Intelligence

This eBook will answer all your questions and more on Conversation Intelligence (CI) by providing a complete overview and its need in Revenue organizations - delivering impact from your Sales Development Representatives all the way to the C-Suite.

I Was Neglecting My Customer Relationships

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Your referral network is your net worth in sales. Don’t forget to nurture it. “How do I ask for a referral from customers I haven’t spoken with in two years?” ” That’s what a client asked me a couple years ago, and I was baffled by his revelation.

Why I’m Grateful for Referrals—and for YOU [Q2 Referral Selling Roundup]

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Plus, what you might have missed from No More Cold Calling. I learned a lot more about gratitude after recently celebrating the 25th anniversary of No More Cold Calling. People told me how much I impacted their lives and businesses.

Why You Might Need to Quit Your Job

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You don’t have to work 60-hour weeks to be successful. My niece quit her job because she couldn’t handle the 60-hour workweeks while raising a family. She was stressed, had a short fuse, and didn’t smile much. I was getting increasingly worried about her health and was relieved when she quit.

Answering Your Most Burning Referral Selling Questions

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How to ask for referrals and other FAQs. After more than 25 years as an expert on referral sales, I’m still asked exactly the same referral selling questions today. Maybe even more frequently than before.) I’m going to answer them right now.

Stop Investing in Forgettable Learning Events

Learning isn’t an event, it’s a process. One-time training events deliver low retention and poor results. Providing continuous learning with an online presence boosts sales rep readiness and shortens sales cycles. Learn best practices to upgrade learning and improve ROI.