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The Forgetting Curve Has a Cure

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What do you remember from your last training? The way we’ve been learning is all wrong. Remember cramming for tests? I do, and while I usually did well on my exams, I didn’t retain much of anything.

5 Reasons Your Team Doesn’t Know How to Get Referrals

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Asking for referrals might be hard, but it pays off big! Ask most anybody for the secret to how to get referrals, and they’ll probably tell you the first step is to simply ask. That might be true, but it’s far easier said than done.

There’s a Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely

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“Imagination is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein. Ever have a good idea pop into your head, seemingly out of nowhere?

Why Curiosity Is Critical for Sales Success

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What is 7427466391? Imagine if you saw this on a billboard along your commute route …. What would you do? Roll your eyes, think this is nonsense, tell others about it, or go to the site and find out what’s going on?

Humans and Bots: How to blend human skills and AI to build customer intimacy and drive growth

Join Genesys for this webinar to learn how leading companies are using blended AI to drive customer intimacy and revenue growth.

You’re No Different Than Your Competition

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Don’t believe everything you hear about selling in a digital world. You’ve probably heard the often-quoted statistic that says 57 percent of the buying process is complete before a customer talks to a salesperson. Rubbish. Believe that, and you’ll look like everyone else to your buyers.

You Don’t Know Isaac, but I Won’t Forget Him

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We need to speak up when people do the right thing. Whether you’re watching the news or perusing social media, you’ll see plenty of stories about people behaving badly, selfishly, or rudely.

The Best Cold Calling Tip Is Stop Immediately (Do This Instead)

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. Have you ever met a salesperson who enjoyed cold calling? Well, maybe one in 100.) How about a buyer who enjoyed receiving cold calls? Yeah, me neither.) Not only is cold calling tortuous for everyone involved, it’s one of the reasons that only 54.3 percent of sales reps made quota last year.

Without Call-Backs, Your Lead Gen Is Dead in the Water

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Here’s how to generate leads and get call-backs. Has selling really changed in the last decade? Well, sure.

Put Your Damn Phone Away

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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.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Do Words Make a Difference for Women in Sales?

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Watch what you say, and do what you say. . “I I want you to know it hasn’t gone unnoticed that there are no women on our sales team.” That comment came from the CEO of a fast-growing software company. Not only were there no women, but the sales team was all white men of a certain age.

The Best Referral Programs Start with a “Referral Culture”

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How does your team work when no one is looking? For the first time ever, clients are asking me how to build a “referral culture.” Sales VP Sam told me he wants to create a referral culture, as did CRO Sue, and CEO Amanda.

How to Actually Scale Your Referral Business

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If you think referrals don’t scale, you’re just doing it wrong. Sales leaders often tell me that referral leads are their most qualified, most convertible leads. Then in the next breath, they tell me referral business doesn’t scale.

Are You Always “On”? (Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be)

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Too much work and not enough play makes …. Working too much? You might not have a choice. Employers are more and more demanding. If you’re in sales, you assume you pretty much need to be “on” all the time, lest you miss an opportunity.

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.

Cold Calling Techniques Make Your Pipeline Fat, but Not Fit

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Do you really need more leads? Sure, cold calling techniques put lots of leads in the pipe. Enough for management to see that reps made the requisite number of phone calls, email pitches, and social media connections. But are those really leads, or just smoke-and-mirror numbers?

Why Are You Still Cold Calling? January Referral Selling Insights

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Here’s what you might have missed this month from No More Cold Calling. I hadn’t bought a car in 17 years. Yep, that’s how long my Acura 3.2 TL with 162,000 miles lasted—until the transmission went out.

Why Sales AI Won’t Replace Reps Anytime Soon

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We’re not obsolete … yet. There’s a saying in B2B sales that people buy with emotion and justify with fact. It’s more than a saying; it’s a fact. Trust is a predominant factor in any buying decision. Two things being equal—and they never are—people buy from those they know, like, and trust.

They Actually Said My Sales Lead Generation Is Old School

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But here’s what they’re missing on referral B2B lead generation.

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.

Would You Encourage Your Children to Pursue Sales?

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If not, what does that say about the state of sales ethics? The facilitator asked a provocative question: How many of you would tell your children to pursue a sales career? Everyone laughed, but no hands went up.

Are You Tracking the Right Referral Metrics?

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Do you have the wrong KPI? If you’re like most sales leaders, you’re tracking the wrong referral metrics and spinning your wheels. Craig had only one referral KPI, and it was the wrong one: the number of prospect meetings that his reps conducted.

Cold Calling vs. Asking for Referrals: Which Is Scarier? (October Referral Selling Insights)

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Here’s what you might have missed this month from No More Cold Calling. Most sales reps dread cold calling, but they don’t exactly fear it. After all, they have no skin in the game. If someone hangs up or sprays them with expletives, they move onto the next name on the list.

4 Reasons You Shouldn’t Get the Referral on LinkedIn

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How to connect beyond the click when asking for referrals. My client, Sue, identified a colleague on LinkedIn who knew her prospect, George—a high-profile, very senior buyer.

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.

There’s No Such Thing as a Warm Call: August Referral Selling Insights

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Referrals are HOT, HOT, HOT! Stop rationalizing. There’s no such thing as a warm anything in sales—an email, phone call, social media outreach, or even a knock on the door. Unless your prospect knows who you are and expects to hear from you, you might as well step into a freezer.

’Tis the Season to Expand Your Referral Network: November Referral Selling Insights

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Sure, it’s hectic. You’re busy closing out the year, but you also have lots of invitations for parties, client events, and other business networking opportunities. This is the best time to build your referral network. Make the most of it.

Relationships Rule, but Data Drives Sales, Too

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The odds might not be in your sales team’s favor … yet. I’ve interviewed many sales reps over the past two months, trying to better understand the challenges they face in today’s fast-paced, digital-first sales environment. They tell me they’re overwhelmed.

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Social Selling: What You Should and Should NOT Do

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A Complete Guide to Putting the “Social” Back in Social Selling. Social selling has finally (and dangerously) reached buzzword status. Dangerously, because there are misperceptions about what it means, how to do it, and just as importantly, how not to do it.

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.

What Are Top Negotiation Strategies for Women in Sales?

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Make sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth. I don’t like to negotiate for my services. It’s uncomfortable, because I know the pricing and terms for my referral system are fair.

Seeking New Sales Techniques? Look Beyond Digital

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The best prospecting strategies require a human touch. Buyers know everything about our companies, products, and solutions before they ever speak to a salesperson. Believe that? Far too many sales reps do. They think that digital rules.

Want to Get Referrals? (Don’t Do This)

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Don’t assume your team knows how to ask for referrals. Tim told me his team was “doing referrals.” He figured they knew how to get referrals because he told them to do it. I asked how that approach was working for him. Dead silence. And therein lies the problem. A big problem.

Asking for Referrals Is Darn Personal: December Referral Selling Insights

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Here’s what you might have missed this month from No More Cold Calling. It’s been a year of awakening. No, this is not a movie. It’s real life. Finally, after two decades of working with CROs, sales VPs, and CEOs on referral selling, the conversation has shifted.

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!

It’s Time to Get Off the Hamster Wheel

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Happy Thanksgiving! It’s Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S., and I’m taking a break.

Why the Best Lead Generation Techniques Are Proactive

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Top sellers don’t wait. At least 57 percent of the buying process is complete before buyers ever contact your company. If you believe this widely quoted but ill-advised statistic, your lead generation techniques are doomed from the start.

Why You Need to Make Time for Asking for Referrals

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Getting referrals business should be top. priority in your sales prospecting techniques. Message to sales leaders: Your job is to get the rocks off the road so your team can close deals, exceed quota, and blow past revenue goals. That’s not happening with cold calling.

Don’t Slam the Door on Your Friends

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What’s your gratitude meter? As we begin the New Year, now is the perfect time to pay attention to what’s most important—the people in our lives. That means our clients and prospects, our families and friends, our colleagues. It’s time we remember the value of getting personal.

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.