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Celebrating 25 Years in Referrals: My Story

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Why I made referral selling my life’s work. The year was 1996. I was working for a global consulting and training firm. The economy was booming, and my colleagues encouraged me to go out on my own. I had no name for my company, but I knew my focus.

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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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.

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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”?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

Don’t Miss This Event: The Gatekeeper Died

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Register for Back in The Black Sales TV—first episode on January 19. The Gatekeeper Died: Why That’s a Good Thing” is the topic for my new, monthly, live Sales TV Show on the Sales Experts Channel. Actually, it’s more like Talk Radio, but on video. Why am I doing a monthly Sales TV Show?

A Winning Sales Strategy Starts with Your Customer, Not with Digital

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Put people before technology in your prospecting. Digital isn’t a sales strategy, hope is not a strategy, referrals are not a strategy, marketing is not a strategy. Sales strategy isn’t yours or mine. It’s your company’s strategy for attracting customers. Not much has changed over the years.

Why Would I Refer You if You Don’t Follow Up? [February Referral Selling Insights]

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Don’t ghost people. You’ll end up paying for it. A woman I know from my business group met me for coffee. She wanted to discuss having me speak to her team about referrals. We brainstormed the topic and discussed her investment.

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.

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.

Should You Throw Your Strategic Plan in the Trash?

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Successful sales execution requires more than sales technology. Joanne, the challenge is always in the execution.” That’s what a client told me more than 20 years ago, and I’ve never forgotten it.

How to Attract Business in a Volatile Economy [March Referral Selling Insights]

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Waiting could be your Achilles heel—plus, everything you missed from No More Cold Calling this month. When the economy slows, the pace of decision making must pick up. Ram Charan , author of 25 books and consultant to CEOs, said that many years ago, but it’s even more relevant now.

Want Results? Stop Your Pitching and Try Business Storytelling

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No one really listens to sales pitching anyway. Are you focused on business storytelling? Or have you reverted to those old, tiresome sales pitches that go on and on about why you’re so great? Newsflash: Nobody wants to hear that. What do you remember about a speaker, a movie, a novel?

Sales Managers: Think You’re Ready for Referrals?

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Here are five important steps to make your team referral sales experts. If salespeople were self-motivated, they wouldn’t need sales managers or metrics. Yep, most of us are lazy and lack discipline. I’m including myself here. It’s a lonely world for account executives.

[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.

How to Become Unstoppable in Sales

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What do the following have in common: Referrals, Meetings, Minimal Marketing, and Maximum Impact? They fit together like hands and gloves. Get the referral, get the meeting.

Why You Should STOP Cold Calling Immediately (2020 Update)

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Repeat After Me: I Will Not Cold Call.

How Barb Giamanco Became My Dear Friend

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The sales world just lost one of its wisest women, and I’ve just lost one of my best friends. I wasn’t sure what the answer would be when I made the call. I’d always wanted to visit St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Introducing the Back in the Black Sales TV Show

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Join me for my first monthly broadcast. It’s a new year and time for a fresh approach to sales. That’s why I’m introducing Back in the Black , my new monthly sales TV show on the Sales Experts Channel! It’s a way to learn about short, fun, and insightful topics.

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.

Pick Up the Damn Phone and Have Sales Conversations

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You’re the ultimate sales technology—and this is the ultimate sales conversations book. If there ever was a time for real, authentic sales conversations, it’s now. The phone works. It doesn’t crash, and we know how to use it.

What Are Your Pandemic Priorities? [April Referral Selling Insights]

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It’s time to get rid of your sacred cows. A young girl watched her mother prepare dinner. She asked her mother why she always cut off the ends of the ham before putting it in the roasting pan. The mother thought about it for a moment and then admitted she didn’t know why.

Why Customer Experience Should Be Top of Mind for Sales Leaders

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Are you creating an experience that drives revenue and referrals? How much did you say that cost?” I asked the barista. I knew I heard him correctly, but I still couldn’t believe it was $5.50 for a cup of coffee—not a mocha, not a latte, not a cappuccino, just coffee. He told me that with a straight face—no smile, no welcome. In fact, he was rather rude. I just wanted a damn cup of black coffee. I walked.

Small Business Owners: The Future Is Your Responsibility

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Get out of the weeds. How many balls can you keep in the air at one time? Some business leaders are better jugglers than others, but everyone has their breaking point—or, rather, their dropping point. Juggling priorities is a challenge for every business owner. You’re overwhelmed with business development and all the things you need to do to attract and retain customers.

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.