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5 Patterns To Interrupt In Prospecting Outreach

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By Tibor Shanto. One thing that great prospectors have in common, is an understanding that at first contact, we are an interruption. If your email, InMail or phone call is not scheduled, you are an interruption. You are about to cost them 23 minutes of productivity , like it or not.

Trade Prospecting Call Myths For Proven Alternatives

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By Tibor Shanto. Executing a prospecting call well, requires competencies and skill different from selling; prospecting is in many ways counter to sales. Making many things that are acceptable while in the selling phase of the client life cycle, are useless while prospecting.

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Empathy Needs To Be More Than A Feeling

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By Tibor Shanto. No one should doubt or question the power of empathy in life, and as a result in sales. But saying you are empathetic is a long way from practicing empathy. Many of the proponents of the concept in sales, stay very much at the concept level.

Sales Is About Changing Habits, Start With Yours

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By Tibor Shanto. Salespeople’s primary goal is to deliver positive change, for their clients and employers, perhaps even in the other order. More often than not that includes changing the habits of buyers and users. Changing habits involves changing beliefs and or viewpoints.

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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.

How’s That 80/20 Working For You?

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By Tibor Shanto. The key difference between a tribe and a herd is that the former walk on two legs. Herd mentality persists in both. Sales like most tribes being a bit more civil than antelopes, prefers the 80/20 rule, over herd mentality.

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Time To Decide How You View Time

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By Tibor Shanto. People deal with time as though it was a fickle dance partner, “if I work with it, I can stretch and do things I know it can’t do.” As you know I think time management is a stupid concept that just leads to more work. The only thing malleable about time is you.

Winning With Multi-Track Selling

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By Tibor Shanto. It’s not news that the buy side has more stakeholders involved , representing the varied interests of a modern enterprise. Depending on who you follow, the number of stakeholders in a B2B decision continues to grow, over 10 by some accounts.

There Is No Need To Lie

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By Tibor Shanto. There has always been an uneasy dance involving selling and buying when it comes to trust and honesty. While it is natural to be guarded or cagey when you first meet someone new, but this goes a bit further, by both sides.

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Stop Selling Like You’re In Stockholm

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By Tibor Shanto. Salespeople seem to be collectively suffering from a variant of the Stockholm syndrome. Most of us have an idea of what Stockholm syndrome is, or at least have some sense of who Patty Hearst was. So, how does this apply to sales?

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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!

Pandering Is Easy – At One Point You Need To Sell

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By Tibor Shanto. The customer and their success are central to B2B sales, and the best way to that is with your expertise. It’s not by pandering or pretending that the prospect is always right as many try to do.

4 tips on how to stay resilient and successful in times of permanent change

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A Guest Post – by Michael Wigge. I always find changing the filters helps bring different often valuable perspectives, I have enjoyed Michael’s approach to challenges. I wanted to share it with you all and help you learn from his experience, and apply it to your selling. Michael Wigge.

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Dear Vice President of Prospecting

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By Tibor Shanto. There is always a lot of talk about Sales and Marketing , alignment, misalignment an more. What is missing is the bit is what or who can align the two. Given that one attracts, and the other converts opportunities to sales, who is responsible for converting leads to opportunities.

One Quarter Down – How To Get To Goal?

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By Tibor Shanto. It has been said that a manager should know how their year will go by the end of Q1. Well, Q1 is almost over, how is it going? Part of your answer may come down to your role, but for the most part it will come down to how well you prospect in Q1 and year-round.

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.

The Ones Worth Your Time

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By Tibor Shanto. I posted yesterday about the need for salespeople to make better decisions about their view of time. One of the points I emphasized was to reorient from qualifying to disqualifying. Most people usually find what they set out to look for, a nip here, tuck there, but they find it.

Shana Tova

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There so many reasons to look to next year, may it be healthy and safe for you and yours! The post Shana Tova appeared first on TiborShanto.com. General shanah tova

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“Our Value Proposition is…”

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By Tibor Shanto. Frankly, who cares? Your prospects sure don’t! No, seriously! Some of your customers maybe; your competitors – when it serves their needs. Oh ya, the marketing team that “developed” the “value prop” does.

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31 Seconds That Make a Prospecting Call

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By Tibor Shanto. There is a lot of folk myth b t out there about the telephone and its value in today’s B2B selling. Many would have you believe it does not work, which may be true for them but not for others. The view that modern selling is different, the phone is a relic.

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.

No One To Call? B t

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By Tibor Shanto. The tremors just keep on coming and people keep trying to adjust to the daily change. I understand the initial shock of facing a canyon of empty towers; every one has gone home. Seeming like they took all your opportunities with them. Maybe, but I doubt it.

It Really Is Time To Stop

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By Tibor Shanto. It’s no secret we exist to consume, choose your lens, B2B or B2C , the system survives on consumption. Out with the old, even if it works, and in with the new long before it truly does. But one can’t go on consuming without discarding things to make room for the new.

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When It Goes Sideways – A Book with Swagger

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By Tibor Shanto. Sometimes things fall into place even during a pandemic. This coming Monday, May 11, I have the pleasure of having Jeff Bajorek as my guest on the Sales Scrum podcast. It turns out that since that was recorded, he has written a new book you will want to grab.

You Need To Trust You

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By Tibor Shanto. Now that almost all of North America is back on the path to complete reopening, the hype machine is about to go into overdrive. As people ascend from their quarantine, fix up their hair, and realize their sales, or specifically quota retirement, needs attention.

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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.

More Than 20% Talk Time

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By Tibor Shanto. Prospecting is a different art than selling, some recognize that by splitting functions , others just ignore the reality. One area where it is truly black and white, is who speaks and listens in each event. Salespeople find it easy to apply one rule to most of their activities.

Are You Selling The Problem Or The Solution?

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By Tibor Shanto. Selling solutions is a great approach, but there is a key prerequisite for it to work. Buyers need to actually have or feel they have the problem purported to be solved. But if they don’t see the problem, they won’t need the solution.

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Value By Any Other Name

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By Tibor Shanto. There is no doubt that VALUE is central to sales success. Buyers are looking to maximize value, vendors are focused on delivering value, value, value. Yet, most sellers do not have a clear and – actionable definition for value.

New Legs On An Old Stool

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By Tibor Shanto. Some years ago, I wrote a piece about how you should lead a sale in a way that resembles a four-legged stool. The idea is to establish contact and some relationship with people across both the buying and selling organizations.

[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.

Cold Calling Isn’t Dead

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I had the opportunity to sit down with Nancy Calabrese, on her Conversational Selling. We chated keys to sales and prospecting success, as well as: Choosing to either fall for excuses or execute a strategy. Evaluating metrics, and what type of measurement is best. Utilizing voicemail effectively.

Don’t Forget The Follow Through

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By Tibor Shanto. Don’t roll your eyes, not another piece about remembering to reach out to a prospect or a client. I am speaking more of the follow-through in execution, completing the action that you initiate.

A Discovery Question You Should Always Ask

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By Tibor Shanto. Discovery is a great opportunity to not only dig in with the buyer but also get to the “Real” of the sale. There is a discovery question you should always ask. More importantly, it is an opportunity to differentiate yourself based on how you sell, not your product.

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What Is The Purpose Of Your Cold Call?

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By Tibor Shanto. The main reason salespeople hate telephone prospecting is rejection , anything else can immediately be drawn back to rejection. And while there is no avoiding rejection in prospecting, there are things you can do to turn things your way.

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.

5 Prospecting Mistakes You Can Avoid

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By Tibor Shanto. More often than not success is a question of mastering the simple and most common fundamentals. There is a reason why professional athletes practice the most likely things to happen versus the anomalies.

A Complete Prospecting System

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By Tibor Shanto. From the time of the first salesperson, sales leaders have been trying to figure out how to get their teams to prospect. In a recent survey, 42% of sales and corporate leaders identified prospecting as a skills gap in their organizations.

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Setting Expectations In A Low Barrier World

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By Tibor Shanto. I used to work with a fellow who insisted that I could reduce my frustration levels by reducing expectation. If I could accept to expect much less from people like him, I could avoid the disappointment of missed expectations.

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #11 – Guest Steve Gielda

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Sales Scrum Podcast Episode #11 – Guest Steve Gielda. Steve Gielda , is the co-founder and CEO of Ignite Selling, and someone I have been looking forward to having on the podcast. Most salespeople do not know why they win or lose deals. If they win it is their charm, personality, and relationship.

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.