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Four Four-Letter Words To Banish from your Sales Vocabulary

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By Tibor Shanto. I have often said that the schoolyard taunt “ sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me ,” doesn’t hold up in sales. Words can kill you, your pipeline, and career.

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Let’s Not Confuse Pipeline Trends with Individual Opportunities

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By Tibor Shanto. Data-driven models in sales can be a double-edged sword. While they do help create focus, especially across large swaths of data and opportunities, they also have limitations.

Account-Based Success

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The Pipeline Guest Post – Scott Miller. Like most in our profession, I am a big fan of account-based sales and marketing. According to the ITSMA, 87% of respondents agreed Account-Based methodologies deliver a higher ROI than other marketing activities.

Don’t Ask Them That!

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By Tibor Shanto. I understand connecting with decision-makers or influencers is a challenge, we are all looking for good ideas. But some things sellers are told to do are not just silly but can cost them opportunities. See what I mean: [link]. Please, don’t ask them that.

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.

Winning Your Prospect’s Prospect

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By Tibor Shanto. We’re all familiar with the expression “ The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Not a moto for successful selling and retention, but maybe it has some purpose. At the core, the concept points how two unrelated parties can band together for a common cause.

Does Your Pipeline Get a Paid Vacation?

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By Tibor Shanto. Excuses like everything else are subject to seasonality. For example, when I ask some reps why they are not prospecting, I’ll get different excuse based on time of year and state of their pipeline. In August, the excuse of choice is by far vacations.

What’s Your Time Worth

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By Tibor Shanto. Ask most salespeople what their time is worth, or if they value their time, and they respond in the affirmative. But as is often the case, the observable behaviour says something different.

Own Your Time

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By Tibor Shanto. Time is a truly critical element of sales success, yet too many take a very passive approach to their time. If not careful, time can be stolen by or wasted on the wrong opportunities.

Your Reaction To Objections Is Hardwired

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By Tibor Shanto. Our reaction to rejection is hardwired on a primal level. This means it is about managing yourself and your reactions, and less about managing the objection. You are better off learning to control your emotion, and think through the issue, and rely on your process.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

Rejection Limiting Your Success?

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By Tibor Shanto. There is a line in the original animated Aladdin when Jafar states, “You’ll be surprised what you can live through.” ” Something that can also be used to describe sales and prospecting.

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Ignoring The Buyers’ State of Readiness

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By Tibor Shanto. I’d like you to take a look at the marketing material or collateral you use to prospect and sell. For many, you will find one piece or set aimed at your market. Some will have iterations based on the role of someone in the decision process.

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Your Numbers Suck

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By Tibor Shanto. You hear it said a lot in different fields of endeavour, “their numbers” or “his numbers” suck. Told in the abstract about a ballplayer you can understand what they mean.

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The Best Stories Are Told By Buyers

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Fulfilling Today's (Changing) eLearning Needs

Speaker: Bryan Marriott, President, P1 Learning

eLearning cannot be a “one size fits all” proposition. It’s not enough to post 1,000+ courses and leave training up to chance. Join Bryan Marriott, President of P1 Learning, as he walks through the process of identifying learner needs, and then delivering training that specifically addresses those needs – in a short, effective, and entertaining manner.

Turn Pains Into Priorities

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By Tibor Shanto. While some may argue, salespeople are people, with all the pluses and minuses that come with that. One thing about people you can count on, is they usually find what they are looking for while ignoring the rest.

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Look At Objections From A Different Direction

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By Tibor Shanto. I hate objections, and I bet you don’t wake up looking to be rejected first thing in the morning, and then have to work the rest of the day.

How They Make Decisions – Not How They Buy

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By Tibor Shanto. I don’t think many salespeople are pleased that there are more people than ever involved in any given B2B buying decision. What’s the last count, 6.8 people ? OK, it’s a b h, but it has been a b h for a few years now, time to move on.

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The Telephone In The Age Of Asynchronous Prospecting

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By Tibor Shanto. We all know the expression “the calm before the storm”, but most of us in sales experience the reverse. Selling can feel like the storm before the calm, with the calm is always “just around the corner”.

4 Steps to Developing Your Customer Care Strategy

The quality of a customer care strategy can make or break a company, but simply resolving a customer service issue or complaint is no longer enough. Learn the 4 steps that address the major points you need to consider when building a customer care roadmap.

Better Use Of Your Time

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By Tibor Shanto. On Tuesday I posted about the need for salespeople to own their own time. Had a number of folks reach out to see what steps they can take to ensure they are maximizing from this resource.

Make It Small

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By Tibor Shanto. Not a popular refrain among sales types, which may explain why nearly half of B2B reps will miss quota this year. In a world obsessed with ‘big,’ even more so than sales success, make it small may seem counter-intuitive.

Maximize Every Prospecting Call

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By Tibor Shanto. Every mode of communication offers opportunities for proactive prospectors, which is why you don’t want to skip the phone. The phone offers a number of advantages absent from email, LinkedIn and other social platforms. It creates contact between two human beings.

Stop Blowing Half Your First Calls!

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By Tibor Shanto. Prospects expect to see product/demo and pricing on the first call. Rather than accepting this pathetic stat, our focus should be on changing the cause. I mean seriously, what are you saying to have these two things pop up so early in the cycle? Stop blowing half your first calls!

Sales Training That Gets Results – With or Without Classroom ILT

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, VP Sales Enablement Services, SPASIGMA

Most sales ILT (instructor-led training) has historically not been very effective, if we consider “effective” to mean “changes behavior, improves results, or produces a ROI.” In this webinar, sales enablement expert Mike Kunkle will break down how modern technology removes the need for ILT in sales training - and will also explain how to effectively integrate ILT into your modern training, if you want to continue using it!

Plan B or No Plan B?

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By Tibor Shanto. I recently saw a photo of a protest addressing climate change, that read “There’s No Planet B.” Technically and scientifically speaking I am sure there is a Planet B, but the point was not lost. We best figure things out cause there no second chances.

Email Should Serve Not Disturb

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So, Where’s The Revenue?

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By Tibor Shanto. When you look at a football team, you would figure that if a team is in possession more time, running more yards than before, you would see more touchdowns and wins.

Have We Lost The Art Of Decision Making?

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By Tibor Shanto. There is a lot written about what has changed in sales, no doubt a lot has, but when you look at results, not much evidence. Given all the noise about better ways to sell, one would expect better outcomes, but they are not.

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Supercharge Your Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO, Sales Readiness Group, and David Jacoby, President, Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training, but many sales leaders report a low ROI from their sales training initiatives. Join us, along with Ray Makela and David Jacoby from Sales Readiness Group, as they break down the five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.

Stop Jumping Ahead Of Objections

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By Tibor Shanto. Are you one of these reps who likes jumping ahead of objections, or just likes to jump in all over? link]. The post Stop Jumping Ahead Of Objections appeared first on TiborShanto.com. 01 - Prospecting 06 - Objection Handling Objection Handling Prospecting Tibor Shanto

Best Time To Prospect?

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By Tibor Shanto. With regularity, most active sales trainers and I get the following question: “When is the best time to prospect?”.

Your Weapon Of Continuous Success

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By Tibor Shanto. Overcoming challenges to success is a life skill, not a nice to have. But many struggle to figure out to breakthrough and grow beyond their comfort zone. What most don’t recognize is that they already possess the skills and knowledge to face and overcome challenges.

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A B2B Buyer’s ‘Do’s and Done’s’

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By Tibor Shanto. We know the filters we apply to given scenarios directly impact the outcome, more correctly, our view of the outcome. The more aligned we are to the buyer’s perspective, the more effective we can be in introducing insights. Insights that inform the buyer based on their objectives.

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2019 State of Sales Coaching: Managers, Reps, and Enablement Pros Weigh In

Speaker: Henry Bruckstein, Founder at Canam Research, and Jake Miller, Product Marketing Manager at Allego

Virtually every sales organization sees the value of good sales coaching. So why do so few organizations do it systematically and well? Join Henry Bruckstein, Founder of Canam Research, and Jake Miller, product marketing manager at Allego, to learn why--and more--from the new 2019 State of Sales Coaching survey. Our speakers will synthesize the different views from sales reps, managers and sales enablement pros to uncover common areas of misalignment, proven methods to overcome coaching barriers, and the best coaching approach for you.

To Err Is Human

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By Tibor Shanto. I have written in the past about how “ perfection is overrated.” The quicker you realize that the more productive you’ll be. As with many things in sales, it comes down to focus. There is no secret that I am big on execution, but always with the question “To what end?”

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Move The Close Date – Not The Open Date

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By Tibor Shanto. Salespeople are preoccupied with closing; makes sense, that seems to be where the pay-off is for everyone, at times even the prospect. However, the biggest challenge most sales organizations have is not closing but opening.

Sales Lessons Learned at the Movies

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By Tibor Shanto. It is not uncommon for people to use movies to make a point; those of us in the trade can all point to sales lessons learned at the movies. There are a lot of films that people like to point to as a means of highlighting a critical element of selling.

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Don’t Make It Sound So Negative

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By Tibor Shanto. Commodity, the word is like Kryptonite for salespeople, say it out loud, and you can see their social status and sales erode. Somehow over the years, the word has come to be something negative in sales.

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.