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Should B2B Sales Be A Licensed Profession?

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By Tibor Shanto. There is a lot discussed about how sales and selling has changed over the years, be it the tech around sales, social attitudes changing what is acceptable and what no longer works due to many factors.

A Means to an End

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By Tibor Shanto. One of the most stressful moments for most salespeople comes at the point when they have to decide whether or not to go around someone they have been dealing with to that point, be they client or prospect.

Buyers Don’t Have To Take Your Call

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By Tibor Shanto. Truer words were never said, right, but that does not stop the tears for those who live it every day and struggle to engage with enough opportunities to drive their pipeline and results.

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Who Are We Fooling?

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By Tibor Shanto. A bit of fantasy is good for the soul; it would hard to get through days and projects if not for a little mental cheating and false illusions; it is entirely another to base your own or your company’s future on it. Stats – The Drug of Choice.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

Selling Above The Crowd

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By Tibor Shanto. A few weeks back I wrote about the state of sales from a broader and collective perspective , spoiler alert: we have issues.

Social Selling Suicide!

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By Tibor Shanto. I know you may think I have the title wrong, but I mean it, it seems social selling is dying and just stinking out the neighborhood. I have read my share of “cold calling is dead” articles, and what made them amusing is that they were all emotion based.

3 Reasons You Want an Objection on Prospecting Calls

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By Tibor Shanto. Fear of rejection can be paralyzing for many B2B sellers, it has prevented many from picking up the phone, or abandoning call way too soon. Fear of rejections trumps all potential positive outcomes.

How To Answer The Only Question That Counts

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By Tibor Shanto. Last week in this blog I made the argument that sellers have to answer one question above all, the one all buyers other than owners and Board Chairmans or Persons to be somewhat PC, the question: “ If I go ahead with this, will I get fired?

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Get Out Of Yourself!

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By Tibor Shanto. We all would agree, I hope, that actions speak louder than just talk; that success in sales comes from action or execution. So when what one says is in direct contrast to their action, how they execute, it is a concern, but also an explanation as to why despite all the advice available, many in sales are stuck in a rut, sustained only by a healthy market.

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How to Nail a Prospecting Call

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By Tibor Shanto. Sure, how many times have you seen that from pundits and talking heads like me. Well, I don’t claim to have any secrets, offer cracked codes or other usual empty promises.

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.

The Worst 4 Letter Words In Sales

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By Tibor Shanto. No need to go to the gutter right away, there is a lot to be said for words in sales before we have to go blue. Given that there so many words, every day bringing more, that the word we’ll focus on today is a proxy for words rather than just one guilty word. The word I am talking about is talk, and the often silly way sellers use words, but more specifically the obsession to be delivering words, talking, sometimes (usually), jusf for the sake of talking. Fear of Silence.

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Have You Asked Yourself That?

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By Tibor Shanto. Questions, specifically in sales, are like burgers, some are surprisingly satisfying, exceeding expectations, others leave underwhelmed, asking yourself why you bothered, again? In both, it’s down to how much strategy, planning, preparation, we do in advance; then the quality of execution, followed by review, and then over again.

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Voice-Mail – The Original Inbound Appointment Machine

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By Tibor Shanto. I do a lot of work with organizations trying to improve their prospecting, and the piece they look to from me is the telephone component of a robust prospecting routine.

It’s A Process Not The Bible

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By Tibor Shanto. A sales process is a document that attempts to bring a roadmap, some objective order to an otherwise all too subjective affair. It is not a divine document passed on to Chuck Heston by a white-bearded guy or your VP of Sales.

The Dynamics Of Objections

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By Tibor Shanto. No one like objections, including those who have learned to see objections as a means of moving the call forward, they just understand, appreciate and leverage pushback differently than those who are crushed by the same response.

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.

The Human Side Of Prospecting

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By Tibor Shanto. The challenge with prospecting is that it takes place between two human beings, and as with anything human, subjectivity instantly and permanently plagues it.

Turn Your Voice Mails Upside Down

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By Tibor Shanto. Sometimes it takes someone else to say something different about a familiar process, or thing, for us realize we are not as smart or executing as we thought. In this case, it was it was someone who was willing to take a technique even further in a way that leads to more significant results. In this case, how to improve voicemail success; specifically, in ways which lead to more returned calls when leaving messages. Not For The Faint Of Heart.

I Need Some Help

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. Despite the state of discourse in general these days, in a one on one settings, like a sales meeting for instance, most people are helpful by nature.

Pipeline – Stand And Defend

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. Lately I have had a chance to sit in on a number of “opportunity reviews”, and it is interesting how the format and tools have changed, the plot and the theme have not changed much beyond the costumes, props, and players. Real or Fantasy.

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.

What’s My Future In Sales?

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. There is a lot of discussion around the role of technology in sales, advances in AI (you decide what the A stands for), and its impact on the role of and future of sales people.

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The Only Question You Have To Answer

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By Tibor Shanto. Usually, with a teaser title like this, I would build the argument then the conclusion. Let me start by giving the question first, probably lose half of you, but I hope to hear from the rest of you and have a dialogue about how you may apply it. Here we go: With one exception, for many rare, there is only one question you have to answer as a seller. There is a second, but it doesn’t matter if you can’t get past the first. Will I Get Fired? Will I save?

No Pain – No Game?

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . Despite all the tools available, both for sales people to execute their craft, and for companies to “enable” them, the narrative for many in sales has remained woefully unchanged over the last thirty years.

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Make Voice Mail Work For You In Prospecting

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . Sales people are strange when it comes to prospecting, specifically telephone prospecting.

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.

Getting Time On Your Side

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . If you manage hang on for another week, I assure you that there is life after the election, and what is waiting on the other side is not the end of the world, but the end of your sales year.

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The Easiest Path To Change

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By Tibor Shanto. Change is hard, and sales are all about change, and salespeople are always looking for the easiest way to get things done. Quite the mix!

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Solving The Symptom Not The Cause

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By Tibor Shanto. Prospecting for new opportunities is a tense activity especially telephone prospecting. There are so many variables, too many things we can not predict or control.

Scripting Prospecting Success

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . There are a lot of things sellers say in the course of telephone prospecting.

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!

There Are No Rules In Sales

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . It’s hard not to laugh sometimes when I hear sales people say something like “Well, it’s supposed to go like this…”, or “I was told to do it that way, cause when we do that the prospects do…” But instead I am empathetic to their plight and innocence.

The Easiest Person To Lie To Is Yourself

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . I hear a lot of talk in sales about lying, not so much about how they may lie to win business, but in broader terms. We have all heard the use of “buyers are liars”, or its popular cousin “sellers are liars”.

Time To Get Around To It

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca.

Risk vs. Uncertainty

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. Risk and certainty are not the same, but listening to the way many speak, it is easy to get the impression that even native English speakers often mix and interchange the two.

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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.

Phone Prospecting – Cool and Not Cool

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . People talk about prospecting as though it is open to interpretation, it should not be. Prospecting is the act of engaging with someone with the purpose of initiating a sales cycle.

Who Is Your Best Prospect?

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . On Monday, I posted about understanding and knowing the very next thing that needs to happen if a specific opportunity is to move forward to becoming a client.

How Productive Is Your Sales Stack?

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca .

Are You Too Busy to Succeed?

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By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca . While it may not always seem that way, sales is not that complicated, notwithstanding what pundits and also rans will tell you.

Using Connected Device Data to Improve Sales

Speaker: Charlie Isaacs, CTO for Customer Connection at Salesforce

Now that you've figured out how to connect your products and devices to the cloud, how do you prove that your investment will pay off? Discover the power of Smart CRM, and find out how companies are leveraging the best ideas from Software as a Service to provide Customer Experience as a Service.