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10 Ways to Determine if Your Sales Prospect was Engaged

Understanding the Sales Force

It was like losing my favorite pair of gym shorts, forgetting where I parked my car, or not being able to get my computer to restart. The past week presented me with its share of technology challenges.

When Good Prospects Can be Worse Than Tough Prospects

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I was on the way to a meeting and the traffic was stop and go - not moving for a minute, then back up to 30 MPH, and then back to a dead stop. I've been driving since 1972 and have driven in all kinds of conditions.

What You Should Know When Your Cold Prospect Suddenly Returns From the Dead

Understanding the Sales Force

Last week I wrote about the deep freeze, why prospects suddenly go cold , and how you can prevent that from happening. That article was instantly as popular as any I have ever written.

Measure Change in Sales Effectiveness without Numbers and Metrics

Understanding the Sales Force

We want to get better at selling and as sales leaders we want our salespeople to improve. We need them to improve. We hope that training and coaching and sales ennoblement tools will get us there.

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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.

Glue - The Missing Element That Makes Every Sales Training Initiative Successful

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I still conduct a limited amount of training with some of my personal clients. We work with companies in more than 200 industries, from startups to multi-billion dollar corporations, that call on every possible vertical and decision maker, in nearly every geography across the globe.

Can Sales Statistics be Bad and Good at the Same Time?

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I received two pieces of bad news about some horrible statistics. The first is about my award-winning Blog. It seems that readers stay with an article for an average of only one-minute or so.

3 Lessons that Apply to Every Sales Call No Matter What You Sell

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It's a family tradition that each December we attend the Boston Ballet's performance of the Nutcracker. It's truly a magical show and even though the primary dancers change from year to year, the execution of the show's script and musical score is flawless.

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Which is Worse - Crappy Salespeople or Crappy Sales Managers?

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In his book, The Art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki said, "Don't Worry, Be Crappy.". That advice suggested that companies just get their early versions of software and tech products out there and they could make them better later.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

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

What Happens When You Force a Square Sales Peg into a Round Sales Hole?

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Can you imagine attaching a snow plow to a Lamborghini and hiring yourself out to clear parking lots? Back in April I wrote that we had gotten a new puppy. He's a year old now and has grown - a lot - but could you imagine putting a saddle on him and selling rides on the beach?

Predictions for 2018 - The Sales Triad Will Provide Record Sales Growth

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How Your Salespeople Measure Up in the 21 Most Crucial Sales Competencies for Modern Selling

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Image Copyright BrianAJackson. Over the years I've debunked a number of articles that cited nothing but junk science.

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Would You Like to be Selling Guns Right Now?

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In the current social and political environment, can you even imagine what it must be like to be a salesperson working to sell memberships for the NRA? How about selling guns for Smith & Wesson, Glock, Colt, Sturm Ruger, or Beretta?

Sales Effectiveness - How to Win Every RFP That You Respond To

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Image Copyright Gustavofrazao. I am amazed by the sheer number of salespeople who believe they must respond to an RFP, RFQ or RFI. The resources, including people, time and money, required to respond to the specs from just one of these requests is daunting.

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Learning Technology from WWII to Today – How Video Learning Is Transforming Skill Mastery

Speaker: Pat D'Amico, Founder and CEO, About-Face Development

Video learning is not new, but the marriage of video learning and today’s technology is transforming our ability to achieve skill mastery. Join us as we delve into how technology advancements in learning are changing the game and why it’s critical to organizational success.

How to Write a Sales Email That Works

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I receive so many unsolicited emails each day that it makes my head spin. Most of them, like the cold calls I get, are simply horrible. Delete. Delete. Delete. Block. Unsubscribe. This week I received the daily double - a cold call with an identical, corresponding email.

How to Get New Salespeople to Take Off Like a Rocket Ship

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Image Copyright iStock Photos. Several of my recent conversations with sales leaders have focused on how to quickly and effectively and efficiently get new salespeople up to speed and help them to have an immediate impact.

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How Companies Routinely Short Change Their Own Sales Force

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30 Interesting Non-Selling Subjects to Make You Better at Selling

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I was sitting next to a guy who knows that our son is one of the best ball players in his age group in New England. He is from the former Soviet Union and when he told me that he tought his son to play catch I was confused.

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The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

12 Reasons They Didn't Like You Enough to Buy From You

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Image Copyright iStock. Everyone has had this happen.probably more than once. You worked hard and smart, thought you did a great job, expected to win the business, but didn't. Later, you learned that the prospect "Didn't really like your style.".

14 Sales Topics That Readers Cared About Most in 2017

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As 2017 comes to a close and we prepare for 2018, there are two things I do each year that have been very popular. The first is to list the most popular articles of the year which I'll share below.

9 Reasons Why Salespeople Lack the Urgency Necessary to Succeed

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I was in the right-hand lane of very slow moving traffic because of a lane closure ahead, marked by orange cones. I was along side the cones in the lane where traffic was merging left. All of a sudden, a police siren and flashing lights were upon me but I had nowhere to go.

Distraction Engagement and Selling Efficiency

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Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization.

How Studying Baseball Video is Identical to Coaching Salespeople

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Image Copyright ColorCarnival. We just completed a two-day Sales Leadership Intensive and that's always a great experience for the sales leaders who attend.

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The Perfect Day for a Salesperson - 10 Ways to be More Efficient and Effective in 2018

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Top 4 Reasons Why Salespeople Suck at Consultative Selling.

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What it Takes to be an Elite (Top 7%) Salesperson

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Last week I received a call from a young, motivated salesperson - we'll call him Jim - who desperately wanted to be one of the elite 7% of all salespeople. Despite being just 26 years old, he believed that he was already in the top 7%. During our call, he asked me a great question.

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Matt Heinz explains how to attract, manage, close and keep more business in a buyer-centric world.

How Salespeople Must Run Stop Signs and Red Lights - Legally

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Image Copyright iStock Photos. There is one simple thing you can do each day that will dramatically improve your sales effectiveness. But you don't think it's possible to do what the title says, do you?

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#MeToo, now #TimesUp.

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But, much to my delight and surprise, the #MeToo movement didn’t quite fall into obscurity. Instead, it took on a sort of life of its own; over and over, we started to. Enlightened Society Equal Rights Inspiring (Wow) Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Today Only.


New Analysis Shows the 5 Biggest Gaps Between Top and Bottom Sales Performers

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Image Copyright Cybrain. It didn't take very long for this to happen. When Objective Management Group (OMG) announced that it was making its findings data available to the public, we knew that it wouldn't take long for someone with a flair for analytics to dig in and come up with something cool.

The 5 Biggest Sales Hiring Mistakes and the Top 5 Resume Claims That are Fake

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Image Copyright iStock Photos. I always enjoy reading articles that expose things I don't know about topics I enjoy, like 7 Unsung Built-in Gems in Mac OS X.

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From Sales Enablement to Sales Performance: Moving the Needle on the Metrics That Matter

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, Vice President, Sales Transformation Services, Digital Transformation, Inc.

More than 8 analyst firms, the Association for Talent Development, and the Sales Enablement Society have all defined “sales enablement” – each slightly differently. In hundreds of organizations, the sales enablement function is run differently, with a different focus, responsibilities, and initiatives. To make matters worse, according to a 2017 study by CSO Insights, “Sales enablement is a growing trend, but sales performance is not improving. Clearly, something is missing.” What’s missing is a clear focus on driving measurable improvement in sales performance and the expertise required to truly move the needle on the metrics that matter. Want to step up, separate yourself from the pack, and maximize your company’s investment in Sales Enablement? Then join sales transformation expert Mike Kunkle for this webinar (where your questions are welcomed and expected!)

Increase Your Odds of a Successful Sales Hire by 368%

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Why You Should Care That Sales Motivation Data Correlates Perfectly With Sales Effectiveness

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Image Copyright iStock Photos. What was your reaction when you saw that the water in Tampa Bay was sucked away by Hurricane Irma? How about when you saw the total eclipse? Or the Cajun Army rescuing thousands in Houston?

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B2B Salespeople Send 16,000+ Unqualified Proposals Each Day!

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If you have a role in sales or sales leadership then what could be better than knowing exactly how you and/or your salespeople REALLY compare with the other salespeople in your industry or in the world?

5 Keys to Get Prospects to Trust You and Then Buy From You

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For most of 2017 those of us in the US have been inundated with political news. That means lots of talking points (or spin) and of course talking points and selling go hand and hand, right? Dave Kurlan credibility Trust of Salespeople Donald Trump talking points nancy pelosi chuck schumer

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