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8-Year Old Houston Astros Fan Demonstrates a Huge Secret of Sales Success

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Walter and I attended a recent Boston Red Sox / Houston Astros game at Fenway Park. It was my first visit to Fenway Park since 2019 and it was exciting to see most of the seats filled.

Why Sales Transformation Achieves Better Results Than Sales Training Alone

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You finally have that big new 4K flat screen mounted on your wall but now the movie you are streaming isn't sharp because your inconsistent internet connection negatively affects the resolution and the big screen makes it even more obvious.

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Will Salespeople Travel or Continue to Work Remotely in 2022?

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May 29 was the day that nearly all COVID restrictions were lifted here Massachusetts. How liberating! Or so I thought. I went to the grocery store and was stunned to discover that I was the only person in the store not wearing a mask.

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How to Become More Successful One Day at a Time

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You can find inspiration anywhere. Even in a book called, A Year of Playing Catch. Tom Schaff was nice enough to send me a copy of this book and there was the inspiration, right there on page 128. Why would someone from the world of sales care about a page out of a baseball book?

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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.

10 Critical Best Practices for Your Sales Force in This Crisis

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We are in week 6 of lockdown, week 8 of voluntary work-from-home, while adapting, guiding and directing companies who still need to sell their products and services to generate revenue. At this point sales is about so much more than generating revenue for profit or to keep employees working.

New Data Shows an Overlooked Finding Correlates to Sales Effectiveness

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We use remote deposit, a terrific convenience for depositing checks from the desktop without going to the bank. The only problem is that the software that runs the check scanner isn't compatible with the Mac OS.

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Found! The Caliper vs OMG Comparison: Which Sales Candidate Assessment is More Predictive?

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Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Yesterday, I received two assessments for the same candidate: one from Objective Management Group (OMG) and one from Caliper.

MUST READ: Are Assessments as Evil as the Persona Movie Suggests?

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Suppose you made a movie about cars and decided to feature the 1970's era Ford Pinto, arguably the most dangerous car ever made.

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The Keys to Fourth Quarter Sales Success in 2020

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You're probably going to hate this article! I'm going to show you that much of what is transpiring with the Pandemic could be having a greater impact than you realize relative to the future state of your business and you might not like what I have to say.

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 the Future of Selling Resemble Won't Resemble the Past

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It's April 17 and nearly every salesperson is selling from home. It's just temporary, right? Maybe. But what if it's not? According to the President, Vice-President, Scientists and some Governors, the economy will begin reopening in stages, perhaps as soon as May 1.

Selling Over Video - The Six Things You Must Do Next to Improve Your Look

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At this point, most salespeople have accepted that the majority of their sales "calls" will take place over Zoom or similar video platform. However, accepting the reality of video selling, and maximizing that video selling for effectiveness, are two completely different things.

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31 Conditions That Predict Your Sales Opportunity is in Trouble

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Long article for the weekend. In December I took delivery on my all-time favorite new car and I've been driving my Genesis GV80 for four months now.

New Movie Has 3 Great Lessons for Salespeople and Sales Managers

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Among all the product shortages we have experienced in the past ten months, there has been no shortage of crappy movies.

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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.

FDR and Sir Isaac Newton on Why Salespeople Fail

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There we were, in the dark, in the middle of a hotel parking lot, at 3:45 AM. The hotel fire alarm went off and we didn't want to ignore the warning that was so loud my wife and I couldn't hear each other speak. Why was every other guest in the hotel parking lot with us?

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Crappy Salespeople and Lack of Urgency Alignment  - The Bob Chronicles Part 4

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We shouldn't really discuss that time you were in a meeting when, without warning, you had about 10 seconds to get yourself to the nearest restroom or you would need to drive home for a wardrobe change.

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My Dog Has Better Listening Skills Than Most Salespeople and I'll Prove It

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Short article today. Prospects don't pay a lot of attention so the less you say the better. It helps them listen and comprehend more of what you share with them when you use fewer words. But prospects aren't the only ones who don't listen. Salespeople don't listen very well either.

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Data - Top Salespeople are 631% More Effective at This Than Weak Salespeople (The Bob Chronicles - Part 3)

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Just before dark each day a Fox visits our property and drives our dog, Dinger, crazy. If you don't know Dinger, you can learn about his listening skills in this article. Last week, the Fox stole Dinger's green ball, brought it home to his own family, and that really pissed off Dinger!

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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.

The Real Reason Why So Many Salespeople are So Bad at Selling

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Would you like to start a business? Can't figure out what business to start? I have three ideas for you: In the past four weeks, I have tried and tried and tried to get a glass company to replace the tabletop for a large outdoor patio table after the glass exploded in an early April storm.

The Problem With Having Crappy Sales Managers

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The lettering above the dials of our LG washing machine (pictured above when new) have worn off. I went online believing I could get a replacement decal and while LG does not provide replacements, they will replace the entire front panel for $125.

15 Lessons Learned from Converting a Multi-Day Conference to a Virtual Online Event

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What a month it's been! Not only how the Covid-19 virus has changed our lives and sent us to work from home, but how we are conducting our businesses from home.

15 Things Salespeople Must Do to Make up for a Lackluster 2nd Quarter

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Last week we moved our son into his dorm to begin his freshman year of college. The college President's opening remarks were virtual, so we joined the Zoom stream from our hotel room and listened in.

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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.

The $225,000 Selling Mistake Most Salespeople Make

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I'm going to share the story of a real salesperson and his current, real opportunity, but change the names of everyone involved. I hear stories like this every day but this particular one happens way too often.

Top 10 Reasons Not to Test Your Sales Candidates

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Testing. Testing 1234. Testing. Check, check, check. How do I sound? Testing 12345. Dave Kurlan sales hiring sales recruiting HR hiring recruiting assessment omg sales test personality test

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New: The 21 Sales Core Competencies for 2020 And Beyond

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Had an update lately? I get an Office 365 update on Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote at least every week. It seems half of them are to fix something that broke in the previous release. Apple updates the operating systems of their various devices on a fairly regular basis.

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The Baseball Experience That Continues to Generate a 28% Increases in Sales

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32 years ago, back in the winter of 1989, I experienced one of the most memorable weeks of my life. I attended Red Sox Fantasy Camp where campers like me, all greater than 30 years old and most a LOT older than that, were treated to an incredible baseball experience.

[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.

My Simple COVID Relief Plan Actually Provides Relief

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Today's post has nothing to do with selling, but is indirectly related because some of the businesses that have been hurt by the pandemic and the government's shut downs have sales organizations. In the US, the so-called COVID relief bill passed the house and we learned that only 9% of the 1.9

How Gas Grills, Gardening, Masks, and Baseball Mimic Your Sales Team

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Some random thoughts from the weekend and its impact on sales teams. We have a twenty-year old gas grill built-in to a stone wall on our back patio and this year I decided to replace all of the components. New burners, new heat plates, new briquettes, new grates, new ignitor, and new wiring.

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How Pitchers Fielding Practice is Exactly the Same as Salespeople Role-Playing

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It's short article Friday. Less is more. My Twitter feed had the funniest 1-minute baseball video I have ever seen. It was pitcher fielding practice (PFP) and the coach was miked up.

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The Crucial Step Missing from Most Sales Training Programs

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Most companies don't understand that crappy customer service is really a sales issue. When a company's customer service is thoughtful, helpful, kind and thorough, that great customer service actually serves the sales organization.

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.

Key to Successfully Hiring Salespeople: Getting it Right Versus Getting it Over With

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I'll get to the content related to the title, but first, some context. Dave Kurlan sales hiring sales recruiting HR human resources sales leadership hiring salespeople sales assessements

How to Get Your Audience to Fall in Love With Your Virtual Event

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Do you remember April 1, 2020? The entire world was in lockdown and at Objective Management Group (OMG) we had just ten days to figure out how to convert our annual four-day international conference for sales experts to a three-day virtual event over Zoom.

Data Shows That Your Sales Team is No Different Than Your Lawn

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I just love it when our lawn looks gorgeous - thick, lush, and green, green, green. Getting it looking that good requires fertilizing, aerating, thatching, over seeding, and frequent mowing, all things better suited to the landscaping company than me. Of course, some sun and water help too.

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Two Selling Strategies That are More Effective Than Facts and Figures

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I hope this is one of my more entertaining articles, although most of the enjoyment will come from the links within. Each year around this time I start thinking about Baseball because I miss it so much.

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.