Understanding the Sales Force

Data Shows Most Salespeople are Dinosaurs When it Comes to Social Selling

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Several recent LinkedIn posts have urged readers to pick up the phone instead of trying to find new opportunities by using social media. I wrote a very popular article about using the phone 3 years ago called, The Next Can't Miss Game Changer for Sales.

Great Example of Why Sales Success Is Not Always Transferable

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Would a NFL Quarterback make a good MLB pitcher? Would a star MLB hitter be a great Pro Golfer? Would an all-star NBA Center be an effective Lacrosse player?

Improper Use of BANT Will Cause You to Kill Opportunities

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I received an email asking me to check out an article on the Salesforce.com blog that features an infographic they hoped I would promote. The article focuses on the middle of the funnel and the handoff between marketing and sales.

Discovered - Data Reveals the Biggest Obstacle to Closing More Sales

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Humans have been waiting for thousands of years to discover the secrets of life. Why are we here? Why do bad things happen? What happens after we die? Is Heaven real? What is God's plan for us? While many experts have attempted to answer all of these questions, most of us lack proof. There's no data.

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An Inside Look Into Sales Development Practices in 2018

A peek into the experience and learning of a sales development representative for a first-hand understanding. An organization can benefit from these insights and improvise the working of the sales team accordingly for the new market.

Discovered - Data Reveals the Second Biggest Obstacle to Closing More Sales

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Whichever way you turn, wherever you look, and whatever you listen to there is data. Polls, surveys, metrics, analytics, analyses, white papers, graphs, charts, infographics, tables, spreadsheets and more. There is data everywhere.

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New Data Reveals Why Veteran Salespeople Are Not Better Than New Salespeople

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I mined Objective Management Group (OMG) data and compared salespeople who have been with their company for 10 years or more, with salespeople who have been with their company for five years or less. Theoretically, the veteran salespeople should be better and stronger in every way. But are they?

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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.

3 Tweaks to Your Sales Approach Are Steps Toward Sales Greatness

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Consider how frustrating it is to approach a traffic circle, or as we call them in Massachusetts, a rotary, during rush hour.

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What Is Sales Enablement and Why Should I Care?

Sales enablement is not really a new concept; it has been around for over 10 years. However, understanding the full application of sales enablement is a very different thing.

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

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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

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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.

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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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.

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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The 7 Things You Need to Know for Effective Sales Forecasting

Find out why waiting for perfection is costing you money.

Is the Sales Force Getting Dressed Up or are Real Changes Taking Place?

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Recently, I installed vented plastic garage floor tiles like those in the picture above to improve the look of our garage. It's the same garage, but now it looks awesome.

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What Salespeople Can Learn from Josh McDaniels Gutsy Reversal

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If you follow American football even a little, then you were paying attention this week when the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl VII.

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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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.

Your Next Sales Coach is a Machine

Speaker: Matt McDarby & Dan Smaida, Managing Directors, Specialized Sales Systems

World-class sales managers have long used creative means to solve for time and distance. In this webinar, you’ll learn how modern sales managers are using new technology plus old-school sales management to develop their people without burning out.

Easiest Way to Assess Degree of Sales Success

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Recently, I published an article that introduced a way to measure sales progress by means other than conventional numbers and metrics. Today, I received an email from a property leasing salesperson who had his own question about sales effectiveness.

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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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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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.".

Maximizing Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training. Still, many sales leaders report low ROIs from their sales training initiatives. So how can you ensure that your investment in sales training is producing excellent results? Join us for this complimentary webinar as Ray Makela, CEO at the Sales Readiness Group, discusses five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.

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.

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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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Top 4 Reasons Why Salespeople Suck at Consultative Selling.

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

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Found - The Best Sales Learning Methodologies

Speaker: Joe DiDonato, Chief of Staff, Baker Communcations, Inc

Finding the right learning approach for each topic you have to deliver to your learners can seem like a “problem of endless choices.” In this webinar, corporate learning expert, Joe DiDonato, shares how his teams solved these problems, as well as how new educational technology (EdTech) is changing the sales landscape for all of us. He will also tell you what he shared with the Venture Capitalist community on how to pick which EdTech technologies will likely succeed based on educational research. Joe is an engaging storyteller that uses easy-to-understand language, who promises to share what methods succeeded and which methods failed over his long career.

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.

How Companies Routinely Short Change Their Own Sales Force

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

Speaker: Mike Kunkle, Vice President, Sales Transformation Services, Fast Lane Digital

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!)

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.

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.

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?

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.

How Video Learning Is Transforming Skill Mastery in Sales

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 in sales. Join us as we delve into how technology advancements in learning are changing the game and why it’s critical to sales success.