December, 2020

Embracing New Sales Traditions in 2020


Covid has changed everything. From sales processes to how we celebrate holidays, there has been no area left untouched by this pandemic.

Adapting to the Realities of Remote Sales

Integrity Solutions

As customers get more comfortable with buying virtually, their expectations are going to continue to go up. And that means, when it comes to remote sales, your team needs to keep raising its game. Remote sales is the reality for most companies now, and likely will be for the foreseeable future.


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Hedgehog Your Sales Organization


Years ago, while I was working for a company in the sales trenches, a fellow salesperson was always struggling to make his number. He would fight and claw to get approval on small opportunities that were not really in our sweet spot. Sales Management

Hosting a Virtual Kickoff: 5 Keys to an Engaging Event

Sales Benchmark Index

This time last year, SBI released the research report “Sales Kickoffs are Dead,” and revealed how to host a world-class acceleration summit for your employees. The same principles still apply — create an environment that motivates your team and activates.

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75% of World Trade Flows Through Indirect Channels - Are You Enabling the Right People?

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years – and ecosystems are the main reason why. With the vast majority of business conducted through indirect channels around the world and given structural changes in our economy (before and after COVID-19), new buying journeys, subscription/consumption models, marketplace growth, and emerging technologies, most firms are now considering partner enablement as the key ingredient to survival (and success). The future of partnership ecosystems will be focused on driving intra-firm value creation, network effects, and partner co-innovation – a huge opportunity for firms to grow the right partners and enable them effectively.

Our Award-Winning Article

Mr. Inside Sales

In case you missed this, I received the following email last week: Dear Mike: The people have spoken and your article, “3 Keys to Dealing with Difficult Prospects,” has won 2nd place in our 2020 Sales Pro Central MVP Awards Social Selling category!”

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Increasing Sales: The G2 Formula

Anthony Cole Training

Lots of people talk about goals and having a plan to achieve said goals. And there is lots of information out there about how important it is to have an tracking system in place to make sure you execute your plan effectively. But what about the GRIND required to increase sales and achieve success?

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It’s Exciting to Manage a Multi-Generational Workforce

No More Cold Calling

Why entitlement may actually be a good thing. Remember when your parents told you to turn down that loud, obnoxious music? Actually, they yelled, because otherwise you wouldn’t have heard them. They griped about “kids today” and wondered what this next generation was coming to.

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

Understanding the Sales Force

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.

How to Update Your Pricing and Packaging for Digital Selling

Sales Benchmark Index

There’s no doubt that the pandemic has permanently impacted daily life in every way. It’s also clear that corporate digital transformation is accelerating in every way. After all, in 2019, many enterprise sales calls absolutely had to be in person.

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!

Holiday Sale!

Mr. Inside Sales

Still hoping you’ll get what you want this holiday season? Why risk it? Give yourself the gift that will keep on giving in 2021 and beyond: A proven way to make more money, with less rejection, selling over the phone!

Four Specific Steps To A Better 2021

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. As we head into 2021 there are a number of challenges and more opportunities for professional sellers. While the ability to adapt and evolve is key in times like we are presented these days. And so is the need and ability to apply the fundamentals, albeit with a new twist.

Identifying and Hiring Top Sales Talent

Anthony Cole Training

Finding and hiring great sales talent is difficult. There are many characteristics you must ensure a candidate has in order to be successful with your organization. However, there are a few key attributes you need to look for during the interview process to increase you likelihood of hiring success.

Responding to the Digital Sales Shift

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Paul Nolan Nick Kavadellas is thankful for golf, not only because he’s enjoyed playing it for years, but also because it is one of the few face-to-face selling tools he has continued using during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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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.

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

Understanding the Sales Force

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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A Proven Planning Framework From Market-Leading CEOs

Sales Benchmark Index

Over the past several months, SBI’s latest research has unpacked how market-leading CEOs have responded to market disruption and how they approach planning for 2021. Those identified as “Accelerators” have not only managed to thrive in the face of adversity.

A Christmas Story For You

Mr. Inside Sales

Have you read “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens lately? Seen the movie? I once had a chilling reminder of the bad “Ghost of Christmas Future,” that I narrowly avoided all those years ago.

Sales Scrum 26th and Final Episode Guest – Tony Morris

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. A Note about Sales Scrum. Sometimes things work out, at times they don’t; but it is when you achieve both that things get interesting. And so it is with our podcast Sales Scrum.

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.

Why Prospects Are Like Fruit: Targeting Your Ideal Client

Anthony Cole Training

Years ago, while attending the Objective Management Group International Sales Conference, Dave Kurlan, president of OMG, talked about how to effectively manage opportunities through the pipeline.

Training Incentives Are Vital in the Digital Sales Era

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Lincoln Smith The modern world asks a lot of B2B business owners. Between long-term evolution like the digital transformation and (hopefully) short-term disruptions such as economic downturn or the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a lot to navigate.

The $225,000 Selling Mistake Most Salespeople Make

Understanding the Sales Force

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.

How CEOs of Tech-Enabled Services Accelerate in a Downturn

Sales Benchmark Index

It may be easy to assume that tech-enabled services became an overnight success in the wake of the work-from-home and digital phenomena. However, many companies will not only miss their number but have also experienced an 8% year over year decrease.

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. Specifically, you’ll learn how to: • Engage prospects with authority • Keep your prospects’ attention • Achieve buy-in during sales conversations • Get prospects talking about their key challenges, • Gain a strong commitment before presenting your offer. In short, you’ll discover how to implement a process that helps you close more deals than ever before.

Most Popular Post of the Last Two Years

Mr. Inside Sales

If you prospect by phone for a living, then you’re no stranger to rejection. If you don’t learn to feed on it, to use it as fuel to motivate you to make more calls, then it can be rough going.

3 Ways To Get Ahead Of Your 2021 Quota

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Well, here we are, the end of 2020, some way to kick-off My Decade Of Decluttering. While COVID changed everything, it also brought focus. And focus is crucial for decluttering and getting things done.

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The Secret to Sales Success

Anthony Cole Training

In this article, we cover the basic principles of control in sales and how the little things are actually the big things when it comes to selling effectively and separating yourself from the competition. key to sales success improve sales sales prospecting sales success increase sales

Why Texting Has a Place In Your Event

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Staff Meg Scales is chief marketing officer of SlickText , which helps businesses market through short message service (SMS), aka text messages. In this Q&A, she speaks to the effectiveness of text messaging incorporated into events, virtual or live.

[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.

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

Understanding the Sales Force

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The Impact of Your Digital Evolution on Your Customer Acquisition Cost

Sales Benchmark Index

The global pandemic has brought about the greatest virtual sales experience ever to occur. Organizations that were staving off digital evolution were forced into adoption, while those that had embraced digital were positioned for success. In a multi-quarter stretch where.

Be The Hero Not The B h

Grant Cardone

Hey Grant coming at you from 30,000 feet as I fly back from California thinking about how important it is to be the hero and not the b h. What’s got me thinking about this? Once again, I heard someone say “money doesn’t matter”. I’ve heard people say things like this all my life.