April, 2019

How Not to Close End of Quarter Deals

John Barrows

For many of us, April marks the start of a new quarter, fresh targets and quota and new opportunities to focus on. Sometimes you hit your quarterly number with weeks to spare, other times you’re pushing in any deal you can to Make It Happen by the end of that third month.

How the Rubber Band Sabotages Sales Performance

Understanding the Sales Force

I have written many articles about Sales DNA, the combination of strengths that support sales process, sales strategy and sales tactics; or, when it appears as a weakness and sabotages ones ability to execute. Dave Kurlan sales weaknesses Sales DNA

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Why Flexible Slides are the Key to Conversational Sales

Jill Konrath

Recently I interviewed Luke Goetting, Director of Puffingston Presentations for an Engaging Presentations video series I did with Prezi. His expertise is in "transforming stale business presentations into visually engaging stories." That's why I asked him to share his thinking with you.

The Future of Sales Enablement in the Tech Sector

Sales Benchmark Index

Customer centricity and stiff competition in the tech industry are changing how sales enablement operate. Teams need to focus on sales reps solving customer challenges instead of simply selling products and services. Sell Solutions Instead of Products. Traditional sales enablement motions are.

10 Reasons Why I Love Sales

The Sales Hunter

Not many people dream of having a career in sales. Let’s be real here: sales was probably not your first choice. For many of you, although afraid to admit, sales wasn’t even your second, third or fourth choice.

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Maximize Every Prospecting Call

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Every mode of communication offers opportunities for proactive prospectors, which is why you don’t want to skip the phone. The phone offers a number of advantages absent from email, LinkedIn and other social platforms. It creates contact between two human beings.

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What Is An Emotional Selling Proposition & Is It Better Than A Unique Selling Proposition?

MTD Sales Training

Emotional Selling Proposition – have you got one? We all know that sales are based mostly on emotion and the decision is backed up with logic. That’s the law of the salesperson! So, do we often come up with emotional selling points in our proposals?

Is This Mental Trap Making It Harder for You to Close Deals?

Jill Konrath

The first time I heard the call-in radio interview with the "deer crossing lady," I couldn't believe it. Tears of laughter were streaming down my face. The more she talked, the worse (or perhaps better) it got. Working Smarter

Why CMOs Need to Resist the Onslaught of the Trivial

Sales Benchmark Index

Your job description probably reads something like “generate revenue by increasing sales through successful marketing for the entire organization, using market research, pricing, product marketing, communications, advertising and public relations.”

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Creating a Habit for Success

Anthony Cole Training

In sales, it is critical for a producer to develop behaviors for success and systems to support those behaviors. But often times, salespeople struggle and settle for the results they get because they don’t know how to adapt.

Why Hold A Grudge?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. The start of any quarter is an opportunity to step back take stock and recommit to your success.

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Promoted! New Sales Manager Tips for a Smooth Transition

Connect2Sell

Instead of selling, what’ll you do all day long as a new sales manager? Not knowing the answer to that question will lead you astray. You’ll end up becoming the “sales prevention manager” instead of a sales manager if you get in the way of sellers making sales.

What Is Active Listening And How Can We Improve It?

MTD Sales Training

What exactly is ‘active listening’ and why can it be so difficult at times? As the term suggests, active listening skills can be developed, as it is a skill. Like any skill, it can improve with practice. But we have to see the benefits of active listening in order for us to take it seriously.

Sales Leadership and the Questions You Ask

The Sales Hunter

How well do your questions push the customer’s thinking? Sales leadership is about the customer seeing you differently than every other salesperson. If all you do is ask the basic questions that they’ve already been asked a thousand times, how will you stand out?

Unlocking Cross-Sell and Upsell Potential by Activating the Product Team

Sales Benchmark Index

The role of a Product Leader is dynamic. Listening to the market, monitoring competitors and developing new products are core responsibilities. They set the organization up for growth. Yet, one of the lesser associated responsibilities of a Product Leader is translating.

7 Rules of the (Prospecting) Road

Anthony Cole Training

There are a certain number of rules that must be followed when it comes to prospecting in sales.

Environmentally Friendly Prospecting

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. No, I am not going to talk about green selling or climate change, not even sales change. The focus here is the actual environment of the buyer or environments. Environmentally friendly prospecting is about understanding and leveraging your mutual settings and events.

Why Customer Experience Should Be Top of Mind for Sales Leaders

No More Cold Calling

Are you creating an experience that drives revenue and referrals? How much did you say that cost?” I asked the barista. I knew I heard him correctly, but I still couldn’t believe it was $5.50 for a cup of coffee—not a mocha, not a latte, not a cappuccino, just coffee.

The 4 Most Common Buyer Types (And How To Sell To Them!)

MTD Sales Training

One feature of modern, relationship-selling is that we need to understand about peoples’ preferred buying behaviour if we are to sell to more of them. It is a fact that people buy differently. They can be known as ‘buyer types’. Some people prefer to buy quickly, others slowly.

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How Do I Get a Promotion to Sales Manager?

Connect2Sell

You’re successful as a seller. You’re planning for the future, and you’re eyeing that next-level job of sales manager. career sales management

Sales Strategy: 2 Ways to Determine if You’re Already Behind on Your 2012 Sales Plan

Sales Benchmark Index

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Enough is Enough

Anthony Cole Training

Complacency in selling is not a new phenomenon.

Top 7 Sales Books for Sellers of SaaS – for Spring Break 2019

DiscoverOrg Sales

Spring break means vacation – and vacation means plenty of down time to catch up on reading! So order the margarita, stroll down to the beach, and grab a book for a little beach reading. What will it be?

Shifting Prospecting Habits

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. The first week of Q2 is always welcome, spring is in the air, and the commissions are beginning to mount. While it is tempting to take a breath after a Q1 that was a blur in its speed and results, it is the last thing you should be thinking.

5 Keys for Motivating Your Top Salespeople

Sales and Marketing Management

Author: Kevin F. Davis It goes without saying that your top salespeople are the backbone of your team. Sure, they keep the sales rolling in, but they also play a key role in keeping your entire team motivated. When your top few are hard at work, the rest of the team aspires to their greatness.

Leaders Without Moral Courage Let Their Employees Down

No More Cold Calling

Has management ever told you to take a break? Our pace is too frenetic. We take shortcuts when we know we shouldn’t. We’re conflicted whether to stay in a job we don’t like or jump ship. We want to spend more time with our families, to exercise more, to be happy … really happy.

Hidden Obstacles Can Sink Your Best Customer Experience Efforts

Sales Benchmark Index

You have a variety of channels to meet customers along their journey. You know they are reading your emails. They are actively downloading information and filling out forms. They even had conversations with your representatives and are “very satisfied” with.

Weekly Sales Management Tip #15: You Can Never Over-Communicate

Steven Rosen

During a cycle of change, you need to clearly and concisely communicate where the organization is heading to help your salespeople understand the future. What does the new structure look like? What are the new roles and responsibilities of the team members? Discuss the rationale for the change.

What are the benefits of CRM?

MTD Sales Training

What is a CRM system and what are the benefits of having one? CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management, and it’s essential that when you are selling your promises of a better future to your prospects, you are able to keep manageable records for those sales.

Beating your Stress Quota

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. We live in stressful times , no matter what we do, stress will be a factor, especially in sales. What we stress over will vary. Expectations we set, those set by others and ones life chooses to serve at random, all make for a daily dose of stress.

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Monday Motivation Video: Do You Believe In Yourself?

The Sales Hunter

Your customers will never accept what you have to offer unless you are confident in what you’re selling. The first thing you are selling is not the product or service but actually yourself. Have confidence and work with integrity.

Surprise! All Intuition Isn’t the Same

No More Cold Calling

Did you know we have three different types of intuition? Darn, I wish I’d trusted my gut.” I won’t even try to count the times I’ve said that. Eventually, most of us learn that trusting our gut makes sense—which is a non sequitur, because making sense is not intuitive.

Does Your Marketing Team Match Your Customer Acquisition Strategy?

Sales Benchmark Index

Marketing team structures too often are remnants from the days of print ad dominance. Sure they’ve evolved, but the core structure is often the same. Modernization has been performed by adding ‘vertical’ skills onto existing structure. Few organizations have retooled.

How to Be a Memorable Salesperson Part 12: Answer Buyer Questions

Connect2Sell

In this, the final installment in our 12-part series about how to be a memorable salesperson, we’re going to take a look at one more skill. This one is tricky. It’s sensitive. It’s one that you may not want to admit you could use some help with.

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