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3 leadership lessons from my Nana

Bernadette McClelland

3 leadership lessons from my Nana. I have 45 first cousins on my Dad’s side of the family. My Dad is the middle child of 13 children. My nana was widowed when my Dad was only 7 (you can do the maths). Clearly she was a born leader.

Are you making sales or measuring sales activity?

Jeffrey Gitomer

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Nine Ways to Waste Your Marketing Budget

The Sales Heretic

Your company has too much money. I understand. It’s a common problem. Clearly, you need to get rid of some of it. But how? Marketing! But not just any marketing—it has to be bad marketing. Because good marketing is actually an investment—it will generate more sales, making you more money.

It Doesn’t End With the Sale: Managing Customer Relationships

The Pipeline

The Pipeline Guest Post – Megan Totka. Customers are the lifeblood of any business, and attracting new customers while strengthening your relationships with existing ones is a constant challenge. The best way to do so, however, is a matter that often leaves your sales and marketing staff at odds.

Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

The All for Me Small Business Leadership Mentality

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The small business leadership mentality of “all for me” is quite prevalent given that over 27.7 million firms in the US, 21.7 are non-employed meaning one person entities having no employees.

Powerful Questions to Qualify Sales Opportunities

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Looking back, I remember thinking that Ron had some sort of memory problem. He was my sales colleague. We both were account managers selling millions of dollars worth of technology to a major aircraft company. Between us, we sold more than $30M a year of items selling for $20 or $100 or $5000 each.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Entering a Foreign Market

Sales and Marketing Management

Issue Date: 2013-04-30. Author: Renato Beninatto, Chief Marketing Officer, Moravia. Teaser: If you want to do business internationally, you’ve got to communicate in the language of your target market.

When will Sales catch up with Marketing?

Sales Benchmark Index

The sales field is suffering. Customers are suffering. Sales forces lack buyer-centered tools for success. When will Sales catch up with Marketing? Sales field alignment with the modern day buyer requires more than lip service.

Training is Out. Education is In. Are You In or Out?

Jeffrey Gitomer

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Sales management – it’s all about the time

Sales Training Connection

Sales Coaching. Front-line sales managers are the “pivotal job” for improving sales productivity. That means – if companies want to improve sales revenue and optimize sales profitability, they should do everything they can to make sure front-line sales managers are doing what they should be doing.

In the Race to Win More Customers, Sales Needs Digital Transformation

Salesforce users were surveyed about the forces shaping today's workplace. Discover the results and why investments in digital transformation and automation are pushing sales teams ahead.

Follow the crumbs

Bernadette McClelland

Follow the crumbs. We all remember the story of Hansel and Gretel and how the idea of leaving a trail of breadcrumbs would eventually allow them to find their way out of the forest. There are two pertinent messages that come out of this story: I have no idea why kids stories were so scary and.

10.5 Sales Success Super Powers You Possess Right Now

Jeffrey Gitomer

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Stop Selling What People Don’t Care About

The Sales Heretic

I was meandering through a store recently when I came upon a display for a new electric toothbrush. The biggest, boldest words on the signage and the packaging were “New Quadpacer Mode!” I thought to myself, “Finally!

You Don’t Need To Be Manager To Be A Leader

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto - tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. I hope we can all agree that in sales, manager are better leading from the front than behind the desk.

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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.

The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living

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Today here in the USA is Memorial Day. This is a national holiday to remember and honor those fallen military individuals who gave their lives for our country. To remember is to reflect and thus keeps us from living these words of Socrates over 2000 years ago.

3 Ways to Increase Revenues with CRM

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There are SMB and mid-market sales organizations who have not embraced a cloud-based, customer relationship management system, better known as CRM or SCRM.

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10 Tips for Great Keynotes and Better Sales Presentations

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Recently I was searching Google for a Keynote Speaker for Objective Management Group''s (OMG) upcoming International Conference in April.

Replacing the Cold Call with: ANYTHING!

Jeffrey Gitomer

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How to Successfully Coach Your Sales Team to Drive Efficiency

Speaker: Steve Benson, Founder and CEO, Badger Maps

A great sales team starts with a manager who’s a great coach. To stay competitive in today’s market, you need to implement a formal coaching approach that is aligned with your buyer’s journey and internal processes to drive results. Fortunately, Steve Benson is here to help you become that great coach.

Why Good Storytelling Beats Good Selling

Sales Benchmark Index

Some reps are convinced they can’t sell a new product. The next day, another rep does just that. Why is this? How can some reps be so effective and assertive, and others so passive? Confidence and belief are certainly big parts of the equation. The other part: exceptional storytelling.

All Airlines are the Same, Except for Their People

Jeffrey Gitomer

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Hard is Easy, When You Discover Easy is Hard.

Jeffrey Gitomer

Tweet Make a sale – that’s the easy part. Now comes the hard part: Doing everything else. Making the sale is not just the money and the victory. It’s also the foundation for a relationship – as long as the rest of the process flows as you have sold it.

Stop Giving Value

Bernadette McClelland

Stop Giving Value. Marketing tells us to give value, give value, give value so that, in turn, we will be valued by others and ultimately become a force to reckon with.

Togetherness: Achieving Sales and Marketing Alignment

Speaker: Jeff Davis, Founder, jd2 Consulting Group

Jeff Davis is here to help you think differently about how Sales and Marketing should interact. With increased scrutiny for marketing to prove ROI on their activities and it becoming increasingly hard for B2B salespeople to even get in front of customers, the old way of doing business is no longer an option. This webinar will use evidence-based research and empirical knowledge to propose real-world strategies that work.

Want to have a great reputation? Earn it!

Jeffrey Gitomer

Tweet Your reputation precedes you. Your reputation creates or destroys sales. What’s yours? Become known for doing everything you said you would do – on time or sooner. To have any prayer for a reputation you must be known as a person who does, and delivers, what you promise.

Top Ten Prospecting Mistakes Salespeople Make

The Sales Heretic

For most salespeople, professionals and business owners, the sales process begins with prospecting. And yet, too often, we unwittingly sabotage our prospecting efforts. If you don’t have the number of quality prospects you’d like, chances are you’re making one or more of these common mistakes.

Do You Really Need/Want a Shorter Sales Cycle?

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto – tibor.shanto@sellbetter.ca. Shorter sales cycles are one of those things that come up in many discussions with sales and corporate leaders. When I ask them what specific improvements they would like to see 18 to 24 months out, a shorter cycle is usually one.

The Dog Ate My Homework Is Alive and Well for Small Business Owners

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At a monthly mastermind meeting of some local small business owners here in Northwest Indiana, one of the members, Rick Gosser , shared a photo with a person exercising and this caption: I don’t have time is the adult equivalent of the dog ate my homework.

Staying Relevant in Sales as AI and Technology Continue to Take Over

Speaker: John Barrows, CEO, JBarrows Sales Training

As technology and AI advance, and as companies and reps continue to look for technical solutions to increase efficiency throughout the sales process, the human element of sales is being lost.The question we need to ask ourselves is – what can we do that a computer can’t? The answer lies in context; if we as sales professionals are not adding any context to our content, then we bring no additional value to what marketing and technology are already doing. Learn about the importance of context, and where and how to add it throughout the sales process!

Understand the Power of Words to Build Relationships

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Jen Mueller, sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks had a quick conversation with Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson recently and shared a lesson for us all in sales about the power of the words we choose to use. Click here to view the embedded video.

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Everyone Can Sell. Not Really. Top 10 Reasons Why Not

Understanding the Sales Force

Understanding the Sales Force by Dave Kurlan Dan Pink, Author of To Sell is Human , has been getting a lot of well deserved exposure. He wrote a terrific book and most who have read it really like it. I don''t have a problem with his book because read in its entirety, it makes sense.

Jeffrey Gitomer | Give Value First

Jeffrey Gitomer

Tweet RSS readers click here for video. The Life and Sales Philosophy of Jeffrey Gitomer. I give value first™ I help other people. I strive to be the best at what I love to do. I establish long-term relationships with everyone. I have fun…and I do that every day.

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10 Mistakes that Kill Sales Calls

Sales Benchmark Index

Sales Leaders miss or make the number one sales call at a time. Yet they typically don’t pay enough attention to each call. They look at each rep’s performance to quota. They review the pipeline. These are difficult to control. Sales leaders can control the quality of sales calls every day.

7 Must-Have Automated Documents for Sales Success

Companies are increasingly implementing technology to bring efficiency to their workforce. Data accessibility aside, teams continuously struggle with manual processes for document generation. Learn why automating your documents is key to sales success.