April, 2017

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How a sales leader can develop a remarkable team

Pipeliner

How well an organization performs is not governed by the quality of talent at the extremes of the bell curve. Individual superstars will always make a noticeable contribution; ineffective employees will always drag results down.

How Your Salespeople Measure Up in the 21 Most Crucial Sales Competencies for Modern Selling

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright BrianAJackson. Over the years I've debunked a number of articles that cited nothing but junk science.

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The Spraying and Praying of Social Selling

Increase Sales

As part of my overall social selling efforts, I regularly ask those who wish to connect with me on LinkedIn what prompted their LinkedIn invitations.

The lost art of call planning

Sales Training Connection

After many years of sitting in on sales calls and even more providing feedback to salespeople in sales simulations, we’ve noticed there definitely is variability in the amount and quality of pre-call planning.

Sales Training Playbook by Lessonl

A step-by-step guide for building a comprehensive training playbook for your sales team.

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Which Salespeople are Easier to Train - Millennials or Veteran Salespeople?

Understanding the Sales Force

We brought home a puppy and we had him completely housebroken in 4 days. He's really smart and we've done this before, a combination that makes it nearly impossible to screw up.

Will You Be a Casualty of the Sales Coaching or Business Coaching Stampede?

Increase Sales

Well, it seems like everyone is now a coach, be it sales coaching, business coaching or even executive coaching.

I Have Seen the Future of Sales and it is Bright

The Sales Hunter

Never before have I been more proud of the sales profession and more passionate about its impact on the global economy. In this era of consolidation and trends that move at the speed of a tweet, sales is a profession that doesn’t just stay the course, but sets the course.

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Demo Dysfunction Syndrome is why You lose Clients at “Hello”

Babette Ten Haken

Demo dysfunction syndrome is a serious sales and engineering condition. And it’s time for us to have yet another talk about this subject. For starters, you continue to lose client opportunities at “Hello. Have you noticed?

The Art of Social Selling -- Summarized by getAbstract

Find and engage customers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks.

Autopsy of a Failed Sales Process Implementation

Sales Benchmark Index

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Upcoming #SalesChats Ep. 25: Telephone Combat Aid – Get More Meetings to Close More Deals with Edward van der Kleijn

Pipeliner

Today when you get a prospect on a call, you have very little time to keep them there and interested, qualify them, and close them on the idea of an actual meeting. We all could use more tips and tricks for those up-front calls.

The Future of Selling - Understanding This Crucial Sales Competency is More Important Than Ever

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright donskarpo. While much about selling has changed in the past 10 years, most of the science behind sales excellence has not changed at all. While there have been a few changes to the 21 Sales Core Competencies , most of them have remained the same as well.

Want to Increase Sales? Just Answer Your Phone!

Increase Sales

Local small businesses continue to clamor for more sales. Continued calls to increase sales resonate from social media to one on one conversations. Yet, if these sales hungry SMB would just answer their phones, I am sure they would find new sales leads, new customers and continued opportunities.

Secrets to Successful Inside Sales Management

Learn a variety of best practices, techniques and ideas to both tactically and strategically increase the efficacy, success and impact of your inside sales organization.

What Makes a Sales Manager Awesome or Awful?

Score More Sales

Al Martin was the best sales manager I ever had. He led by example and you could often see a split second of decision making before Al would give you an answer based on his very clear sense of right and wrong. Once Al and I went in person to a sales call. The executive we were to meet with was running late. Rather than sit and wait, Al (who was about 6’5”) stood up in the waiting area and slowly paced – occasionally checking his watch.

Guest Post: Three Mindsets of a Great Sales Coach

Mukesh Gupta

3 mindsets of a great sales coach by Mukesh Gupta. Intro: This is a guest post by Kevin F Davis. Kevin is the founder and president of TopLine Leadership, Inc. which provides customized sales management development programs and services.

10 Reasons Why I’m Proud to be Prospecting

The Sales Hunter

Without a doubt, the number one reason people don’t want to get into sales is because they don’t like rejection, and the thought of having to prospect makes their stomach curdle. Call me weird or call me an outlier, but here are my 10 reasons why I’m proud to have the privilege to prospect. (I’m I’m […]. Blog Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospecting

True Sales Tales: ???? Surprise, Surprise! CEO on a Stick!

Pipeliner

Editor’s Note: With this post, we hereby throw the door wide open for your great true sales stories! See info at the end of the post. If you are in sales you are used to surprises – some good , some not so much. They are, in many ways, an occupational hazard.

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Successful Selling

Matt Heinz explains how to attract, manage, close and keep more business in a buyer-centric world.

What B2B Companies Must Learn from 10 Reasons Why Amazon is Destroying Retailers

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright AdrianHancu. Amazon generated almost $44 Billion in net revenue last year and it had to come from somewhere. That's not $44 Billion that people wouldn't have spent if not for Amazon.

Your First Rule of Sales Is Probably Not This One

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Have you ever read a article about selling that discussed the first rule of sales? I know I have. These articles usually refer to one of the following such as: People buy from people they know, like or trust. Ask open ended questions. Research your sales prospect. Understand your solution.

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Stress is Only Bad If It’s Bad: Five Instances When Stress Is Good for You

The Productivity Pro

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” ” Hans Selye, Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist. Stress gets a bad rap it doesn’t always deserve.

3 Steps to Understand How Executives Make Purchase Decisions

Sales Benchmark Index

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Three Questions that matter the most for a Leader

Mukesh Gupta

Questions that matter the most by Mukesh Gupta. When we look at all the aspects of leadership, there are three core and fundamental questions that matter the most to the people whom we intend to lead. Do You Know What You Are Talking About? The most important aspect of leadership, then is competence. Do we know what we are talking about? Do we know what the ground reality is? Do we understand the process enough to make sense? Do we know where we are going? And why?

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Your 12-Step Action Plan For A Great Sales Demo

Pipeliner

“A demonstration is one of your best sales tools if you have a high-quality product. It helps get a prospect interested and excited about your solution, and is also an effective way to address the prospect’s specific product-related concerns.” – Neil Kokemuller.

Successful Movie Franchises and the 10 Keys to Impactful Sales Coaching

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright Natalia_80. What are your thoughts about Atlantis? Intrigued by the lost continent, ad I have read a lot about it over the years, including the book, Atlantis Beneath the Ice , which revealed where Atlantis is actually located.

The Ultimate Leadership Question Is?

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Probably you have your most favorite leadership question because it works. Over the years I have discovered this to be for me as well as for my clients the ultimate leadership question an effective sales leader, manager or CEO can ask: What do you need from me to allow you to complete this task to secure the desired result? The reason I believe this is the ultimate leadership question goes back to Peter Drucker’s first definition of leadership: “Leadership is all about results.”

Sales Management Thought Leadership:  efficient effectiveness

Your Sales Management Guru

Sales Management Thought Leadership: efficient effectiveness. As an Eagle Scout I can discuss the topic of “Be Prepared” easily and based upon my upcoming vacation next week it could lend more credibility.

Five Ways to Avoid Getting Burned by Outsourced B2B Sales Lead Generation

Pointclear

Based on my experience over the past almost 30-years it seems that everyone has been burned by outsourced lead generation. Often multiple times. And, at lot of times executives will say “I tried it and it didn’t work.” Many will acknowledge that the failure(s) were partially their fault. Candidly, when this kind of partnership doesn’t work it is the client’s fault in many situations, but not always.

3 Ways to Immediately Increase The Right Sales Activity

Score More Sales

Sometimes you, or your sales team members, get in a slump. Monotony. The same old, same old each day. It is easy to get stuck in a rut. Sales Skills Sales Productivity sales strategy

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4 Points of Connection for Public Speaking and Communication Success

Pipeliner

How to Eliminate the Need for Sales Motivation, Accountability and More!

Understanding the Sales Force

Image Copyright Sezer66. Sales Management is challenging. With coaching accounting for 50% of the role, it doesn't leave much time for anything else. Yet pipeline management, along with the ability to motivate, recruit and hold salespeople accountable are also required.

Fog Lines and Guard Rails on the Sales Leadership Road

Increase Sales

Possibly you may be wondering what do fog lines and guard rails have to do with traveling the sales leadership road? Probably more than you realize. Fog lines are the outside white lines that let you know you are close to running off the paved road onto the shoulder if there is a shoulder.