September, 2022

Why We Don’t Say ‘NO’? Enough and Why Maybe We Should

Bernadette McClelland

‘I’m so sorry girls but I’m out!’ ’ No sooner than those words came out of my mouth I felt feelings of conflict. On one hand I was concerned about spoiling an experience for others and on the other hand I was concerned about my own health.

How Account-Based Marketing and Sales Work Together

Sales and Marketing Management

Account-based marketing is a B2B strategy that focuses on select high-value accounts rather than trying to reach as much of your market as you can. These six proven ABM strategies can help increase sales at your company.


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What Sales Leadership Style is Required to Succeed?

Steven Rosen

BOLD Sales Leaders will perform best in a rapidly changing environment. It is not the most competent or the smartest sales leader that will survive, but rather the sales leader that is BOLD and can adapt to change will thrive.

10 Sales Attributes That Don't Differentiate Top Salespeople from Bottom Salespeople

Understanding the Sales Force

Here in the US, this Sunday marked the first Sunday of NFL Football. It's the same (as always) but different (new games). In their season debut, my New England Patriots did their best impression of my Boston Red Sox and lost 20-7. Close game.

6 Proven B2B Marketing Strategies and How to Use Them

Bold tactics. Innovative ideas. Thriving revenue growth. Behind every great B2B marketing campaign is an amazing story. Learn the strategies behind six winning B2B marketing campaigns — directly from the marketers that made them. Read the stories now!

How Strong are Your People at Sales Negotiation?

Anthony Cole Training

Negotiate by definition is to deal or bargain with others in preparation of a contract or business deal. As a verb, negotiate means to move through in a satisfactory manner. In the world of selling, both of those definitions are relevant and important.

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The 5 Secrets of Motivating Your Sales Team

Mr. Inside Sales

Having trouble motivating your team? You’re not alone. Every member of your team has different skill levels, interest levels, and different ways of learning.

Sales Quotas: The Harm of the Annual Start-Over

Sales and Marketing Management

Starting every sales rep over each year at zero penalizes top performers and rewards bottom performers. It’s important to find ways to reward top performers and maximize inspiration for your team.

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The Annual Revenue Plan - A CEO’s Roadmap to Value Creation

SBI Growth

Comparing last year’s SBI CEO survey results against this year’s shows a more cautious, even conservative, growth posture being embraced. A year ago, we saw CEOs leaning into proven markets with their growth teams. Growth strategies were noticeably clearer after the emergence from the pandemic.

Found: A Great Article About How Important Salespeople Are

Understanding the Sales Force

Yesterday, although I wasn't looking for it, I found my laptop charger that I misplaced a few weeks ago. Today, I found a shirt I wasn't looking for. It was purchased in May, but I had forgotten about it.

Best Practices for Pay Transparency Around Your Sales Reps

Speaker: Grayson Morris, CEO, Performio & Lisa Wallace, Co-Founder, Assemble

It's no secret that employees are leaving their jobs for greener pastures. Many are frustrated with their compensation and indicate this as a major driver of attrition. Learn how pay transparency around quota-bearing roles can help you retain and motivate your reps in this webinar!

The Power of Open-Ended Questions in Sales & Sales Management

Anthony Cole Training

Conversation is much more pleasant than interrogation. This is important for an effective coach to remember because after two or three questions, a salesperson is going to feel like they are being attacked. This is also true for prospects.

Book notes: SPEAR Selling

Sales 2.0

I must admit to being a bit partial to the sales approaches laid out in Jamie Shanks’s book SPEAR Selling. Many of my thoughts on how to sell to major accounts show up on the pages of this book. Here’s a quick run through on a couple of the major elements of the book. Account Selection.

Make The Leap from Good to Great

Steven Rosen

Make The Leap from Good to Great. Are you a good sales leader or a great sales leader? Do you want to make the leap from good to great? What makes a great sales leader?

Surviving a Downturn: 5 Things Every Salesperson Needs to Know

Sales and Marketing Management

Whether we're in a recession or not, B2B selling is expected to hit some choppy waters in the near-term future. Here are five things your salespeople need to know. The post Surviving a Downturn: 5 Things Every Salesperson Needs to Know appeared first on Sales & Marketing Management.

The Truth About Sales Agility: Separating Fact From Fiction

Speaker: Michelle Vazzana

In this rich, research-based session, Dr. Michelle Vazzana will explain both the powerful research findings on high-performing agile sellers and sales managers, and the interim steps organizations can take to ultimately transform their salesforce.

How Future Growth is Dependent on Your Current Fact Base

SBI Growth

Taking a focused approach to value creation in the upcoming months will be the strategy for companies looking to maintain and accelerate growth during uncertainty. Now is not the time to be agile; it’s a time for clarity among the chaos.

How Your Sales Team Can Double its Win Rate in a Recession

Understanding the Sales Force

Isn't it awesome when you learn about new tricks your computer, phone or software can do that you weren't previously aware of? I've been using a number of new widgets on the home screen of my iPhone 13 and I love how quickly I can get or enter information!

How to Prospect in Sales – It’s an A Priority

Anthony Cole Training

In analyzing those salespeople who are successful year after year, we find significant consistencies in prospecting behavior and practice management. These top sales producers adhere to “The ONLY "A" priority is prospecting” principle. Successful salespeople service accounts just like everyone else.

A Simple Idea to Help You Improve Sales

Mr. Inside Sales

I’m sure you’ve heard that practice makes perfect, right? Do you believe that’s true? For those of you who said yes, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. Bad news first…. Practice doesn’t make perfect; it only makes permanent.

New Ways to Reach, Influence, and Close More Deals with Intent Data

Speaker: Ardath Albee, B2B Marketing Strategist and CEO of Marketing Interactions

Acting on intent data when applied to buyer context can be a game-changer for gaining attention by increasing relevance, which drives purposeful engagement toward purchase. But all intent data is not the same. In this webinar, learn the difference between interest and intent, and the best ways to use the right data.

5 Steps to Leading a Sales Force Restructuring

Steven Rosen

Leading a Sales Force Restructuring. Are you planning on a sales force restructuring? There are several best practices for preparing for a downsizing/restructuring.

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Stop Losing Deals Due to Poor Presentations

Sales and Marketing Management

If your team's sales presentations follow the same tired formula that everyone else uses, you won't stand out, you won't be remembered, and you probably won't close enough deals. This eight-step presentation structure will solve that.

How Growth-Minded CEOs Clearly Define a Focused Set of Imperatives

SBI Growth

Leadership teams tend to activate multiple growth levers and ultimately cause friction in the business—a common problem. For CEOs wanting to create clarity and drive growth amidst uncertainty, they need to get on their front foot and drive relentless focus on a short set of key growth imperatives.


How Many Authors Does it Take to Screw in a LightBulb Highlighting Selling Skills?

Understanding the Sales Force

A few years had passed since the last time I wrecked an (Harvard Business Review online) article about sales. If you haven't been reading the Blog for the last sixteen years you may have missed my previous fourteen take downs.

Your Ultimate Guide to the Trends Shaping Marketing Data

In Salesforce’s latest Marketing Intelligence Report, hear from 2,500+ global marketers on how they are leading with their data, from business growth to customer satisfaction, data privacy, and more. Get the report now!

When to Start Prospecting for 2023?

No More Cold Calling

It’s time to start your sales prep for 2023. Try these tactics. There’s an old adage in sales: “If you’re on time, you’re late.” If you’ve just started prospecting for 2023, you’re already late. There’s only a few months left to go, and your pipeline won’t fill itself.

Be Grateful for No

Mr. Inside Sales

So many sales reps hate hearing NO. In fact, constant rejection is the number one reason most sales reps dislike sales.

Latest Podcasts: Leadership 'It' Factors

Force Management

The best leadership requires a combination of skill and character. Last month's guests on the Revenue Builders podcast shared the qualities that they've found to separate the good leaders from the great.

How to Measure and Optimize the Success of Your B2B Digital Content

Sales and Marketing Management

You should regularly monitor your content’s performance using the right KPIs. The resulting findings can help you concentrate production on strategies that will yield greater ROI and identify harmful shortcomings within your company’s messaging.

The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future

The ultimate value proposition is an impactful buying experience that guides people to the best possible decision. But how do you prepare your sales teams to do that? Read "The Essential Guide to the Buying Experience of the Future" to find out how to empower your customer-facing teams and thrive in modern selling environments.

How High-performing CEOs Inventory Bets for Revenue Growth

SBI Growth

In SBI’s CEO growth planning survey, it’s not surprising to see that nearly two-thirds of CEOs admit to having developed contingency plans for their businesses given the current macroeconomic conditions.

Is 28 Years Long Enough for a Sales Assessment Trial ?

Understanding the Sales Force

The Sony PlayStation, Gorilla Glue, Aquafina, and The George Forman Grill were all introduced in 1994. You've heard of those but have you heard of Vamp Nail Polish or KoronaPay? They were also introduced in 1994.

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Want to Be Better? It’s About Time…


What do you want to do differently? Do you want to: Create more outreach to new clients? Build better COI relationships? Update your CRM more regularly? Complete your follow up notes after meetings within 24 hours. Do you want to be a better advisor? A better parent, spouse, or friend?