2018

The Real Competition

Bernadette McClelland

We think it’s the company that sells the same as us, Or the paperwork we have to do, Or the meetings we have to run, Or the slackness of our admin team, Or the lack of urgency of our buyers. The real competition is ‘no change’.

Data Shows Most Salespeople are Dinosaurs When it Comes to Social Selling

Understanding the Sales Force

Several recent LinkedIn posts have urged readers to pick up the phone instead of trying to find new opportunities by using social media. I wrote a very popular article about using the phone 3 years ago called, The Next Can't Miss Game Changer for Sales.

19 Ways to Follow Up Without Being a Pest

The Sales Heretic

You already know that effective follow up is crucial to closing sales. But how can you follow up with prospects without annoying them to the point where they scream, “Leave me alone!” The key is to deliver value in your follow up efforts.

How To Answer The Only Question That Counts

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. Last week in this blog I made the argument that sellers have to answer one question above all, the one all buyers other than owners and Board Chairmans or Persons to be somewhat PC, the question: “ If I go ahead with this, will I get fired?

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Moving the Sales Performance Bell Curve

A blueprint for turning average performers into top reps.

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Did You Set the Right Sales Quotas?

Sales Benchmark Index

Did you set the quotas right to drive revenue growth? The purpose of today’s show is to demonstrate how to link the company objectives to sales targets through quota setting. Leverage this use-case to evaluate how you set your quotas.

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The Savvy Sales Pro’s 5-Point Guide to Overcoming Objections

DiscoverOrg Sales

If you’re dealing with an objection, congratulations! You are working with a decision-maker who has some skin in the game, and they’re taking your proposal seriously. That’s exactly where you want to be. A study from Gong.io

Don’t Slam the Door on Your Friends

No More Cold Calling

What’s your gratitude meter? As we begin the New Year, now is the perfect time to pay attention to what’s most important—the people in our lives. That means our clients and prospects, our families and friends, our colleagues. It’s time we remember the value of getting personal.

Three Ways to Handle the Price is Too High Objection

Inside Sales Training

Are you still ad-libbing a response to the “your price is too high,” objection?

What Is Sales Enablement and Why Should I Care?

Sales enablement is not really a new concept; it has been around for over 10 years. However, understanding the full application of sales enablement is a very different thing.

Why These Noticeable Details Will Lead You To Greater Success

Bernadette McClelland

We’ve more than likely had people in our lives offer us advice or have given feedback that sticks in our mind. Possibly because it was repeated enough times that we had no choice but to remember it, or probably because there was an element of truth behind the message.

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When Good Prospects Can be Worse Than Tough Prospects

Understanding the Sales Force

I was on the way to a meeting and the traffic was stop and go - not moving for a minute, then back up to 30 MPH, and then back to a dead stop. I've been driving since 1972 and have driven in all kinds of conditions.

One Thing You Should NEVER Do with a Prospect

The Sales Heretic

The tall, gangly man wore an old t-shirt and cutoff jean shorts. His long black hair hung unkempt halfway down his back. And he arrived at the luxury car dealership on a bicycle. The veteran salespeople knew better than to waste their time with him. They sent the rookie out to deal with him. The [.].

Voice-Mail – The Original Inbound Appointment Machine

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. I do a lot of work with organizations trying to improve their prospecting, and the piece they look to from me is the telephone component of a robust prospecting routine.

Salesforce Formulas for the Everyday Admin

Speaker: Steve Molis, Salesforce MVP

Steve Molis has put together a collection of universal formula tips and tricks, along with several of his personal favorites, so that you can get the benefit of a wealth of information without having to trawl through everybody else’s Salesforce problems.

Should you leave a voicemail?

John Barrows

Something I get asked a couple of times a week and usually has a lot of engagement when I share it on social, is the topic of voicemails. There is always a debate if leaving voicemails still makes sense in 2018. The answer, for a number of reasons, is yes. Why you should leave a voicemail.

The curiosity consultant

Sales and Marketing

Author: Paul Nolan General Electric executive Beth Comstock called Brad Grossman “human CliffsNotes.” Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Brian Grazer found Grossman to be literally irreplaceable as his “cultural attache.”

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Build a time fortress

Sales 2.0

Build a fortress around your prospecting time. If you want to be a top sales person, this may be the single most important piece of advice I can give you. In my last post I was talking about goals. You need goals to know where you want to go.

A Channel Strategy to Out-punch Your Weight Class

Sales Benchmark Index

Our guest on SBI TV is Burney Barker, SVP of Worldwide Sales at Gigamon. Follow along as we learn from a transformative global sales leader with success at EMC, Dell, and now with Gigamon. With 96%+ of Gigamon’s revenue coming.

The Best Learning Methodologies for Developing Elite Sales Leaders

Speaker: Steven Rosen MBA, Author, Executive Coach, Speaker and Top 50 Sales Influencer

It is well recognised that the frontline sales managers are the key to driving performance in sales organizations. If you had to choose between investing in sales manager training vs sales rep training what would you do?

5 Cold Email Plays for Account-Based Sales

DiscoverOrg Sales

Account based sales development is a sales process specifically designed for selling to enterprise companies.

Why the Best Lead Generation Techniques Are Proactive

No More Cold Calling

Top sellers don’t wait. At least 57 percent of the buying process is complete before buyers ever contact your company. If you believe this widely quoted but ill-advised statistic, your lead generation techniques are doomed from the start.

Best Sample Cold Calling Sales Pitch scripts Tips Techniques Examples

Inside Sales Training

Best Openings for Your Closing & Presentation Calls. By Mike Brooks, [link]. Discover effective openings and sample outbound cold calling phone telemarketing sales pitch scripts including the best tips, techniques and examples ever written for closing calls.

How A Seagull Changed My Career and Taught Me Twelve Home Truths

Bernadette McClelland

The year was 1986. I had not long gone through a divorce that was quite harrowing and confusing.

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Your Next Sales Coach is a Machine

Speaker: Matt McDarby & Dan Smaida, Managing Directors, Specialized Sales Systems

World-class sales managers have long used creative means to solve for time and distance. In this webinar, you’ll learn how modern sales managers are using new technology plus old-school sales management to develop their people without burning out.

10 Ways to Determine if Your Sales Prospect was Engaged

Understanding the Sales Force

It was like losing my favorite pair of gym shorts, forgetting where I parked my car, or not being able to get my computer to restart. The past week presented me with its share of technology challenges.

16 Ways to Deal with Frustration

The Sales Heretic

The road to success isn’t straight, level, or smooth. There are bumps and potholes. Hills and curves. Dead-ends and detours. And as a result, we all get frustrated from time to time.

The Dynamics Of Objections

The Pipeline

By Tibor Shanto. No one like objections, including those who have learned to see objections as a means of moving the call forward, they just understand, appreciate and leverage pushback differently than those who are crushed by the same response.

The Downside of an Acquisition: How to Navigate Your Career and Life Better than I Did

John Barrows

Be authentic and do what you feel is right, even if it means upsetting your boss. For millions of people, it’s the big dream: Join a small startup. Build it into a powerhouse. Get acquired by a massive corporation — and enter a whole new tax bracket.

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Maximizing Sales Training ROI with eLearning

Speaker: Ray Makela, CEO Sales Readiness Group

Companies spend about $20 billion a year on various forms of sales training. Still, many sales leaders report low ROIs from their sales training initiatives. So how can you ensure that your investment in sales training is producing excellent results? Join us for this complimentary webinar as Ray Makela, CEO at the Sales Readiness Group, discusses five essential factors to achieve sustainable success from your sales training investment, and how to leverage eLearning to maximize results.

Even Realistic Videogames like Call of Duty Won’t Help Us Win Wars

Sales and Marketing

Opinion: Research shows that millennial cadets' digital skills don't help them on the virtual battlefield. Security Opinion

Know thy products

Sales 2.0

For those that have parachuted into this blog from Google, this is part of a series of posts about how to save your sales job. This first batch of ten posts is about preparing to go to market when you get that new sales gig or greenfield opportunity.

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How to Execute a High Performance SDR Team

Sales Benchmark Index

Our guest today is Gabe Larson, the VP of InsideSales Labs for InsideSales.com. Gabe provides a behind-the-scenes look at building and operating one of the best sales development rep teams that we’ve ever had the benefit of examining. InsideSales.com has.

Leadership Begins First and Foremost within Each of Us

Increase Sales

Yesterday I received some course catalogs from a well known university advocating a plethora of leadership courses. What these courses and other books fail to recognize is leadership must begin, first and foremost, with each of us.

Found - The Best Sales Learning Methodologies

Speaker: Joe DiDonato, Chief of Staff, Baker Communcations, Inc

Finding the right learning approach for each topic you have to deliver to your learners can seem like a “problem of endless choices.” In this webinar, corporate learning expert, Joe DiDonato, shares how his teams solved these problems, as well as how new educational technology (EdTech) is changing the sales landscape for all of us. He will also tell you what he shared with the Venture Capitalist community on how to pick which EdTech technologies will likely succeed based on educational research. Joe is an engaging storyteller that uses easy-to-understand language, who promises to share what methods succeeded and which methods failed over his long career.