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Super Bowl Sales Lessons

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/1/18 5:21 PM

I have been a New England Patriots fan ever since I can remember. (If you are currently an “anyone but the Pats fan,” I wish you luck.)

My earliest childhood memories were watching the games with my family, and no matter what, cheering for the Pats. To say they were the underdog in those early years is an understatement.

When they made it to the ‘85 Super Bowl, it was a bigger than Christmas, and at 9 years old Christmas was still a big deal. When they lost, I cried on the way home sitting on the hub in the middle of my uncle’s truck. No one spoke, except for the random, “F’ing Pats”.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales coach

Are you setting your new sales hire up to fail?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/23/18 7:30 AM

Imagine if your teenager was taught to drive by spending only a week or two watching training videos and sitting in the passenger seat watching you and others drive. Would you want them driving you across the country? Or even just across town in a snow storm?

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Topics: sales hiring, sales onboarding

What a failed sales hire really costs and how to reduce the risks

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/19/18 7:59 AM

It is pretty normal at the beginning of the year for many companies to start hiring salespeople, or to at least start thinking about hiring. When I ask VP of Sales and CEOs what their ideal salesperson is like and what they will need to accomplish, I have gotten answers that included;

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Topics: sales hiring

Frozen Pipes and Pipelines

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/3/18 1:05 PM

The founder of a SaaS software startup company that I just started working with is located in the same region as I am. Here in the Northeast, the past few weeks have been brutally cold with double-digit sub zero temperatures at night and highs in the single digits during the day. Not only have pipes been freezing in homes and businesses, but some cities main water lines are freezing too.

If you have lived in this type of climate before you know that to prevent this from happening you should leave your faucets on enough to drip. The constant water flow make the pipe less likely to freeze.

As we were talking about his sales opportunities, all of them were in the same stage they had been for weeks and months. To which I said;

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Topics: sales coaching, pipeline management

Discounts must die.

Posted by Carole Mahoney  11/20/17 8:00 AM

Seem like strong words? Good! Keep reading, this post is for you.

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Topics: sales development, sales proposals

4 Must Ask Questions Before You Click Send

Posted by Carole Mahoney  11/3/17 11:07 AM

Sometimes when we are coaching salespeople, we are reviewing sales calls, social media interactions, and yes- even email. Wherever and however the conversations are happening, we want to know about it.

Below are examples of 2 different emails sent into us from clients, how we edited them, and why. From that came 4 questions you should be asking before you send your next sales email.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales conversations, sales email

Why?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  10/19/17 12:09 PM

This is my favorite question, just like an annoying four-year-old. And since the popularity of Simon Sinek's book “Start with Why” it seems to be the thing on everybody's mind.

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Topics: sales coach, goal setting

How to fail at selling and still win

Posted by Ellie (Yael) Tamari  10/13/17 2:16 PM

I attended a networking event last night. My goal coming in was to track down, and connect with a top prospect in a strategic account I was trying to penetrate. I wanted to know if I can help them solve their business challenges.

After about an hour of meeting various people I finally found him standing alone. I walked up and said “Hey John, I’ve been looking for you”. He didn’t seem remotely excited to see me.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales conversations

Referral Fees and Referrals

Posted by Rick Roberge  10/9/17 6:23 AM

A few days ago, a business owner asked me, "Who do you pay a referral fee to when a new customer is sent your way and why? Current clients? Employees? People in your professional business network? Friends and family?" The answer is simple. The reason is complicated and multi-faceted.

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Giving References

Posted by Rick Roberge  9/18/17 8:25 AM

You can't make this stuff up!

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