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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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7 Science Based Techniques to Develop a Discipline

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/14/17 1:13 PM

Why do so many salespeople know what to do, but very few do what they know? Ok, now who hasn’t asked that question? From sales leader's posts on LinkedIn to the sales managers and salespeople we work with on a daily basis, it has come up a lot lately.

Discipline gets a bad rap, like work gets a bad rap.”Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.” is quoted by everyone looking to only “work” 4 hours a week.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales development

10 questions to ask your salespeople

Posted by Rick Roberge  9/7/17 6:52 AM

There's at least 100 more, but 10 is a start.

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Why don't we trust salespeople?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/25/17 2:17 PM

Seems like an obvious question doesn’t it? If you have read Daniel Pink’s book, “To Sell is Human” you know that 9 out of 10 people have a negative perception of sales people. Heck, salespeople don’t even trust other salespeople!

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Topics: sales coaching, sales development

The Unnoticed Obstacle to Achieving Your Sales Goals

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/18/17 2:09 PM

Lately I have observed that several of the clients we have been working with, from salesperson to VP, have struggled with maintaining a positive outlook. No surprise when you consider that some studies show that 60-70% of our daily thoughts are negative, and not only that, but 95% of our thoughts are repetitive. So not only are they bad, they’re repeating themselves a lot. No wonder creating a positive outlook was one of the hardest things I had to do when I got into sales! It gets easier, but like most things- if you don’t use it, you lose it. Daily maintenance is crucial.

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Topics: goal setting, sales science

Hiring a salesperson? What should you look for?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/4/17 3:52 PM

What should you be looking for in your next salesperson? And if you are looking for a sales job, what should you be working on to attract top employers?

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Topics: sales, recruiting

Can salespeople get lucky on purpose?

Posted by Jessie Gonzalez  7/26/17 5:30 PM

This is more of a “realization”. I’ve had a busy week today as a salesperson, because I’ve gotten some referral business in my pipeline. Problem is, I didn’t do it on purpose.

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Topics: sales coaching, referrals

80% of a Sales Manager's Time Should Be Spent on 4 Things

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/19/17 4:52 PM

One of the salespeople we have been coaching asked, “Could I be a good sales manager? It seems like a thankless job of being pulled into many directions at once. I can’t say that there is any one at my company that I would want to be like…”

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Topics: sales management

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