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End of month sales coaching and training

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/28/17 12:00 PM

It’s end of month and if you are anything like the sales people and managers we just started working with, today you are either sighing in relief that you made quota- even if it was at the last day, or wincing in anticipation of the explanation you are going to have to give on why you missed quota.

It’s like in school when you would have to cram for a test the night before, everyone is blurry eyed, probably sick from stress, and can’t wait to just get it over with. The same reasons students end up cramming for tests are the same ones that happen to sales people at end of month.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales training

Sales leadership practices that do more harm than good.

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/19/17 10:46 AM

A sales manager started working with recently because in his words, “I don’t want my team to become the collateral damage of my shortcomings.”

It’s probably the best way I have heard someone articulate an other-focused leadership mindset. This leader’s willingness to own their own shortcomings and invest in themselves is already changing the status quo for him and his team (and his company).

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Topics: sales development

How I Work and Get Sh!t Done

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/14/17 4:57 PM

Over the past few weeks working with sales teams, my go to question on Monday for both the salespeople and the front line managers is- what's happening for this week?

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Why wait to invest in your own development?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/12/17 4:35 PM

Over the past few weeks, we have been working with a team of salespeople and their manager at a large SaaS software company. Doesn’t seem like that would be so unusual does it? Happens all the time that an outside trainer or coach would work with a sales manager to help them become a better coach to develop their people.

Here is the twist. Not a dime of their company’s money was spent. Each member of the team opted in and has paid for themselves. Why? Why not wait to get their company to pay for it?

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Topics: sales development

3 Ways to Get a Sale Faster Than a Cold Call

Posted by Rick Roberge  4/8/17 7:55 AM

It happened again.

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Does your sales approach build or destroy trust?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/5/17 8:00 AM

There is a negative perception of sales today that has been around for a long time. Last week I was reminded why that is when I got this email:

“Thank you for creating stellar content! “Your blog rocks. Thanks for providing unique stories. I always share it with my sales team and they love it. Thanks!

We launched XYZ company recently to tremendous success, focusing on <blah, blah, blah>. In the 6 month since launching, we have gained 16,000 users worldwide including <yada,yada, yada>.

We want to work with you to help take us to the next level. We have been allocated marketing budget to spend on developing partnership with blogs like yours. I’d love to set up a time to speak. Are you interested ?”

However when I went to see if the person was subscribed to my blog, they weren’t. In fact, no one at the company was. And so I replied;

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Topics: sales conversations

Are you expecting too much from salespeople and managers?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/30/17 10:50 AM

Last week my husband asked me to teach him how to play piano. The extent of his piano skills was playing with one finger the Miami Vice theme song. Showing him how to play reminded me how I first started and also how many sales people and managers end up starting in their roles as well.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales training, sales management

Different types of conversations

Posted by Rick Roberge  3/27/17 9:20 PM

Carole and I were talking with a sales manager today and at one point he said, "Rick, I love it when you write about real conversations." Then he added, "Sorry, Carole, I'm just more familiar with Rick's blog." I had to hold the phone away from my ear. You should have heard her eyes roll!

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The Science of Sales Development- Part 2

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/24/17 12:24 PM

Who on your team can and will improve their sales performance?

If you are a sales leader, you have probably asked yourself and maybe even others; “How long should I hold on to a sales team member who is not achieving even 50% of his/her quota? And in conjunction with the previous question..How do I know when they have coached enough to give up?”

This was a few of the questions that a VP of Sales at a tech company asked us recently. Not easy questions to answer, but we have been hearing them a lot lately. Who wants to give up right before you are about to see results? Or perhaps you feel the weight of the investment and don’t want to admit the loss? So much time, money and energy has already been put into this person and the cost of a failed hire is high (yes, even if they are commission only). That cost is especially high for small businesses bootstrapping growth.

And if you aren’t at that point of trying to decide whether or not to give up on certain members of your team, you may be asking yourself;

  • Who should be trained and coached?
  • What should we be training and coaching on?
  • How do we know if they will improve?

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Topics: sales assessments, sales assessment test

Is your sales manager changing?

Posted by Rick Roberge  3/22/17 1:15 PM

Have you noticed anything different lately?

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