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Carole Mahoney

Carole Mahoney was among the first Hubspot Partners and is an entrepreneur's evangelist. Today she trains and coaches other entrepreneurs to grow their business with inbound.
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Sales leaders, what does your pipeline smell like?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/11/18 7:00 AM


I love the water. Simply floating in my pond in Maine is heavenly on the 90+F degree days we have been having so far this summer.

What makes my pond so heavenly is that it is fed by an underground aquifer. If it weren't, the water would get stagnant, smelly, mucky, and not a place I'd want to float.

Instead, when you float in the 70 acre pond that is my backyard, you can feel the tiny bubbles hitting the surface.  (When I first felt it I thought it was a fish about to nibble on my toes. You'll never see me swim that fast again!) From above, you can see clearly to the sandy bottom. The smell of fresh water and air is unmistakable.

As I was floating in the pond over the US holiday this past week, I was reflecting on the pipelines and forecasts clients have sent me to review.

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What Buyers Really Value

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/21/18 4:51 PM

An entrepreneur sent in a great question recently. She asked; “Besides bringing value and educating the buyer, what do buyers appreciate most in a sales person these days?”

This is an important question, especially when you consider the topic of discounting.

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Topics: sales questions, salespeople, #livesaleslab

How to Make Negotiations Less Painful

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/14/18 7:30 AM

In a recent #livesaleslab, we were joined by guest coach, Jane Gentry of Jane Gentry & Company where we talked about some mindset shifts and tips to help with your next negotiation. 

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Topics: #livesaleslab

Dangerous Assumptions Common in Salespeople

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/6/18 7:24 AM

This #livesaleslab wrap-up is actually on ode, or rant- to my mom.

She wasn’t just my mom, but also my first boss in the local restaurant she ran. There are several things she drilled me on over and over again that have stuck with me still today. And no, I’m not exaggerating when I say drilled. My grandfather was a drill sergeant after all.

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Topics: #livesaleslab

The Importance of Mentorship

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/30/18 7:23 AM

We were joined by none other than Danita Bye for a recent #livesaleslab where she shared some key insights from her book "Millennials Matter: Proven Strategies to Build Your Next-Gen Leader".

We have all had mentors that have made an impact on our lives. We've also had some bad managers who have perhaps taught as well (what not to do!). Check out the video below to hear what the difference is between a mentor and a coach, three things to look for in a mentor, ideas on where to look for one, and a few ways you can build your own mentor support group.

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Topics: #livesaleslab

What do you do when sales prospects disappear?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/23/18 7:24 AM

On a recent #livesaleslab, we talked about prospects who disappear, go dark, or stall. Show of hands, how many of us have had that happen?

Right. If you didn’t raise your hand, then you’re either new to sales- or can’t remember that far back. It happens to everyone.

You may not be able to prevent it from happening 100% of the time, but there are things you can do to make it happen less.

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Topics: prospecting, #livesaleslab

OutBound Conference 2018: Highlights and Takeaways

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/16/18 7:30 AM

Many may know me for "inbound sales and marketing". After all, I was among the first 100 or so HubSpot marketing agencies almost a decade ago. I've been to every single Inbound conference- (even before it was called "Inbound") and spoken at the last 3- this year will be my 4th visit as a speaker.

But what you may not know is that one of the reasons I made the transition to the dark side of sales is that I learned that "Inbound" by itself, is not enough to grow a business. That's why I made the transition to Unbound Growth.

So this "inbounder" crashed the party at OutBound Conference in Atlanta. Because it's not about one thing versus the other. It's about doing whatever it takes (ethically) to reach those that you can help the most.

Here is what stuck with me, as recorded live from the OutBound Conference!

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Topics: salespeople

What is one of the biggest complaints that executives have about sales meetings?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/9/18 6:48 AM

What is one of the biggest complaints that executives have about sales meetings? Unprepared reps who don't know anything, or enough, about them and their business!

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Topics: #livesaleslab

What do relationships have to do with sales?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/25/18 7:25 AM

What do relationships have to do with sales? Necessary, or not needed? No matter which side of the relationship discussion you are on, one thing is sure when it comes to sales and building trust, it's the #notaboutme mindset. Take the pledge here.

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Topics: sales books, #livesaleslab

3 Actionable Strategies for Beginning Conversations

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/19/18 1:35 PM

Even as professional salespeople, it can be intimidating trying to talk to strangers. Maybe because most of us were raised to not talk to strangers? Check out the video below to hear what I recently discussed, analyzed, and practiced with participants on a recent #livesaleslab.
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Topics: salespeople, #livesaleslab, video

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