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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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What Sales Can Learn from a FBI Behavioral Analyst

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/17/19 7:25 AM

On the second session of What Sales Can Learn From Series, I spoke with Robin Dreeke. Robin is unique in that his "Code of Trust" was originally developed by him in order to build relationships and trust with national adversaries. Crafted and honed over his career as an FBI Special Agent Behaviorist, Robin brings his one-of-a-kind formula to you and your team for all aspects of leadership and business development.

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What chickens can teach us about hiring salespeople

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/14/19 7:20 AM

How many salespeople are you thinking you need to hire? It's that time of year when many startups, small businesses, and companies who are hoping to ramp up sales fast are looking at headcount. Let's get some people in seats!

But according to CSO Insights, quota attainment has been around 50% for the past four years. As a sales coach, I get asked to sometimes coach salespeople are aren't the right fit for the role and as a result, they are frustrated, their company is frustrated, and more importantly, so is their customer.

It's like my chickens.

In the spring, I bought 12 baby chicks from a local farmer. Those first 90 days are critical to making sure they are strong enough to get established; just like your onboarding program for your salespeople. After weeks of carefully feeding, watering, and keeping them clean and dry inside- they were ready to go outside to the hen house.

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Topics: sales hiring

One thing salespeople need to try today according to a Navy Seal

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/10/19 7:24 AM

During the What Sales Can Learn From A Navy Seal session, we closed out by asking Stephen Drum this last question:

What is the one thing that you recommend salespeople try today in order to be better prepared?

Check out his answer in the video below.

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Topics: What Sales Can Learn From Series

The 3 Question Close

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/7/19 7:28 AM

One of the most asked questions I get from salespeople, sales managers, and entrepreneurs is...

How do I know when to close? How do I do it without being sleazy?

Not knowing when to close is like a gardener not knowing when to pick the tomatoes in the garden.

Check out my answer for when to close and what to do when they say no in this video clip.

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Topics: entrepreneur, sales management, salespeople

How to throw a curveball without discouraging your team

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/3/19 7:27 AM

When training, you want to throw curve balls to keep everyone on their toes. But how do you throw a curve ball into the mix without discouraging your team?

Check out what Navy Seal, Stephen Drum, has to say about this process in this video.

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How do we create realistic environments to best prepare for certain situations?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/24/19 7:25 AM

Leaders can help to create realistic environments in order to train other for certain situations. 

Navy Seal and senior enlisted leader with 26 years of experience leading and developing high-performance teams, Stephen Drum, gives his tips about this in the video below.

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Topics: What Sales Can Learn From Series

How Often Do You Clean Out Your Pipeline?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/20/19 7:26 AM

How often should you clean out your sales pipeline? I mean, you do clean out your sales pipeline, don't you?

Or do you keep deals in there longer than you should, accepting delay after delay either because they have to talk to someone else or the budget isn't really the budget?

Maybe you're just not entirely sure if this is something that they need to have because there's something happening, or if it's a nice-to-have because you know it would be great if we fix this?

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Topics: pipeline management

What steps should we be taking to prepare more?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/15/19 7:30 AM

Are you struggling to prepare? 

Check out this clip where Stephen Drum, combat-tested Navy SEAL and senior enlisted leader, explains what steps you can take to get you headed in the right direction.

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Growing Key Accounts with Liz Heiman

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/13/19 7:25 AM

The selling never stops.

Just because you have won the first opportunity doesn't mean your job is done. If you are truly looking to solve problems, you should be actively working with key accounts to find more ways to help.

Learn more on this #livesaleslab recap.

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Topics: #livesaleslab, video

We know we should be preparing more, so why don't we?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/8/19 7:20 AM

Preparing is one of those things that we all know that we should be doing...

So why don't we?

Check out what Stephen Drum, combat-tested Navy SEAL and senior enlisted leader, has to say about this topic. 

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Topics: What Sales Can Learn From Series

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