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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 Salespeople Can Learn From Entrepreneurs

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/18/18 7:30 AM

What can salespeople can learn about grit from entrepreneurs?

And what is grit anyway?

Grit is a term that has been made popular by psychologist Angela Duckworth when she explored what made high achieving people successful. But how did they develop the self control and perseverance attributed to grit? How did they continue through multiple failures to find success?

I'll share some of my own experiences that I've learned as an entrepreneur, and as what other psychologists have found in their research.

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Topics: entrepreneur, salespeople, #livesaleslab

How the Data Proved Me Wrong About Sales Managers

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/13/18 3:48 PM

Last week I presented brand new data on sales managers and their impact on their salespeople. If you were one of the sales managers and executives with growing teams that were there- thank you for your questions, the conversations in the hallways after, and the multitude of messages saying it was one of the best sessions all week.

For those of you who missed out, this post is for you.

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Topics: sales coach, sales management, sales leadership

How do you deal with difficult prospects?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/5/18 8:00 AM

How do you (or your sales team) handle difficult prospects and buyers who do not want to share information? Because that never happens... right?

Do you  just try to plow through it, or just ignore it?

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Topics: salespeople, #livesaleslab

How to Use Inbound to go Outbound

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/22/18 12:51 PM

I talk to salespeople daily, and one thing they all eventually tell me is - 'I need more pipeline.' In other words, 'I need to prospect more.'

The concept of prospecting seems simple- find more people to talk to that have problems you can help with. Why then is it so hard? Not only to commit to doing it, but then once you have committed to doing it- actually getting people's attention is not easy.

Especially if we talk first about what we care about.

The hidden reason prospecting is hard is the fear of rejection and need for approval. Even though we know we shouldn't, we take it personally- it is how we are wired. No one likes to be told no, and most people don't like to give bad news. 

On the weekly #livesaleslab, we often share and practice prospecting ideas. Recently we talked about how to use inbound to go outbound.

First we had to define what we mean when we are talking inbound and outbound. 

I related it to dating.

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Topics: prospecting, salespeople

Incorporating social into your selling

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/15/18 7:14 AM

Most of us have heard the one side of the camp that says, "If you aren't on social, then you're wasting your time, you're never going to make your quota, and those that are on social always do."

Then there's the other side of the camp that says, "You need to be making cold calls everyday, you can't sell through social."

There is no one right way, and at the end of the day- if you aren't using every available means to find, or get found by, the people who have problems you can solve- then you are doing the world a disservice.

Taking that into account, the question to ask isn't if, it's how are you integrating social into your selling?

This was our topic on a recent #livesaleslab, and while we had several great takeaways, I feel that I may have gone on a bit of a rant about using LinkedIn as a example in this week's wrap up. We talked about the need to take small steps, have a person to person conversation before you can hope to have a sales conversation, be transparent, and what that could look or sound like.

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Topics: social selling, salespeople, #livesaleslab

Your Buyer's Buyer

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/9/18 9:56 AM

Occasionally during a #livesaleslab, where salespeople come every week to share the struggles they have and get coaching on different strategies and techniques to try, unexpected conversations come up.

A recent unexpected conversation was actually a continuation of what what to do when people ghost you. We had some returning visitors with us and they shared some of the ways that it happens to them. Afterward, I shared this strategy that I call:

Solving for Your Buyer's Buyer

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Topics: sales mindsets, salespeople

Trust and Communication

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/25/18 7:28 AM

The idea of being able to pick up on clues to someone else’s communication style and use that to adapt your communication style can seem insincere to some. Like you aren’t being true to who you really are.

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Topics: sales questions, salespeople, #livesaleslab

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

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