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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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Is your sales process really the problem?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/15/17 1:50 PM

Whether you are a sales person in a company or a founder of a small company- you have a sales process already. Whether it is effective, scalable, and most importantly- designed around your ideal customer’s buying process is a whole other story.

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Topics: sales process, sales methodology

How do you measure the impact of sales coaching?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/2/17 9:58 AM

This was a question that a VP of Sales asked me recently.  But this wasn’t the first one he asked. It started with him saying that his biggest challenge was ‘coaching the coaches’. In his opinion, his team is ‘smart, hardworking and coachable’ but having been worked up through the system, don’t have any leadership experience. And since this is his first time leading leaders, it’s ‘unchartered territory’ and he didn’t want to ‘short change the team with the gaps in his skillset’.

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Topics: sales coaching, ROI

How to improve your decision making to sell better

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/19/17 9:41 AM

I don’t enjoy shopping and it’s all my mom’s fault. It felt like every weekend was another shopping adventure. Saturday mornings while my sister and I did our chores, she surfed the flyers for sales, coupons, etc. The driving to multiple stores, wandering up and down the aisles, comparing prices, features and benefits was mind numbing to me. Only to end up back at one of the first stores to get the thing she had to have.

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Topics: sales development, sales science

Sales therapy

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/17/17 10:42 AM

A few months ago I had beers and wings with Mark Roberge after he spoke at the Boston Enterprise Sales meetup. When I shared with him what Rick and I were doing with clients and the results we were getting he said, “You’re like a sales therapist!”

I cringed a little because I am not a psychologist and from the conversations I was having with VP of Sales and growing start-up founders, that was too fluffy and intrinsic for them. When I shared that with Mark he said something like, “If I were a VP of Sales and could make that kind of investment to get that kind of return, it would be a no-brainer.”

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Topics: sales coaching, sales coach

How are sales lost to no decision?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/10/17 4:35 PM

This was the topic on this week’s #livesaleslab and it was inspired from several different places. First, from sales people asking us, “Why do my prospects disappear after the proposal?”. Then from current clients wondering, “Where is the best place to look to find some immediate sales?” And then also from coaching conversations where sales people were struggling to talk with decision makers, uncover urgency, and find budget.

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Topics: sales development, sales analysis

Changing the language and perception of sales

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/3/17 10:55 AM

On yesterday’s #livesaleslab we talked about sales strategies, specifically sales prospecting strategies. A new participant in the weekly open sales call came in saying “I really need to stuff the pipe a lot this month.” Hopefully no one else on the call heard me roll my eyes…

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Topics: sales process, sales coaching

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

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