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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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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

Do you have a disqualification mindset?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/13/18 7:50 AM

What is a disqualification mindset and how do you develop one? How does it impact the engagement you have with potential buyers?
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Topics: salespeople, #livesaleslab, video

How true is the saying 'As goes the manager, so goes the team'?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/7/18 7:25 AM

Last year a sales manager asked for sales coaching because he “...didn’t want his shortcomings to become the collateral damage to his team.” After going through a 3-6 month program to ‘coach the coach’ and the team at the same time, his SaaS sales team is now #1 in their company, with a 98% customer retention rate.

Many of us have heard the phrase, “As goes the leader, so goes the team,” and much has been written about empathy in leadership (put yourself in their shoes), servant leadership (put others first), and ethical leadership (do what is right). And there are studies that show that these things help team members be more creative and more efficient when doing their jobs.

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Topics: sales management, sales leadership

Super Bowl Sales Lessons

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/1/18 5:21 PM

I have been a New England Patriots fan ever since I can remember. (If you are currently an “anyone but the Pats fan,” I wish you luck.)

My earliest childhood memories were watching the games with my family, and no matter what, cheering for the Pats. To say they were the underdog in those early years is an understatement.

When they made it to the ‘85 Super Bowl, it was a bigger than Christmas, and at 9 years old Christmas was still a big deal. When they lost, I cried on the way home sitting on the hub in the middle of my uncle’s truck. No one spoke, except for the random, “F’ing Pats”.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales coach, salespeople

Are you setting your new sales hire up to fail?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/23/18 7:30 AM

Imagine if your teenager was taught to drive by spending only a week or two watching training videos and sitting in the passenger seat watching you and others drive. Would you want them driving you across the country? Or even just across town in a snow storm?

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Topics: sales management, sales leadership, sales hiring, sales onboarding

What a failed sales hire really costs and how to reduce the risks

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/19/18 7:59 AM

It is pretty normal at the beginning of the year for many companies to start hiring salespeople, or to at least start thinking about hiring. When I ask VP of Sales and CEOs what their ideal salesperson is like and what they will need to accomplish, I have gotten answers that included;

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Topics: entrepreneur, sales management, sales leadership, sales hiring

Frozen Pipes and Pipelines

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/3/18 1:05 PM

The founder of a SaaS software startup company that I just started working with is located in the same region as I am. Here in the Northeast, the past few weeks have been brutally cold with double-digit sub zero temperatures at night and highs in the single digits during the day. Not only have pipes been freezing in homes and businesses, but some cities main water lines are freezing too.

If you have lived in this type of climate before you know that to prevent this from happening you should leave your faucets on enough to drip. The constant water flow make the pipe less likely to freeze.

As we were talking about his sales opportunities, all of them were in the same stage they had been for weeks and months. To which I said;

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Topics: entrepreneur, sales coaching, pipeline management, salespeople

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