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What's the hardest decision you've had to make as an entrepreneur?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/13/19 7:30 AM

What's the hardest question or decision that you've had to make as an entrepreneur? For me, it was whether or not to invest more in someone who wasn't performing or do I cut my losses midway through the year and maybe I can recoup some of that time and effort?

When you consider that we are half way through the year, it's do or don't time.

And when you consider the importance of sales at this pivotal time, it only makes it a harder decision.

Unless you ask the 3 questions I share in this video.

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Topics: entrepreneur

What Sales Can Learn From A Navy Seal

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/9/19 7:18 PM

On the first session of What Sales Can Learn From Series, I spoke with Stephen Drum, a combat-tested Navy Seal and senior enlisted leader with 26 years of leading and developing high-performance teams to succeed. 

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Topics: What Sales Can Learn From Series

Mid-Year Check-In

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/2/19 7:15 AM

Recently, I hiked through Utah with my son, which was one of my own personal goals. During this hike, I began thinking about how many actually reach their goals.

We're almost at halfway through the year right now, and at the beginning of this year, you probably set some pretty audacious goals for yourself.

But how is that going for you now?

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Topics: video

Unconventional advice for sales people at the end of the month

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/22/19 8:00 AM

Are you like many of the sales people that I talk to who basically disappear at the end of the month because they're busy trying to close deals?

You've probably heard the saying that sales is a numbers game. But it's not.

I know, I know- it’s the end of the month and you aren’t going to hit your number. Right now to you, all you can probably think about is that number. And it’s messing with your head.

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Topics: sales coaching, #livesaleslab

Sales Managers-Do you need to change the way you think about money?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/8/19 8:00 AM

The ability to have in-depth financial conversations with buyers depends on how comfortable your team is discussing money. So how does the way that you think about money impact your sales management?

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Topics: sales management, #livesalesmanagement

When should you hire your first salesperson?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/23/19 11:18 AM

When to hire your first salesperson is one of the toughest questions for an entrepreneur to answer.

There are several reasons why.

Continue reading or watch the video to learn the top three reasons as well as how you can decide when it is time for you to hire.

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Topics: sales hiring, sales onboarding

3 Scary Facts About Entrepreneurs and Sales

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/16/19 11:20 AM

A while ago, I volunteered for a local event put on by Envision Maine, a non profit organization dedicated to promoting the next economy. The event that I attended was titled “Educating Tomorrow’s Innovators and Entrepreneurs.”

From this event, I have been mulling over these thoughts on where the gaps for business growth were. I call them the three scary facts.

I am sure that these aren’t just true for the state of Maine, but on a much larger global scale as well....

So what are these scary facts?

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Topics: entrepreneur, sales coach

Sales Managers- What's your approval got to do with it?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/4/19 7:00 AM

Quick, what do 38% of salespeople have in common with Tina Turner? (Check out the video to get your clue)

 

As human beings, we are wired and conditioned to seek the approval of others. Unfortunately, that can sometimes get in the way.

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Topics: sales management, #livesalesmanagement

How to get the feedback you want from your sales manager

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/26/19 7:30 AM

Getting feedback from your sales manager can be scary. Especially if you struggle with a need for approval from others. But as they say, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions,” and like breakfast, get coaching and feedback everyday to take your sales career to the next level.

The more feedback you can get, and apply, the less of a surprise it will be, the less stressful it will be, and you will have more opportunities to change your behavior.

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Topics: salespeople, #livesaleslab

How Sales Managers Can Actually Save Time with Call Recording Technology

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/22/19 7:33 AM

What is the best way to offer feedback without overwhelming your salespeople?

So many recorded calls, but still so little time! With the rising trend of listening to recorded calls, many hoped it meant that salespeople would improve faster and with less time required of sales managers.

How is that working out for ya? I talked with one sales manager who would listen to his teams calls on the way into work, and on the way home- through Boston traffic. If you’ve ever driven in Boston, you can imagine this was a accident just waiting to happen.

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Topics: sales management, sales technology, #livesalesmanagement

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