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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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Topics: What Sales Can Learn From Series

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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Topics: What Sales Can Learn From Series

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

Random Conversations About Sales Performance

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/6/19 7:21 AM

When Brandon Gracey, Principal at Gaslight Solutions, asked if he could put me on the hot seat about sales coaching, how could I say no? (After he agreed to let me record it for everyone!)

Read on, or watch a video snippet of our conversation around:

  • Whether to focus on areas that the salesperson is best at or where there are gaps,
  • Whether there is a rubric to start from in training or if things begin with a self assessment,
  • What are the typical reps that you look for coaching?
  • How does mindset play a role in sales training?
  • And more!
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Topics: sales coaching

Breaking things down to learn how to do better next time

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/30/19 7:35 AM

The Patriots spend a lot of time watching their past games, slowing down each play to pick it apart. They really break things down to the fundamentals in order to learn what to do better next time.

Breaking things down to the basics isn't just a sports process; it's a process that all salespeople should be following as well.

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Topics: What Sales Can Learn From Series

The Prospecting Habit

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/27/19 7:45 AM

How do you make prospecting a habit?

How do you make it something that helps avoid the situation where you find yourself at the end of the month, end of the quarter, or end of the first half of the year wondering why your pipeline is so skinny?

You know why it's hard? Because it's hard to form new habits.

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Topics: salespeople

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