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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 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

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

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

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

Dangerous Assumptions Common in Salespeople

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/6/18 7:24 AM

This #livesaleslab wrap-up is actually on ode, or rant- to my mom.

She wasn’t just my mom, but also my first boss in the local restaurant she ran. There are several things she drilled me on over and over again that have stuck with me still today. And no, I’m not exaggerating when I say drilled. My grandfather was a drill sergeant after all.

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Topics: #livesaleslab

The Importance of Mentorship

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/30/18 7:23 AM

We were joined by none other than Danita Bye for a recent #livesaleslab where she shared some key insights from her book "Millennials Matter: Proven Strategies to Build Your Next-Gen Leader".

We have all had mentors that have made an impact on our lives. We've also had some bad managers who have perhaps taught as well (what not to do!). Check out the video below to hear what the difference is between a mentor and a coach, three things to look for in a mentor, ideas on where to look for one, and a few ways you can build your own mentor support group.

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Topics: #livesaleslab

What do you do when sales prospects disappear?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/23/18 7:24 AM

On a recent #livesaleslab, we talked about prospects who disappear, go dark, or stall. Show of hands, how many of us have had that happen?

Right. If you didn’t raise your hand, then you’re either new to sales- or can’t remember that far back. It happens to everyone.

You may not be able to prevent it from happening 100% of the time, but there are things you can do to make it happen less.

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Topics: prospecting, #livesaleslab

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

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