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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

Can one coaching call really make a difference?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  12/5/16 7:00 AM

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been holding our Live Sales Labs every week. We don't normally do them that often, but with lots of people scrambling to close end of year deals- it seemed like a good way to help.

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Topics: sales techniques, sales tactics, sales coach

Your Sales Leaders: Problem or Solution?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  10/4/16 2:39 PM

Yesterday was the beginning of 4Q16 (the beginning of the end), and I got up early to make sure I had time for plenty of coffee, yoga and reflection before I started the day with 90 minutes of back to back coaching calls at 8am. It`s not very often that every one of those calls are around the same issue, but yesterday and into today was one of those times.

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Topics: sales coach, sales management, sales leadership

Why you won't make quota

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/1/16 10:58 AM

How many headlines a day do you read about "hitting your quota"? Jeez!- it's not about hitting your quota is it? Aren't your goals bigger than your quota? No? Hmmm, maybe that’s why you can’t hit your quota?

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Topics: sales coach, goal setting

What is the most important thing on your sales call?

Posted by Michael Hurczyn  8/15/16 10:39 AM

Should salespeople take notes during sales calls? People are different.  They learn differently and they consume information differently. I've heard it both ways, "If you are writing notes, you can't also be listening," and on the flipside, some people would be lost without them. So is there a right and a wrong way?  

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Topics: sales process, sales coach

What is the value of sales coaching?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/13/16 1:22 PM

How do you know if coaching will be worth it?

My husband and I were watching the Women's Olympic Trials when he commented "Wow, what they can do is amazing. How do they make it look so easy?!" To which I replied, "They live and breathe this- day in and day out, for years. Just to get to this moment. That is the amazing part." Almost as if on cue, the program showed interviews with the moms of those who tried out. One mom said, "She has given up so much for this. Friends, prom, you name it. I am so proud of her."

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Topics: sales coaching, sales coach

10 things to look for in a sales coach.

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/11/16 2:30 PM

How to find the right salescoach (and why these criteria are important).

There are a lot of coaches out there, all with different styles and methodologies. It can be difficult finding the one that will help you get to where you want to be. How do you determine who is a great coach? What critieria should you use, and how will those impact your results?

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Topics: sales coach

What should sales coaching look like?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/6/16 1:00 PM

Several people have said to me recently “No one is doing what you are doing, at least not the way you are doing it. They say they are, but when you really dig and get into it- they aren’t.”

I can understand why. It’s time intensive. It requires an abundance of patience. It requires you to be at the top of your game at all times. It is certainly not for everyone.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales coach

How do you know if you need a sales coach?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/30/16 12:51 PM

Someone recently downloaded our Roadmap to Unbound Growth and when I asked them how they found us their reply was; "I believe I was searching for 'sales coaching' or 'professional sales coaching.' I have contemplated using coaching before and I am still on the fence if it is what I need right now..."

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Topics: sales coaching, sales coach

Should sales managers coach?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/19/16 8:00 AM

This post has been sitting in draft for a few weeks because for me, there is no easy answer. When I heard Chris Beall, the CEO from Connect and Sell say at the Sales 2.0 conference in Boston that he didn’t believe that sales managers should coach- my ears pricked up and the room went silent. That’s a pretty bold thing to say and goes in the face of the accepted best practice being touted by many in the sales development industry.

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Topics: sales coach, sales management

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