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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

Sales coaching, training and process- chicken or the egg?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/27/16 3:26 PM

This post started as a debate between sales coaching and training- which should come first? 

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Topics: sales process, sales coach, sales training

Can One Question Change the Cadence of an Entire Sales Meeting?

Posted by Michael Douglas  4/5/16 11:45 AM

Can it?

I am about 15 weeks into my transformation to a sales rockstar.  One of my biggest obstacles as a salesperson is my need for approval. It affects far more than you could possibly realize.  But really, the worst part, is it has prevented me from asking difficult questions.  Questions that, if asked, would really help both myself and my potential customer.  It would keep us from wasting time on things that aren’t important.  It would keep us focused on the things that matter, things that matter to them.  Isn’t that our job as salespeople?  To find out what matters to our customer?  To find out about their dreams and goals so we know if we can help them get there?  So by that perspective, isn’t it selfish of us not to ask difficult questions?

I was recently told, “you need to learn to be the person your customer needs you to be, not necessarily the person they want you to be.”

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Topics: sales coach

A Sales Coach Can't Help You

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/1/16 11:13 AM

Have you ever heard a child say “I want to be a salesperson when I grow up.” ? Probably not, very few of us plan on being a salesperson. We either wander into it, or are forced into it because we end up being self employed. Most, especially startups, business owners and consultants, resist it. Sales is dirty, but necessary, and so we resign ourselves to it. Everyone needs to sell, but not many want to, and very few learn to like it.

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What are the fundamentals of sales?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/24/16 1:30 PM

There was a recent conversation happening among sales leaders, managers, and representatives around the question “Does mastering the fundamentals lead to improved sales performance?”

No surprise that the answer was yes, of course it does. What did surprise me, no, irked me, is that the majority of the answers were about skills, methods, tactics, process and methodology. Some answered that great listening skills are fundamental. Others talked about prospecting and qualifying, others even talked about CRM tools. Because I was irked, I did some more digging and Googled “fundamentals of sales”. Same result. Lots of posts about customer focus, optimism, prospecting, qualifying, etc…

Not the fundamentals at all. No wonder 52% of salespeople can’t make their quota when the sales community itself can’t even agree on what the fundamentals actually are!

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Topics: sales development, sales coach, sales mindsets

Can you learn to change?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/5/16 2:38 PM

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Over the past year or so, I have watched a lot of people lose their cool because of ‘something Rick did.’ It’s hard and sad to stand by and watch- but knowing why enables me to sit on my hands and let it happen. It’s a lot like when you see your kids about to make a mistake, or fall down, and your instinct is to reach out and help them, but you resist it because you know it’s for their own good to learn. 

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Topics: sales coach, sales mindsets

Why hold on to what holds you back?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/20/16 9:28 AM

This past weekend we were visiting my in-laws. My sister in law is in real estate, and loves to watch shows like Property Brothers. In it, a couple has a house they want to sell and at the same time, a house they want to buy. Every show starts with the brothers evaluating the current house with the couple and asking the question :

"How much do you think it is worth?"

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Topics: sales coach

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