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How to fail at selling and still win

Posted by Ellie (Yael) Tamari  10/13/17 2:16 PM

I attended a networking event last night. My goal coming in was to track down, and connect with a top prospect in a strategic account I was trying to penetrate. I wanted to know if I can help them solve their business challenges.

After about an hour of meeting various people I finally found him standing alone. I walked up and said “Hey John, I’ve been looking for you”. He didn’t seem remotely excited to see me.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales conversations

7 Science Based Techniques to Develop a Discipline

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/14/17 1:13 PM

Why do so many salespeople know what to do, but very few do what they know? Ok, now who hasn’t asked that question? From sales leader's posts on LinkedIn to the sales managers and salespeople we work with on a daily basis, it has come up a lot lately.

Discipline gets a bad rap, like work gets a bad rap.”Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.” is quoted by everyone looking to only “work” 4 hours a week.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales development

Why don't we trust salespeople?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/25/17 2:17 PM

Seems like an obvious question doesn’t it? If you have read Daniel Pink’s book, “To Sell is Human” you know that 9 out of 10 people have a negative perception of sales people. Heck, salespeople don’t even trust other salespeople!

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Topics: sales coaching, sales development

Can salespeople get lucky on purpose?

Posted by Jessie Gonzalez  7/26/17 5:30 PM

This is more of a “realization”. I’ve had a busy week today as a salesperson, because I’ve gotten some referral business in my pipeline. Problem is, I didn’t do it on purpose.

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Topics: sales coaching, referrals

Are you planning on breathing today?

Posted by Mauricio Suarez  7/17/17 11:53 AM

When it comes to sales, there’s no better feeling than getting that PO, email from Finance, or Purchase confirmation. We feel accomplished and proud of ourselves, and happy we have begun that relationship with the customer. However, we sometimes forget what it took to get us to that moment, and forget that it - most often than not - took several calls and much effort to get that customer started. 
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Topics: sales coaching, prospecting

A sales slump story

Posted by Justin Anderson  6/7/17 9:52 AM

Everyone, at some point in their sales career, hits a slump. This guest post is the story of how one sales person got into, and out of, a slump.  

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Topics: sales coaching, sales mindsets

How do you measure the impact of sales coaching?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/2/17 9:58 AM

This was a question that a VP of Sales asked me recently.  But this wasn’t the first one he asked. It started with him saying that his biggest challenge was ‘coaching the coaches’. In his opinion, his team is ‘smart, hardworking and coachable’ but having been worked up through the system, don’t have any leadership experience. And since this is his first time leading leaders, it’s ‘unchartered territory’ and he didn’t want to ‘short change the team with the gaps in his skillset’.

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Topics: sales coaching, ROI

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

Changing the language and perception of sales

Posted by Carole Mahoney  5/3/17 10:55 AM

On yesterday’s #livesaleslab we talked about sales strategies, specifically sales prospecting strategies. A new participant in the weekly open sales call came in saying “I really need to stuff the pipe a lot this month.” Hopefully no one else on the call heard me roll my eyes…

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Topics: sales process, sales coaching

End of month sales coaching and training

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/28/17 12:00 PM

It’s end of month and if you are anything like the sales people and managers we just started working with, today you are either sighing in relief that you made quota- even if it was at the last day, or wincing in anticipation of the explanation you are going to have to give on why you missed quota.

It’s like in school when you would have to cram for a test the night before, everyone is blurry eyed, probably sick from stress, and can’t wait to just get it over with. The same reasons students end up cramming for tests are the same ones that happen to sales people at end of month.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales training

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