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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

Are you expecting too much from salespeople and managers?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/30/17 10:50 AM

Last week my husband asked me to teach him how to play piano. The extent of his piano skills was playing with one finger the Miami Vice theme song. Showing him how to play reminded me how I first started and also how many sales people and managers end up starting in their roles as well.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales training, sales management

The Science of Sales Development- Part 1

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/15/17 7:59 AM

I have been talking a lot about the book ‘The Science of Selling’ lately because it begins to tell us- according to objective science- how buyers buy and the behaviors needed by salespeople to align to that.

It’s about time that sales leaders and experts turned to proven science. Rather than the bias of our own individual experience and success, proven science is a concept that has been verified through vigorous, scholarly research. It has been tested and verified through multiple sources. It goes through a peer review.

Behavioral scientist David G. Myers wrote, “A scientific theory explains through an integrated set of principles that organizes observations and predicts behaviors or events.” Scientists do not debate core scientific principles. (Cold calling is dead! Social selling is a scam! Sound familiar?) Is it any wonder why sales leaders and salespeople are confused and overwhelmed? How can they possibly know what is real, tested, and true? There needs to be a consensus as to what is known (according to science) and what is not known.

And while science answers many things, it raises even more questions in my mind. Now that we know what we should be doing, the next question is- will we do it and how well? How does our own psychology play into this formula? Can we truly change our own psychology?

And given this science-how does training and coaching need to change and work together? How can we help leaders develop their people and how can salespeople quickly adapt and change- not just once but continuously? And not just according to the latest fad, tech, methodology, or an expert’s “special sauce” but according to scientific principles?

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Topics: sales coaching, sales development, sales training, sales science

Why We Need the Science of Sales Development

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/13/17 1:22 PM

One of the problems with sales today

This morning I read Dan Tyre’s article on the HubSpot blog “6 Phrases Sales Managers Use That Always Backfire”. The article and some of the comments highlighted what I see as one of the major problems happening with inside sales today.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales training, sales science

How Inbound Has Ruined Salespeople

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/6/17 11:42 AM

Every so often I notice a pattern happening with coaching clients. The one that has been getting my attention lately is that most seem to be in reaction mode. For example, rather than asking buyers layered questions leading up to demos and meetings, they typically wait until the meeting or demo happens to see what they wanted to talk about.

Or they wait for buyers to get to take a specific action on the website before they will pick up the phone or reach out to them.

Or even worse, they dump a lot of information on the buyer and wait for them to sort out what is important to them.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales development, sales training

The Renaissance of Sales

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/27/17 11:27 AM

What will it take to create respect for the sales profession?

The state of sales today reminds me of what the state of the medical profession from the 16-18th centuries was. Sales, like medicine, has been evident since the beginning of recorded history in one form or another. Like salespeople today, being a medical professional (doctor, surgeon, apothecary) then did not grant the same level of respect that modern medical professionals take for granted today.

Prior to the 16th century, medicine was more mystical and based on the observations of a few. In fact, if you wanted to study medicine prior to the 16th century, it would include both physical and spiritual therapy from herbs and suitable diet as well as Mass, prayers, relics of saints, and music.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales training, sales conversations, sales science

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