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Super Bowl Sales Lessons

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/1/18 5:21 PM

I have been a New England Patriots fan ever since I can remember. (If you are currently an “anyone but the Pats fan,” I wish you luck.)

My earliest childhood memories were watching the games with my family, and no matter what, cheering for the Pats. To say they were the underdog in those early years is an understatement.

When they made it to the ‘85 Super Bowl, it was a bigger than Christmas, and at 9 years old Christmas was still a big deal. When they lost, I cried on the way home sitting on the hub in the middle of my uncle’s truck. No one spoke, except for the random, “F’ing Pats”.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales coach, salespeople

Frozen Pipes and Pipelines

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/3/18 1:05 PM

The founder of a SaaS software startup company that I just started working with is located in the same region as I am. Here in the Northeast, the past few weeks have been brutally cold with double-digit sub zero temperatures at night and highs in the single digits during the day. Not only have pipes been freezing in homes and businesses, but some cities main water lines are freezing too.

If you have lived in this type of climate before you know that to prevent this from happening you should leave your faucets on enough to drip. The constant water flow make the pipe less likely to freeze.

As we were talking about his sales opportunities, all of them were in the same stage they had been for weeks and months. To which I said;

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Topics: entrepreneur, sales coaching, pipeline management, salespeople

4 Must Ask Questions Before You Click Send

Posted by Carole Mahoney  11/3/17 11:07 AM

Sometimes when we are coaching salespeople, we are reviewing sales calls, social media interactions, and yes- even email. Wherever and however the conversations are happening, we want to know about it.

Below are examples of 2 different emails sent into us from clients, how we edited them, and why. From that came 4 questions you should be asking before you send your next sales email.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales conversations, sales email, salespeople

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

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