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The 3 Question Close

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/7/19 7:28 AM

One of the most asked questions I get from salespeople, sales managers, and entrepreneurs is...

How do I know when to close? How do I do it without being sleazy?

Not knowing when to close is like a gardener not knowing when to pick the tomatoes in the garden.

Check out my answer for when to close and what to do when they say no in this video clip.

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Topics: entrepreneur, sales management, salespeople

Sales Managers-Do you need to change the way you think about money?

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

The ability to have in-depth financial conversations with buyers depends on how comfortable your team is discussing money. So how does the way that you think about money impact your sales management?

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Topics: sales management, #livesalesmanagement

Sales Managers- What's your approval got to do with it?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  4/4/19 7:00 AM

Quick, what do 38% of salespeople have in common with Tina Turner? (Check out the video to get your clue)

 

As human beings, we are wired and conditioned to seek the approval of others. Unfortunately, that can sometimes get in the way.

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Topics: sales management, #livesalesmanagement

How Sales Managers Can Actually Save Time with Call Recording Technology

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/22/19 7:33 AM

What is the best way to offer feedback without overwhelming your salespeople?

So many recorded calls, but still so little time! With the rising trend of listening to recorded calls, many hoped it meant that salespeople would improve faster and with less time required of sales managers.

How is that working out for ya? I talked with one sales manager who would listen to his teams calls on the way into work, and on the way home- through Boston traffic. If you’ve ever driven in Boston, you can imagine this was a accident just waiting to happen.

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Topics: sales management, sales technology, #livesalesmanagement

To coach or not to coach is NOT the question

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/8/19 1:17 PM

 

There is just too much evidence to deny the ROI of 1:1 sales coaching on team performance. I could cite the CEB research that shows that salespeople who are coached at least 3 hours a month achieve an average of 7% over quota.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales management

Metrics No Manager Can Afford To Ignore

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/13/19 7:00 AM

Do you have one of these health watches or Fitbits? It seems like everyone does. But how many people actually look at their stats or, better yet, how many know what these stats mean in regard to their health? And how will these stats help lead them to the health outcome that they are looking for?

It kinda reminds me of how sales teams use their CRMs. It's there, they wear it everyday, but does it impact what, or how, they do things?

On a recent Live Sales Management Lab, we talked about the metrics that no sales manager can afford to ignore in 2019.

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Topics: sales management, #livesalesmanagement

Would you rather play blackjack or hire a salesperson?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  2/8/19 11:44 AM

Have you ever sat down and calculated what it actually costs when a sales hire doesn't work out?

A lot of sales leaders are scrambling to hire right now, and sadly that means that many might be settling for Mr or Ms Right Now, not objectively looking for the right hire.

The amount of time, money, potential lost revenue, and morale downer when a new hire doesn't work out is a scary number. (If you are brave, click here to calculate your number.) In many cases it's more than twice their base salary!

If about half of sales people make quota, I have to wonder, wouldn't you be better off putting your money on the blackjack table in Vegas? I mean, at least you'd be getting some free drinks from it.

Why is this happening? And what can you do to increase your odds?

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Topics: sales management, #livesalesmanagement

5 Steps To Motivating Sales Teams

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/25/19 7:00 AM

 

In the very first Live Sales Management Lab, we discussed how to go above and beyond quota, which means helping our salespeople to identify those personally meaningful goals that are going to stretch them outside of their comfort zone, so that they can accomplish things they've never accomplished before.

Why is this so important?

And more importantly, why do we put it off? Why do we avoid these kinds of the conversations which are so crucial to change?

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Topics: sales management, #livesalesmanagement

How the Data Proved Me Wrong About Sales Managers

Posted by Carole Mahoney  9/13/18 3:48 PM

Last week I presented brand new data on sales managers and their impact on their salespeople. If you were one of the sales managers and executives with growing teams that were there- thank you for your questions, the conversations in the hallways after, and the multitude of messages saying it was one of the best sessions all week.

For those of you who missed out, this post is for you.

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Topics: sales coach, sales management, sales leadership

How true is the saying 'As goes the manager, so goes the team'?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/7/18 7:25 AM

Last year a sales manager asked for sales coaching because he “...didn’t want his shortcomings to become the collateral damage to his team.” After going through a 3-6 month program to ‘coach the coach’ and the team at the same time, his SaaS sales team is now #1 in their company, with a 98% customer retention rate.

Many of us have heard the phrase, “As goes the leader, so goes the team,” and much has been written about empathy in leadership (put yourself in their shoes), servant leadership (put others first), and ethical leadership (do what is right). And there are studies that show that these things help team members be more creative and more efficient when doing their jobs.

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Topics: sales management, sales leadership

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