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Which self limiting sales belief is costing you sales?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/19/16 9:26 AM

I often get strange looks when people ask what I do and I reply; "Eliminate the headtrash that prevents salespeople from getting customers." Usually the first question is; “What do you mean by headtrash?” Followed by; ”How does that prevent them from getting customers?”

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Topics: sales mindsets

Why successful salespeople embrace entrepreneurism

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/17/16 1:30 PM

This past week I had drinks with a salesperson who had recently started a new position in a company. It was a new type of role for her. Rather than being in a office, she worked remotely and independently. The majority of her internal and customer conversations were virtual, not face to face. She was involved in all the stages of the buying process, not just one part.

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Topics: entrepreneur, sales mindsets

Are you having conversations with people or prospects?

Posted by Nichole Stohler  3/14/16 1:30 PM

*Today's guest post is from Nichole Stohler, a current client who is dedicated to helping CIOs and CISOs take a risk-based approach to information security by developing a strategic and holistic data protection plan and the tools and resources to execute it.*

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Topics: sales mindsets, sales conversations

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

How you buy is how you sell.

Posted by Carole Mahoney  8/10/15 11:43 AM

My 17 year old just started his first job at a retail store. His first sales job. After the first week, he came home shaking his head at how people buy. He couldn't understand why someone would come in, try something on, love it, but put it back because they might find something better somewhere else, only to come back a few days later to buy what they originally wanted. If you like it, and you have the money, why wouldn't you just buy it? That's what he would do.

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Topics: sales mindsets

No Proposals Before You Close

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/9/15 3:43 PM

Tomorrow we Rick give our version of how to close a new client for our group sales training. But I started writing this blog post almost a month ago as almost every new client who has started our 3 month trial program has had this same problem.

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Topics: sales mindsets, sales questions

Is transparency a competitive edge in sales?

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/13/15 11:44 AM

I first wrote this post right after the Inbound 2014 conference... and it’s been nagging at me. Here’s why.

I was talking with a marketing agency owner about some ideas for their own blog after the conference and asked them what their biggest takeaways were. They shared with me one of the things that they learned at a session was from Matt Heinz. Matt had a popular session titled, “25 Email Marketing Hacks” .

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Topics: sales mindsets

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