Today’s Sales Culture Is Killing Sales Performance

There’s a problem among sales managers that’s reaching a critical level. They have forgotten the primary job and responsibilities of the sales manager. As a result, the sales culture is a mess and performance is steadily dropping. Listen as Mike Weinberg, author of Sales Management. Simplfied., discusses how sales managers can stop this trend and create a high-performing sales team.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The Improv Comedy Tactic that Keeps Sales Moving Forward

The secret to successful improv comedy is the same strategy that keeps sales conversations moving forward. It’s all about saying “yes and.” Listen as Michael Port, author of the book Steal the Show, explains how sellers can use that tactic, why you must rehearse in order to be spontaneous, and the best way to close a deal.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:54pm EDT

A One-Two Sales Punch: Email and the Phone

Sales experts have said the phone is the best sales tool. It can be even more effective, however, when used along with email—when you use email to familiarize prospects with your product and company. By essentially pre-selling, they will be 80% sold when you talk with them on the phone, says email specialist Ben Settle.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Big Changes Ahead for Professional Services Delivery and Sales

If you think professional services firms are exempt from using artificial intelligence to automate services, you are in for a big awakening. As new technology is developed and buyers’ needs shift, firms are changing delivery models and their sales models. And those that don’t change will be in peril, says John Dillard, author of Microslices: The Death of Consulting and What It Means for Executives.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

Doing great work for a client is no longer enough to ensure the client will buy from you again when the need arises. Great work is expected and doesn’t set you apart from the growing competition. To keep clients buying from you, RAIN Group's Ago Cluytens suggest you do four things.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Online tools such as email were once considered the best prospecting tools. That is no longer the case. The phone has reclaimed the title as the number one prospecting tool for sales teams. Listen as inside sales expert Trish Bertuzzi explains why the phone is the top tool and what to say during conversations to get buyers to want to learn more.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Advanced Tools that Boost Sales Results

Having a CRM to enable your sales team is just table stakes. Today, sellers need advanced tools to help with their sales efforts—tools such as predictive analytics software, cloud-based document software, and esignature software. Listen as Monte Wilson, Vice President, Head of Americas Field Operations for Digital Media at Adobe Systems, discusses how those types of tools help companies win sales—and close them faster—and develop longtime relationships with customers.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

New Era of Sales Calls for a New Type of Seller

In sales situations, 59% of the executives who make buying decisions don’t want to meet with a salesperson. That doesn’t mean salespeople aren’t needed. It means their role has changed. They’ve become guides in what’s become a very processed-driven selling system. Listen as Tom Searcy, author of Life After the Death of Selling, explains sellers’ new roles and what sales leaders must do to ensure their teams perform well.

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Improve Key Account Management, Create a Selling Center

When 80% of your business comes from 20% of your customers, it’s critical to retain and grow those accounts. The best way to manage those key accounts is through a Selling Center, a permanent team committed to the account that maintains and increases the value of the relationship over time. Listen as Carl Herman and Joël Le Bon, authors of Key Account Management, explain how to improve your key account management.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:22pm EDT

The Customer Is Always Right, Even If They’re Wrong

People have strong beliefs. Those beliefs may not be correct, but you will never win those buyers over by telling them their belief system is wrong or flawed. To earn people’s business, you must accept their beliefs for what they are and learn how to communicate in a way that validates what they believe is correct, says Jay Samit, author of Disrupt You!

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Sales Enablement Critical to Sellers' Effectiveness

Buyers want personalized messages and conversations with salespeople. Generic selling just won't do. To have those conversations, companies must enable their sales teams, says Aberdeen Group's Peter Ostrow. They must give sellers the tools, content, and support that allow them to speak to a specific persona, vertical, or even company.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:44am EDT

3 Tactics to Grow Revenue and not Sound Like a Pushy Salesperson

You probably know everything required to sell more. The problem is you don't implement those tactics because you worry you are bothering your clients or you think you don't have time to do them. Both of those are misconceptions you need to get past. Listen as Alex Goldfayn, author of The Revenue Growth Habit, three unimposing things you can do now to increase revenue.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05pm EDT

3 Ways Salespeople Can Boost Productivity and Sell More

The average B2B salesperson uses only about a third of their time to actively sell. That means there's much more they can do to be more efficient, complete more sales activities, and win more deals. Listen as Matt Heinz discusses what salespeople can do right now to be more productive and sell more.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:07pm EDT

Power Language that Persuades Customers

In sales, you have to move your prospects where you want them to go. You do that by using power language that gets them to agree to a series of small things. Listen as Mark Rodgers, author of Persuasion Equation, discusses how to use power language, and the Principle of Nudge to persuade customers to buy from you.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

If you're trying to sell something, don't try to sell to people using logic. It's a waste of time. You need to connect with buyers on a subconscious and emotional level, says Erik Luhrs, aka The Bruce Lee of Sales and Lead Generation. If you can do that, you will increase sales volume and decrease sales cycle length.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:02pm EDT

Products and services are more complex. We use different media to communicate. And we communicate less face to face. As a result, our communication is often boring and superficial. It does not include intuitive information or the experiential aspect of what we're trying to say. Storytelling can fix that, says Annette Simmons, author of Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:56pm EDT

Hostage takers and your customers have different wants, but how you communicate with them to get to your desired result is the same. The goal is to keep the person talking. In this podcast, Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen, explains how to keep customers talking until they sell themselves on your solution.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:03am EDT

Referrals are a salesperson's biggest competitive differentiator. The produce the highest quality leads and can shorten the sale cycle. The problem is many people don't ask for referrals or they don't know how to ask for them. Listen as Joanne Black, author of No More Cold Calling and a leading authority on referral selling, discusses how to ask, as well as how to get started creating a referral system.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

Buyer Personas Improve the Buying Process and Increase Sales

Buyers are frustrated. Often sales reps are unprepared for meetings and unable to answer buyers' questions, causing the rep to lose the sale. To remedy that, companies need to gather insight about their buyers, create buyer personas, and use the information to help buyers, says Adele Revella, author of Buyer Personas.

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6 Sales Email Tactics that Trigger Replies

Email is still an effective sales tool—if it's done right. The problem is it's very easy to do wrong. Listen as David Traub, author of The 10 Second Sale, discusses six things you should include in every email that make people want to not just open your email, but reply to it.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Turning Sales Teams into High-velocity Sales Machines

Traditionally sales professionals participate in the sales process from start to finish. Some companies, however, have found a different structure works better. Following a model, in which sales professionals specialize in certain aspects of the sales process, they have increased sales closes by 300%. SalesLoft's Sean Kester explains.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The Ultimate Form of Career Insurance for Sales Professionals

Things have become more competitive for sales professionals. More people are vying for sales positions. Plus, selling itself has become more challenging with competing companies targeting the same customers. The best way to become indispensable in either situation is to be recognized as an expert in your field, says Dorie Clark, author of Stand Out.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00pm EDT

The Sales Training Model that Creates World-Class Sellers

Each person on a sales team is different. Depending on a person's role and outputs, he has different skills requirements and training needs. That means companies need a training program that addresses each person's unique qualities. A model that has proved successful is a sales university. With it, companies can create a curriculum that addresses core sales skills, as well as skills required for each sales role, says RAIN Group President Mike Schultz.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:05pm EDT

Generate Quality Referrals in Just 3 Steps

When it comes to generating referrals, you need a system. It doesn't have to be rigid system, but it must be a process that allows you to influence the referrals you receive. Using Vickie K. Sullivan's three-step system, you can guide your referral sources and ensure you received qualified leads.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

Lean Selling Can Dramatically Improve Your Sales Process--An Interview with Robert Pryor

Lean Thinking, long used to improve manufacturing and production processes, has found a use in sales. By implementing Lean Selling strategies, companies have been able to reduce sales waste, increase sales closures, and shorten sales cycle times, says Robert Pryor, author of Lean Selling.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT

LinkedIn is the most powerful social media tool for sales professionals. Most decision makers are members, and you have ungated access to them. The key is to be proactive in your use of it, says Melonie Dodaro, author of The LinkedIn Code. You can't simply create a profile, collect connections, and wait for buyers to come to you.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

Sales organizations usually sell to the user-buyer, where all of the talk is about features and benefits. Sellers feel comfortable doing that. But when they only do that, they miss the other type of buyer within the company—the C-suite. To ensure your chances of winning the sale, you need both sides on board, which means you need two value propositions, says Skip Miller, author of Selling Above and Below the Line.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:24pm EDT

Technology has created a new type of gatekeeper—noise. The constant sales emails, social media requests, and text messages generate so much noise that decision makers often delete or ignore them. Because of that, salespeople need a multi-pronged approach to get appointments with decision makers.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:12pm EDT

Sales has always been thought of as more of an art than science. That is changing as more data about sales teams is available. Rather than simply trying something and hoping it works, teams can apply data and metrics and predict success.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

You have a great product, but these days that isn't enough to keep customers returning. Customers want to be a part of something bigger. They want to connect with a company's story—their message—and they want to be a part of a community, says Noah Fleming, author of Evergreen. To achieve that, companies must have three qualities: character, community, and content.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

The "key of all keys" when maximizing sales with existing accounts is expanding the value you offer. It goes further than your value positioning statement, however. Listen as John Doerr explains the other things high-performing firms do to expand the value they offer and grow business with accounts.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

When it comes to identifying sales leaders, executives need to look beyond a person's ability to sell. Do they inspire people? Can they establish a clear vision? Can they get priorities of focus driven through an organization and cascaded to the front lines? Specifically, strong sales leaders have five qualities, says Scott Edinger, co-author of The Hidden Leader.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

People have long held negative perceptions of sales, making the idea of loving a salesperson laughable. The truth is many customers do love people who sell to them—if those people have certain qualities. Listen as Jack Vincent, author of A Sale Is a Love Affair, explains what it takes to win a customer's love.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

Whether you are a salesperson trying to get an executive to buy your product or you are a sales manager trying to approval for a new procedure, the important thing is to understand the executive's perspective. When you know what they want out of meetings, you will lead memorable meetings that prompt them to take action in your favor rather.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:07pm EDT

In a world where buyers often think competing products are virtually the same, the salesperson is the differentiating factor. It isn't enough for a salesperson to simply explain the features of what he's selling, he must provide value. Listen as Scott Edinger explains how top salespeople provide value and how companies can support them by having a sales-oriented culture.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

As firms work to generate new leads, close more business, and charge fees they deserve, one thing can make all of those easier to accomplish: a Visible Expert. Listen as Lee Frederiksen explains the benefits of having Visible Experts on staff and how to develop your own expert.

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