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Feb, 09 2017 | Associations, Enterprise, Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business

Are Digital Distractions Slowing Your Sales Productivity?

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Your team might be too connected to focus on sales. Sales has always required a fair amount of multi-tasking. Between lead generation, prospecting, and caring for current clients, we have a lot of balls in the air, which can make it hard to focus. It’s even harder in the digital world. Distractions come at us […]

Feb, 02 2017 | Associations, Enterprise, Referral Sales, Referrals, Small Business

How to Land and Expand with Relationships

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The top four account-based sales secrets revealed! When it comes to account-based sales tips, there is one guy who can revolutionize your technique. This is a story about George (mostly). I’ve known plenty of great account-based sellers, or as we used to call them, “B2B salespeople.” George is among the best, because he understands that […]

Sep, 01 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Referral Sales, Referrals, Small Business

Are Your Salespeople in the Top 90%?

Here’s how to actually win with referral sales strategies. More than 90 percent of salespeople convert at least half of their prospects to clients when they get referrals. And another 60 percent report a conversion rate of more than 70 percent. These stats are from a recent webinar I conducted— “Turn Cold to Gold.” I […]

Aug, 18 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Referral Sales, Referrals, Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business, Women in Sales

Curiosity and Discontent: Words to Live—and Sell—By

Read the speech that helped to shape my perspective on education, sales, and life in general. Many years ago, a high-school girl competed in a state speech competition for members of the forensics club. Participants competed for the best original speech as well as for the best speech written by someone else. This young girl […]

Aug, 11 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business

Think Sales Reps Will Become Obsolete? Think Again

The most effective sales techniques don’t require a device. You’ve heard it. Television will kill radio. Video killed the radio star. And social media and the internet will eliminate the time-consuming, face-to-face aspect of sales. Um, no. Marketing automation, CRM, social media, and other technology tools enable sales reps to sell more efficiently and cost […]

Aug, 04 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Salespeople, Small Business, Social Selling

Social Selling Isn’t a 24/7 Job

How can we stay in touch without always being connected? I got blasted on social media. No, it wasn’t someone inviting me to connect and then blasting me with a sales pitch (my usual complaint about bad social media behavior). It was someone critiquing me because I write about social selling and the importance of […]

Jul, 28 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business, Women in Sales

Do Women in Sales Lack Confidence?

The greatest challenge for many women leaders isn’t gender discrimination; it’s self-doubt. Women in sales don’t have to think or act like men to become rainmakers; we have the natural-born skills and grit it takes to be top-tier sellers. We know how to build relationships. We are hardwired to be nurturers, connectors, and collaborators. So […]

May, 26 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Homepage Slider, Referral Sales, Referrals, Sales Leadership, Salespeople

Do You Make Time for Your Sales Reps to Practice?

No one wins the game without putting in the practice. “From this day on I’d like to be known as ‘The Big Aristotle’ because Aristotle once said, ‘Excellence is not a singular act; it’s a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.’” —Shaquille O’Neal Practice? Who me? Sure, sales reps know they must practice new […]

May, 19 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Referral Sales, Referrals, Salespeople, Small Business, Social Selling

Do Your Sales Reps Act Like Sales Snobs or Social Stalkers?

Maximize your net worth via your referral network. Steve, a salesman with an enterprise company, invited me to connect on LinkedIn. I accepted his standard invitation, thinking he might be a good connection, and sent a personal message inviting him to contact me with any questions about referral selling. His response: “What is referral selling?” […]

May, 12 2016 | Associations, Enterprise, Sales Leadership, Salespeople, Small Business

Why Specificity Matters for Lead Generation

Whether you’re crafting a strong headline or asking for referrals, it pays to be specific. Lead generation is personal … very personal. Imagine you’re looking for a long-term romantic relationship. You don’t just want anyone “single and good-looking.” You want someone who is smart, hardworking, honest, and loves theater and concerts. Or perhaps someone who […]