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Dec, 13 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

Put Your Damn Phone Away

No toys at the table! Answer this question: What’s more important than the person sitting in front of you, walking beside you, sharing a meal with you, or sharing your bed? If actions speak louder than words, your phone is more important. If you’re like the average American, the first thing you do when you […]

Dec, 07 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

How to Ask for a Referral Without Getting Embarrassed

Referrals aren’t favors. Salespeople often downplay the importance of referral networks or just don’t know how to ask for a referral. Don’t get distracted; don’t get embarrassed. Relationships and referrals are what business is all about! When I interviewed Wes, senior vice president of sales for a well-known marketing automation company, I expected to hear […]

Nov, 16 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Video

How to Actually Scale Your Referral Business

If you think referrals don’t scale, you’re just doing it wrong. Sales leaders often tell me that referral leads are their most qualified, most convertible leads. Then in the next breath, they tell me referral business doesn’t scale. Before I got really annoyed and was ready to blast them, I took a closer look at […]

Oct, 25 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership

Are You Always “On”? (Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be)

Too much work and not enough play makes … Working too much? You might not have a choice. Employers are more and more demanding. If you’re in sales, you assume you pretty much need to be “on” all the time, lest you miss an opportunity. No wonder salespeople check email on vacation, first thing in […]

Oct, 18 2018 | Business Development, Lead Generation, Referral Sales, Sales Leadership

Why You Need to Make Time for Asking for Referrals

Getting referral business should be top priority in your sales prospecting techniques Message to sales leaders: Your job is to get the rocks off the road so your team can close deals, exceed quota, and blow past revenue goals. That’s not happening with cold calling. Account execs remain overwhelmed with conflicting messaging, technology overload, and […]

Sep, 27 2018 | Sales Leadership, Women in Sales

Would You Encourage Your Children to Pursue Sales?

If not, what does that say about the state of sales ethics? The facilitator asked a provocative question: How many of you would tell your children to pursue a sales career? Everyone laughed, but no hands went up. A surprising response, since the participants were all tenured and successful sales leaders. (My hand went halfway […]

Feb, 08 2018 | Lead Generation, Sales Leadership

Does Sales Lead Generation Really Require a College Degree?

Street smarts or book smarts—which is better for sales? We only hired college graduates, or so I thought. So, when the president of my company hired a Sales VP without a degree, I challenged him. He said that Craig, the new VP, had the sales leadership experience we needed, and that a degree, in this […]

Mar, 23 2017 | Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Women in Sales

How Can Tech Companies Attract More Women in Sales?

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Women have everything it takes to succeed in sales. Ask any B2B sales leader about their lead generation challenges, and you’ll get specific answers about why their teams can’t get access to buyers, how sales processes have gotten too long, or why they’re losing to the competition. Ask them why there aren’t more women in […]

Mar, 16 2017 | Lead Generation, Sales Leadership

Want Qualified Sales Leads? Stop Your Team from Cold Calling

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Lead generation shouldn’t be that tough. Let’s be honest. Cold calling is bottom-of-the-barrel prospecting. It can take eight to 14 touches just to reach a prospect who isn’t expecting a call from your sales rep. He’s “dialing for dollars” (read: “wasting time”), and who has time to waste? There has to be an easier way […]

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