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Sep, 15 2016 | Sales Leadership

Beware This Really Big Gap in Your B2B Sales Strategies!

Neglect referral plans at your own risk. “Mind the gap” is a famous phrase in London. It alerts travelers to the potentially dangerous space between the platform and train on the London underground system. This gap occurs on curved platforms. There’s a gap at the end car on inside curves, and a gap in the […]

Sep, 08 2016 | Sales Leadership

Is Your Online Brand Different than Your In-Person Brand?

In B2B sales, it’s important to make a good first impression. You are your brand. Your company has a brand, but people buy from you, not your company. If you’re a jerk, it doesn’t matter how great the business is. Buyers will find another salesperson from your company or go to your competitor. Today your […]

Aug, 18 2016 | Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, 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 | Sales Leadership

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 […]

Jul, 28 2016 | Sales Leadership, 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 […]

Jul, 14 2016 | Referral Sales, Sales Leadership

Sales Leaders: Are You Really Ready to Learn?

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The sooner sales leaders accept the fact they don’t know everything, the smarter they’ll be. As the old saying goes, if you’re not learning, you’re dead. I prefer the former. I thrive on learning and could spend days reading posts online and immersed in books. Of course, I don’t have time for that. And besides, […]

Jul, 07 2016 | Referral Sales, Sales Leadership, Social Selling

This Is the Biggest Lead Generation Mistake on Social Media

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A LinkedIn connection is not a sales lead. It happened again. I accepted a LinkedIn invitation from someone I didn’t know, sent a personal response to greet my new connection, and immediately received a cold calling message from someone looking only for lead generation: I’d love to talk and hear about you, what’s happening in […]

Jun, 23 2016 | Sales Leadership, Women in Sales

How Women in Sales Boost the Bottom Line

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Wake up call for sales leaders: If you don’t have enough saleswomen on your team, you’re at a disadvantage. Women are just plain naturals at selling. Saleswomen have the skills and grit it takes to be top-tier performers because success in sales is about building and nurturing relationships. Women get that. We are hardwired to […]

Jun, 16 2016 | Referral Sales, Sales Leadership

Kevin Bacon and a Unique Way to Crush Lead Generation

Your referral network is larger than you realize. Have you ever played the game, “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon”? Or perhaps seen the Kevin Bacon Visa Check Card ad from 2002? The concept is simple: We’re all connected … sometimes in the most absurd and unbelievable ways. Finding those connections is key to lead generation […]

Jun, 09 2016 | Referral Sales, Sales Leadership

The Most Effective Sales Strategies Aren’t Digital

How can your sales team sell if they’re “not there?” “There’s nothing like meeting people in person.” That’s definitely my belief, but I was stunned to hear these words uttered by a Millennial. We’ve all heard they are tethered to their devices. But my meeting with him (like so many meetings I’ve had) proved that […]

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