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Mar, 29 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales, Social Media, Technology

What Saleswomen Do Really, Really Well

Women in sales have a natural advantage. When you think about salespeople, you probably picture men. History and Hollywood have made sure of that. Yet, many saleswomen outperform their male colleagues, and many men have admitted that to me when the other guys were out of earshot. Women in sales understand that relationships are built […]

Mar, 22 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales, Social Media, Technology

The True Gift and Grit of Working Grandmothers

Grandmothers have always worked … but not always outside the home. It was 2007. At a luncheon hosted by a major magazine, a panel of four women discussed their careers and what inspired them. The oldest was 53 years old, a business owner with two children at home. The youngest was 20 years old, working […]

Mar, 14 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales, Social Media, Technology

What You Can Do About the Glass Ceiling

Here’s why women are good for the bottom line. When I published “The Glass Ceiling Hasn’t Shattered Just Yet” in February 2015, the post sparked more than 80 comments. Many said the same bias exists for immigrants, even those who are extremely qualified and speak English fluently. Several men responded that they wanted to see […]

Mar, 08 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales, Social Media, Technology

Why Women in Sales Don’t Want to Work for You

In honor of International Women’s Day, how can your sales team attract more female rainmakers? It was 1936. My mom graduated with a degree in finance from Syracuse University, but she couldn’t get a job at a bank. They didn’t hire women, not even as tellers. That was 16 years after the 19th Amendment to […]

Feb, 28 2019 | Newsletter, Referral Sales

You Don’t Have Time to Ask for Referrals? [February Referral Selling Insights]

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Two colleagues complained they were so involved in their work, they didn’t have time to prospect. One guy even said he was thinking of cold calling (shudder) and doing more marketing. Why didn’t he think to ask for referrals? That’s a rhetorical question. I already know the answer. […]

Feb, 21 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales, Social Media, Technology

The Forgetting Curve Has a Cure

What do you remember from your last training? The way we’ve been learning is all wrong. Remember cramming for tests? I do, and while I usually did well on my exams, I didn’t retain much of anything. I’ve heard for years that people forget 70 percent of what they learn in a professional training class […]

Feb, 14 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales, Social Media, Technology

Without Call-Backs, Your Lead Gen Is Dead in the Water

Here’s how to generate leads and get call-backs. Has selling really changed in the last decade? Well, sure. Social media, marketing automation, AI, predictive analytics, and all kinds of technology have cast doubt on traditional sales techniques and encouraged organizations to rely on digital sales prospecting. That’s a problem because the best lead gen strategies […]

Feb, 07 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales

There’s a Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely

“Imagination is the highest form of research.” —Albert Einstein     Ever have a good idea pop into your head, seemingly out of nowhere? We all have, but I bet it didn’t happen when you were heads-down working on a project, facing a demanding deadline, running late for a meeting, yelling at the stupid drivers […]

Jan, 31 2019 | Newsletter, Referral Sales

Why Are You Still Cold Calling? January Referral Selling Insights

Here’s what you might have missed this month from No More Cold Calling I hadn’t bought a car in 17 years. Yep, that’s how long my Acura 3.2 TL with 162,000 miles lasted—until the transmission went out. I dreaded buying another car because of the pushy, in-your-face car salespeople, who are just like B2B sales […]

Jan, 24 2019 | Business Development, Cold Calling, Lead Generation, Networking, Referral Sales

The Best Cold Calling Tip Is Stop Immediately (Do This Instead)

  Have you ever met a salesperson who enjoyed cold calling? (Well, maybe one in 100.) How about a buyer who enjoyed receiving cold calls? (Yeah, me neither.) Not only is cold calling tortuous for everyone involved, it’s one of the reasons that only 54.3 percent of sales reps made quota last year. Cold calling […]

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