10 Sales Coaching Examples
Consider these nuances when it comes to some of the individuals whom I coach: TG needs to talk for the first 20 minutes before I can provide 10 minutes of powerful coaching. DD wants only one question answered in each session and wants to get off the phone ASAP. KY needs just one takeaway to… Read More
10 Types of Sales Advisers and How to Choose the One That’s Best For You
I’ll bet you know plenty about agreements, contracts, and legal compliance in your industry. You probably know enough about accounting, taxes and audits to get by too. And I bet you know your way around insurance, investments and real estate. Despite all of that knowledge, I’m certain you have a great corporate attorney, corporate accountant, insurance… Read More
13 Most Important Tools for Coaching Salespeople
After Inbound 14 – Anatomy of a Hybrid Sales & Marketing Role
Last week, when speaking on the Inbound Stage at Inbound14, my topic was Hiring for the Inbound Sales Role. I asked the question, “Is this a sales or a marketing role?” The audience desperately wanted this to be a hybrid – someone who could do both the marketing and the sales. Unfortunately, a hybrid role… Read More
Are Sales and Sales Management Candidates Getting Worse?
There are more sales experts, self-professed and otherwise, than ever before. There is more free content on sales and selling than anyone could have imagined. There are probably twice as many books on the subject than just 10 years ago. There are categories of sales tools and CRM applications where none existed a few years… Read More
Bigger Sales Pipelines – The Dangerous Truth
I usually get notified when new sales studies are published and I’m asked to link to those reports from my Blog. Recently, I was invited to download the 2016 InsideSales.com Business Growth Index Report. I read through it and while I wasn’t terribly surprised by anything, there were a few findings that are quite interesting, showing that some companies aren’t… Read More
Finding the Right Sales and Sales Management Candidates
I read this terrific post from our friends at New-Hire.com about the best sources for candidates in general. It certainly applies to sales candidates as well. Not only are the best sources a moving target, but the candidates themselves can be looked at the same way. Five years ago, we may have started with Monster.com, two… Read More
Fine Tune Your Sales Force as You Optimize Your Computer
I love my Macbook Pro. It’s four years old which means I’ve had it for three years longer than any Windows laptop I ever owned. That said, it was beginning to underperform, slow down, and choke. Yesterday, at around 4 AM, I decided to regroup and deal with those issues. First, I evaluated the problem,… Read More
How Important is it for Your Salespeople to Practice?
When I was much younger, I was a pretty good trumpet player, playing professionally for nearly 10 years. I took weekly lessons from the age of 9, played in multiple bands and orchestras, and when I wasn’t taking lessons or performing, I practiced. And I felt I should have practiced more; a lot more. I… Read More
How to Apply the Coaching Outcomes from Sports to Sales
There are five major team sports including my favorite, baseball, as well as football, soccer, hockey, and basketball. Whether led by a head coach or manager, there are coaching consistencies across all five sports. Coaches observe and coach players on areas of improvement during every practice, before and after practice, and during games. This coaching… Read More
How to Assure Sales Success Instead of Causing Sales Failure
Does this sound familiar? You have a good opportunity, you expected it to close by the end of the year, it didn’t, you offered a discount, it still didn’t, you still think it will, but you can’t get them to pull the trigger. This scenario happens more frequently than you can imagine. There are several… Read More
How Would These Sports Celebrities Perform in Sales?
I wrote a very serious post earlier this week where I had the nerve to bring God into the conversation. I thought it was appropriate because the biggest and most important take-away from that article was about being inspired and inspiring others. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, I think The Biggest Secrets… Read More
Illuminate and Dust Off Your Sales Force
Have you ever noticed that the inside of your car can appear perfectly clean and then, if the sun hits the dashboard just right, all of the glass and plastic windows, radio, navigation, dials and displays are filthy dirty with dust? Have you ever noticed the same thing in your home, apartment or office? The air looks clear, but when… Read More
Most Salespeople are Wrong about the Concept of Being Willing to Walk
At some point in most training programs we talk about being willing to walk away. In addition to being part of a Kurlan led sales training program, the willingness to walk away is a major focus of any training program on negotiation as well. But most people in sales don’t understand the concept of being willing to walk,… Read More
My Top 21 Keys to Help Your Sales Force Dominate Today
I’ve seen this happen in youth baseball so many times. Let’s say it’s a ground ball and the third baseman boots it for an error. Of course, the next ball is hit right at the third baseman again and this time he fields it cleanly, but makes an error on the throw. And just as… Read More
Sales Force Development – Is it Training?
What is Sales Force Development all about? Sales training? Coaching? Sales Force Automation? Sales Selection? Sales Assessments? Compensation? Incentives? Performance? Sales Management Effectiveness? Mapping the Sales Process? Documentation? Having a Play Book? More? While it’s all of those things and more, its primary focus is the company’s strategies for growing sales, whether they are the right… Read More
Sales is the Answer
Hang in there – this will be an article on sales but you need to get through the big set up. A US candidate for President in 2020 spoke at a recent Walmart shareholders meeting and criticized the company for not paying higher wages. He said that a company owned by the wealthiest family in the… Read More
Sales Pipeline Nazi Summoned to Get Sales Forecasts Right
While writing this article, the Northeast corner of the US was being walloped by yet another snowstorm, which in this case, was very accurately forecast. At the same time, the first email I saw today had a link to a very funny video – a spoof of a Pipeline Review being run by Hitler. Here… Read More
Sales Pros! 10 Things You Must Do Before Leaving for Summer Vacation
Are you going to the beach? On a sail? On a tour? To another country? To a lodge? To a resort? Regardless of your destination or purpose, make sure you bring some good books, disconnect from your email and social networks, and actually use the time to recharge. That’s good old common sense. But if you… Read More
Second Secret to Sales Force Excellence
Last week, I revealed the first secret success ingredient from our Sales Force Effectiveness Study. Today, before I reveal secret #2 I need to take care of a two important promos: Our new White Paper, The Modern Science Behind Sales Force Excellence is available today – Download it here. John Pattison wrote his first article for the… Read More
Solitaire and Modern Sales Training – What Should it Cover and Include?
I’ve been playing one of those Solitaire games on my iPad and I can routinely score in the neighborhood of 2 minutes and 30 seconds, with my best time being just under 2 minutes. I thought I was doing pretty well until I realized that my wife routinely scores between 1 minute and 1:20 seconds… Read More
Starting with the Sales Management Team – Is it a Bad Decision?
The Biggest Sales Skill Gap of Them All
What’s the most crucial skill in cooking or baking? I would suggest that it’s recipe creation. Get it wrong and it doesn’t matter how skilled one is at mixing ingredients, cooking time, or plate presentation; the meal will still suck. What’s the most crucial skill in construction? I would suggest it’s the ability to take… Read More