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A Tale of Two Sales Conferences – Woman in Sales Viewpoint

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The Top Sales World European Sales Enablement Summit is a top-quality event in London on October 4th. It has four women keynote speakers talking about sales and sales enablement out of ten keynote speakers. That’s 40%, which probably matches up well with the make-up of the audience I would suspect.

CEO Jonathan Farrington says about the event: “Top Sales World’s primary objective for this first European Sales Enablement Summit is, quite simply, to join the dots,” says Farrington. “We will be viewing the Sales Enablement ‘landscape’ from every angle; the entrepreneur, the researcher, the strategist, the futurist, the practitioner, the technology provider, the messenger, the presenter, all have their own commitment to sales enablement excellence but each has their own approach.” (more…)

Are New Sales Reps Doomed to Repeat the Sins of Their Predecessors?

new sales reps                                                                                 New sales people today are so lucky that it makes me envious. They’re given an accessible abundance of training, documented success stories, automated tools, and a knowledge base of best sales practices to guide them towards success. But, even with all this support, what completely puzzles me is that these lucky new sales reps are repeating the bad habits of their predecessors – and making the same rotten mistakes.  You see, there was a time – long, long ago – when an effective salesperson was one that was good at schmoozing, was likable, took clients out to expensive dinners, and closed lots of deals. But these practices went only so far. Since then, especially with the major advances in technology, buyers have become much more sophisticated. The sales profession clearly had to adjust accordingly.

 

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Herding Cats & Selling

Herding Cats & SellingIf you could follow around a group of outstanding salespeople and presenters with a camera over a long period of time, you would discover practices common to them all. These would likely range from small behaviors, like how they greet someone to broader skills, like how they link features to value in presentations.  But, what would their “herding cats” behaviors be?

This “herding cats” phrase comes from an article by NY Times columnist David Brooks, writing about Doug Lemov, Managing Director of Teach Like a Champion. Lemov studies excellent teachers, as measured by student achievement, to determine the shared  behaviors of outstanding educators. It turns out that the most successful teacher in a study of 6000 teachers was previously unheralded and that her key success skills were small and largely “invisible.” (more…)

Five Strategies for Improving Sales Productivity

Improve Sales ProductivitySALESFORCE PRODUCTIVITY has been one of the hot conference topics for several years. And, when they first engage me, most clients use this term to mean what you’d expect – how do I get my sellers to sell more? Often though, the easiest methods for improving productivity are in your hands. Reducing internal obstacles, improving what my friend, Lori Richardson refers to as the” sales prevention department”, is one of the fastest ways to improve your numbers.

All things being equal – you have a great brand, a great product and solid delivery – how you enable your sellers will be the differentiator in making your numbers or not. The CEB has called this ‘seller burden’ and organizations will ‘higher burden’ have at least a 12% lower conversion rate.  Here are five ways that you can pave the way for your sellers to be high performers. (more…)

The Key to Sales Success: What Makes You Different

Sales SuccessMany companies come to us with no sense of what makes them unique. They feel as if they’re exactly the same as their competitors. Their goal is to run more frequent lead generation campaigns, or hire salespeople who will dial faster and shout louder than their competition. All this so they’ll reach prospects first because they don’t believe they have any unique differentiation to win sales on their well-earned merit. (more…)

Why Coveted, Aggressive Sales Reps Ultimately Shoot Themselves in the Foot

aggressive SalesPersistence. Tight-lipped determination. Perseverance. Strength of purpose. Staying power. These are the typical, sought-after characteristics of top sales people. The truth is, sometimes tenacity works, and sometimes it destroys sales success when it’s not applied in the right way. Yes, that’s right. The very traits sales managers seek in their reps can actually backfire and send them over the ledge of failure. It’s up to managers to recognize the signs and pull them back in.

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