93 Thought Leader: Keenan Wants to Show You the “Show Me” Economy

Our thought leader is month is Keenan, A Sales Guy Inc’s CEO/President and Chief Antagonist. This is reach and reputation month and when we think of reach, we think of Keenan because he popularized the term!

He’s been selling something to someone for his entire life and it’s made him one of the most authentic thought leaders we’ve had. He’s been teaching and coaching almost as long. With over 20 years of sales experience, which he’ll tell you he doesn’t give a s#%t about, Keenan has been influencing, learning from and shaping the world of sales for a long time. Finder of the elephant in the room, Keenan calls it as he sees it and lets nothing or no one go unnoticed.

Keenan is a sales rock star, a true rebel, innovator, thought provoker and thought leader. Check out his website for more crazy Keenan facts and listen to this episode for insights into how to extend your reach, reputation and

On today’s podcast

3:00 – Keenan’s “why” is fleeting

5:30 – What does the word “professional” mean in today’s sales world?

8:56 – Stop living in the “tell me” economy, start living in the “show me” economy

13:26 – How to start living in the “show me” economy. Brand building in the social era.

17:50 – Finding your own voice in a world of noise

23:18 – What drives Keenan and how does sales fill that tank

27:30 – Tell us what Keenan was buying at the Home Depot in this video. Email info@thewhyandthebuy.com.

30:48 – The 3 things that keep people from learning and becoming their best selves

38:00 – Social media branding is not about YOU, it’s about THEM!

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92 Pissing Off the CEO with Jack Kosakowski

Our guest this week is, Jack Kosakowski, CEO of Creation Agency US division and a digital marketing pioneer. Basically, he’s a sales guy running a marketing agency. When Jack began his career he struggled to understand the meaning and worth of marketing. It was only after he entered the sales world and began to understand the value of marketing himself digitally that he truly found his calling and reached his full potential. 

Jack is here to help you evaluate the true value of the content that you are sharing, the way you are starting conversations with potential clients and ultimately how you are establishing your reputation in your marketplace. It’s not all about WHO you know, it’s about WHAT you know.

This episode is marketing for those that hate to market. This is marketing for salespeople. This is marketing for people who want to grow their reach, reputation and wallet.

On today’s podcast

3:15 – What attracted Jack to digital/social selling before it was cool?
8:10 – Salespeople should NOT be writing content
11:54 – The “Why” behind creating content
12:53 – Creating conversations vs. forcing conversations
18:00 – How can individuals create reach that will impact their sales?
21:50 – The best way to talk to a CEO is….pissing him off?
25:18 – Jack’s go-to thought leaders and how he develops content strategy
27:40 – The outcome of the conversation
34:43 – Are the things on your online resume worthy of being there?

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91 Monday Musing: Getting Back to Basics

Christie is back from the Outbound Conference in Atlanta and has a LOT to share on this Monday Musing. Salespeople everywhere are being inundated with strategies and advice about advancing their online and social sales presence. But if you lose sight of the basics of connecting you could end up with a false sense of reach and very little reputation.

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88 April Kickoff: Reach and Reputation Month

In this episode we’re recapping some of the amazing things we’ve learned from our guests in the month of March and introducing our theme for April: reach and reputation. This month we’ll explore how to extend your reach in whatever market you are in and gain the reputation that will lead you to more relationships, more referrals and ultimately…more sales.

!ANNOUNCEMENT! We’re excited to announce the release of the beta version of our Small Business Breakthrough Program this month and we need your help. If you want to know more about owning and operating a small business from two people who have been through it all (…us) then email breakthrough[at]thewhyandthebuy.com for more information.

On today’s podcast

5:00 – Find out about Jeff’s new ebook

8:00 – Recapping the month of March: Pia Silva helped us badass our brands

11:00 – Derrick Williams joined us and faced down our SDR/BDR skepticism and fear

17:00 – On our Monday Musings this month we kept it brief, kept adapting and kept it going.

19:30 – The amazing Anthony Iannarino joined us as our March Thought Leader

21:30 – Larry Levine brought his unique journey and discussed how to prospect and build a loyal following.

22:30 – The brilliant Matt Goudy, aka the Sales Renegade, came on and talked some sales heresy

26:15 – Our third Book Club book is…in the books! Our final thoughts on Building a Storybrand.

29:30 – A preview of what’s coming up on April’s reach and reputation month!

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87 How to Become an Evangelist For Sales with Donald C. Kelly

Our guest this week is, Donald C. Kelly, Founder and Chief Sales Evangelist at The Sales Evangelist. He’s spreading the good news that it’s great to be in sales and creating a community of people to help support each other in this business.

He’s the perfect guest to kick off Reach and Reputation month because his goal is to reach out and help every type of sales person from the newbie who needs the basics to the savvy veteran who needs some new tricks.

Today we discuss his interesting backstory and what helped to shape the core tenants of his gospel.

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On today’s podcast

3:00 – Why are salespeople reluctant to learn more about their craft?

7:17 –  How Donald’s first manager flips the script on what it means to be a salesperson and changed his life forever.

12:30 – Vanity numbers and “The Chick-fil-a Principle”

24:44 – Does “building a culture” actually lead to quantifiable results?

30:00 – Donald’s Hustler League is building a community and keeping salespeople accountable

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86 Monday Musing: Who Do You Serve?

On this week’s Monday Musing, Christie has a homework assignment: ask yourself “Who do I serve?”

The word serve can have a lot of different meanings for a lot of people’s lives. We should all be striving to serve our customers better but what about our community? Giving back not only enriches the lives of others it also delivers inspiration, positivity and value to the person serving. Those are all things that you can take with you into your next prospecting call, all things that will help your reach and reputation and all things that will lead to your next ten sales.

Find out how Christie is serving those in her community and how you can get started in yours.

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85 The Non-Negotiables of Selling with Larry Levine

Our guest this week is, Larry Levine. Larry went from the old-school copier sales industry to  helping salespeople everywhere develop new-school business development strategies as co-founder of The Social Sales Academy.

Larry coaches sales reps to leverage social to build out their credibility, prospect for new business opportunities and to protect their current account base. In 2009 Larry started incorporating LinkedIn and social into his sales process. Using the LinkedIn platform and techniques he perfected, Larry closed over $1,300,000 in new business in 2014. Now, Larry coaches sales reps to leverage brand building via LinkedIn while integrating into their sales process to maximize their success.

In this fascinating episode we discuss his background, where he learned to be a great sales rep and how he transitioned from order taker to sales helper.

On today’s podcast…

4:00 – How do you maintain energy and differentiate in a slow to change industry?

9:00 – Larry’s sales philosophies and non-negotiables

13:40 – Why do tenured reps find it so hard to define “hunter” vs. “farmer”?

17:57 – What motivates Larry everyday and where he learned to be a great sales rep

24:50 – Larry calls BS on sales buzzwords and the “great relationships” most salespeople think they have with their clients

42:00 – Larry’s second why: the relationship funnel

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84 Monday Musing: Quality over Quantity

A few weeks ago Christie discussed “Quantity over Quality” for preparation month. This month is all about prospecting and Jeff is flipping the script on that idea in this week’s Monday Musing. Does it still make any sense to dial for dollars? To make 100 cold calls a day? Or is some of that time better spent building relationships that will lead to greater sales?

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83 Becoming a Sales Renegade with Matt Goudy

Our guest this week is, Matt Goudy and he’s a renegade in his industry. He’s also the Country General Manager of Medacta USA, a leading medical device company.

Matt shares with us what has made Medacta so different in a market where differentiation is so difficult. He shares with us the powerful prospecting advice he gives to his new sales reps who have taken his sales leadership and increased Medacta’s performance in the US tremendously.

Listen to find out how patience and persistence can help make you a renegade and increase your sales productivity for the next 10 years.

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On today’s podcast

3:45 – What makes a renegade company?

12:20 – Introducing new strategies and education to combat a lack of product differentiation

26:25 – Matt’s philosophy on prospecting in new marketplaces

28:30 – The power of “checking back” and talking to everyone

37:00 – How Medacta’s company culture leads to customers selling for them

41:20 – https://www.ted.com/talks/malcolm_gladwell_the_unheard_story_of_david_and_goliath

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82 Monday Musing: Keep It B.R.I.E.F

Losing out on a sale, getting laid off, receiving bad news…

Disappointment and unexpected events are a part of all of our lives. Today, Christie has a strategy that you can use as motivation to help yourself transition from loss to gain, from disappointment to acceptance. You can decrease your recovery time and increase your well-being by keeping it B.R.I.E.F.

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