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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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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43 Intelligent Inbound Marketing with Jen Spencer

Our guest this week is Jen Spencer, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at SmartBug Media. She believes that the best way to have a presence online is to have a presence in-person. Her inbound marketing strategies will open your eyes to new ways of getting attention AND portraying your best online identity.

3:13 – Jen explains her love of scotch

6:17 – What is “intelligent inbound marketing?”

9:15 – The difference between a marketing novice and revenue generating marketing professional

12:00 – How to stay on top of your prospecting pipeline when buyer trends change so quickly.

17:50 – “Your digital presence is an extension of your in-person presence.”

24:50 – “The more you can understand the way people communicate, the better off you’re going to be as a sales person”

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