117 Expanding Beyond Your Echo Chamber with Mike Simmons

Our guest this week is, Mike Simmons, Co-Founder of Catalyst Sale and host of The Catalyst Sale podcast

Mike has more than 20 years of operations, consulting, sales and sales leadership experience, 15 of those in the EdTech space. He’s a self-described life long learner, creative, analytical, and driven to achieve results. Mike has built, lead, and optimized sales organizations leveraging both direct and indirect teams.

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On today’s podcast

3:00 – The “me, me, me” approach to networking
4:57 – How Mike manages to engage quickly online
10:30 – Using twitter chats to build an active network
14:00 – Rounding out your networking plan
18:00 – Expanding your network beyond your echo chamber
22:30 – Don’t be a social media or networking lurker
30:00 – Leverage your own company

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Based on a special report titled “Managing with the Brain in Mind” written by David Rock, founding president of the NeuroLeadership Institute.  Chad Harrison takes us through the concept of managing employee engagement using the SCARF method.

What is the SCARF method you ask?  Neuroscientists believe people respond to all things with either a threat or a reward response.  In turn, they also believe you can drive specific behavior if you focus on five key social qualities that will trigger a reward response.  These five qualities are Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness (SCARF).

If you are a leader (or aspiring leader) in your organization, plan to listen to this one more than once.  There was so much richness in this discussion, we had to split it in to 2 parts.

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103 Battling the Leadership Dumpster Fire with Kelly Riggs


Our guest this week is, Kelly Riggs, a leadership coach, founder of Biz Locker Room and author of Counter Mentor Leadership. 

Kelly is here to help us connect the dots between executing on our quarterly targets and the sales leadership that our companies provide for us AND that we provide for ourselves. Sales performance doesn’t just materialize out of nowhere. We learn the definition of counter mentor leadership and the research that is uncovering the true qualities of sustainable and results driven leadership.

On today’s podcast

2:43 – The danger of getting into “vacation mode”
6:17 – Crushing the slow months
9:16 – Understanding the strategic numbers game of selling
11:11 – The four most dangerous words in any leaders vocabulary
16:00 – Can you be reactive AND successful?
20:48 – The crossroads of the maturing salesperson
25:30 – The difference between a manager and leader
29:18 – Solving a company’s dumpster fire with counter mentor leadership
34:30 – The meaning of counter mentor
38:42 – What drives Kelly Riggs’ success?

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73 Getting “Un-Stuck” with Camille Clemons

Our guest this week is, Camille Clemons, Business Development Director for the United States at SGG Group. 

In a previous position Camille found herself at the top of the sales leaderboard and yet felt unsatisfied and, frankly, stuck. We discuss how she got “un-stuck” by being prepared for her next great opportunity and by properly setting and achieving goals.

Camille shares the strategies that allowed her to reach the top of the sales leadership mountain and the philosophies that have guided her to never be satisfied with “good enough.”

On today’s podcast

11:46 – How long should you give yourself to achieve a goal?

14:15 – How preparation is essential to recognizing the right opportunity

22:00 – The danger of being “antsy”

28:05 – How Camille is preparing for her next venture

34:30 – Camille’s prospect preparation process

37:22 – The problem with social selling

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71 Learning is limitless, learning is life with Bronkar Lee

Our thought leader this month is Bronkar Lee, speaker, author, creative and amazing talent who’s here to help us work through our theme for the month, preparation. How prepared do you need to be to learn a new skill? What kinds of strategies can you employ to master new skills as quickly as possible?

Bronkar has always been fascinated by learning, as both an enthusiastic student and insightful teacher. He has learned musical instruments and languages, crafted beatboxing techniques, and mastered numerous physical skills — even to the point of breaking world records. He applies these skills (as well as his interpersonal expertise in human connection) as a performer, coach, and educator, to  inspire countless audiences and individuals. A sampling of credits includes touring Europe as ringmaster to a world-renowned circus, teaching at-risk youth to develop the confidence to overcome abuse and addiction, and appearing with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show.

On this episode he shares his insights on learning, preparedness, purpose and changing what isn’t working to achieve different results.

On today’s podcast

2:31 – Bronkar’s unique preparation process

3:48 – The importance of lifelong learning in sales leadership

9:22 – How clown school and joining the circus changed Bronkar’s life

14:06 – “The Mindset of the Serial Learner”

17:36 – How knowing yourself can unlock the keys to mastering skills quickly

21:06 – Bronkar’s mathematical forumla to learning a skill

27:53 – The multiple definitions of “mastery”

35:00 – How being a child-like scientist can guide and accelerate learning

44:52 – More keys to develop new skills and become the best version of you

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70 Selling like a Marine with Paul Boucherle

When you think of someone who is prepared for anything, does anyone match that description more than a military veteran?

Our guest this week is, Paul Boucherle, a Marine veteran, titan of the security sales industry and now a consultant who is devoting his life to helping companies find the right talent and veterans find good jobs. He says most veterans are equipped to be great sales leaders. 

In this fascinating interview we talk about his new venture, SalesMarines. SalesMarines provides veterans and employers an opportunity to discover the perfect fit. They align and train veterans using 50+ years of combined knowledge and experience to offer top of the line candidates.

Learn more about SalesMarines here.

Learn more about Paul here.

On today’s podcast

4:31 – How Paul is helping companies find qualified sales people and helping veterans find good jobs.

7:46 – How to identify people who are qualified for sales

11:30 – The number one concern of all senior sales management

15:00 – Matching a company and an individual using the principle of “time to productivity”

19:44 – Does the regimented life of a veteran hurt them in sales?

21:54 – How does veteran preparedness translate to sales preparedness

24:28 – How to balance objective assessments versus subjective analysis in hiring and recruiting

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68 Preparing like a serial killer with Antony Rhine

We’re beginning our discussion of preparation with one of the fiercest and most dedicated planners that we know. Antony Rhine is a Senior Strategic Account Executive at Octiv, an automated document generation company. His position in sales leadership requires him to both balance the needs of his accounts and also manage his department. He’s adapted to this by developing a planning system that lives inside his “serial killer” notebook and is the envy of Jeff and Christie.

This is a fascinating deep dive into the why and how of planning PLUS he shares some of his philosophies on purpose and change that will leave you thinking…and planning your next moves.

Learn more about Octiv here.

On today’s show…

1:30 – Learn more about Jeff Bajorek’s “Office Hours” program

5:00 – How Antony uses a “serial killer” notebook to juggle account sales AND management level responsibilities

7:15 – Why Antony developed his planning system

8:50 – Is there a negative perception of “the planner” around the office?

11:40 – Can your “why” change?

15:29 – Embracing the messy world and adapting a growth mindset

22:50 – How far out does Antony plan in detail and how rigid is his plan?

29:15 – What’s missing from most people’s planning process?

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65 Understanding the Millennial Workforce Challenge with Jane Gentry

Our guest this week is Jane Gentry. Jane is a sales and leadership consultant and a dynamic speaker whose presentations help to engage employees, increase sales and drive business results. She’s worked with some of the most successful companies in the world including Assurant, The Home Depot, Milliken, Philips and Coca-Cola.

She’s here today to talk about authenticity, purpose, surviving in small and large organizations and that hottest of topics…millennials. Her views on how to engage and coach millennial salespeople is as fascinating as it is challenging. This is a must listen for managers, entrepreneurs and those young in sales.

You can find out more about Jane here.

On today’s show!

2:43 – Jane learns a valuable lesson from her early acting career

5:35 – In defense of small companies

8:30 – How Jane uses data-driven sales diagnostics to help grow sales

14:19 – The number one mistake that company leaders are making today

17:19 – The keys to working with and understanding your millennial workforce

30:22 – What you can and can’t teach millennials

57 Monday Musing – My 4 Words

We’re starting our new podcast series, Monday Musings, with “Four Words” an annual tradition that helps kickoff Christie’s new year.

Identifying words, ideas and themes that will define your year can help you hone in on your purpose and allow you to find your why. As you listen to this begin to think about what your four words would be and how they will influence the great year we know you’re going to have in 2018.

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54 Carl Gould Helps us Get Our Heads Out of Our Assets

Our guest this week is Carl Gould, a best-selling author, award winning coach and serial entrepreneur. He’s the author of a new book, Quit and Get Rich, Fix It In 5.

Carl helps people start and grow powerful businesses with his writing, speaking and coaching. In this interview he shares wisdom that will help you in every part of the sales and business development process and wherever you are in your career.

Visit Carl’s website and type in the word COACHING in the contact form to get a free coaching session: http://www.carlgould.com

Reserve your copy of the book: http://www.gteamradio.com/fix-it-in-5

On today’s show…

2:55 – How did Carl come up with the idea for Fix it in Five?

5:09 – Do you have the wrong business partner?

11:00 – How to manage your company’s growth the RIGHT way

16:30 – “One of the top skills of a CEO is how quickly can they get a task off their plate.”

19:00 – Carl Gould breaks down the two parts to a sales transaction

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49 Scott Ingram on Mentoring Your Way to Sales Success

Today’s guest is Scott Ingram, host of the Sales Success Stories podcast.

He’s back on the show to talk about a topic vital to today’s salesforce, mentoring. It’s what he’s dedicated his podcast to and what will certainly be a hot topic at his Sales Success Summit event in May. Scott says that so many of the successful people he has met around the country and through his podcast have had one thing in common; they had great mentors. By being available to be a mentor and to be mentored to you can uncover new ideas, creative solutions and better insight into the challenges that you face.

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On today’s show…

5:00 – Coaching vs. Mentorship

9:00 – The informality of mentoring and what to look for in a mentor

16:30 – How Scott’s Sales Success Stories Podcast has become a mentoring vehicle for his guests and listeners

17:30 – The dangers of the sales “echo chamber”

19:20 – Mentors are everywhere…they can even be your CUSTOMERS!

Special for our listeners, Scott has a great offer on the Austin event discussed on the show! PROMO CODE: why

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