128 Monday Musing: Continuous Improvement Does Not Equal Immediate Perfection

For the last Monday Musing of skills development month, Jeff is tackling what is perhaps the toughest skill to develop of them all…patience.

Selling effectively often requires you to manage the expectations of your clients. Making sure that you deliver or over-deliver on the promises that you make. But often salespeople are their own worst doctors and struggle to manage their own expectations of success. “Why can’t I be great today?!”

Listen and think about your own success journey. What skills can you start to develop now for the future and will you give those skills time to grow?

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125 Simplifying Sales Acceleration with Mark Hunter

There are few people in the world who believe in the power and value of the sales profession more than Mark Hunter. He never set out to be in sales but a penchant for traffic tickets when he was young left him in need of income and set him on the path he still blazes today.

He’s the author of two books, 2012’s High-Profit Selling: Win the Sale Without Compromising on Price and his latest High-Profit Prospecting.

Mark digs down into the most basic and necessary skills every salesperson needs to develop and how to simplify your processes to maximize relationships and sales.

On today’s podcast…

2:17 – How Mark Hunter developed Outbound Sales Acceleration Conference with the help of other sales rockstars
7:34 – What turns people away from sales and why it shouldn’t
13:30 – Don’t assume every sale will be the “ultimate sale”
18:30 – Finding the point of entry
25:06 – There are different kinds of “first class customers”
30:10 – Mark’s ‘mark’ of a great salesperson
34:20 – The people that inspire Mark Hunter

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124 Unlearning the Ropes with Phil Gerbyshak

Phil Gerbyshak cares about people more than anything else in the world. He has made helping business people develop the necessary sales skills and social media skills to grow their ideas and their income his personal mission and his “why.”

As a sales trainer and business/marketing coach, Phil is helping small businesses learn and develop skills that will help them breakthrough easy to break down barriers offline and online. But lately, he’s been thinking about what companies need to “unlearn.” What knowledge, habits and systems do people need to rethink and rework to maximize their productivity and personal relationships?

On today’s podcast

1:10 – An update on Christie’s coaching certification process

4:43 – Why Phil utilizes Facebook Live to develop his skills, develop his clients’ skills and grow his audience

8:41 – You are over-complicating the initial contact

12:49 – Time block, time sprint and THEN rest

16:38 – Dedication to learning starts at the top

21:40 – The biggest thing that companies that need to UNLEARN

27:35 – The ideal time to post digital content

31:19 – 1000 True Fans http://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/

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123 Monday Musing: Get a Podcast Partner

You need a podcast partner.  That doesn’t necessarily mean you need a podcast. Wait…what?

Today’s Monday Musing is all about finding people you can bounce ideas off of. Who do you commiserate with? Who do you brainstorm with? Asking and answering these questions are crucial for skills development. Sometimes you need to be heard. And sometimes you need to explain something foreign to someone who knows nothing about a subject. Why? Listen to find out.

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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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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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