133 Monday Musing: Live Like the Count is 3-1

On today’s Monday Musing, Jeff picks up wisdom and an interesting mindset from an unexpected place…a gas station t-shirt. Live like you have a 3-1 count.

If you’re not totally familiar with the sport of baseball, when you’ve got a three in one count as a hitter, it is a favorable count. You’ve got options. On the next pitch, you can hold off or swing away. Jeff discusses how this applies to sales and life, how to get to a 3-1 count and what to do when you get there.

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132 Peering into the Paradox of Potential with Thom Singer

Our guest this week is Thom Singer, Certified Speaking Professional, standup comic and master of alliteration with the letter “P.” Thom has been a trusted speaker to major organizations for over a decade. He believe that the modern work environment suffers from a lot of different distractions. A disconnect has developed between social media “likes”, “links”, “shares” and “follows” and real meaningful business connections. Thom has dedicated his life’s work to helping people get back to the basics of relationships that lead to better opportunities and more sales.

On today’s podcast

3:30 – The Paradox of Potential
7:00 – The 3 buckets that will allow you to take actions towards success
13:22 – Finding perspective and balance while trying to be successful
16:55 – Thom’s 10 tips to reach your true potential
19:45 – How open mic nights are changing Thom’s career
22:30 – Why Thom asks Starbucks to pick his drink for them
30:00 – How do you connect with people in a gadget friendly world?
35:30 – Thom Singer’s “why”

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129 Sales Coaching 101 with Dave Tear

This week we’re going back to sales school with Dave Tear, owner of Sales Coaches’ Corner. Dave has been in the sales, sales management & sales training arena for the past 33 years. His passion for selling & helping others understand the sales process is what drives his “why.”

Dave brings energy to the sales training environment that is contagious. He captures people’s attention – & keeps it! Paying attention & “staying awake” are not issues when Dave is facilitating a training session. He uses “sticky messages” & believes that if you aren’t laughing you aren’t learning.

In this episode, Dave decodes the sales process and helps us understand how to apply sales training and actually makes it stick.

On today’s podcast

2:00 – Dave Tear’s journey from paint cleaning to sales coaching
6:10 – How a professional sales coach develop’s their material
8:56 – The common themes of sales training systems and processes
14:00 – Responding to sales blind spots
18:00 – The key to making change AFTER sales coaching
24:00 – Dave’s multiple “why”s

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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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127 Winging It with Kristy West

We’re winging it with our guest today, Kristy West, improvisation expert and business coach.

She founded BraveSpace in order to use a skill she’s been developing her entire life, improvisational performance, to help sales teams overcome the fears and stresses of rejection, quotas and networking.

Improvisation is a skill that most sales people use unconsciously every day when they are talking on the phone, meeting with a prospect or discussing a renewal with a current client. Kristy believes that consciously developing this skill and balancing “knowing what to say” and having the confidence to “say what you know” can be a major difference maker in your sales process.

You can watch how Kristy is changing lives and businesses through improv here.

On today’s podcast

4:00 – How did “the improv lady” get started in sales?
8:00 – What does “improv” really mean?
11:00 – Improv as an applied skill of “knowing” and “confidence”
16:20 – The techniques of applied improv facilitation in sales
20:25 – Feeling safe in the failure circle
31:12 – The Sales Enablement Society and how it can help you
39:20 – Kristy’s “why”

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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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119 Jon Goldstein is Lighting our Startup Spark

Happy 4th of July to all of our American listeners. In honor of the birthday of one of the world’s finest entrepreneurial endeavors, the United States of America, we have a startup expert on the pod, Jon Goldstein, Director of Entrepreneurial Services at Ann Arbor Spark.

Ann Arbor SPARK is an economic engine within southeast Michigan. They are cultivating a vast network of business and manufacturing excellence by working with first time startups, seasoned entrepreneurs and CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

Jon loves to work with startups because he loves the creativity, the drive and the courage that it takes to make one successful. But often times having a great idea, product, service or solution simply isn’t enough. There can be a wide gap between convincing someone that your product can help and closing a deal. That’s where Jon and his team step in to help, coach and guide startups to sales success.

We want to know YOUR top networking tips, strategies and connection success stories. Send them to info@thewhyandthebuy.com and you just may hear yours on our next episode!

On today’s podcast

3:00 – Jon Goldstein is really good at golf but not as good as Ricky Fowler
5:45 – Startups don’t understand the problem they are solving
7:00 – How Jon works with startups to coach and develop their business
12:30 – Dealing with rejection when you have an amazing product/service/solution…and the prospect KNOWS it.
19:45 – The right way to go from “interviewing an avatar” to “building a champion”
25:30 – Other communities for people with big ideas
27:15 – Why does Jon work with startups?

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118 Monday Musing: Just Checking In

On today’s Monday Musing, Jeff isn’t just checking in with you this week. How stupid does “just checking in” sound? Now, think about how stupid it sounds to your customers and your prospects when you tell them that you’re calling just to check in.

Just checking in is selfish. It’s about you. There’s absolutely no value on the other end of the phone. It won’t help your prospecting, your networking, your execution, your customer retention or your sales.

Stop checking in and check out this Monday Musing for what you should be doing when you call your clients.

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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.

We want to know YOUR top networking tips, strategies and connection success stories. Send them to info@thewhyandthebuy.com and you just may hear yours on our next episode!

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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114 Scott Ingram is Networking with Greatness

This week we welcome back to the show Scott Ingram, Strategic Account Manager at Relationship One and Host of the Sales Success Stories podcast on Top1.FM.

He is here today to talk about greatness, mentorship and our topic for this month, networking. Through his podcast Scott networks with some of the most highly successful people in the world so he knows what it takes to develop deep connections that lead to results.

This is as deep a dive on the topic of networking you are going to find. We encourage everyone to listen and then listen again to make sure that you get all of the information that Scott lays down.

We want to know YOUR top networking tips, strategies and connection success stories. Send them to info@thewhyandthebuy.com and you just may hear yours on our next episode!

On today’s podcast

2:21 – What the average salesperson gets wrong about networking
6:00 – Being conscious enough to surround yourself with greatness
12:39 – How to connect with people that are far more successful than you
19:30 – Knowing your “ask”
24:45 – The fear of being specific
29:26 – Real networking doesn’t happen at networking events
35:20 – top1.fm/hbr
36:19 – The three OTHER pieces of successful and effective networking
43:22 – Just start.

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