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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131 Monday Musing: Back to School

It’s August and for a lot of parents that means thinking about getting the kids back to school. On this week’s Monday Musing, Christie is thinking about that flurry of activity that takes place around the back to school time and about what happens to our minds and our structure and intention around the summertime. Summer is meant to be a little free flowing, a little easy going and not so focused. But that doesn’t serve us so well in the business environment. It’s time to really get focused again.

Listen for Christie’s strategies that she’s employing to harness the spirit and intention of the “back to school” mentality. Pencils ready.

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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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126 Monday Musing: The Dip

You accomplish something amazing, life-altering, time consuming…only to find out that there is something even more challenging awaiting you. You feel exhausted. You may even feel like an imposter, like a fraud. You are experiencing what Seth Godin calls “The Dip.”

On this week’s Monday Musing, Christie describes the current dip that she finds herself in and how she’s plotting the way out. It’s honest, it’s thought provoking and it can help you out of your next career or personal valley.

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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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