Leadership 101

“I will not send troops to danger which I will not myself encounter.” —-The Duke of Marlborough I believe that the only advantage that the great leaders have over the good leaders is that GREAT ones will stand on the field with their men. We need leaders who are not just willing, but are inclined[…]

Social Media for Sales Teams [video] Marketo TV

At Dreamforce 2010 I was asked to join Marketo as a speaker to discuss InsideView, Social Selling University and the use of social media for sales teams. As a sales person that used social media and now managing the social media for a company (InsideView) there is a major desire by companies to teach their[…]

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Sales Processes

There are quite a few pieces to the sales performance improvement puzzle – face-to-face selling skills, management style, coaching, account strategy, and so on. One piece that doesn’t get much attention is the sales process. The simplest definition of “sales process” is “a linked group of tasks that together create customer value.” Some sales processes[…]

Turning Sales Into Science

A friend passed this article along to me knowing that I stay on top of these types of stories. Little did I know that they mentioned NetSuite as a pioneer of the Sales 2.0 era. Thanks Jake! ——————- It’s a question almost as old as commerce itself: Is selling an art or a science? For[…]

Breaking the Rules of Sales

Column by Jeff Thull Exceptional sales professionals do the opposite of what most professionals do — and often break the rules of traditional selling to achieve their success. I have devoted 25 years to studying what top sales professionals and their leadership teams do to achieve exceptional levels of success, answering some key questions about[…]

Using Diversified Selling Strategies

“Start seeing your customers through their eyes instead of having a one-size-fits-all strategy,” says Debbie Allen, international professional speaker, author and president of Allen and Associates Consulting. “People like to be treated differently.” How do you diversify your selling strategies? Allen provides some tips. Develop a stronger customer focus. What are the buying influences of[…]

The creation of the Koka Sexton bobblehead

The bobble head has quite a story around it, but I’ll keep this to the abbreviated version. When I was working at Dantz Development aka. EMC Insignia, I would go on trips to my accounts and do promotions and trainings on the software. There is a specific demographic of sales people that worked at my[…]