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6 Winning Sales Steps

6 Winning Sales Steps

I'm a planner. Whether it's a project, a vacation, or my daily routine, I LOVE putting together plans that will help me execute the operation perfectly.

As a family, we love going to Disney World. We visit the most magical place on Earth about once a year, and every time, I spend hours researching where we will stay, what parks to visit on which day, and which fabulous restaurants to dine at. I create spreadsheets, calendars, and even touring plans for our day at each park.

I'm also a process enthusiast. I know the value of having a well-thought-out plan and process in place; a solid plan helps ensure everything runs smoothly and efficiently. This is especially true when it comes to sales.

Topics: sales process

Media Sales Report – Learning & Development with Emily Estey

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This season on Improving Sales Performance, we’re analyzing the findings from our latest Media Sales Report. With data collected from surveys conducted in Q4 of last year, the responses from sales managers and salespeople alike will help us chart a solid path forward through the media sales landscape.     

In each episode, Matt will be joined by a rolling roster of outstanding experts from our team here at The Center for Sales Strategy.   
 
Here, Matt is breaking down the Learning & Development Section of the Media Sales Report with VP/Senior Consultant, Emily Estey  
 
Emily has such excellent takeaways on some top questions that arise from the report, like: 

  • What advice would you give to sales managers leading salespeople who aren't receiving trainings frequently (on a weekly or monthly basis)?   
  • How can sales managers have meaningful conversations with their sellers on a consistent basis? 
  • What would you say to managers trying to engage and inspire team members that are underperforming in their eyes?
Topics: media sales report learning development

Adapting to a Buyer-First Mentality

Adapting to a Buyer-First Mentality

Buyer-first mentality is simply defined as it’s a buyer’s world, and sellers are just living in it.

In the past, traditional sellers could easily come in and build a case because they were a superstar, had great product knowledge, and were able to support the buyer’s organization. In essence, they were selling what they could accomplish for the client without ever knowing anything about them.

Technically, those days are over now. Buyers expect you to know more about what their company is all about, what they do, and potentially what they’re trying to accomplish.

Topics: Needs Analysis sales process getting appointments

How to Know What Type of Salespeople You Have and How to Manage Talents

How to Know What Type of Salespeople You Have and How to Manage Talents

Do you ever wonder if you could be getting more out of your sales team? What if you could better understand their strengths and weaknesses and coach them to reach their full potential?

Understanding the talents of each person on your team and coaching to these talents allows you to grow the individual and the organization.

But how can you tell how a person is wired and what their natural talents are?

Topics: sales talent sales coaching

How Consistent is Your Feedback?

 How Consistent is Your Feedback

Have you ever played the hot and cold guessing game? “You’re freezing cold, you’re thawing out, you’re getting warmer, you’re on fire!”

The person in charge of the game hides an object and then gives you feedback based on how close (hot) or far (cold) you are from what they’ve hidden. Now imagine searching for their hidden object without receiving any feedback on how hot or cold you are. The best-case scenario would be accidentally stumbling on the hidden object. The worst-case scenario would be continuing to wander aimlessly, and likely throwing in the towel due to frustration or hopelessness.

The more feedback you’re given, the more your game performance improves. If the feedback stops, your progress stops with it. The same can be said for your team members. The most effective leaders provide consistent feedback to their people.

Topics: sales performance feedback

Media Sales Report – Sales Department with Stephanie Downs and Susan McCullin

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This season on Improving Sales Performance, we’re analyzing the findings from our latest Media Sales Report. With data collected from surveys conducted in Q4 of last year, the responses from sales managers and salespeople alike will help us chart a solid path forward through the media sales landscape.     

In each episode, Matt is joined by a rolling roster of outstanding experts from our team here at The Center for Sales Strategy.   
 
Here, Matt breaks down the Sales Department Section of the Media Sales Report with SVP/Senior Consultant Stephanie Downs and Senior Consultant Susan McCullin.  
 
Together, Stephanie and Susan give their insightful takes on some top questions that arise from the report, like: 

  • Why does recruitment continue to be one of the hardest parts of a sales manager's job? 
  • Why does the average size of sales teams seem to be shrinking? 
  • With recruitment being a perpetual sore spot, how should sales managers maximize the performance of their small staff while also trying to find and hire new talent?
Topics: media sales report

A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Sales Superstars

A Leader’s Guide to Recruiting Sales Superstars

According to Fortune, 65% of US workers are looking for a new job. If you’re looking to fill a position, that sounds promising, right?

But wait LinkedIn found that 76% of managers admit attracting the right candidates is their greatest challenge.

With so many workers looking for new jobs, why are managers still struggling to attract talent? The answer is recruitment.

Topics: hiring salespeople recruitment

I Just Hired a Green Salesperson. Now What?

I Just Hired a Green Salesperson. Now What

Starting a new job can be nerve-wracking, especially in sales, where the pressure is on to deliver results from day one.

As a manager, it's your job to not only set your new hires up for success but also to ensure they are a good fit for your team and company culture.

While experience and skills are important, don't underestimate the power of raw talent — it's often the key ingredient to a successful salesperson. But once you've hired a talented newbie, how do you turn that potential into actual results?

Topics: hiring salespeople sales training

Habits of Successful Salespeople ⁠— The Best Sales Hacks for 2023

Habits of Successful Salespeople

There are many habits that successful salespeople share. Some of the most common ones include:

  • Setting clear goals
  • Time management
  • Planning
  • Persistence
  • Communication skills
  • Empathy 
  • Adaptability
  • Continuous learning

Here are more detailed explanations from our experts at The Center for Sales Strategy.

Topics: selling tips

What Lights Your Fire? 6 Tips for Employee Motivation

What Lights Your Fire 6 Tips for Employee Motivation

Everyone you manage is uniquely wired with differing drives, values, and motivation levels. If you take a moment to reflect on your team, you can probably identify those who only need a little spark from you to light their fire and motivate them, while others require you to gather kindling, get down on your hands and knees, and rub sticks together before they’re fully motivated with fire in their bellies.

One of the questions I love to ask salespeople is simply – what motivates you to get out of bed and go to work in the morning? I’ve collected a variety of answers over time. Below are some of the most frequent answers I’ve received, along with tips to help maximize each motivation.

Topics: motivation