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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

Cold Email Outreach: The Ultimate Guide

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Sales professionals know that cold email outreach is one of the most effective ways to land new clients. But, despite its effectiveness, many people are hesitant to try it because they don't know how to do it properly.

If you're one of those people, don't worry. This guide will teach you everything you need to know about cold emailing.

We'll cover the basics of creating a great cold email campaign, as well as some tips and tricks for increasing your chances of success.

Topics: email sales strategy

4 Ted Talks To Show in a Sales Meeting

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If your sales meetings are typically focused on reviewing the budget pacing numbers and other housekeeping notes, then WOW are you missing a great opportunity. Sales meetings are a great place to do sales training or sales warm ups.

While most sales managers agree with this, they often share that one of the reasons they don’t do that sort of activity is because they don’t have time to prepare. Clients of The Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) often use one of the “sales meeting kits, ” but not everyone has that available to them. So, if you're looking for some content to enliven your next sales meeting, here are four TED talks that we recommend.

Topics: successful sales meetings COVID19 Resources

Learning Through Lived Experience- Quotes to Savor!

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Things you can control around you are countable within the parameters of a single digit.

Did that line stress you out?

It's true, though. In a perfect world, you're in charge of every action that affects your life. However, the reality is strikingly different. So what is your contingency plan when things are not mirroring that vision board you have built so passionately?

Topics: leadership growth mindset

Talent is Not Enough for Sales Performance

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It’s not enough to just have talent. You have to practice and use your talents in order to improve and make a positive impact on the people around you.

Professional athletes spend countless hours practicing and training in order to improve their performance. What if you could spend more time on your talents?

Top Ways to Get Authentic Feedback from Employees

Top Ways to Get Authentic Feedback from Employees

Continuous improvement is dependent on feedback, and in most situations, we feel confident in the feedback we are giving and receiving.

However, sometimes people will tell you what they think you want to hear, and the feedback is not very useful or effective. In order to garner authentic feedback from your employees, and return the favor, the stage needs to be set for open two-way communication.

Topics: leadership feedback

7 C's of Communication That Salespeople Need to Master

7 Cs of Communication That Salespeople Need to Master

It would be incorrect to say that effective communication is a practical component of sales success. What is correct is that sales success is all about the right communication happening at the right time. As a salesperson, you would definitely agree to it, right?

From explaining the product to negotiations and persuasion, you need effective communication at each step to convert your leads.

Do you think your potential customers will remain engaged for long if you don’t come across as a streak smart communicator? Do you think you can thrive as a salesperson without laying much emphasis on developing communication proficiency? Well, the truth is that you may be able to cover the gaps in your communication skills a few times.

Topics: communication sales leadership

Sales Process: Looking at Your Own Buyer’s Journey

Sales Process Looking at Your Own Buyer’s Journey

If you’re in sales, you spend a lot of your time asking other people to buy what you sell. What about the last time you purchased something? Coffee on the way to work, an app on your phone, or maybe a new home appliance?

Why did you buy it now, instead of later? I find my tipping point is often based on my experience during the purchase process.

Topics: Sales

Invest in Your Top Sales Talent

Invest in Your Top Sales Talent

As a sales manager, your time is valuable, and managing your sales team tops the list of priorities. How much time and with whom you spend your time is critical to achieving sales goals.

But where to start? Most of us spend time with those we think need the most attention, those not meeting goals. Our instincts are to “fix” people. But take a minute to consider if this is a good use of your time.

What if you spent time with your top performers instead? Focusing on people development is a key to employee engagement and retention, which leads to bottom-line growth.

Topics: Sales

The Top 7 Sources to Find Leads

lead sources and ideas for sellersBefore choosing which prospects to target, it’s best to generate a long list of leads so you can narrow down to the best leads. Using the categories you’ve identified as a good fit your business, decide which sources on this list are right for you to generate your own list of leads.

Topics: Lead Generation prospecting account list management

Ultimate Resource for Sales Motivation

Ultimate Resource for Sales Motivation

Every career has challenges, and that’s certainly true for sales professionals who often experience selling highs and lows.

Sales pros face numerous obstacles in their quest for success. They might have a difficult sales territory that requires lots of travel away from home. They might face a selling slump because of factors beyond their control such as an economic downturn or even a pandemic like COVID-19.

Sales managers can support their teams by motivating them to weather the rough times and inspiring them to keep growing in their careers and persevering even when their goals seem difficult–even impossible–to attain.

Here, we’ve created a resource to help managers motivate their sales professionals to keep striving and building their careers day after day.

Topics: sales motivation