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Weekly Roundup: Virtual Sales Conferences, Selling During a Pandemic + More

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"Establishing trust is better than any sales technique."

-Mike Puglia

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Best Virtual Sales Conference and Events in 2020–Sales Hacker

In a good year, most of the best sales conferences are physical events where you can attend sessions, rub elbows with thought leaders, and make new connections. But this year…

With a pandemic on our hands, most sales conferences scheduled for the early part of 2020 have either been rescheduled or, if you’re lucky, made virtual. Here are the top virtual sales conferences, events, and training you need to know about. So whether you’re experiencing a travel ban or simply don’t have the time or budget to travel, you can still build your skills and make new connections.>>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

Pay Attention to Your Best Customers

Pay Attention to Your Best Customers

Your best customers are your competitors’ best prospects. At The Center for Sales Strategy, we have long said that it’s much easier to fill the bucket if it’s not leaking from the bottom. Many companies have an incredibly large need to go out and get new business every month—mainly because they're losing 33% or more of their current business.

It's true, and while new business is certainly one of the solutions for curing the problem of not retaining existing business, it’s really only a bandage. The problem of account attrition needs to be addressed and quickly solved. Churning through clients quickly and not getting any sort of renewal will fatigue your sales team. Over time, they will lose confidence in what they are selling. Just imagine the revenue growth you'll experience without attrition and keeping the same amount of new business coming in.

Topics: customer satisfaction customer focus Management sales strategy Sales

Movies and Series to Stream While Social Distancing

Movies and Series to Stream While Social Distancing

What do American crime dramas, musical fantasies, and a Canadian sitcom have in common? They can all help you practice social distancing and make you a better person. It’s true! Research provided by Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts found that watching high-quality TV dramas can actually increase our emotional intelligence and make us more empathetic people.

Our team at The Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) and LeadG2 has survived the first week of self-quarantine, but not without the help of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. Here are some of the binge-worthy movies and shows that all of us have been watching while social distancing.

Topics: motivation sales management Sales

Tips for Successfully Managing a Remote Team

Tips for Successfully Managing a Remote Team

Numerous research studies provide evidence that employees are more productive when working remotely. Sales teams are target-driven, so they’re going to find the motivation they need to be productive! However, managing a remote team isn’t easy. Here's advice from our experts, some who have managed remote teams since 1983!

Topics: sales management productivity work from home

Listen During Turmoil, Sell After

Listen During Turmoil, Sell After

My years of working in a blended role—as part seller and as part consultant—keeps me grounded and attached to the needs of sellers as well as customers and new business prospects.

Here’s some advice that I’m using in my sales role and passing along as a consultant: during this time of turmoil one of the most important things you can do is listen and demonstrate empathy. You will have plenty of time to sell in the future (post-turmoil). Also, if you listen closely enough, you will discover business needs unknown a couple of weeks ago.

Topics: sales cycle active listening

Weekly Roundup: Resources for Working From Home

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"Every strike brings me closer to a home run."

-Babe Ruth

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How to Be Successful at Remote Sales, According to HubSpot's Remote Salesforce–HubSpot

The sudden transition to working remotely has many minds worried about not being productive, feeling isolated, and not having a good space to work from. And if you work in sales, it can be even harder to acclimate to your new surroundings.

However, the transition doesn't have to be difficult. Gathered here are the top tips from HubSpot's remote salesforce. Plus, reviews of the best practices for managing a group of remote sales employees.>>> READ MORE

Topics: Wrap-up

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 sales management

Pre-Boarding Ideas for New Hires

Pre-Boarding Ideas for New Hires

Years ago, companies gave little to no thought to pre-boarding— engaging with a new hire between the time they accept your offer and their first day. Once a candidate was hired, they were given a firm handshake and a start date. 

As a relatively new concept that often gets confused with the traditional onboarding process, pre-boarding is completed before an employee’s first day and includes informal interactions between the company and the new hire. It’s a crucial step in the onboarding journey that has a lasting impact on employee engagement and retention.

Topics: onboarding pre-boarding

A Recruitment Strategy Plan That Will Improve the Talent Level on Your Team

A Recruitment Strategy Plan That Will Improve the Talent Level on Your Team

How many open positions are on your team?  Open positions are an opportunity to improve the talent level. You want to make your goals more attainable and hiring top-shelf people is the best way to do that. 

However, building a high-quality sales team isn’t easy. It typically requires a lot of time and money to assemble a team of top performers. What if we told you that there’s a proven system that would help you get a list of great people to interview? Would you be interested?

Topics: hiring salespeople recruitment talent bank sales talent

Adjusting to Working from Home: When You Can’t Meet Face-to-Face

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For many sales managers and account executives, working from home is a brand-new concept. And like any emerging work style, those who've had more in-office job experiences feel skeptical about remote work.

The Center for Sales Strategy (CSS) has embraced the work from home lifestyle. Our entire 40-person company has worked from home for 38 years- and we excel at it too! To help ease this sudden transition into the remote work world, here are some tips from our experts on how to stay in touch with clients and prospects.

Topics: sales management productivity work from home