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    Weekly (at least) postings with tips, tasks, and tools to help you stay focused on developing your telesales skills!

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    Resources: Links, Lists, Recommendations... top resources for you to become better at sales, telesales, and other "good stuff" for your business success!

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    Most inside sales organizations freak out when offered full or even half day training sessions. The unease at having people off the phone has pushed us to create shorter sessions: 15 minute quick tips, cram sessions, one-hour trainings, and more. The key is that this method must involve a series of sessions to create behavior change.

    Training combined with follow through coaching is another option, proven to help individuals on your team implement new skills and ideas lickety split.

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Changing the time on a SMART goal isn’t failure

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Never forget; Changing the time part of a SMART goal isn’t failure, only giving up on yourself would be. If the goal is still important; 1. reevaluate the timeline 2. choose one action you can take to move forward 3. do it NOW Don’t give up on yourself.

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Month End #228 – not that I’m counting

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It’s funny if you like irony, that on what I figured out was a salesperson’s 19th anniversary (almost to the day) with the company they work for, they said: “Month End #228 – not that I’m counting” Sure, over the past 19 years he has made a good living. Yes, he enjoys working with customers. He is a solid performer who consistently hits his sales targets. YET: Tracking sales for himself and customers takes more time each day than selling.

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Customer Contact Time vs. Responsiveness

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I’m not going to lie, it happens to me too. I’ve scheduled myself for 1 1/2 outbound customer contact time. My call list is ready. My script was written. Follow-up email prepared for the double touch point. OK – dialing 1-voicemail 2-voicemail 3-out of office message 4-human (yippee) wrong contact (darn it) referral name (yippee) – transferred to… voicemail 5-voicemail 6-voicemail 7-human, short conversation – right guy, learn more & call back 8-voicemail 9-human, GOT A LIVE ONE! blah blah

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What is your leadership voice? (inspired by @austinkleon)

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Back on December 10, 2015 Austin Kleon posted this image along with a blog called How to find your voice which I was reminded of during a conversation with an experienced inside sales manager right before she started at a new company. She made an observation in our coaching conversation that “I need to know what my leadership voice will sound like BEFORE I get there.” The slate was clean, she (to quote Austin Kleon) had been 195 different leaders

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Instant gratification is NOT a time frame

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ME: when does your prospect need the information? SALESPERSON: Right away, I want to be responsive. ME: That’s great, what does “right away” mean to them? SALESPERSON: As soon as possible. ME: You didn’t ask when they need it, did you? SALESPERSON: *sheepishly* no. Have you ever overhead a conversation like that? How about been part of one? I know that as inside salespeople responsiveness is drilled into our heads as important. Crazy thing is that the person who decides

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