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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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    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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always & never = dangerous thinking

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always & never = dangerous thinking Words have POWER, use them carefully! Think before you speak isn’t a platitude to ensure you aren’t mean or cruel (which is a good thing in itself). THINK: : to believe that something is true, that a particular situation exists, that something will happen, etc. Is it actually true that “this always happens” or “it could never be”? : to have an opinion about someone or something Does the person on your team “always

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Insight turns knowledge into POWER (inspired by @bweaversmith)

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Monday’s Inside Sales Leadership Corner is your team hunting for global whales? was inspired by Barbara Weaver Smith, WHALE HUNTING WITH GLOBAL ACCOUNTS It is a book written for sales leaders, yet there are nuggets that speak directly to salespeople too. Although I’ve never been on a whale hunt – I have gone out on a whale watch. The thing that is shocking to me is the captain’s ability to find whales out in the ocean for passengers to see.

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is your team hunting for global whales? (inspired by @bweaversmith)

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“Armed with these four strategies, you will gain a competitive advantage in the global sales arena.” ~ Barbara Weaver Smith, WHALE HUNTING WITH GLOBAL ACCOUNTS I will admit it when I read that I thought it CAN’T be that simple. Then I remembered what I tell my clients, Just because it’s simple doesn’t’ make it easy! Knowledge – Structure – Process – Vision Those are the four strategies outlined in Barbara Weaver Smiths new book WHALE HUNTING WITH GLOBAL ACCOUNTS.

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where do you look for sales inspiration?

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On Monday I talked about answering who are the 18 people who inspire you? Which brought up the quesiton; where do you look for sales inspiration? I had to take a step back for a moment to think about the vision I have for my Inside Sales Career. I believe inspiration begins with vision. With vision, comes the ability to focus on being inspired. What’s your vision? I started to break down “sales inspiration” into a few categories for myself:

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who are the 18 people who inspire you?

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An inside sales manager I know and respect mentioned she was asked a question in leadership training “who are the 18 people who inspire you?” It struck me as an important almost zen like question, so I offered to do the exercise with her – or actually to share the results of answering the question myself. As I was making my list, the funny thing I realized of 18 is that I tend to be “hit with inspiration” when I

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