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20 Feb 2019

How to Train Your Young, Inexperienced Sales Force

By: Justin Zappulla

If you’re a sales manager these days, there’s a good chance you’ve faced the problem of having young, inexperienced sales reps who don’t have the background or training to succeed in their new career without help. They might need more direction than you’re used to giving your direct reports and it..

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18 Feb 2019

Personal Branding in Sales: An Introduction

By: Nick Kane

In our digital sales age, we’re seeing increasing attention paid to the idea of personal branding. Although the idea itself is by no means new (a brief history is below), awareness of its importance and value in business – including for sales reps – is now reaching a critical mass of awareness...

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12 Feb 2019

The Sales Rep’s Guide to When and How to Follow Up

By: Justin Zappulla

We often encounter sales reps and business development reps who have reached out to us and ask “When should we follow up?” and “What do we say when we follow up?”. Just like in the job market, there’s a push-pull tension between wanting to reach out soon enough to maintain top of mind presence, yet..

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04 Feb 2019

Why Emotional Connections Are Often Your Best Sales Differentiator

By: Nick Kane

One of the realities of our global, digital sales world is that buyers have more options and easier access to those wider choices than ever before. What this means for businesses and their sales reps is that the objective and measurable differences, such as specific features or time to delivery,..

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30 Jan 2019

Key Tips For Your Elevator Pitches - Yes, That's Plural!

By: Nick Kane

In business, and in life in general, it’s a good idea to have at least one elevator pitch handy for when you meet new people. It helps to break the ice and lays the groundwork for a possible future relationship. While most of the conversation in the blogosphere and the publishing world centers..

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29 Jan 2019

Video: What You Really Need to Know About Onboarding Salespeople

By: Janek Performance Group

In this interview with Selling Power, Janek Managing Partner Nick Kane discusses the onboarding process, highlighting key areas that are stumbling blocks for organizations trying to put together an effective onboarding program. He also emphasizes the difference between those companies that have a..

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22 Jan 2019

Don’t Let Your Sale Become a Victim of Commoditization

By: Nick Kane

Even in today’s value-driven sales environment, price sensitivity remains a constant priority for most buyers. Many companies and advertisers are often competing in a race to the bottom, with constant reminders that they are offering the lowest prices - or that they are willing to match prices from..

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21 Jan 2019

Video: The Advantages of Microlearning in Sales Training

By: Janek Performance Group

Microlearning has gained much greater currency in the last few years in sales training. In this interview with Selling Power, Janek Managing Partner Justin Zappulla examines microlearning from the perspective of both frontline sales reps and sales managers. He also discusses the importance of..

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16 Jan 2019

Selling to the C-Suite: Why You Need a Different Sales Mindset

By: Nick Kane

Many of our customers have commented over the years that they don’t know how to sell to the C-Suite. It can be an intimidating process – hard to get the meeting in the first place, even more difficult to have a successful presentation. It’s also an area where many sales professionals fail –..

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14 Jan 2019

Why Sales Reps Should Take Advantage of Coaching

By: Justin Zappulla

We’ve preached repeatedly that coaching is one of the most effective ways to develop a sales rep. But while there’s plenty of advice here and elsewhere for how sales managers and leaders should coach, there’s far less discussion about how sales reps should respond to the coaching they receive and..

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