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October 30, 2020

Best Practices for B2B Sales - Weekly Pipeline/Opportunity Review

This is a continuation of the previous blog on sales rep coaching.  The prior blog reviewed how sales rep coaching fits within the sales management process and outlined best practices related to “call coaching”, one aspect of sales rep coaching.  This blog focuses another aspect of sales rep coaching --  sales pipeline reviews and detail opportunity reviews.  The next blog will focus on the third aspect of sales rep coaching, sales rep performance one-on-ones.   ...

sales management, Sales Process, Sales Pipeline Management, AI for Sales, automated sales rep coaching, sales best practices, Sales coaching

April 28, 2020

Best Practices for B2B Sales - Sales Pipeline

In my original blog in this series “Best Practices for B-2-B Sales,  I outlined five categories of best practices: The previous five blogs in this series, reviewed the best practices related to data.  The next three categories, Sales Process, Opportunity Management and Pipeline Analytics all are driven off of the sales pipeline. This blog introduces 6 different best practices related to the sales pipeline.  These best practices cut across all  three areas. ...

Sales Pipelines, Sales Process, Sales Tools, sales best practices, Sales Pipeline Visibility

May 28, 2015

Why Is Active Listening So Powerful?

I’d have to say I agree with 99.9% of the insights in Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson’s book, “The Challenger”, but not all of it. ...

Active Listening, Closing Deals, Sales Rep, Sales Representatives, TopOPPS, e, Blogs & guidebooks, Excellence, Sales Process

April 8, 2015

How I DRIVE Deals - Part I

Identifying a sales process for a new business can be difficult. We are a perfect example of how matching your sales process with your customer’s buying habits is extremely important. As we’ve evolved our process and matched it with our customer’s habits, it’s become evident that gaining buy-in from all stakeholders is the most painful part. We came to a realization that getting buy-in from an entire team meant a few things, and one of those things was that we needed to be more transparent with our sales process. Who knew transparency can set expectations without causing an awkward moment? ...

Sales, Sales Representatives, Deals, DRIVE, Sales Process

February 20, 2015

What is a Sales Process?

This may seem like a silly question - everyone knows what a sales process is, right? ...

Management, Sales, Sales Forecasts, CRM, Sales Executives, Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Process, Sales Tools

December 22, 2014

Sales Forecasting Is More Than Pretty Dashboards

Inaccurate sales forecasts are a great way to kill the board’s confidence in you.  So, let me tell you a personal narrative having to do with that. Right after getting out of a board meeting once, I found out that my sales forecast was way off.  A few of my bigger deals fell out that really changed the outlook.  It was one of my first board meetings with this particular group of investors, and I was hoping to gain a lot of confidence out of the gate. This did not help. ...

Sales, Sales Forecasts, Sales Predicability, TopOPPS, Sales Process, Sales Tools

December 4, 2014

Startup Guidelines for Building Sales Teams

Overview As founder of two market-leading tech startups, and now a third company that is well on its way to be, I have a lot of experience in building sales teams. One thing that I’ve picked up along the way is that you have to be extremely aware of your company’s stage to determine the best time for adding to the team. Below are three stages typically experienced, and the strategies implemented based on where we were at as a company. This is my personal account of what we did and why. ...

Sales, Startups, TopOPPS, Sales Executives, Sales Process

September 12, 2014

Your Sales Forecast Is In Trouble...But You Can Save It

The search for the perfect balance between what your sales people say and what the data in your CRM reflects reminds me of reading about Ponce de Leon’s 16th century search for the Fountain of Youth. Expeditions were provisioned and  ships set sail for the new world, but despite great effort and expense, the fountain remained elusive and ultimately undiscovered. ...

Happy Ears, Pipeline Optimization, Sales, sales executive, Sales Forecasts, Sales Rep, Sales Representatives, Webinars & events, CRM, Sales Executives, Blogs & guidebooks, Sales Pipelines, Sales Process, Sandbagging

July 11, 2014

Video: Sales Effectiveness and Sales Opportunity Management

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Management, Sales Rep, Webinars & events, Sales Process

July 2, 2014

VIDEO: Strengths and Weaknesses of Your Sales Pipeline

July 3, 2014 ...

Management, Sales Rep, Webinars & events, Sales Process

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