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Are These Common Limiting Beliefs Hurting Your Sales Numbers?

Limiting beliefs in sales and overcoming them

How you view yourself and your circumstances has a lot of impact on your sales success.

While the benefits of a positive outlook are well known, the unfortunate truth is that salespeople often take on limiting beliefs instead. These negative thoughts and doubts can cause sales professionals to lose confidence, miss out on opportunities, and in extreme cases, quit sales altogether.

Thankfully, you can prevent many common limiting beliefs from setting in. Read More…

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When to Fire a Salesperson – 9 Signs It’s Time to Move On

When to fire a salesperson

No one likes the idea of having to let go of a salesperson, but there are times when a working relationship needs to end.

In some cases, the offender simply isn’t a good fit for the particular organization. In other cases, there may be obvious signs that the person just isn’t cut out for the sales industry in general.

If you’re facing a tough decision in your organization about severing ties with a salesperson, consider the following nine signs it may be time to let go: Read More…

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10 Team-Building Exercises that Make Your Sales Team Stronger

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The strength of your sales team as a whole plays a huge role in the success of the salespeople within it.

Sales teams can support each other’s efforts, teach and learn from one another, and encourage each other to continue growing for the company and for the customer.

As a result, team building is a crucial part of the puzzle when striving to reach goals together. Thankfully, there are plenty of great team-building exercises you can employ.

Here are 10 smart team-building exercises that will make your sales team stronger:

1. Best sales-related ______________

This idea is simple whether your team is in an office or working remotely.

Task people on your team to come up with the best sales-related __________.

  • Joke
  • Meme
  • Podcast episode
  • YouTube Video
  • Motivational Quote
  • Blog Post or Article
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    5 Bad Questions that Derail Sales Calls (and What to Say Instead)

    Bad sales questions to ask on a sales call

    Asking questions drives the sales process by allowing you to understand the challenges, fears, hopes and desires of your prospect.

    They’re especially important on that first cold call.

    After all, good questions invite good answers. The more you can do to make your prospect reveal themselves (while you engage in active listening, of course) the more likely you are to solve their unique problems and make a sale.

    But a bad or untimely question can derail a call… or invite an answer that’s not at all helpful to your cause.

    Here are five questions that you should avoid asking during your sales calls, and what you should say instead.

    1. How are you?

    Asking someone how they are doing is usually a nice thing to do. It’s second nature for some. And few can argue that it’s good conversation starter in all kinds of situations.

    Just not on a cold call.

    The person on the other end of the line doesn’t know you yet. They may not be particularly happy to hear from you. So a nicety such as “how are you?” is the wrong way to start off.

    Instead, your first sales call should open with a killer script that 1) introduces you 2) piques their interest by hitting on a hot button issue or pain point and 3) opens the door to a conversation.

    2. Is this a good time? Do you have a moment to talk?

    In business, virtually every decision maker is busy all day long, so asking if someone if it’s a good time, or if they have a moment to talk is pretty useless. Even if they do, you’re portraying the stereotype of the disingenuous sales person by asking the question. Instead, focus your script on showing value that will grab attention and hold it long enough to either speak at length now, or schedule a followup call.

    3. Are you looking for a way to _____ ?

    Your goal is to find prospects who are open to your solution and the benefit it provides. But there’s a lot of room between them being open to something, and actively looking for it.

    Don’t ask questions like “are you looking for” or “are you interested in.” Even if you hit on the right value proposition, you’re wording your question in a way that’s likely to elicit a “no” response.

    Let’s use PhoneBurner as an example.

    Option 1: “Are you looking for a way to improve your outbound sales efficiency?” (easy to say “no”, even if it’s a benefit they want)

    Option 2: “I help outbound sales teams have 3 times more sales conversations, without spending any more time on the phone. I was hoping to ask you a couple questions to see if our software could do the same for you. Would that be okay?
    (more specific, easier to say “yes”)

    4. What’s your budget?

    It’s important to know whether a lead has a budget for the product or service you provide. But asking someone outright, “what is your budget?” Not ideal.

    Even if you do get an answer, which is unlikely, chances are it won’t leave you much room to get the kind of deal you want.

    Instead, establish an interest in what you provide first. Then, provide a range that’s conditional upon some factors/features that can be addressed in the subsequent discussion.

    For example, “Our product typically ranges from $__ – $___ depending on ___ and ____. If after learning more you think it will be good solution to help you _____, does that seem within a workable range?”

    Not only are you the one setting the range in this case, you’re also guiding your prospect to say “yes” without having to commit.

    5. What can I do to make this work for you?

    When interest has been expressed, but you can’t cross the finish line, it’s tempting to ask a prospect what you can do, or offer to get them to say yes. But this is not the right question to ask.

    You’re in this situation because you haven’t established enough value, or overcome certain objections.

    Yet, you’re asking what you can do to make them take the leap anyway.

    A better tactic is to ask what’s holding them back from getting started. This gives you an opportunity to address their concerns and remove the obstacles that are in the way – without having to sacrifice margin.

    Wrapping up 5 bad questions that can derail your sales calls

    Asking the right questions can give you an edge in selling, but the wrong ones can sink a call in seconds. Give yourself more opportunities to have a discussion, and better chances to close with a sale by avoiding these 5 questions:

  • How are you?
  • Is this a good time?
  • Are you looking for a way to ______?
  • What’s your budget?
  • What can I do to make this work?
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    Should You Leave Voicemails on Sales Calls? The Clear Answer.

    Should you leave sales voicemails

    There’s a good amount of debate on whether sales professionals should bother to leave a voicemail during sales calls.

    Where do YOU stand?

    The Arguments Against Leaving Voicemails

    The biggest arguments against are that it takes a long time, it’s a slog, and that response rates are low. Let’s examine each…

    Leaving voicemails eats up a lot of time

    Obviously, speaking your message is bound to take 20-40 seconds per message. But, that’s only half of it. When you factor in listening to the contact’s recording and waiting for a beep, you’re looking at close to a minute.

    Multiply that by the number of times you reach voicemail (over 70% of calls), and it’s easy to see how much of prospecting time can go toward this activity.

    It’s suuuuuch a drag

    Repeating the same message over and over is a chore. Your heart sinks just a little lower each time you realize you’ve reached voicemail.

    And then there’s the response rates

    An overwhelming majority of voicemails don’t result in a callback. So naturally, it’s worth asking is it worth all of this time leaving messages for that rare returned call… when I could be doing something else?

    We think so.

    For a lot of reasons actually…

    The Arguments For Leaving a Voicemail

    While the time-sucking nature and low response rate arguments are valid, they don’t really tell the whole story.

    Here are some very compelling reasons why sales professionals should leave voicemails when they prospect.

    Leaving a voicemail can be fast. Like really fast.

    Are you convinced that there is better use of your time than leaving voicemail after voicemail?

    Then why not use a dialer with a voicemail drop to leave your pre-recorded messages for you?

    In the same amount of time it takes you to hang up the phone, you can drop a pre-recorded message at the click of a button. You don’t even have to wait for the beep. The software hangs on the line until the right moment and drops your voicemail, while you’re already dialing the next contact.

    Better voicemail scripts have better response rates Read More…