Avoid These 4 Costly Mistakes When Hiring a Sales Team

It’s tough to find a good salesperson — especially if you’re selling commodities. And when you’re hiring sales teams, building an entire group of great salespeople seems impossible. After all, it takes more than good commissions to make a top seller. You can’t just up someone’s pay in hopes they’ll transform into an awesome salesperson. … Read moreAvoid These 4 Costly Mistakes When Hiring a Sales Team

When Is the Right Time to Hire Your Next Salesperson?

You’ve hired your first salesperson, and business is going well. But you know the only way to grow your revenue is to find more prospects. And the best way to do that is hiring a salesperson. So is it time for you to make your next hire? Consider the Demand for A New Salesperson First, consider … Read moreWhen Is the Right Time to Hire Your Next Salesperson?

How to Build a World-Class Sales Training Program on a Budget

Most sales training is terrible. It doesn’t relate to the salespeople, and it’s outdated… if the company has any training material at all. Back in the day, we used flip charts. Our training (like most US companies) went like this: Introduction: Don’t stray from the script. This sales presentation is fail proof. Build some rapport, … Read moreHow to Build a World-Class Sales Training Program on a Budget

5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Sales CRM [CHECKLIST]

You’ve realized that your company needs a sales CRM? Good. Now how do you choose? Keeping customer data under control is key to growing your business. So ask these questions to choose the right CRM. 1. Are There Extra Charges? CRM solutions were built for sales, yet most CRMs are purchased by marketing and IT … Read more5 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Sales CRM [CHECKLIST]

How to Cut Your Sales Training in Half and Improve Retention

When you hire a salesperson, you look for a few basic qualities: confidence, assertiveness, strong communication skills, and so on. The right strengths always help new salespeople, but there’s another piece to the puzzle of success. If you want new hires to succeed, you can’t just hire the right type of person. You need a … Read moreHow to Cut Your Sales Training in Half and Improve Retention

4 Simple Strategies for Becoming a Better Sales Manager

No one likes having a manager. People like being a manager – keeping control, checking on everyone – but very few people would choose to be managed. In sales, we think of managers as the bosses who make sure everyone else is doing their job. They monitor the team, hold others accountable, and deal with … Read more4 Simple Strategies for Becoming a Better Sales Manager

The #1 Reasons CRMs Fail

You can almost feel the collective shudder when you mention the words “new CRM” to salespeople. The last thing a salesperson needs is another thing to do! And adding a new CRM often feels like just one more responsibility. Most people hate trying new CRMs (for good reason) because it gives them another task to … Read moreThe #1 Reasons CRMs Fail

The Sales Manager’s Guide to Working With Millennials

Remember the “Fragile Egg” experiment? Back in Home-Ec class (before the days of automated baby-dolls), students babied an egg for a week. We prepared a shoe box, put tissue in it, and carried a raw egg around hoping no one would bump into us and break it. Well, that’s what it often feels like to … Read moreThe Sales Manager’s Guide to Working With Millennials

5 Must-Read Books for Sales Managers

  Books gravitate to the hands of those experiencing something new: a new city on vacation, a new challenge at work, a new hardship that has you sitting in the hospital. In these transition times, we take ourselves off autopilot. Life becomes less routine and we become more aware. In that awareness, we open ourselves … Read more5 Must-Read Books for Sales Managers

How to Save 10+ Hours a Week on Manual Sales Reporting

Hours a week? Sounds crazy, right? But your sales team spends countless hours each week just reporting what they did. We added up some real-time numbers to see how much time you can realistically save with automated reporting. The Salesperson’s Time On a typical day, a salesperson spends about 20 minutes manually entering reports. That’s … Read moreHow to Save 10+ Hours a Week on Manual Sales Reporting