Whether you adhere to Malcolm Gladwell’s highly touted 10,000-hour rule, believing it’s the key to gaining expertise in any particular area, pretty much everyone can agree that regularly practicing a series of good habits can eventually hand you the tools to be successful. While the 10,000 rule has recently...

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OK, so how’s your pipeline? It’s a question that every sales rep encounters on a regular basis, whether they’re uttering that question to themselves during a moment of self-reflection or they’re hearing it from their manager. Having a healthy pipeline is essential to any successful sales strategy. But just...

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Getting employees to adapt to change always has been a challenge for team leaders and managers. As Harvard Business Review points out, it’s human nature to resist change — with reasons ranging from feelings of inadequacy and uncertainty to loss of control. However, in the sales industry, failure to...

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Although it obviously has six letters, “change” has a reputation of being a four-letter word in most workplaces. You mention changes to your team in a group huddle, more than likely you’ll see expressions ranging from trepidation to outright rejection. You mention changes to your team in a group...

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With the emergence of so many changes in technology and consumer behavior, the traditional sales model of cold calling surely must be dead. Right? Not necessarily. Approaching prospects at the right time in their buyer’s journey could provide you with an advantage over your competitors. Step one in this...

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Teamwork is one of those terms thrown around frequently in the business industry. We all know it’s important, but how much are we practicing it? And why should we? More successful outcomes should be a good reason for exploring teamwork, according to the Management Study Guide. Research, MSG experts...

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It may be hard to believe, but it’s been 80 years since Dale Carnegie originally published the bestselling book “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” For anyone in corporate America at the time — sales teams included, this gem was a must-read. Among other things, Carnegie’s book promised...

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You scored the big deal, the sale you’ve been going hard after for most of the year. Now what? Sure, go ahead and celebrate. But if you haven’t been keeping a healthy amount of attention to sales prospecting — going after opportunities to connect with other qualified prospects, you...

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It’s an unfortunate reality. When it comes to professionals who earn the lowest marks for honesty and ethical conduct, car salespeople continually drop to the bottom of the pile — next to Congressmen, according to a recent Gallup poll. While car salespeople were singled out in the study, a...

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Chances are you’ve heard it before: Way too much of your sales reps time is devoted — or should we say consumed — by tasks that have absolutely nothing to do with actually engaging with prospects so that they’re getting closer to closing deals. On average, according to the...

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