Sales Digest: Make Your Pipeline More Effective

Sales Digest: Make Your Pipeline More Effective

Braveheart Sales Digest
Focus On: Improving Your Sales Pipeline

The inaugural edition of our sales digest was well-received, so we are doing it again around a new theme: the sales pipeline. If you follow Braveheart’s Sales Management Blog, you have likely heard me refer to the “fluffy pipeline syndrome.” It’s a real thing that can seriously undercut sales performance.

In 2013, The TAS Group reported that only 46% of sales reps feel their pipeline is accurate. Find out what leading sales experts have to say now about building and maintaining an effective sales pipeline.

From the Women Sales Pros Network:

Title: Your Sales Pipeline is Not […]

Sales Managers: How to Win at Joint Sales Calls

Sales Managers: How to Win at Joint Sales Calls

I had a great conversation with a highly talented VP of Sales of a successful sales organization the other day. We had a spirited debate about the role that a sales manager should play in joint calls with their sales reps. So this got me thinking more deeply about how to best approach those joint calls for the greatest success. (Do you have an opinion about it? Weigh in on Twitter, or in the comments).

Of course there are two time frames when considering success, so it depends on your time horizon as to what success means.

For short term success, it […]

Is it Consultative or Just Insultative Selling?

Is it Consultative or Just Insultative Selling?

Anyone who seeks knowledge about selling has likely heard the term “Consultative Sales” or “Consultative Selling.” I don’t know what the technical definition of the word consultative is, but in essence it means to operate like a consultant. Unfortunately the term gets bantered around a lot and I fear can become a gimmick or a tactic rather than a mindset.

When pretending to be consultative, ineffective salespeople sound scripted, trite and risk being insulting to prospects and clients. To use my newly-coined term, it’s insultative.

Sales managers, if you have a salesperson who you are coaching to be more consultative in their […]

Sales Managers: Stop Fixin’ to Get Ready…Overcome Change Paralysis

Sales Managers: Stop Fixin’ to Get Ready…Overcome Change Paralysis

Editor’s note: Today’s post is from Karen Brown, a Sales Growth Specialist with Braveheart Sales Performance. Karen will be a regular contributor to the Sales Management Blog. She brings her unique insights from nearly 30 years of business management and sales leadership experience, which she applies to help sales teams achieve their goals and increase their profits.

Change is hard. That is a fact. Some would say it’s a statement of the obvious.

Talking about change is not hard. Creating a vision of change is a very engaging exercise that can consume what would otherwise be time filled with productive activities. It’s easy […]

No Excuse for Allowing Your Sales Team to Make Excuses

No Excuse for Allowing Your Sales Team to Make Excuses

Do you ever get frustrated by the reasons why your salespeople can’t or don’t meet their goals? Do you feel like you are nagging them to sell more despite all the reasons why they tell you they can’t?

Here’s some helpful advice:

Quit allowing your salespeople to make any excuses.

Granted, it’s not a revolutionary idea . . . but you have to give yourself permission to actually do it. If you fail to do so, your salespeople won’t grow, change or improve. They will just stay the same. And, consequently, you will be frustrated and sales will suffer. Before you know it, […]

How to Use the Math of Success to Boost Your Team’s Sales Results

How to Use the Math of Success to Boost Your Team’s Sales Results

A friend and colleague pointed out to me that I frequently refer to the Math of Success in sales when I write, but I don’t have one article dedicated to the topic. Well here you go, an entire article dedicated to the magical Math of Success. You can download a worksheet template to use with your sales team and put this into practice immediately. This is the Sales Manager’s remedy for having to nag salespeople to do more, get more appointments, send more proposals, and close more business.

You have probably heard the phrase “sales is a numbers game.” Well that […]

4 Easy Steps to Help Your Salespeople Become Independent Thinkers

4 Easy Steps to Help Your Salespeople Become Independent Thinkers

I just re-read a very good article by Janice Mars of SalesLatitude and thought it was worth sharing.

The point of the article is that sales managers are inundated with salespeople and their questions and frequently get in a rut. They accept the role of reacting to salespeople and their questions all day long. They become the bottleneck, as Janice states. It is a dysfunctional dynamic.

I submit that there is a more dangerous problem that erupts. The sales manager’s favorite salespeople are the ones that don’t need much interaction ─ because they make it easy on the sales manager.

Beware, sales managers! […]

How to Use Momentum Effectively in Sales and Sports

How to Use Momentum Effectively in Sales and Sports

If you have read many of my articles you realize that from time to time I like to use sports analogies. I was at yet another college lacrosse game several days ago, and sadly my team lost to end their season. We were tied at the half but then had gone down by three goals in the second half. Our team was struggling a little bit to get something going and seemed riddled with turnovers.

There are some tough players on the team and one particular player just seemed to kick it into high gear and by sheer will scored a […]

Referral Gathering for Sales: Go Old School or Go On Social?

Referral Gathering for Sales: Go Old School or Go On Social?

I was at a conference in sunny La Jolla, CA last week presenting to a group of very successful business owners in the security industry. Most have owned their companies for decades and have already built thriving recurring revenue businesses. Still, every single one of them has a keen interest in sales expansion. Each of them wants to better understand how to keep moving their sales teams forward on the path to increased selling efficiency.

A conversation was had about whether their sales reps need to understand the ins and outs of social media, and how to use services like LinkedIn […]

3 Top Sales Coaching Tips Stolen from Lacrosse

3 Top Sales Coaching Tips Stolen from Lacrosse

I was at a college lacrosse game this weekend between two top ten teams. On paper it should have been a close game; one team ranked second in the country and the other ranked 10th. It ended up being a blowout.

I learned some important things about the impact that a coach and her actions can have on the entire team. I believe they apply in the sales world as well as in the sports world.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of a coach:

a person who teaches and trains an athlete or performer
a person who teaches and trains the members of a sports […]