23 Reasons You Must Attend the #TOPOSummit

Craig Rosenberg, Sales, Andrew McGuire, Las Nilsson, Dennis Lyandres, Charles Lawson

Featured in the pic are Summit speakers Andrew McGuire, Charles Lawson, Me, Lars Nilsson, Dennis Lyandres

Our first sales conference is coming up – the TOPO Sales Summit on April 7-8th. If you don’t want to read anymore and sign up – please go ahead – http://topohq.com/summit/ [Read more…]

Channeling DJ Khaled.

DJ Khaled. Up until 2 weeks ago, I had no idea who this guy is. If you are my age, you probably don’t either. Net-net, he is a prolific hip-hop producer and I guess, motivational speaker. The younger generation likes him and according to this video, he likes to buy lots of things.

Let’s have some fun today. In the spirit of breaking down videos, I had to break down the DJ Khaled “Inspirational Speech”. Seriously, I have watched it 50+ times now. It’s fun yet painful…funny and sad and confusing as hell. In this post, I will not explain what this video is…just let it sink in. And you still may not know what it is….As Scott Albro said to me: “I can’t stop thinking about this dude but on the other hand, I have no idea what he is saying.” That’s the thing, I agree but I may be his number one fan.

And another one, and another one, and another one….Teardown is below the video. [Read more…]

Deconstructing Glengarry.

sales managementAs you know, I leave my serious blogging to the my content for TOPO. When I went to let off some steam, I come over the Funnelholic and write something fun. (I realize I just said I like to write b2b sales and marketing blog posts for fun). BTW, the other day, I was introduced by someone as “formerly the Funnelholic”. I am still the Funnelholic man…just a little less frequently. (: [Read more…]

A Very Simple Example of a Cold Outreach Email That Worked

There have been numerous blog posts about how to execute cold outreach. There are a variety of variations, but to sum up all the good ones – be relevant to the person you are sending it to.

Before the SalesStack conference, I got this email from Juliana Crispo who is the founder of StartupSalesBootCamp and a rising star on the sales circuit. I did not know who she was before she reached out. I thought her email was a great example of how to do it and there is a lot to learn. Here are my thoughts: [Read more…]

The Dead-Simple Guide to Start Sharing Content as a Sales Professional

Today’s guest post is from Amar Sheth from Sales for Life.

content selling, social selling

If you’re in sales, you’ve likely heard about the importance of sharing content with your social networks and with prospects directly.  While marketing departments increase budgets on content marketing, the disconnect between sales and marketing has never been more real. [Read more…]

This is a Mutually Beneficial Business Relationship

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One of my favorite sales stories of all time is probably an urban legend. It was told me years ago by a big money, enterprise b2b sales VP. I call it the “Jack Welch Story”. Since 70% of my reading audience is under that age of 30, you can read about Jack here. In a nutshell, he is one of the most legendary CEO’s in the 20th century. He led GE, one of the iconic companies in America. Big player, if not the biggest. Anyway, the story is really simple:  a sales executive gets a meeting with Jack Welch. Jack walks in, shakes his hand and says:

Ok…so how can we make each other money today?

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Never Separate a Gorilla from his Bananas

sales people

Years ago I was on a sales panel with Bill Binch from Marketo with three other panelists. The moderator asked what a sales rep should do if the organization is not investing in their success (training, technology, etc).  The other panelist answers were: “They should quit” and “dust of your resume”.  That’s when Bill said: “Wait a minute, a real sales person will tear down walls to get a deal done. If the organization isn’t giving them what they need, they will figure out a way to get it.” Boom. [Read more…]

The Most Important Social Selling Lesson an Inside Sales Rep Can Learn

Business Relationship

Today’s guest post is from Chris Snell, Director of Inside Sales for Care.com.

Social selling has to be one of my least favorite topics to read about, to hear about, or to write about.  In fact, if you go through all of the blog articles I’ve written, I don’t think you’ll find one that is about social selling. [Read more…]