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Role Playing in Sales - Mike Kunkle's Guide
Yes, Sellers love to cringe or roll their eyes when we say “Role Play” in coaching or training sessions. Along with call recording and ride alongs with sales leaders or peers, conducting Role Play scenarios are hands down one of THE MOST EFFECTIVE tools to improve sellers’ skills and increase results. Why do sellers hate...
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I Hate Sales Training
Most of it, anyway, is actually terrible. I write this knowing that it could be confusing since many of you would consider what we do at The Selling Agency as “Sales Training.” Hear me out. When I look back at my years as an Account Executive in multiple organizations, I can recall almost every single...
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Your Summer Reading List
Finally, it’s looking more like summer will actually arrive this year! After a long winter, I’m ready to get outside and spend time in the sunshine – enjoying the longer days and downtime. For many of this, that means vacation and summer reading! I love stacking up my summer reading list. Whether it’s an audiobook...
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Sales Success Manifesto
Not to name drop but I have some extremely smart friends and colleagues that have written and are writing amazing sales books. I’ve reviewed a lot of them here on The Pipeline blog and usually bring a few with me when I go to train a sales team. Many of my clients are devout readers...
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Onboarding and sales training are backwards
Why do we love toddlers and small humans in weddings? It’s not because ring bearers and flower girls perfectly execute their duties with the style and panache of professionals. It’s because, in spite of rehearsals, practices and coaching, we know that they are a wild card and are capable of melting down, going off course...
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How Failure leads to Confidence
Everyone hates to fail. We don’t want to admit to failure. I despise it. Even though we’re familiar with sayings that tell us how much we learn from failure, how it makes us stronger . . . and all those other rah-rah messages. Sure, we learn what we SHOULD have done. That’s easy to see...
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the Biggest Problem Holding Back Small Business Sales Teams
Our clients are usually classified as “Small Business” – though I absolutely DESPISE that term. The US economy is POWERED by Small Business! In fact, as of the last census (2010), Small Businesses make up to 99.7% of Employer Firms in this country (a “Small Business” is defined as having less than 500 employees). Yeah...
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Stop Selling and Start Leading
Here’s a new approach for the profession of sales. For years, we’ve seen the reputation of sellers slide into a negative, “pushy” or “obnoxious” stereotype of the “don’t-take-no-always-be-closing” pushers portrayed in movies such as The Wolf of Wallstreet, The Boiler Room, and Glengary Glen Ross. Personally, it pisses me off that so many sellers before...
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The Sellout Show Sales Kickoff and Meeting Sheet
As we are in the throes of Pumpkin Spice Season (formerly called “fall” and “fourth quarter”), many of you are pushing hard to close out the year’s sales and have one eye on planning for next year too. For Sales Directors and Business Owners, this is that time where you start thinking of how to...
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power of feedback and sales coaching
I just came back from a phenomenal sales conference with my peer group, the Women Sales Pros. We have a public half-day conference and then two days of our private group learning and growing through shared expertise. It was my privilege to be tapped for a first time session of “Cold Call Coaching” along with...
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