I. Am. Thankful.

I love Thanksgiving. Family. Friends. Football. FOOD. A chance to exhale and rest after sprinting through the Fall Selling Season. All the fun of a giant holiday without the shopping and gift-giving and gift-receiving stress. Like many of you reading this, I ran hard this year – as hard as I’ve ever run. More work. […]

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  • November 22, 2017

Why Salespeople Should Write and Present Individual Business Plans

It is surprising how few sales organizations ask their people to draft annual sales (business) plans. For fifteen years I I’ve witnessed the power of having every member of the sales team write, and when possible, present, business plans to sales management, senior execs, or even better, to the members of sales team. Why Individual […]

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  • November 15, 2017

Announcing OutBound – The #1 Sales Conference for 2018: Prospecting. Pipeline. Productivity.

Last April, Jeb Blount, Mark Hunter, Anthony Iannarino and I launched the first OutBound Conference (pictured above). It was a sales conference for salespeople and sales leaders who wanted to take ownership of creating their own sales opportunities, responsibility for filling their sales funnels, and to experience success bringing in record amounts of New Sales. We were […]

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  • November 12, 2017

30 Things I Wish Salespeople Would STOP…

I am tired of seeing salespeople flailing, failing and whining, quoting morons and false teachers, executing horrendous sales process, acting like amateurs, and shooting their own sales effort in the foot. The list below stemmed from a twitter rant several years ago where I reeled off consecutive tweets proclaiming what I wish salespeople would STOP doing […]

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  • July 10, 2017

2017 Halftime Sales Check-In and Challenges

When I was about 25 I remember telling my step-grandfather that it seemed like the years kept getting shorter and Christmas came around sooner every year. He replied, “Mitch, at my age, it feels like Christmas comes every other week!” Well, not sure how quickly the first-half of 2017 went by for you, but to […]

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  • July 3, 2017

Why Most Sales Team Meetings Are Awful and How to Fix That

Last week I was in Chicago and San Diego leading sales leadership workshops for two different large companies. We had a blast and it’s energizing seeing sales managers get refocused and recharged. What I always find intriguing is how interested managers are in one particular topic: help with upgrading their sales team meetings. It’s almost […]

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  • June 12, 2017

Salespeople Should Never Answer This Question

Politicians typically are not great examples for us. But the one area where skilled politicians continually impress me is in their ability to deftly answer a different question than the one they’re asked. In many cases, it’s not that they are avoiding the question, but that they are intentionally focused on communicating a particular message to the […]

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  • May 27, 2017

Pre-Summer Sales Management Checklist

Happy almost summer! Things are feeling just about right around here. My oldest is home from Butler and today starts his first internship. My daughter returns later this week from completing her first year in Kansas State’s grueling architecture program, and my high school junior had his banquet/prom this weekend. Last night we grilled out on the patio with […]

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  • May 8, 2017

Be Wary of Sales Experts and NFL Draft Experts Spouting Opinions

In case you’re not a sports fan, haven’t turned on ESPN lately, or seen a sports page, tomorrow is the NFL Draft. The hype is close to unbearable. And laughably, so is the pathetic track record of the supposed experts telling us who’s the next surefire superstar. (The image above is comedian Frank Caliendo impersonating ESPN NFL […]

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  • April 26, 2017
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