Marissa Is At The Top Of Her Same. So How Does She Do It?

I met Marissa last month at an event I was asked to speak at. She was 27 years old and, while attractive, she didn’t turn heads when she walked in the room.

And, she was assertive, but in a serene, comfortable way.

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As high achievers usually do, she approached me after my speech and wanted to ask me a few questions about my topic-“How To Be A High Sales Achiever In An Ultra-Competitive Market.”

She asked the question, and scribbled down some of my input. But I could tell something was different about her. So, I asked her how she had climbed to be the top ranked sales person at her software company (a company that has over 100 sales people.)

Here was her formula of how she rose to the top:

1. “I have a web page that offers a free download of a checklist I wrote about how you know if you’re ready for software.” She maintained this was THE thing that was the difference maker. Now, when she’s networking, all she does is meet people, collect their card, and send them a nice email that links to her web page.

NOTE: She spent her own money on the site, the email software behind it, and paid to have the checklist written. This total cost was about $500/year, a pittance when you see her earnings.

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“Episode #313: Sales Differentiation: All the Small Things”
by Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale

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The Advanced Selling Podcast
August 31, 2015

advancedsellinpodcastgraphicbootYou’ve heard it a million times— the small things make the biggest difference. Cliché? Maybe. And very true. Veteran sales trainers Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale share their list of the “little things” that they believe have the greatest impact. They share their best practices, and even include a few things they don’t do and know they should. In this episode of The Advanced Selling Podcast, Bill and Bryan will help you differentiate yourself as a salesperson based on the experience your customer has with you. From sending an agenda to sending flowers or a thank you note, they will give you ideas that are relevant, authentic and immediately actionable.

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“Episode #312: Projecting: Are You Deciding On Behalf Of Your Buyer?”
by Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale

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The Advanced Selling Podcast
August 27, 2015

advancedsellinpodcastgraphicbootWhat questions do sales people answer for their buyers before they even ask them? Veteran sales trainers Bill Caskey and Bryan Neale share the challenges that come from seeing the world through your own eyes and not through the eyes of your buyer. They discuss strategies to help you avoid common pitfalls— projecting, justifying and deciding for your buyer without truly allowing them to tell you. In this episode of The Advanced Selling Podcast, Bill and Bryan will help you think about how to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and how to collaborate with them to decide what’s most valuable. They will walk you through a few ways to do a self-inventory to ensure you’re not projecting on behalf of your buyer without even knowing it.

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Working Under Load. The Secret To Your Success.

Charles Poliquin is a weight-lifting coach. He’s the guy your trainer looks to for advice on proper technique, cadences and exercises. He was on Tim Ferriss’s podcast (Click Here To Listen) last week and he said something I thought was fascinating. Simple, but fascinating.

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He said if you really want to increase your strength, you must spend more time “under load.”

In his world, under load means to stress the muscle throughout the entire weight bearing exercise. In other words, do the reps slow, stopping at the top and bottom for a few seconds. So instead of doing 20 curls in 35 seconds, you do 20 in 2 minutes.

More time under load = more strength.

In our world, “under load” leads to strength as well.

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Becoming Your Best By Avoiding The Misses

I am blessed to be able to interview top-notched authors and experts in the area of leadership as we launch The Sales Leadership Academy.

Steve Shallenberger

I spoke to a veteran of leadership coaching, Steve Shallenberger, last week. Steve has worked with Fortune 100 companies for the last 30 years and has a great pulse on the mistakes he sees leaders make. He’s also author of “Becoming Your Best.”

One of those has to do with “Vision.” The lesson is that just because your company has no declared vision, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

But the fact is that if you have a division…a team…a group…you MUST have a compelling, inspiring vision for your them or they’ll wander around with little focus, and little inspiration.

Here is an excerpt from a longer interview I did with Steve where he shared his thoughts.

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If you’re interested in learning more about The Sales Leadership Academy…and how it can help you create this type of inspiration in your team, go here. A little knowledge here could make a huge revenue difference in your team. It might be worth looking at.

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