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The Sales Acceleration Formula
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The Sales Acceleration Formula

by Mark Roberge

About the book:  This book is about the metrics-driven, scientific approach that Mark Roberge used to scale sales at a software company, HubSpot, from $0 to $100 Million in annualized revenue. The $0 to $100 Million Sales Formula is for the millions of small business owners, entrepreneurs, CEOs, and sales leaders that strive to build that next $100 million business. The biggest challenge standing in their way is scaling sales. Bombarded with advice from consultants and thought leaders who have supposedly “cracked the code” on modern sales, business leaders prefer to hear from actual practitioners who have overcome these challenge themselves in today’s selling context. The book shows how to apply metrics and science to almost every aspect of building a sales team, from hiring, training, and managing sales people to generating leads to developing sales leaders.

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More Sales, Less Time
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More Sales, Less Time

by Jill Konrath

About the book:  "I felt like time was taunting me: 'Behind again? You'll never get it all done.' I worked harder and longer hours, sacrificing my limited personal time to stay ahead of the game. Still, it wasn't sufficient. My work just kept expanding, demanding more of me. I could never seem to call it a day. In my entire career, I'd never faced a sales problem of this magnitude." Sound familiar? If so, you're probably an overwhelmed seller. Your clients expect more, with faster turnarounds. Your quota keeps going up. You need to leverage social media, keep up-to-date on your industry, figure out how to sell new products and services, and learn all the latest technologies. The demands are never-ending. You could work nonstop around the clock and still not get it all done. It's a huge problem faced by experienced sales pros, busy entrepreneurs, and sales rookies. If you don't stay on top of your time, it's tough to make your numbers, let alone blow them away. Konrath, a globally recognized sales consultant and speaker, knew she needed help, but found that advice aimed at typical workers didn't work for her—or for others who needed to sell for a living. Salespeople need their own productivity guidelines adapted to the fast-paced, always-on sales world. So Konrath experimented relentlessly to discover the best time-savers and sales hacks in order to deliver the first productivity guide specifically for sales success. In More Sales, Less Time, Konrath blends cutting-edge behavioral research with her own deep knowledge of sales to teach you how to succeed in this age of distraction. You'll discover how to: • Reclaim a minimum of one hour per day by eliminating major time sucks and changing the way you tackle e-mail and social media. • Free up time to focus on activities that have the highest impact on your sales results, such as preparing, researching, strategizing, and connecting with customers. • Optimize your sales processes to eliminate redundancies and wasted time. • Transform your mind-set to effortlessly incorporate new, more productive habits; leverage your best brainpower; and stay at the top of your sales game. Konrath helps you develop strategies specifically tailored to your life in sales, using your strengths to cut through the feeling of being overwhelmed. All salespeople have the same number of hours in a day; it's up to you to rescue your time to sell smarter. From the Hardcover edition.

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High-Profit Prospecting
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High-Profit Prospecting

by Mark Hunter

About the book:  As a salesperson, your pipeline is the key to your success. No matter what changes, that remains the same. Top producers prospect—and they do it ALL THE TIME. “But how?” you ask, “In the age of the Internet, isn’t cold-calling dead?” Now, in his new book, sales expert Mark Hunter shatters costly prospecting myths and eliminates confusion about what works today. Merging new strategies with proven practices, High-Profit Prospecting will help you: Find better leads and qualify them quickly Trade cold calling for informed calling Tailor your timing and message Leave a great voicemail Craft compelling emails Use social media effectively Leverage referrals Get past gatekeepers and open new doors Steer clear of prospecting pitfalls Connect with the C-Suite And more The Internet won’t fill your sales funnel—and you can’t rely on the marketing department for leads (not if you want to succeed). High-Profit Prospecting puts the power back where it belongs—in your hands. Follow its formula and start bringing in valuable new business.

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Dealstorming
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Dealstorming

by Tim Sanders

About the book:  Sales genius is a team sport. As a B2B sales leader, you know that by Murphy’s Law, despite your team's best efforts, some deals will inevitably get stuck or key relationships will go sour. And too often, it's the most important ones—the last thing you need when millions of dollars are on the line. "Dealstorming" is Tim Sanders’s term for a structured, scalable, repeatable process that can break through any sales deadlock. He calls it “a Swiss Army knife for today’s toughest sales challenges.” It fixes the broken parts of the brainstorming process and reinvigorates account management for today's increasingly complicated sales environment. Dealstorming drives sales innovation by combining the wisdom and creativity of everyone who has a stake in the sale. You may think you are applying teamwork to your challenges, but don't be so sure. There's a good chance you're operating inside a sales silo, not building a truly collaborative team across your whole company. The more disciplines you bring into the process, the more unlikely (but effective!) solutions the team can come up with. Sanders explains his seven-step Dealstorming process and shows how it has helped drive results for companies as diverse as Yahoo!, CareerBuilder, Regus, and Condé Nast. You'll learn how to get the right team on board for a new dealstorm, relative to the size of the sales opportunity and its degree of difficulty. The key is adding people from non-sales areas of your company, making them collaborators early in the process. That will help them own the execution and delivery after the deal is done. The book includes real world examples from major companies like Oracle and Skillsoft, along with problem finding exercises, innovation templates, and implementation strategies you can apply to your unique situation. It's based on Sanders' many years as a sales executive and consultant, personally leading dozens of sales collaboration projects. It also features the results of interviews with nearly two hundred B2B sales leaders at companies such as LinkedIn, Altera and Novell. The strategies laid out in Dealstorming have led to a stunning 70% average closing ratio for teams across all major industries, leading to game-changing deals and long-term B2B relationships. Now you can learn how to make dealstorming work for you. From the Hardcover edition.

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Social Selling Mastery
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Social Selling Mastery

by Jamie Shanks

About the book:  A concrete framework for engaging today's buyer and building relationships Social Selling Mastery provides a key resource for sales and marketing professionals seeking a better way to connect with today's customer. Author Jamie Shanks has personally built Social Selling solutions in nearly every industry, and in this book, he shows you how to capture the mindshare of business leadership and turn relationships into sales. The key is to reach the buyer where they're conducting due diligence—online. The challenge is then to strike the right balance, and be seen as a helpful resource that can guide the buyer toward their ideal solution. This book presents a concrete Social Selling curriculum that teaches you everything you need to know in order to leverage the new business environment into top sales figures. Beginning with the big picture and gradually honing the focus, you'll learn the techniques that will change your entire approach to the buyer. Social Selling is not social media marketing. It's a different approach, more one-to-one rather than one-to-many. It's these personal relationships that build revenue, and this book helps you master the methods today's business demands. Reach and engage customers online Provide value and insight into the buying process Learn more effective Social Selling tactics Develop the relationships that lead to sales Today's buyers are engaging sales professionals much later in the buying process, but 74 percent of deals go to the sales professional who was first to engage the buyer and provide helpful insight. The sales community has realized the need for change—top performers have already leveraged Social Selling as a means of engagement, but many more are stuck doing "random acts of social," unsure of how to proceed. Social Selling Mastery provides a bridge across the skills gap, with essential guidance on selling to the modern buyer.

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The Only Sales Guide You'll Ever Need
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The Only Sales Guide You'll Ever Need

by Anthony Iannarino

About the book:  The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience. Anthony Iannarino never set out to become a salesman, let alone a sales manager, speaker, coach, or writer of the most prominent blog about the art and science of great selling. He fell into his profession by accident, as a day job while pursuing rock-and-roll stardom. Once he realized he'd never become the next Mick Jagger, Iannarino turned his focus to a question that's been debated for at least a century: Why are a small number of salespeople in any field hugely successful, while the rest get mediocre results at best? The answer is simple: it’s not about the market, the product, or the competition—it’s all about the seller. And consequently, any salesperson can sell more and better, all the time. Over twenty-five years, Iannarino has boiled down everything he's learned and tested into one convenient book that explains what all successful sellers, regardless of industry or organization, share: a mind-set of powerful beliefs and a skill-set of key actions, including... ·Self-discipline: How to keep your commitments to yourself and others. ·Accountability: How to own the outcomes you sell. ·Competitiveness: How to embrace competition rather than let it intimidate you. ·Resourcefulness: How to blend your imagination, experience, and knowledge into unique solutions. ·Storytelling: How to create deeper relationships by presenting a story in which the client is the hero and you're their guide. ·Diagnosing: How to look below the surface to figure out someone else's real challenges and needs. Once you learn Iannarino's core strategies, picking up the specific tactics for your product and customers will be that much easier. Whether you sell to big companies, small companies, or individual consumers, this is the book you'll turn to again and again for proven wisdom, strategies, and tips that really work. From the Hardcover edition.

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Sales Management. Simplified.
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Sales Management. Simplified.

by Mike Weinberg

About the book:  Why do sales organizations fall short? Every day, expert consultants like Mike Weinberg are called on by companies large and small to find the answer—and it’s one that may surprise you. Typically, the issue lies not with the sales team—but with how it is being led. Through their attitude and actions, senior executives and sales managers unknowingly undermine performance. In Sales Management. Simplified. Weinberg tells it straight, calling out the problems plaguing sales forces and the costly mistakes made by even the best-intentioned sales managers. The good news: with the right guidance, results can be transformed. Blending blunt, practical advice with funny stories from the field, this book helps you: Implement a simple framework for sales leadership Foster a healthy, high-performance sales culture Conduct productive meetings Create a killer compensation plan Put the right people in the right roles Coach for success Retain top producers and remediate underperformers Point salespeople at the proper targets Sharpen your sales story Regain control of your calendar And more Long on solutions and short on platitudes, Sales Management. Simplified. delivers the tools you need to succeed.

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Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Red Book of Selling
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Jeffrey Gitomer's Little Red Book of Selling

by Jeffrey Gitomer

About the book:  A new guide from the author of The Sales Bible helps salespeople learn why sales happen, and how it has everything to do with understanding buying motives and taking ethical actions, allowing the readers to make sales for the moment and for the rest of their lives.

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Not Taught
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Not Taught

by Jim Keenan

About the book:  The 21st Century has ushered in the information age, and with it a new set of rules for success. Not Taught shares how the rules of 20th century and the industrial age no longer work and that if you want to be successful you must learn the new rules of success. Not Taught punches you in the face with the realities of work today and offers clear strategies on how to be successful in this crazy information-driven world. Not Taught is your personal guide to the changing success landscape created by the information age, social media, access to information, the high cost of college, the internet and more. The book breaks down how the rules of the past no longer suffice and what it takes for you to win in the 21st century.

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The Sales Development Playbook
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The Sales Development Playbook

by Trish Bertuzzi

About the book:  A book to help companies find customers and create repeatable sales by developing effective inside sales organizations and development strategies.

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