Accelerate Podcast with Andy Paul
February 24, 2017

How to Have a Mindful, Focused Mindset. With Bridget Gleason. #390

Welcome to another Front Line Friday with my very special guest and co-host, Bridget Gleason. On this week’s episode, Bridget and I discuss a mindset of gratitude, dealing with problems and getting over the frustrations they cause without anger. We also discuss the addiction to digital messaging, and the pitfalls of trying to multitask in sales.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[:45] Bridget is grateful for life. Experience helps her look over frustrations as they occur, reflecting on past frustrations that were worse, of which the causes were forgotten. She deals with them, goes on, and models and shares this behavior.

[4:36] Give people permission not to get all worked up. Frustration doesn’t need anger, bitterness, or disappointment. It is an opportunity to address a problem, without hanging onto the emotion around it. Don’t be addicted to anger.

[6:43] Andy cites Simon Sinek on challenges Millennials have, including the dopamine-driven addiction to texts, emails, and replies. The anticipation for these creates a distraction. Bridget doesn’t crave the interruptions, especially in the morning.

[8:26] Andy gave a presentation to inside sales reps, and saw people checking their phones. He stopped and asked if they kept their phones on their desk while they were making calls. 100% of them raised their hands.

[9:23] Next he asked, who looks at it, if it buzzes while you’re on a call with a buyer? Virtually everybody. The science is absolutely conclusive. We do not multitask. Looking at a text while talking to a customer distracts you from the customer.

[10:41] Looking at a chat or text, to be “responsive,” to a buyer, while you are talking with another, only makes you less responsive to the person actually talking to you. You may only have this one opportunity with the person on the phone.

[12:16] Chat, with one person managing multiple chat windows, divides attention and concentration on any specific conversation. Invite the chat to move up to another channel that allows more personalized attention, even, maybe, a visit.

[13:49] Are older people going to have to incorporate these quick, short chats into their sales process? As humans, we are incapable of switching our attention rapidly and efficiently.

[14:44] Carnegie Mellon research shows that our test-taking ability (a measure of intelligence) falls after an interruption, to the point of making us 20% “dumber.” In a chat, each separate conversation is sub-optimal.

[16:52] Two multi-tasking people chatting with each other, makes the conversation doubly sub-optimal and unfocused.

[17:39] People who can’t resist trying to do two things at once are suckers for irrelevancy, according to Stanford sociologist Clifford Nass. It is efficient and respectful to focus on one thing. Put distractions away. Put your phone in a drawer, or away.

 

February 11, 2017

How To Hire and Coach the Best Sales Professionals. With Ken Thoreson. #379

Joining me once again on this episode of Accelerate! is my guest Ken Thoreson, President of Acumen Management Group, and author of several books on sales, sales management, hiring, and personal development. Ken’s latest book is, SLAMMED!!! For the First Time Sales Manager.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[1:01] Acumen Management was started 19 years ago, focused on strengthening sales management, through workshops, blogs, and books, around leading an organization, sales compensation planning, and hiring a high-performance team.

[2:16] Sales managers are often promoted from sales, with no management training. They have a list of management responsibilities, but continue to stick to sales activities, don’t set priorities, and fail to create business and sales plans.

[4:20] The biggest challenge facing sales managers today is their inability to build a process, so they can focus on the execution. Most organizations have poor sales execution.

[5:45] Ken quotes Butch Jones, Football Coach, U of Tennessee, “Every player does not give 110% every day; it’s the coach’s job to increase their intensity and the effort they give.” Coach to align the soul of the individual with the goal of the company.

[6:44] Salespeople need to believe in the company, in the product or service, and in how they can impact their clients. The sales manager needs stories, with real examples of people being helped. Salespeople leave if they don’t believe.

[11:09] “Don’t swing at the first pitch.” If you mis-hire, it costs four times what you paid in salary.

[16:09] Build the right candidate profile, and involve other managers, people in the sales team, and maybe customers, in the choice.

[19:21] Look at your product or service, the client you need to influence, who you want to have approaching them, and what kind of training they will need. You may hire a non-salesperson with product expertise.

[21:50] Assessments are a tool, and they should be more of an indicator, than a screen. Testing is essential. An interview is no place for trust. Let the candidate give a presentation, write a pitch on your product, or be tested in a social situation.

[26:36] Hire slow; fire fast. Take everyone through the hiring process. Do not skip a step. Just like the sales process, it’s there to qualify the candidate.

[27:58] Ken gives sample interview questions, and the reasons for them.

[30:34] Ken recommends clients start a book club, and discuss the book for 15 minutes in every weekly sales meeting. Andy mentions his 15-minute daily reading program for clients.

December 27, 2016

How to Power Down Stress to Power Up Your Business. With Robert Mallon and Bill Watkins. #340

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! are my guests Robert Mallon and Bill Watkins. They are the Founders of the Rusty Lion Academy. Among the many topics that Robert, Bill, and I discuss are, their experiences that brought them to coaching, how physical neglect leads to burnout, and how procrastination and hesitation block success (and how to power through these negative behaviors.)

December 22, 2016

How to Get the Biggest Return on Sales Training. With Steven Rosen. #337

Joining me for the second time on Accelerate! is my guest Steven Rosen. Steven is the founder of Star Results, an author, speaker, trainer and expert on training sales managers. Among the many topics that Steven and I discuss are Steven’s rise from sales on the street, to a view from the C-suite; the conundrum of companies under-investing in the development of front line sales managers; various components of leader development and coaching; and what leaders can do, if they are not being developed by their company.

November 19, 2016

How the Human Touch Accelerates Your Sales. With Ali Mirza. #310

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is Ali Mirza, Founder and President of Rose Garden Consulting, and author of the ebook, A Salesperson’s 30 Rules to Success. Among the many topics that Ali and I discuss in this episode are the biggest challenge facing sales reps in today’s business environment, the problems that can result from relying entirely on big data to manage sales, and the importance of really getting to know your prospects, their character types and their buying triggers.

November 14, 2016

How to Make Sales Training Work for You. With Glenn Mattson. #305

My guest on this episode of Accelerate! is Glenn Mattson, President of Mattson Enterprise, Inc., a Sandler Training Consulting and Training firm. Among the topics Glenn and I dig into in this episode are why most sales training is not effective in producing improved performance, how to understand emotional drivers of behavior change, and why sales training that doesn’t focus on personal change is pointless.

October 31, 2016

How to Rebuild Your Confidence. With Molly Fletcher. #293

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is Molly Fletcher, CEO of the Molly Fletcher company, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, coach and author of 3 books: A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating: How Conversation Gets Deals Done, The Business of Being the Best, and The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career. Prior to starting her company, Molly was President of client representation for the sports and entertainment agency, CSE, where she spent 2 decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents, and has been nicknamed the “female Jerry Maguire” by CNN. Among the many topics Molly and I discuss in this episode how to rebuild your confidence after a set back, the important differences and similarities between selling and negotiating, and how to create and utilize a personal mission statement to help you achieve your goals.   

October 22, 2016

How to Create Content That Attracts Prospects. With Alzay Calhoun. #286

My guest on this episode of Accelerate! is Alzay Calhoun, Founder and CEO of Coveted Consultant, a professional training and coaching company. Among the topics Alzay and I discuss are how the right content can transform a prospect’s perception of your intangible value into tangible value, how to use content to maintain the right “problem-solution orientation” to engage and educate prospects , and how to focus on creating the right “pillar content” that supports your entire content strategy.       

October 14, 2016

Is Sales a Marathon or a Sprint? With Bridget Gleason. #279

Welcome to another Front Line Friday with my very special guest, Bridget Gleason. This week’s episode veers off-track in a hurry as I Bridget and I share stories about marathon running (and how that helped Bridget land a job) and bouncing back from getting laid off. It all comes together as we discuss the critical role curiosity plays in success, and the importance of having a competitive spirit, grit, discipline, and passion to persevere and win in sales.          

October 5, 2016

How to be a Great Sales Coach. With David A. Brock. #271

I am amped up to be bringing back my guest on this episode, David A. Brock, founder of Partners In Excellence. David is a fantastic blogger, sales coach, consultant, speaker, and author of a stellar new book, The Sales Manager Survival Guide – Lessons From Sales’ Frontlines. David and I engage on topics ranging from the evolving role of sales leaders in modern organizations to the qualities that make great sales coaches. And good sales managers. David brings to the table a wealth of hands-on experience and I’m happy to welcome him back to Accelerate!