Accelerate Podcast with Andy Paul
February 5, 2017

Repeat: How to Sell More in Less Time. With Jill Konrath. #331

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is my friend Jill Konrath. Jill is a speaker, sales expert, and author of multiple bestselling books, including Selling to Big Companies, Snap Selling, Agile Selling, and her latest book, More Sales, Less Time. Among the many topics that Jill and I discuss are how she came to focus on selling more in less time, what she learned from her research about concentration, focus and how to eliminate distraction that waste selling time, how to make the most of the limited hours available each, and how you can take the More Sales, Less Time Challenge.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[2:19] After Jill wrote SNAP Selling, about selling to frazzled customers, readers asked her how to simplify their own lives. She had no idea how to help them, so she researched it.

[6:37] Research shows multitasking is an illusion. Learn what happens when you try to jump between two tasks and refocus your attention.

[8:20] How often the average sales person checks their cell phone each day. And how each interruption reduces productivity.

[8:40] To write More Sales, Less Time, Jill used herself as a test subject for the before and after metrics for each new strategy she tried.

[10:44] Jill shares how using your willpower impacts your ability to make decisions.

[14:20] Jill’s Time Master Manifesto sets rules to manage time, starting with getting seven-and-a-half hours of sleep nightly.

[17:28] How you should start each business day before turning on your computer and checking your email.

[20:12] Two books to assist salespeople in learning how to prioritize are Essentialism, and The One Thing.

[24:03] Challenge the status quo at all times, looking for a better way to achieve the end result.

[25:00] Jill shares the value of scheduling your activities into blocks of time. You are most productive while focusing on one activity.

January 5, 2017

How to Increase Your Sales Effectiveness. With George Brontén. #347

Joining me on this episode of Accelerate! is my guest George Brontén, Founder and CEO of Membrain, a sales effectiveness platform based out of Sweden. Among the many topics that George and I discuss are include whether there is a global crisis in sales effectiveness, war stories of sales gone wrong, and the factors that help a sales professional to be more effective.

 

December 16, 2016

Hiring, Firing and Knowing When to Leave. With Bridget Gleason. #332

Welcome to another Front Line Friday with my remarkable guest, Bridget Gleason. On this week’s episode, Bridget and I discuss, among other topics, employment-related questions people have asked Bridget, the sales team characteristics of companies in different stages of growth, whether personal growth or employment stability is more important to a sales professional, and how a manager should make the decision to terminate an underperforming rep.

September 29, 2016

Understanding The ‘Math Of Sales.’ With Bill Johnson. #266

Joining me on Accelerate! is Bill Johnson, Founder and CEO of Salesvue, a sales enablement platform that accelerates those critical activities that create and support revenue. Among the many topics Bill and I discuss in this episode Bill are: ‘The Math of Sales,’ optimum cadence timing, the dangers of “vanity metrics” and much much more.

July 27, 2016

How to Build A High Performance Sales Culture. With Ron Karr. #211

Ron Karr is the founder of Karr Associates, Inc., a leading sales speaker, consultant and author of several books, including the bestselling Lead, Sell, Or Get Out of the Way: The 7 Traits of Great Sellers. On this episode, Ron joins me to detail the 7 traits shared by great sellers, how to grow a high performance sales culture and how to increase your influence through significance. Ron also talks about “mastermind” groups, how they work and how you can benefit from membership in one.

June 3, 2016

On Accelerate! Now: Episode 170 with Bridget Gleason. Managing and Coaching Under-Performing Sales Reps

My regular guest on Front Line Friday is Bridget Gleason, VP of Corporate Sales for SumoLogic. In today’s episode, Bridget and I talk about managing and coaching under-performing sales reps. Sometimes, that can include respectfully managing those reps into other career opportunities. Be sure to join us for this information-packed episode! Among the topics we discuss are:

  • How much time you should give an underperforming sales rep to improve their results.
  • Should be a termination come as a surprise to a sales rep?
  • How managers should factor non-work related causes of poor performance into their evaluation.
  • How you should manage terminations for reasons other than sales performance.

 

May 16, 2016

On Accelerate! Now: Episode 156 with Jim Cathcart. What’s Holding You Back from Sales Success?

Jim Cathcart is a leading sales expert, world-class keynote speaker and an international best selling author of The Acorn Principle and Relationship Selling. Jim was inducted into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame and has delivered over 2,800 professional speeches around the world. In this episode, Jim and I talk about sales success and how the top sales reps motivate themselves to reach the top and stay there. Among the many topics  we discuss are:

  • What separates the top sales performers from the rest?
  • How do you become an expert and speaker if you think you have nothing to say?
  • How anyone can develop self-belief using The Acorn Principle.
  • How to cultivate your drive and desire to succeed.
  • How to discover what’s holding you back?
May 12, 2016

On Accelerate! Now: Episode 154 with Pouyan Salehi. Using Sales Automation to Accelerate Outbound Sales Rep Productivity.

Pouyan Salehi is the co-founder and CEO of PersistIQ, a complete outbound platform engineered from the ground up for sales. In this episode, I chat with Pouyan about how sales teams should use sales enablement tools, like PersistIQ,  to increase both their effectiveness and their efficiency. Among the many topics we discuss are:

  • Is there a danger from too much automation in sales?
  • How sales automation will force a change to the current inside sales model.
  • How to authentically personalize your touch points with leads and prospects.
  • Why your KPIs need to focus on engagement with your content, not just clicks and opens.
  • How adding value to each sales interaction accelerates the creation of better relationships.
April 24, 2016

The Best of Accelerate! The Future of B2B Sales. With Regis Lemmens.

In this episode, Regis Lemmens, founder of Sales Cubes and a Professor at leading business schools in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, shares the key findings of his extensive research into the future of B2B sales. He describes what his research found to be the necessary and inevitable evolution of consultative selling to a true collaborative partnership with buyers. Among the topics we discuss in this episode are:

  • What is value co-creation and why is it central to the future of B2B sales?
  • Why buyers may start paying you to sell to them. And, what that means for the future of the sales rep.
  • How sales teams will continue to become more specialized. But, not in the way you might think.
  • How the hunter-farmer metaphor for sales reps will become obsolete.

If you’re in sales or sales management, then you definitely need to listen to this episode.

April 8, 2016

On Accelerate! Now: Episode 130 with Bridget Gleason. It’s Bridget’s Turn To Ask Me Questions!

My regular guest on Front Line Friday is Bridget Gleason, VP of Corporate Sales for SumoLogic. In this episode, Bridget turns the tables on me and becomes the interviewer. It’s her turn to ask me the tough questions. Be sure to join us for this information packed episode as we dig deep into a number of topics including:

  • What is the biggest sales issue small and mid-sized enterprises?
  • How should sales leaders develop a candidate profile that will increase hiring success?
  • Which questions should managers be asking about sales performance and productivity, but aren’t?
  • Do sales automation tools really increase rep productivity?