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MEDDIC Sales Qualification Methodology Founder Jack Napoli on How to Enable and Drive Sales Teams

This week we had the pleasure of interviewing Jack Napoli, the ‘Godfather’ of the MEDDIC sales process:

For those of you who aren’t familiar, MEDDIC is one of the most effective sales methodologies I’ve ever come across for qualifying deals thoroughly.

In fact, Jack and MEDDIC co-creator Dick Dunkel used it while at PTC to more than triple sales from $300 million to $1 billion in just four years. Personally speaking, MEDDIC helped me increase my close rate to over 90% and increase my team’s sales 60% year on year.

Today, MEDDIC is used by fast-growing startups as well as large corporations such as EMC, RSA, BMC and more.

Check out the interview here:

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How to Overcome Every Sales Team’s Biggest Problem

There’s no question:

Improving the effectiveness of sales teams is a top priority for sales managers everywhere.

But there’s only 24 hours in day, and a million (and one) things you have to stay on top of:

Maybe you’re facing more “No’s” than ever. Or the churn rate of your sales people is climbing higher and higher.

But you don’t have the time to deal with that, because you’re stretched to your limits hiring new reps, managing the pipe and making sure your team is closing deals and hitting their numbers.

It’s more than most managers can handle.

That’s why I teamed up with Steve Ammann, Managing Director of the Sales MEDDIC Group, to put together some action items to help sales managers overcome the number one problem facing every sales team:

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The Hidden Cost of CRM (or What Happens When You Manage Your Sales Process on Word Docs and Spreadsheets)

CRM Hidden Costs

Here’s how we discovered that the CRM we were using at a large software company was costing us over $400,000 a year in lost time.

Back in 2010, I had one of the worst experiences of my entire sales career:

It was 4 o’clock in the morning, and we were still working on the top floor of our company’s office building.

It was the end of Q3, and we should have been out celebrating. Instead we were stuck in the office, working ourselves to death as we pored over spreadsheet after spreadsheet.

I looked around the room:

15 Regional VPs of Sales (including myself), the VP of Finance, and the Sales Operations Manager from our company at all had the same worn-out look on their faces.

We were completely beat. And we still hadn’t finished consolidating the data we needed for the next day’s forecast session.

It was a nightmare. And it was far from over.

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The Definitive Guide to an Effective Sales Process

There’s no doubt:

The right sales process can make the difference between a sales team that’s shattering its goals vs. one struggling to hit quota.

That’s why we scoured the internet for you to find the best sales process information out there and created:

Sales Process: The Definitive Guide to a Higher Win Rate

This is the go-to resource for anyone looking to build, improve, or transform their sales process.

Free PDF: Click here to get a downloadable PDF version of this guide that you can print out and use as a reference.

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70 Top Sales Pros Reveal Their Most Impactful Sales Advice Ever

Let’s be honest:

There’s nothing like the feeling of flying high after closing a massive deal.

But if you’re like most salespeople out there, you’ll also face times where every lead you touch feels colder than a Siberian winter (brrr!).

However, there are sales pros out there who are absolutely shattering their sales goals.

So to find out what keeps them going, I got in touch with 70 of these experts and asked each one:

What’s the single best piece of sales advice you’ve ever received or shared?

Let me tell you, the responses I received were nothing short of amazing.

So whether you’re looking for instantly actionable tips or career-altering advice, here are all 70 of their responses – in their own words:

Free Bonus: Get access to a free downloadable PDF version of this post. Contains all 70 of these amazing responses that you can view or print for your daily use.

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The Top 100 Most Innovative Sales Bloggers (That Will Help You Shatter Your Sales Goals)

Top 100 Most Innovative Sales Bloggers

If you’ve come looking for the most practical, insightful and educational sales bloggers, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the 100 best sales bloggers online today.

As you can imagine, there’s no shortage of high-quality sales blogs on the web. But we decided to take the absolute best of the best and present them to you in one definitive list.

Whether you’re a first-year sales rep or the CEO of a Fortune 100 company, these bloggers give you the tools, tips and techniques you need to go out there and shatter your sales goals.

So without further ado, here’s our list of The Top 100 Most Innovative Sales Bloggers:

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3 Simple Questions That Will Increase Your Close Rate

increase close rateThroughout my career as a sales rep (and later as a manager), I was always puzzled by whether a deal could close or not.

I wondered, was there a more effective way to qualify my deals?

In my search for an answer, I came across a ton of whacked-out theories and complicated probability calculations. But in the end, most of my forecasts (and those of my reps) were still based on gut feelings and wishful thinking.

That was until I worked with John McMahon.

John was (and still is) an almost legendary sales leader who consistently increased company revenues by 100% year after year wherever he went. (He even grew PTC, a software company, from $1.1M to $1.1B in just nine years).

He was phenomenal at building teams and helping sales managers to scale. But one of the things that stood out the most about John’s performance were his shockingly accurate forecasts.

What was his secret?

He always focused on the fundamentals of a deal.

“Before going into the details of any opportunity,” he said, “there are three questions you need to ask. Know their answers, and you’ll know the chance of closing a deal this quarter.”

These questions are so simple, yet incredibly powerful. After I started implementing them, my forecasts became more accurate than a Swiss-made clock.

And they are the exact questions that executives at your account will ask before approving any decsion.

They are The 3 Why’s That Open Your Eyes.

Free PDF: Get access to a free downloadable PDF version of this guide. Reference it anytime you want or print for daily use.

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The 9 Best Sales Methodologies for Closing Complex Deals

Business-process-shake-hands-with-text-no-artv2Sales methodologies are a dime a dozen these days, with each one promising unprecedented growth and revenue.

However, we all know that to successfully close large and complex deals, it’s essential for sales teams to have a more structured approach and focus on the right steps to bring deals to closure.

That’s why we’ve reviewed 9 of the best sales methodologies for closing large deals. We looked at the content, the delivery and the offerings to effectively implement the methodology in the field. (And in case you’re having trouble convincing your team to adopt a methodology, check out How to Handle Your Reps’ Objections to Your Sales Process)

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