Entries by Mike Montague

How to Use the DISC Profile for Professional Development

Markku Kauppinen, President and CEO of Extended DISC North America, recently appeared on the How to Succeed Podcast to talk about DISC. If you are not familiar with the DISC Behavioral Model, it first appeared in psychology and communication theory in 1929 and has evolved to become one of the most popular personality and hiring […]

LinkedIn the Sandler Way – Liberty, MO – Aug 4th

Join me Aug 4th at Bank Midwest at 8 AM. You don’t have to be a tech wizard to grow your business through social selling. You can use your own network of business contacts, to take a proactive, client-centered view of prospecting on social media. This webinar cuts through all the noise, tech-speak, and misconceptions about LinkedIn and social selling.​

How to Succeed at Customer Service

Customer service is an interesting aspect of any business. Whether you call it inside sales or customer care, your frontline employee may have the most difficult job in the company. Do you find that your most difficult customers and situations are handled by your least trained and lowest paid employees first? Have you ever cringed […]

Social Selling is the 3-Point Line of Prospecting

The three-point line is an arch drawn on a basketball court about 20 to 24 feet away from the basket, depending on which league you are playing in. A field goal made from inside the arch is worth two points, but one made from beyond the line is worth three. The three-point line was first […]

How to Succeed at Sales Management (Blog)

Many sales managers attempt to manage their team simply by looking at the team’s numbers. The manager constantly looks at how many opportunities are in the pipeline. They track the number of appointments, proposals and, of course, the number of sales made for the month. Then, the manager will attempt to hold their team accountable for maintaining some pre-determined level of results.

Springtime in Kansas City

The spring is a great time to explore Kansas City. The fountains, statues and parks that make KC special are at their most beautiful this time of year. Here are few great parks, which you might want to explore during you time in the city.

How to Succeed at Sales: The Solution

How Can You Succeed in Sales?

Now that we have a thorough understanding of the problem from last week’s post, let’s look at the solution. We call it the Sandler Selling System. It involves strategically developing your sales process to build trust, set up a mutually beneficial arrangement, qualify prospects as ideal clients, and demonstrate a unique value.

Imagine if you talked only to the absolutely correct people. Imagine having the best sales conversations possible with qualified prospects who wanted to talk to you. Imagine being invited, instead of begging for appointments. Imagine no longer wasting time or money on people who will not buy. We have a saying at Sandler, “Selling things people want to buy to people who have money and decision-making authority is not cheating!” It is the way sales should be…

Do you think it would be possible to actually sell more and sell more easily? Could you actually spend less time, money and energy on business development and enjoy more revenue and profit? When you stop trying to sell to everyone, you can actually invest time and effort to build real ideal client relationships with qualified prospects. You can work smarter instead of harder.

How to Succeed at Sales: The Problem

As a buyer, what comes to mind when you think of the word, “Salesperson”?

Usually what comes to mind are things like… used cars, polyester suits, briefcases, and flip charts or PowerPoint presentations. Many people dislike dealing with salespeople, and some even shudder at the thought of being one. In our experience, more than half of the salespeople out there don’t like selling and work hard to avoid looking like a ”typical” salesperson. Few, if any, children grow up dreaming of being salespeople, yet it is the most common profession in the world. Why is that?

New Sandler Blog: How to Succeed at Goal Setting

We know from some extensive research on goal setting that most people make a New Year’s wish instead of a resolution. Most of them don’t even write it down, and then most of them give up by the middle of January or so. However, there are a few successful goal setters—around 1%—who resolve to do something different, and then actually do!

How much are you worth?

Around the New Year, I find it easy to be reminded of your imperfections, flaws, and room for improvement. However, I thought I would take a couple of minutes and remind you how awesome you already are.

9 Commandments of Social Selling

That’s what they meant by tablets, right? Having the right attitude and approach to social selling can make all the difference in your results. Focus on the 9 Commandments of Social Selling to keep your head right and your network happy!