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SMART Goal Setting with Mike Crandall: Mike Crandall, Sandler Trainer from OK, and Mike Montague, VP of Online Learning discuss SMART goal setting strategies.

Watch Time: 56 Minutes

This bonus episode is brought to you by the Sandler Annual Sales and Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL March 20th-22nd. To join our trainers from around the world and about a thousand of your high-performing colleagues, go to here for more information. 

Listen Time: 13 Minutes

This bonus episode is brought to you by the Sandler Annual Sales and Leadership Summit in Orlando, FL March 20th-22nd. To join our trainers from around the world and about a thousand of your high-performing colleagues, go here for more information. Tickets are limited.

Listen Time: 18 Minutes

Brent Chapman, CIO of RoundPoint Mortgage and speaker and upcoming author, shows you how to succeed with the attitudes, behaviors, and techniques needed to be more successful in building a winning company culture. Get the best practices collected from around the world.

Listen Time: 29 Minutes

Nick Tokman, also known as Sunshine as seen on Discovery Channel's Emmy-winning show, Deadliest Catch, shows you how to succeed with the attitudes, behaviors, and techniques needed to be more successful in finding your passion and choosing a direction for your life. Get the best practices collected from around the world.

Dave Mattson, President and CEO at Sandler, shows you how to succeed with the attitudes, behaviors, and techniques needed to be more successful in sales. Get the best practices collected from around the world.

Dan Huddock, a long-time Sandler trainer, joins us to talk about the attitude, behaviors, and techniques for breaking a slump. Learn how to stop negative spirals and start positive ratches that get you going in the right direction!

Eric Warner talks about the attitude, behaviors, and techniques that drive client success. Learn how to improve your client retention, drive more cross-sells and upsells, and grow your business by helping your clients succeed.

Clint Babcock, Sandler trainer from Tampa, joins us to talk about the attitude, behaviors, and techniques of negotiations. Learn how to find, understand and use sources of leverage in your sales negotiations. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of salespeople in final negotiations.

Jon Denn, Vistage Chair from Boston and author of Drumbeat Business Productivity, joins us to talk about the attitude, behaviors, and techniques of being more productive. Learn how to avoid distractions, be disciplined, and get more done. Learn how to great a steady drumbeat of productivity.

Amy Woodall, Sandler trainer from Indianapolis and host of our online course for Dealing with Difficult People and Situations, shares her thoughts about how to handle challenging situations in business.

We took another look back in our vintage audio vault and found this gem from David H Sandler, our belated founder, on how to manage your time and your priorities in the sales profession. Managers and salespeople should give this a listen and ask themselves hard questions about how and where they spend their time.

As we enter Q4, sales professionals in all industries are likely pondering the same question: Am I on track? If the answer, based on the best available hard numbers and the most objective real-world assessment, is “no,” then it’s likely that another question is looming in the shadows behind the first one: How do I get back on track?

David H Sandler, our belated founder, shares his thoughts  why to choose sales as a career and how people are motivated. Learn the attitudes, behaviors, and techniques of top performers, who have a reason to succeed.

JB Andrews, Sandler trainer, shares his thoughts about personal and professional growth and how to get outside your comfort zone. Learn the attitudes, behaviors, and techniques of top performers, who get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Mike Montague, VP of Online Learning, shares his thoughts about success in a new audio blog. These demotivational lessons are designed to show you how to succeed without motivation. This podcast is all about taking personal responsibility for your own success and taking action.

What if Sandler Training wasn’t about sales, management or customer service? What if it wasn’t even about communication skills or learning how to succeed? What would it be about?

Sandler provides an easy way to remember the five key components of getting a mutually beneficial conversation started: the simple mnemonic PLATE. 

Tina Phillips joins the podcast for the first time to talk about improving your listening skills in sales and in your personal life. Learn the attitudes, behaviors, and techniques of great listeners, and learn how to incorporate them into your conversations. 

There's been a lot written in recent years about making the health of your employees an organizational priority, and that’s as it should be. An individual employee’s wellness correlates directly to that employee’s quality of life, to their overall job satisfaction, and, of course, to their productivity.

Learn how to quiet the inner fears and overcome your own self-limiting beliefs. Rochelle Carrington, Sandler Trainer from New York City and featured speaker at the Sandler Summit talks about how to get out of your own way and get moving towards your goals.

Learn how to practice your sales skills in your personal life to break through learning barriers, but also improve your communication with your friends and family. Karl Scheible, the author of Succeed the Sandler Way, talks about how Sandler clients are finding success in their personal lives.

Learn how to improve your communication in any situation. Dave Hiatt, talks about his new book, From the Board Room to the Living Room: Communicate with Skill for Positive Outcomes, and how to improve your attitude, behavior, and techniques in communication. Learn how to use Sandler's sales skills and rapport techniques in your everyday life.

Learn how to properly introduce yourself and your company in a way that drives more interesting sales conversations. Mike Montague, VP of Online Learning and host of the How to Succeed podcast, shares a special audio blog to help you make the most of your elevator pitch.

We’re all motivated by different things. Some people may be motivated by money, while others may be motivated by feeling valued. And then there are some who are fired up purely by internal pride and self-affirmation. Wherever you draw your energy from, and whatever you feel your purpose is, it shapes the way you approach your business, and ultimately accelerates or undermines your success.

Today’s sales professionals find themselves facing unprecedented, and often uncomfortable, change. More and more salespeople have larger territories than they used to have, and are responsible for selling a wider range of products and services than they’ve ever sold. They've got a lot to do, and they usually have less time in which to do it than they had last year.

You may have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and it is. But here, it takes on an entirely new meaning. To ensure sales success, you should always start your day with B.A.G.E.L.S.

 

Dr. Cathy Ferguson, 2-time gold medalist swimmer in the 1964 Olympic Games and CEO of Girl Scouts of Central California South, talks about the success principles needed in the pool and the boardroom!

In this special audio blog, Mike Montague, our VP of Online Learning and Development, talks about how we structured five different types of online learning into Sandler Online. You will learn how each type is different and how they can help you get to the next level.

In this special audio blog episode, Dave Mattson shares his thoughts for sales leaders. He discusses the importance of translating corporate goals into meaningful, personal ones for yourself and your team.

Susan Sykes talks about the attitude, behaviors, and techniques needed to be more successful and improve your self-concept. Learn whether attitude or behavior plays a bigger part in your self-esteem and what to do about it.

If you were to go to the dictionary and look up the definition of the word “Success,” you’d be likely to find something like this:​ SUCCESS (n): the accomplishment of a desired aim or purpose.

Some people are natural born sales people. Not me. I started my career as an engineer, and would never have imagined myself as a sales person when I left college. Yet, with a sales system, Sandler in this case, sales can become a transferrable skill. The Sandler sales system gives us a process and a toolkit so we know how to manage the sales process, step by step.

Rule 14: Risk failure to achieve growth. I-10's learn from failure. Wow, I'll tell you what. This rule is action packed with Sandler philosophies and tactics. First of all, we have to embrace failure. Everyone's going to fail. You failed when you were a kid learning how to ride a bike. We fail in all the different roles that we have throughout the day.

Josh Seibert is a long-time Sandler Trainer and our latest author. He joins us to talk about the lessons from his new book, Winning Through Failing. He shares why failure is a critical part of success, not the opposite of success. Learn how to set the stage for failure and use it to grow faster and expand your comfort zone.

We've all failed. And most often it doesn't feel good at all. We hide it. Try to forget it. And when we tell others, we tend to put perfume on the stinkin’ failure experience.

Need some motivation? Look no further than this group of TED Talks, from experts in a variety of fields. From the aid worker who battled hippos (and lost) to the analyst who discovered the power of drawing toast (and how those drawings revealed simple solutions to complex problems),” this roundup of TED Talks is ideal for motivating yourself or your sales team.

In his recent book, Change or Die, author Alan Deutschman claims that although we have the ability to change our behavior, we rarely do.  In fact, the odds are nine-to-one that when faced with a dire need to change, we won’t.  Most smokers who are presented with a wealth of scientific data on the dangers of tobacco do not quit smoking.  Our beliefs are what we feel in our gut and those beliefs are hard to change; we spent a lifetime developing and defending them.  This explains why providing information rarely changes how people think or act.

As we enter 2017, set your sights high. Set goals, but don't be too cautious. Don't limit yourself. Reach for more, and build a plan to achieve it.

A goal without a plan is just a dream. Build your goals so you can achieve the success you are committed to.

You have an inventory to take, a phone call to make, and a report to write. But instead of diving in and getting the tasks completed, you put them off. “I’ll get to them soon,” you tell yourself. But your definition of “soon” and Webster’s definition have little in common. Can you relate to these situations…or perhaps other recurring situations of similar thought and behavior?

People lie all the time. And, more often than not, they are not lying because they are bad people. They are lying because they don’t feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable by being completely truthful. Some of the lies:

  • They say what people want to hear.
  • They don’t admit that they did something wrong.
  • To get the best deal, don’t tell salespeople the truth.
  • Lie to protect the ones you love.
  • Develop a good story or excuse to cover it up.

We've all failed. We've all had successes. How much do you learn from each? Our failures sow the deep lessons learned that sets up the foundation for our wins.

Each of us has our own comfort zone—the assortment of choices we feel comfortable with. It’s unique to each of us influenced by our genes and life experiences. Typically the out-of-comfort-zone emotion is fear of change. Feel familiar? Then watch out.

Have you become satisfied and comfortable with yourself and your work? Have you become comfortable in the status quo? Are you comfortable with how your “book of business” is performing? Watch out. It’s at times like this when you can find your world is not as stable as you think.

Clients, vendors, sales representatives, and products fill up most of your time, leaving few minutes each day to organize yourself and clear the clutter from your desk or mind. January is “get organized month,” but busy sales representatives and managers can’t devote an entire day to administrative tasks without losing potential profits. Here are seven ways you can create organization to drive success in ten-minute increments any day of the year.

We know from some extensive research on goal setting that most people make a New Year’s wish instead of a resolution. Proper goal setting requires commitment to your dreams. It gives you a road map to follow, allowing you to focus your efforts on the right thing at the right time, and holding you accountable for progress. If you are committed to succeeding in 2016 and want to do something about it, then follow these 6 steps to a perfect goal setting plan for this year and the rest of your life.

When someone hands you a business card and says, "you should call this person", it's not really a referral. Without more information, it is more like they're sending you on a cold call. Cold calling is way down the list of favorite prospecting activities for most salespeople, and sometimes that frustration can spill over to referrals.

How often do you promise to “try?” “I’ll try…” When you talk to prospects, clients, family or others…what they hear is a lack of commitment. Stop it! Eliminate that little word…”try”…from your excuse quiver....

When your prospect buys…it’s an emotional experience for them…and can be more of an emotional experience for you. And that can be a big problem. Your emotional involvement in a selling situation can fog your thinking…

Effective communication plays one of the biggest roles in a functional work environment, but the ability to interact well with one's peers is one of the hardest skills to master. Develop stronger relationships with your coworkers using these seven tips to improve your professional communication skills.

Most salespeople know that listening to their customer needs is a critical part of their sales process. What salespeople often don’t understand is that listening is a two part exercise, and neither of them is passive. The first part is planning ahead and asking questions to get the prospect thinking about their needs --- needs that align with the salesperson’s product.

We've all failed. When it comes to zig and zag...we've all zigged when we should've zagged. But it's how we respond to those circumstances that can launch us ahead.

Has this ever happened to you? You’re in discussion with a prospect about the possibility of working together. The meeting is going well. You’re working your way all through the questions you know you’re supposed to ask at this stage. You’re paying close attention; you’re taking notes. One of the questions you ask strikes a nerve with the person to whom you’re talking...

Your mindset has more to do with your success than almost any other single element. There are plenty of salespeople who possess extensive product knowledge, have numerous influential business contacts, are well-spoken, and have appealing personalities, yet their sale performances are average…sometimes, only marginally acceptable..

Attention Sales people: Do you get too many think it overs? Is it had to get a decision from your prospects? Do you give away discounts to get the deal closed? If these are among the challenges you face in the sales cycle, the problem may be more conceptual than technical.

As a salesperson, here is something you probably already know: people don't feel a strong connection with companies. So in this day and age, having a personal brand is no longer an option; it is a requirement. If people do not see you as a relatable individual and instead starting viewing you as simply the voice of a corporation, you aren't going to last long in the fast-paced world of sales.

High-performing sales teams are led by strong sales managers who embody leadership skills that motivate and empower the team. Exceptional sales professionals display certain traits that allow them to stand out from the rest and achieve great sales success.

I had a position coach during my freshman year in college that made the comment, "Point the thumb, before you point the finger," and it has stuck with me ever since. Our football team was in a transition period, new coaches, new players, new strategies and we stunk pretty badly.

People make buying decisions emotionally and justify those decisions intellectually – Sandler Principle 6

Your mindset has more to do with your success than almost any other single element. There are plenty of salespeople who possess extensive product knowledge, have numerous influential business contacts, are well-spoken and have appealing personalities, yet their sale performances are average...sometimes, only marginally acceptable.

I often get asked by prospects and clients to give them the secret ingredient that will help them get motivated or how to motivate their sales teams. I hear comments like, "Most of us know what we need to do, why don't we just do it?" I chuckle when I hear this because we all know that the only person who can motivate us to do something is ourselves. It's like going to the gym: friends and family can encourage and suggest that we go, however the ultimate decision lies with the individual.

Why? Why do we get up every day and go to work? Because we have bills to pay: Really? Listen to the news-not paying your bills is now as much a status symbol as a Gold Card in the 1980's. Because that's what is expected: Really? In most companies, the last time you saw your job description was the day you interviewed-and you don't know what is really expected, do you? Because employees depend on us: Really? Management texts say a great manager implements systems that will operate well when management is not there. Really it's because Mom or Dad said so