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28
Aug 2019

What You Don’t Teach in Sales Training That Guarantees Failure

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When sales reps are hired, they are often tested for sales skills and personality traits. References are checked, previous employers called, they are trained on the products and considered ready to sell. Yet, the number one skill is overlooked: the ability to engage. There is seldom, if ever, engagement training.

Because they did well in the interview, the sales manager oddly enough assumes the new sales representative has the ability to engage with the most important tool they have, the telephone; that’s where the wheels come off the sales cart. It can take a company six to nine months before they realize the rep may know the product, but can’t get a conversation going with a prospect. 

In this program, host, Mari Anne Vanella, author and CEO of The Vanella Group tackles the little thought-out point of failure for most organizations: The Physiology of Engagement and how to train sales reps to succeed. Yes, she admits, its part art and a lot of process for reps to have a peer level conversation, but it can be done.  She covers:

  • Why calling skills are over-looked in sales training.
  • How to make a peer-level call
  • Why it’s easy to start call in an apologetic (bad manner)
  • Why reps have to be taught granular calling skills and adhere to a work structure to be a success
  • Why the art of conversation can be teachable

 Listen and learn.  

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The Vanella Group   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

Outstanding Outbound is hosted by MariAnne Vanella of The Vanella Group which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel. The Vanella Group is the sponsor of Outstanding Outbound

7
Jul 2019

How to Choose an Outbound Calling Company That Delivers

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Mari Anne Vanella, the host of Outstanding Outbound and SLMA Radio commentator Paul Roberts, explores how to choose and create a successful relationship with an outbound calling company that will give you a 20% return.  They discuss the sins of the industry and the benefits of working with a company that knows B2B enterprise relationship building.  They touch upon:

  • How to successfully outsource outbound calling
  • The difference between internally employed SDRs and outsourced professionals
  • Why nobody is closing deals on social
  • Why most companies pay inexperienced SDRs as little as possible and they get what they pay for
  • The sins of a false-peer call and lying from bad actors
  • Why going cheap on outbound calling increases risk of failure

 Mari Anne Vanella

Mari Anne Vanella has 25+ years of sales and business management experience. As Founder/CEO of sales development firms in Silicon Valley, her organizations have consistently delivered long-term, successful sales development programs to high tech and services industries across the United States.

Mari Anne's background includes successful performance as Vice President and Director at companies such as The EC Company (now ADX), PictureTalk, a subsidiary of Drake International (one of the world's largest IT solution and staffing firms), Global Knowledge, and at Skyline Computer Corporation, where she led the Cisco Training Products organization to a #5 position in the country within one year. Before these, she founded Procom, a sales development firm based in the Silicon Valley serving customers such as State Farm Insurance, Waddell & Reed, and many others.

Mari Anne Vanella hosts Outstanding Outbound Radio which is sponsored by The Vanella Group on the Funnel Radio Channel.

29
May 2019

Why the Winning Customer Experience Starts with Sales

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Host Mari Anne Vanella interviews Michael Fox, a technology sales expert about how a new customer’s relationship starts with their  “relationship” with the sales representative that served and sold them. They discussed:

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3
May 2019

Why Leads Crash and Burn When Salespeople Call the Prospect

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Mari Anne Vanella, author, and CEO of the Vanella Group, has made millions of B2B outbound calls for her clients. For this program she discusses why companies don’t usually need more leads, they just need to fix the salesperson’s soft sales approach in the initial contacts. The salesperson’s failure, Mari Anne says happens when aggressive salespeople, who don’t listen to the prospect, fail to engage and then blames the lead and source of the lead: marketing. Mari Anne and Paul Roberts discuss:

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Mar 2019
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Jan 2019

Why B2B sales reps must think like Entrepreneurs

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Join host, Mari Anne Vanella as she welcomes Dave Farrow, Founder/CEO of Farrow Communications as he goes over why B2B sales reps must think like entrepreneurs. Dave Farrow is best known for his brain power. Listed twice in the Guinness Book of Records for Greatest Memory, Dave is an entrepreneur who mastered PR to promote his own business. Most PR professionals have a background working in television BUT have no sales or entrepreneurial experience. As for Dave, he took his skill in memory and developed several educational products and used PR as his primary sales tool. His results are impressive. Dave has personally been on over 2000 media interviews, including multiple appearances on Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey, the Today Show, Fox and Friends, CBS Early Show, Live! With Regis and Kelly, BBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, The CW, QVC, Discovery Channel, Science Channel, and more.

27
Dec 2018

Three Actions Sales Mgmt Must Take in 2019 - Dan Sixsmith

Join host, Mari Anne Vanella on Outstanding Outbound as she welcomes Dan Sixsmith. Dan Sixsmith is a well-known Consultant , Speaker, Trainer, Coach and active blogger on the topic of Sales excellence. He works with large global sales teams in addition to individual executives. Recently, he joined the Board and serves as CMO of a non profit organization dedicated to protecting teens from substance abuse and speaks frequently on the subject.

About Dan Sixsmith

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The effectiveness and very presence of Sales Reps in B2B organizations have been challenged dramatically over the past few years. The buying process is becoming automated and buyers have more information than ever before at their disposal. But I am here to tell you that Sales is alive and well but needs to shift its approach. While still leveraging foundational elements such as relationships, follow up and the ability to handle objections and close deals, Sales Execs need to blend in newer skills like consulting, facilitating, building trust and adding value. 

He is the host of the podcast, "Sales Is King" and is a Consultant , Speaker, Trainer, Coach and active blogger on the topic of Sales excellence. He works with large global sales teams in addition to individual executives.

Dan also understands the Marketing space and owns the independent agency, Augmento which works with brands and B2B types at the corner of Storytelling and Technology. 

In the recent past, he joined the Board and serves as CMO of a non profit organization dedicated to protecting teens from substance abuse and speaks frequently on the subject.

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Welcome to SLMA Radio’s Outstanding Outbound a monthly program with our host, Mari Anne Vanella.  Mari Anne is an author and the CEO of the Vanella Group. She has been a frequent guest in the past.  Her program will explore the growing field of outbound lead generation for large deals.  This program is sponsored by the Vanella Group

 

28
Nov 2018

What Sales Leadership is in Denial About

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Join host, Mari Anne Vanella on Outstanding Outbound as she welcomes Dan Sixsmith. Dan Sixsmith is a well-known Consultant , Speaker, Trainer, Coach and active blogger on the topic of Sales excellence. He works with large global sales teams in addition to individual executives. Recently, he joined the Board and serves as CMO of a non profit organization dedicated to protecting teens from substance abuse and speaks frequently on the subject.

23
Oct 2018

Where AI Fits into the Big Picture of Sales

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Outstanding Outbound host, Mari Anne Vanella welcomes Joe Brown, SVP Worldwide Sales at kare, an AI company. They’ll discuss tools and methods that can help conversations become more complex and empower reps to have more access to information to progress the sales cycle further on discussions in real-time.

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