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Stay on Top of the Heap – with insights by @bestsalestips @lisa_magnuson @SellingAgency @upyourtelesales

4 Amazing Insights on How Top Sales Performers Stay on Top of the Heap - SalesLatitude
4 Amazing Insights on How Top Sales Performers Stay on Top of the Heap - SalesLatitudeWouldn’t we all like to know what top sales performers do differently to be successful? I know for a fact this is a subject that interests me, my clients and those who read my posts. So, I decided to ask my Mastermind group of Women Sales Pros to share their insights. Here are 4 amazing insights on how top sales performers stay on top of the heap.
  1. Top sales people live by their own rules of focus, goals, passion and personal development. – Alice Kemper @bestsalestips

Focus – They answer the question, “What actions can I take today towards meeting my goal?”

Goal Driven – They go for the brass ring with vigor.

Passion – They love their work. They know there’s a solution to every problem.

Personal Development – They are veracious readers and listeners. They acquire mentors and meet with them often.

Alice Kemper mobilizes sales teams to meet sales quotas consistently. As President and Founder of Sales Training Consultants since 1983, Alice continues to develop innovative and leading edge sales and leadership courses. Her latest one stop resource for sales managers is, complete with 5-30 sales energizers, meetings, tips, books, expert messages and more.

  1. Top sales people focus on top opportunities in parallel with regular sales activities. They set up “war room” strategy sessions with account-specific selling teams. – Lisa Magnuson @Lisa_Magnuson

Account team members come together to collaborate on the development of a “strategy brief” for top prospects and/or existing customers they want to retain and grow.  Although each completed strategy brief will be unique, most will likely include relationship mapping (including executive cultivation plans), opportunity assessment, goals, risk evaluation and more.  The strategy brief will chart the roadmap for the team to follow until all the goals have been achieved.

If you want to ring the bell more frequently with TOP Line Account™ victories in 2016, then get your war room meetings on the calendar now!

Lisa Magnuson is an expert in corporate strategic sales and TOP Line Account™ revenue building. As a respected sales consultant and author, Lisa works with clients to build successful strategic sales programs that drive revenue from large new accounts and enable growth from existing high value customers. Learn more at

  1. Top sales performers sell to real people, not ROBOTS. – Shawn Karol Sandy @SellingAgency

In our efforts to build repeatable and predictable sales systems, we can lose sight of our customers’ objectives and try to force them in to our neat and tidy sales process. But just because it’s YOUR process doesn’t mean it always reflects your BUYER’S journey. Top sales performers focus every action on the buyer’s perspective and help them make decisions that work for themreflecting their individual context, their needs, their risks, their obstacles, their business culture, and their business drivers. They’re real people, not nameless, faceless, robot buyers.

Shawn Karol Sandy is the founder and Chief Revenue Officer of The Selling Agency – a strategy + action firm that builds revenue engines for small and mid-sized businesses. Her clients are in highly competitive, commoditized and mature industries and face slow growth, stagnant revenue and shrinking margins. Her firm creates competitive differentiation and “Selling Organizations” that leverage talent, resources and technology to increase profitability, scale growth and neutralize competitive forces. 

  1. Successful salespeople do the things unsuccessful salespeople fail to do. – Lynn Hidy @upyourtelesales

Successful salespeople make one more call, even when they’d rather pack it in for the day. And they ask the necessary questions that make them uncomfortable.

It sounds logical, yet the unsaid piece that makes successful salespeople different is that they push past their fear and discomfort.

Lynn Hidy helps sales executives catapult their inside salespeople into sales mastery. The foundation of her inside sales training practice, UpYourTeleSales LLC, starts with building new skill sets in your team and systematically increases results through behavior reinforcement.

Janice Mars, SalesLatitudeJanice Mars, principal and founder of SalesLatitude, is a senior business and sales executive with more than 30 years of experience helping companies build successful sales teams. She has parlayed that experience to help her clients to improve their sales processes, accurately forecast revenues, ensure focus on winnable opportunities, and attain consistent results. View my LinkedIn profile | Twitter  

Janice Mars, Principal and Founder of SalesLatitude, is a sales performance improvement consultant and change agent focused on growing top performers to impact bottom line growth. With more than 30 years of experience as a senior business and sales executive, she helps companies build successful sales teams by maximizing their time and resources, selling from the buyer’s point of view, and strengthening the effectiveness of leadership. View my LinkedIn profile | Twitter


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March 31 2016

[…] Top performers know that you need visibility to best understand more than what an org chart tells you. Try to understand more through your customer’s lens and be wary when the only people you know are those that can buy your products and solutions. In my experience, teams that understand a customer’s top priorities, and can link their products and solutions to those top priorities, potentially close bigger deals – and, when given the verbal, their contract goes to the top of the procurement pile. […]


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