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Sales Can Change Your Life

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Much has been said about sales as a profession. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, a rookie entering the field, or even just considering becoming a salesperson, there’s no shortage of opinions and articles on the world of sales. Though some of these opinions may not paint sales in a favorable light, if you have the right mindset, a career in sales has the potential to change your life! 

In this special episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by globally recognized sales leader and author, Scott Leese. Darryl and Scott discuss how the importance of commitment, mindset, and self-awareness can drastically change and improve your career in Sales. Scott also shares how his career in sales changed his life for the better, as he delves deeply into his early struggles dealing with illness and addiction. Learn how he tackled his role head-on without a “Plan B” and through will and determination found ways to excel in sales, on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's guest:

Scott Leese is one of the top startup sales leaders in the country. Through domestic and international consulting, he has trained an army of salespeople thousands strong. Leese puts his nearly two decades of sales and leadership experience to use as the CEO & Founder of both Scott Leese Consulting, LLC; and SurfandSales.com. A highly sought-after consultant, advisor, leader, and sales trainer, Leese has a proven record of success building and scaling businesses from the ground up. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Janet; their two sons, Brayden and Caleb; and the family dogs, Loki and Mia.


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Adapt or Die

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The world of sales is always changing. The needs of customers change. Their spending habits change. Priorities change. Even the way we buy continues to change. Whether you like it or not, change is real, constant, and often happens with little time for you to prepare. So how are you when it comes to adapting to change?

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by international award winner and world-class sales leader, Rob Jeppsen. Darryl and Rob discuss how adaptability is the number one indication of the success of a salesperson, and offer valuable tips on how you can strengthen your own level of adaptability. They share advice on how to spot the key indicators of change, as well as ways to use tools like A/B Testing. Darryl and Rob also go over why you should not be too product-centric and offer ways to engineer customer experiences to your benefit. Learn how to adapt and stand out from the crowd on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's Guest:

Robert B. Jeppsen is currently the Founder and CEO of XVoyant, a Sales Coaching Technology organization committed to helping organizations develop world-class sales coaches. XVoyant’s platform is the first technology to transform historical data from Salesforce into predictive coaching plans for sales leaders and salespeople. Prior to forming XVoyant, Rob worked with HireVue as Sr. Vice President and General Manager of HireVue Coach. Prior to joining HireVue, Rob was Senior Vice President of Sales for Zions Bank for 10 years. In this capacity, he led 700 salespeople across 7 lines of business and was responsible for sales targets exceeding $3B annually.

Rob has been recognized by the American Business Awards with 15 Gold and Silver Stevie® Awards, in categories including Sales Leader of the Year, Sales Process of the Year, Sales Team, Sales Curriculum of the Year, and Sales Coaching Program of the Year. Rob has trained over 900 organizations and speaks at leading events across the country. With 21 years of direct sales and sales leadership experience, Rob has successful experience in every part of the sales process.


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All About Agility

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It’s time to talk about agility. The ability to be agile is often the difference between closing a deal or closing the door on a customer. Receiving a promotion or stagnating in your current role. Your level of agility can even mean the difference between starting a new job or looking for one.

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by bestselling author and legend, Amy Franko. Darryl and Amy discuss how integral agility is as it relates to either your success or failure.   They share fantastic tips to strengthen your level of agility such as developing curiosity, and how to reframe any failure you experience. Darryl and Amy also go over advice such as seeking feedback, strategic speed and busting the patterns that hinder your progress. Learn how to increase your level of agility on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's Guest:

Amy Franko is a keynote speaker, sales strategist, and author specializing in B2B sales and sales leadership development. She works with professional services, insurance, and technology organizations to accelerate their growth results.
With over 20 years of client-facing sales experience, Amy began her career with global companies IBM and Lenovo before pivoting into entrepreneurship. Her book of business includes some of the world’s most recognizable brands.
Her book, The Modern Seller, is an Amazon best seller and was named a 2019 top sales book by Top Sales World. She is also recognized by LinkedIn as a 2019 Top Sales Voice.


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Rants for a Pandemic

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Everybody has an opinion. Whether it be insightful, genius, misguided, or even just the rantings of an obnoxious troll, wherever you look opinions are easy to come across. These varied opinions can enhance or destroy even the most enlightened dialogues, and often can lead us to wonder what we ourselves are bringing to these conversations. Are we helping or hurting our cause?

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by a special guest who is making a record third appearance – the legendary Benjamin Dennehy, the UK’s Most Hated Sales Trainer. Darryl and Benjamin forego the normal podcast routine and rant about the issues facing sales professionals during a global lockdown. They trade barbs on such issues as the “Give Back Movement”, selling during a pandemic, and just being yourself. You’re not going to want to miss the fireworks in this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darry's guest:

Benjamin Dennehy is an engaging sales speaker, Interim sales director, and sales trainer who will explain that the barriers cemented within your selling process ARE your parents’ fault! Dennehy brings an antipodean brutality and charm to the sales experience many have never encountered before. His ‘no holds barred’ presentation will educate, inspire, motivate, and help your salespeople understand why they struggle with many of their daily sales frustrations.


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Cadence is Key

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Cadence is not a new thing. Having a good cadence is something that all high performing sales professionals rely on. So how strong is yours? Without having any kind of a cadence your pipeline activity eventually falls flat and you will consistently risk missing your quota, month after month.

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by the globally renowned speaker and sales trainer Luigi Prestinenzi. Darryl and Luigi discuss how essential a good cadence is and offer fantastic insight on how to make yours stronger and more effective. They also offer up some advice on the power of simple persistence, ways to help better understand your buyers, as well as changing your mindset to drive pipeline activity. Learn how to thicken your pipeline through an improved cadence on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's guest:

With a focus on sales enablement, Luigi is highly regarded in the sales industry for leading major transformation projects with some of the world’s most respected companies.

Having led both B2B and B2C sales workforces utilizing omni-channel acquisition, Luigi has coached, managed, and motivated countless sales professionals to achieve outstanding results. The passion Luigi has for driving value within his clients is evident by the relationships he forms throughout the organizations he works with.

Whilst working with a global leadership development provider in 2012, Luigi was responsible for their largest ever partnership with News Corporation and was subsequently awarded the Number 1 World Sales Leader across 60 countries. Inspiring Luigi, in 2013 he founded Sales IQ to assist organizations build effective go to market strategies and sales development solutions with a focus on top of the funnel acquisition.

With a strong desire to change the perception of a sales professional and help as many people as possible to #bethebestyoucanbe, in 2019 Luigi took Sales IQ global, launching an online sales enablement platform. Luigi’s latest endeavor, producing the Sales IQ Podcast focusing solely on sales and professional development, has allowed him to create relationships and build a fantastic network with sales leaders throughout the world.


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Overcoming Fear with Courage

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What’s the one thing you aren’t doing that you know you need to do? What’s the one thing that frightens you so much that you create excuses to avoid having to do? We all have some task that intimidates and frightens us, that one responsibility that we really ought to be doing, but we just can’t bring ourselves to face it.

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl speaks with the dynamic, influential, and all-around legendary Shari Levitin about courage. Darryl and Shari go in-depth on the topic of courage, sharing stories, and tips of how simply changing your mindset can help you to improve your fearlessness. Learn how to overcome your fears through the power of courage on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's Guest:

Shari Levitin is an energetic, wickedly funny sales guru, who helps sales teams bridge the gap between beating quota and selling with an authentic heartfelt approach. As the founder of the Shari Levitin Group, Shari has helped create over 1 billion dollars in increased revenue for companies in over 40 countries. Shari is the bestselling author of Heart and Sell: 10 Universal Truths Every Salesperson Needs to Know, (now translated in 4 languages), a contributor to Forbes, CEO Magazine, Quotable, Inc Magazine, and Huffington Post.

Shari has been recognized as one of the:

  • Top 38 Most Dynamic Women in Sales in 2019 by Sales Hacker
  • Top Ten Voices in Sales for LinkedIn 2018 Top 20 global sales experts appearing in the documentary film "The Story of Sales.” (Salesforce)
  • 5 Most Influential Women in Sales (Sales Hacker)
  • Top 35 sales authors for her book, Heart and Sell (Vengreso)
  • Number one Thought Leader of 2019 for Girls Club
  • Top 50 Keynote Speakers (Top Sales World) Best Businesses in 2019 in Park City, Utah

Additionally, Shari is a guest lecturer at Harvard Extension Programs, an Advisory Board member of Vengreso, the largest digital transformation company, an advisory board member of the prestigious Sundance Institute and was chosen as the first adjunct professor at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business to teach a course in sales.

Shari, her husband, and son live in Park City, Utah. When she’s not creating killer content and presenting at sales kickoffs, Shari enjoys skiing, rock climbing, reading, and standing on her head.


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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

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Are you following up with your prospects? Do you ignore your cadence, or disregard contacting certain potential prospects? In a sales world where it takes 8 – 12 touches to receive one reply, follow-ups are one of the biggest issues in sales today. To put it plainly, if you aren’t following up, you are opening the door to your competition.

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl speaks with rockstar global speaker, Meridith Elliott Powell. Darryl and Meridith discuss 5 practical strategies to help you get on top of your follow up game. They offer tips such as finding a cadence that both works for you and your prospects, as well as the importance of being patient. Darryl and Meridith also talk about the value add that following up provides for new prospects and existing clients alike. The sale happens in the follow-up, learn how to improve your own follow-up routine on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's Guest:

Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, and Top 41 Motivational Sales Speakers, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker, and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare, and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. Meridith is a Certified Speaking Professional ©, a designation held by less than twelve percent of professional speakers. She has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of six books, including her latest Cut Through The Excuses & Send Sales Through The Roof, and Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Made Easy. Meridith helps her clients learn the strategies they need to turn uncertainty into a competitive advantage.


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Lead Generation: By Sales Reps, For Sales Reps

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How are you when it comes to lead generation? Is that something you think should be left to marketers? Are you putting it off because you don’t trust your own writing skills, or is finding suitable content your stumbling block?

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by respected speaker and President of the KLA Group, Kendra Lee. Darryl and Kendra dig deep into the challenges of lead generation and offer up some terrific tips on writing styles and the many places where you should be leveraging your content. They also go over tactics such as using video to break down walls, ways to measure your results over time, and using content to enhance conversations with your prospects. Everything you wanted to know about lead generation on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's guest:

Despite starting her sales career in accounting, failing IBM’s entry-level sales exam, being given a territory that had never bought anything, and being told she couldn’t sell without an engineering background, Kendra Lee entered the sales profession and proved those nay-sayers wrong. She turned her knowledge of numbers into her own approach to lead generation taking her to the top 1% of sales professionals for each IT company where she sold. She founded KLA Group, a sales and marketing agency, to consult, train and “Do it For You” so others could beat the odds in sales and marketing to get more customers. She is the author of the books The Sales Magnet and Selling Against the Goal.


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5 Unprofitable Skills to Avoid

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They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s not always true, especially when it applies to the skillsets used for sales. Techniques that once had great success not too long ago may not work today. So how does your chest of sales tools look? Is there anything in there that may need some sharpening, or even throwing away?

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by renowned Sales Leader and owner of Engage Selling Solutions, Colleen Francis. Darryl and Colleen go over some great steps to help turn your cold calls warm, as well as offer up tips on using your social selling platform to deliver value to your community. They also discuss strategies such as winning over the staff below the C-Suite, and exactly who you should be targeting for referrals. Get some great tool sharpening advice on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's Guest:

Colleen is driven by a passion for sales - and results. A successful sales leader for over 20 years, she understands the particular challenges of selling in today's crowded, confusing market, and that business leaders can no longer rely on approaches to sales based on techniques from decades ago—or even last year. 

Colleen works with business and sales leaders to synergize the sales DNA of the organization to seize market opportunities. Whether designing a strategy to target a new market or working with a team to improve its productivity, Colleen's results have attracted clients such as Merck, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank, Dow, Adecco, Trend Micro, NCR, Chevron, and hundreds of other global organizations.

Colleen is an award-winning writer and consultant, bestselling author, and member of the Speaking Hall of Fame. She is recognized as one of the foremost thought leaders on the future of selling by leading publications worldwide, including being named a LinkedIn Top Voice for Sales.


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Humanizing the Conversation

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It’s time to talk about the quality of your sales calls. Are they coming across as too scripted, bordering on becoming robotic? Do you find yourself intimidated when calling C-Suite execs? Or does fear of using the phone cause you to stumble, or even worse, stop you from picking it up at all?

In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl is joined by Larry Levine, one of the world’s most sought after Career Development and Leadership Coaches today. Together they tackle the daunting task of making sales calls sound more human. Darryl and Larry offer up valuable tips such as ways to improve your personal branding and techniques to get over your fear of using the phone. They also share how you can enhance your conversational skills as well as gain equal business stature with your wish list executive prospects. Learn how to find your own unique voice and use it, on this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales!

About Darryl's guest:

Larry Levine is the best-selling author of Selling from the Heart and the co-host of the Selling from the Heart Podcast. With 30 years of in-the-field sales experience within the B2B technology space, he knows what it takes to be a successful sales professional.

Larry has successfully sold to customers ranging from up-and-down the street accounts to Fortune 500 companies. In the fall of 2013, Larry became a corporate major account rep for a Japanese OEM in downtown Los Angeles, California, one of the most competitive markets in the United States. He walked into a zero base opportunity with no current customers. By using the strategies explained in Selling from the Heart, he booked over $1.3 million in new sales in 2014, leaving behind over a $1.6-million pipeline for the next rep to develop.

Larry now coaches and inspires sales leaders and their teams to do what he did. Since 2016, Larry has coached sales professionals across the world, from tenured reps to new millennials entering the salesforce. They all appreciate the practical, real, raw, relevant, relatable and “street–savvy” nature of hi


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s coaching. Larry is not shy when it comes to delivering his message.