Today's leading-edge, IT, engineering, biotechnology, and telecommunications solutions are being delivered in a competitive marketplace by uncommon and exceptional sales professionals - YOU! Come join members of the National Sales Network (NSN) to secure great-career changing tips from guest speakers Mark A. Hill and Christopher Bell, III, accomplished technology sales professionals and executives as they address how you can make a personally rewarding transition into the technology sales arena... Date: Thursday, May 13 2010 Time: 6:30PM Holiday Inn College Park 10000 Baltimore Avenue College Park, MD 20704 (directly in front of IKEA College Park) Members: Free Non-Members: $15 Come and hear what is being said about this market
If you're new to technology sales, looking for a career change, or soon-to-be graduating college student, take a little down-time and grab a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage and then listen to this radio interview facilitated by Tai Goodwin, Career Makeover Coach. This discussion features me and my colleague Mark Hill, Executive Director of Minorities in Technology Sales (MiTS) as we discuss the benefits and challenges transitioning into technical sales.
Has a CIO or experienced senior technology officer ever told you EXACTLY how to engage him and what he's looking for in his interactions with a technology sales professional? If not, this article is MUST-reading for you. Ed Anderson has been recognized as one of the Top 100 CIOs and senior technology executives in the United States. Tap into the wisdom and advice he offered to those present at a local meeting for Minorities in Technology Sales (MiTS)...
"Anybody can become a consultant. But not everybody does it well. Here's what you need to know to thrive." - WSJ Article entitled "How to Succeed in the Age of Going Solo" written by Richard Greenwald.
As a business owner or senior sales executive for your small and growing technology company, you've probably moved away from old-school sales management tactics. But if you haven't, perhaps you've not weighed the cost...
I LOVE the technology sales profession but I must confess, too many of us become so self-absorbed that we forget that professional success is dependent in part upon the committment, professionalism, and sacrifice of the people within our sphere of influence. When was the last time you showed some appreciation?
If you've been a business development or sales professional for a while, I'm sure that you've come across someone at some point in time whose disposition, demeanor, or statements have left the impression that they don't think too highly of your career selection. The fact is, ours is an honorable profession that's crafted for very few and most people could never successfully do what we do.
I want to extend a special note of thanks and best wishes for the New Year to some of the people I collaborate with to include...
What do you do when your numbers fall just a little short or when it becomes certain you're not going to achieve your sales quota or revenue objectives? To the best of my knowledge, there's not a lot of literature or support for teaching sales athletes how to react when they lose but here's a reality check: most sales athletes are NOT going to be #1 all the time. While there is no single reference that covers all circumstances, here's a list of tips to consider...
Yes, I did it. I'm a recent Blackberry-to-iPhone convert. The transition has been both exhilarating and disappointing. Make no mistake. I loved using my BlackBerry and though my 30-day iPhone 3GS trial is over I do find comfort in knowing that using a BB device was a smart personal and business decision two years ago.
"The Customer is Always Right" is a powerful lie. What'Ss interesting is that over the years after hearing this same statement repeated over and over again from the mouths of intelligent, well-meaning business owners and executives, we should be impressed with the longevity and power of this falsehood. Why? Because ironically, there's a contradictory but viable measure of wisdom that professional sales and business development specialists understand: Customers have a right to be wrong. Be quiet and let them be wrong UNLESS...
The "main course" of life serves up plenty of lessons. But sometimes sales professionals and business development specialists can sit at the table where a feast of opportunities are set before them and respond by whining and complaining. Before you adopt this posture, here are "5 Appetizers for the Whiners in Sales" that are on the menu.
In times of fiscal constraint, companies are always seeking ways to increase productivity and sales revenue while concurrently reducing their costs. A recent BusinessWeek blog post entitled "A New Wrinkle on Outsourcing" provides a fresh perspective on the use of Outsourced Sales Professionls (OSPs) in technology sales.
This video features the results of a survey about Cloud Computing which was completed by Applied Research and sponsored by F5 a few months ago. Most would agree, for a 3.5 minute video, it does a fairly decent job detailing the acceptance and adoption of cloud computing today.
Have you ever talked to, our met with someone you've known for years and walked away from the dialogue blown away by their transformation or growth from what you perceived as a point of failure or tough circumstances? How did they seem to move from "zero-to-hero"? One plausible explanation is the "Law of Retraction."
One of the unexpected outcomes of our inaugural business launch last week was a sense that I had done something really extraordinary or heroic by overcoming a series of tough professional and personal circumstances. I hate to be an image buster, but to me the image of heroic is: a 19 year-old kid going on daily night missions in Afghanistan kicking down doors that may be booby-trapped. Let�s keep it real here, can we?
Many thanks for numerous shout-outs and congratulatory thanks from previous customers, old and new friends, business associates (and even a few competitors) in recognition of the inaugural launch of ChrisBell3rd & Company a few days ago. The response to our launch has FAR EXCEEDED our expectations and we look forward to helping small software companies [...]
Columbia, Maryland (PRWEB) October 6, 2009 -- Christopher Bell III had no idea he would launch a successful small business a year ago. At that time, personal and professional tragedy hit him hard. However, starting a new venture is exactly what Bell has done with the founding of his new company, ChrisBell3rd & Company - [...]
Some of the best talent in your sales organization hasn't been introduced to you yet. As business owners, sales executives, and investors we may be missing gold that's sitting on top of the ground because we're too busy digging in the mine. There are some "A-Players" out there ready and willing to make sales career transitions. Can you provide some tips to help them out?
If you're a sales manager or executive managing a sales team, you may have hired people on your team you've worked with before or have had a previous personal connection with. That's great unless sales performance becomes secondary to the personal relationships you've established. Here's a question that was recently posted by a sales professional [...]
Obsolete and adversarial sales "tactics & strategies" are being countered by new empowered buyers who are leveraging technology and social media to minimize the role of the traditional sales profession where the lack of trust is prevalent. Marketing and sales professionals must adopt the new transparency enabled by social media and embrace consistent, ethical sales practices that will be independently validated by empowered buyers.