Did you catch Clint Eastwood’s conversation with an empty chair at the
recent 2012 Republican convention? During his short speech, he talked to an
invisible Obama about what was wrong with American politics.
Within minutes, Twitter was flooded with photos that people took of
themselves doing the same thing. Dubbed ‘Eastwooding,’ this spread
offline as voters around the country proclaimed Monday as “National Empty
Chair Day” instead of “Labor Day.”
The truth is, many people thought that Clint Eastwood was off his rocker when
he gave this rambling speech. He may have been, but that’s not my job to
Instead I was inspired by what he was doing. I want to bring
‘Eastwooding’ into the sales field. In fact, I’d recommend that all
sellers do it before they:
Make an important phone call. Go out to meet with a prospective client. Give
a presentation to a group. Negotia... (more)
If you've been involved in B2B sales for more than a few years, you've
probably noticed that things have changed. This pace of change shows no sign
of abating. Customers are more frazzled than ever.
Recently caught up with Nigel Edelshain, the fellow that coined the term
“Sales 2.0" and more recently, "Social Selling." I think his insights on
this topic are highly relevant to salespeople today, which is why I asked him
the questions below.
And, it's also why I suggest you check out his 2-day Social Selling Bootcamp
WHAT'S SOCIAL SELLING?
Jill: What is “Social Selling”... (more)
Since publishing my two free ebooks Cracking the LinkedIn Sales Code and
LinkedIn Sales Secrets Revealed, I get asked tons of question about how to
use LinkedIn best. One of the most contentious issues relates to the use of
Numerous people have written to tell me it's a total waste of time -- that
they never get responses from it. Yet, our 2013 survey results showed that
top sellers used it nearly 4 times more than all other respondents.
And, InsideSales.com reports a 700% increase in response rates when they use
InMail - over sending the exact same message via email. Ac... (more)
Thank to everyone who voted for me in the 2010 Top Sales Awards. Your support
made a huge difference in the results, as you'll see in the results below.
Your votes were combined with judge's to determine the ultimate winners in
Your vote of confidence in my work is humbling. It also inspires me to keep
giving your more good stuff to help you increase your sales. Thank you, thank
you, thank you.
And, I'd also like to say a BIG thanks to Jonathan Farrington of Top Sales
World for making this event possible. His vision in recognizing sales
excellence will raise the ... (more)
Sometimes you're not always as clear as you can be. That's what Barbara
Weaver Smith, author of Whale Hunting & CEO of The Whale Hunters, discovered
when she was pursuing a big opportunity. Even though it cost her the deal,
she learned her lesson.
My team and the prospect's team were sitting in their conference room.
Enthusiasm was high and conversation was coming fast from every corner. They
wanted to know what outcomes they could expect and how we would work with
We talked about our standard implementation for a company like them, and we
talked about some... (more)