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What Small Business Leaders Can Learn from Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs

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As a small business owner or leader, you’ve got your hands full. You’ve built the company up to where it’s successful, but you’re having trouble breaking through to the next level. You’re spending so much time on budget and personnel issues that your long-range plan is just to try to the end of the week. You feel all alone because you can’t talk to anyone about it. And you’re not sleeping. Wouldn’t it be great to hear advice from business leaders who were in the same place you are and now have billion-dollar enterprises?

The June 4th Asher Sales Sense Podcast – “What Small Business Leaders Can Learn from Billion-Dollar Entrepreneurs” – features host John Asher with guest Ron Wills, President of CEO Focus Maryland/DC and President and Founder of the National Association of Business Owners & Entrepreneurs in the Washington DC Metro Area. Ron recently interviewed four billion-dollar entrepreneurs and will share the lessons he’s learned of their success that directly apply to small business owners and leaders.

What challenges did these billion-dollar entrepreneurs face? How did they meet those challenges? What typical mistakes hold small businesses back? Do business coaches really help? What kinds of adjustments and new thinking are necessary for gaining break-through growth? Tune in on June 4th to learn the answers to these questions and start getting some sleep and enjoy going to work again.

About John's guest:

President of CEO Focus Maryland/DC, a peer advisory mastermind group of CEOs and Business Owners who work together and help each other move past issues holding their companies back.  With 29 regional offices across the country, CEO Focus business advisory groups include up to fourteen like-minded business owners with hundreds of years collective wisdom, thousands of experiences and case studies, and countless best practices.

President and Founder of the National Association of Business Owners & Entrepreneurs (NABOE) in the Washington DC Metro Area.  Ron founded NABOE with the belief that the mid-market business community was undeserved in the Washington/Baltimore region. Startups and the largest multi-billion companies are served by many state and local agencies, but no one focuses on the owners of companies with $1MM to $200MM in revenue. That's NABOE's audience!

Ron has career experience in banking operations, large client acquisition strategies, sales force development, and performance tracking.  He has served on the Boards of the Maryland India Business Roundtable, the Catholic Business Network, and the National Philharmonic.  Ron is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Marketing (Economics Minor) and an MA in Business in Administration.


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

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How to Make the Decision to Sell Through Distribution – 11 Minute Podcast with Andrew Chisholm

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Are you considering selling through distribution partners? It’s important to know what you’re getting into and hear expert advice before you make a decision. This program is for Presidents and Sales Managers.

What matters most to success in sales through distribution? What skill sets do you look for in distributor sales teams? How do you set the terms of the relationships? What motivates distributor sales reps?  And how can you and your products and services stand out in this environment?  Find out the answers to these questions and more from Andrew Chisholm, CEO, and Founder of OurGumption, on the November 29th Asher Sales Sense podcast: ‘Bringing Sales Success to Distribution Sales Teams'.

About our guest: Andrew Chisholm

Andrew Chisholm’s highly successful 35-year career in service, sales, marketing, and executive leadership is driven by a passion for emerging, innovative technologies, as well as the ability to creatively influence and drive colleagues, channel partners, and customers toward mutual understanding and meaningful growth. He possesses an innate talent for motivating, developing, and leading top-performing sales teams, in addition to an uncompromising work ethic, unwavering integrity, creativity, and the ability to build strong relationships with all stakeholders.

His technical experience, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the continuum of care facilities and their medical distribution channels, has led him to hold sales to executive leadership positions at several healthcare companies.

In his work as a consultant, Andrew has carried his healthcare business expertise into other industries, advising senior management teams toward implementing innovative strategies and generating new business opportunities. He has applied these same principles and consultative services at the Health & Safety Institute, Contemporary Care, SWTelecom, and LSI Industries.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-chisholm-33444571/

About OurGumption

Our strength draws from decades of proven methods, with a wealth of industry expertise to achieve your revenue objectives. As the founder of OurGumption, an enthusiastic Andrew Chisholm brings a reasonable, down to earth, reliable and practical focus on his client’s objectives. 


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

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The Five Most Common Mistakes in Sales

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If you’re new to sales you’ve quickly discovered it’s a lot harder than it looks. You also could be struggling in your current sales position and don’t know why. Since you’re both professionals either coming to the plate for the first time or in a slump with a low batting average, why not listen to some tips from a professional sales coach? That’s what professional baseball players do. They listen to the advice of coaches and focus on fixing the most common errors. Salespeople would do well to follow such advice.

The May 21stAsher Sales Sense Podcast – “The Five Most Common Mistakes in Sales” – features host Kyla O’Connell with guest Steve Johnson. He’s a retired Navy admiral with decades of experience as a government customer, business leader, and CEO advisor. Steve’s a senior sales trainer and facilitator for Asher Strategies and President of SBS Consulting, providing business process, management, and leadership expertise. 

What’s the relationship between leadership and sales? How important is process to sales success? Why should sales and marketing professionals give a lot of attention to qualifying leads? How vital is trust in the sales process?  How can you build rapport with a buyer who won’t spend time on small talk? What makes role-play between sellers and buyers more effective? Tune in on May 21st to learn the answers to these and other questions and smash your sales goals.

About Kyla's Guest: Steve Johnson

Senior Sales Trainer and Facilitator at Asher Strategies

I am a senior trainer and facilitator with special expertise for the military and government customers of ASHER. I provide strategic planning, senior program management, subject matter expert, and sales and marketing-consulting services to commercial customers, government organizations and program offices, and educational institutions.

President, SBS Consulting Inc.

SBS Consulting provides strategic planning, senior program management, executive coaching, process improvement, subject matter expert services, and sales and marketing-consulting services to commercial customers, government organizations and program offices, and educational institutions.

I am a business adviser, executive coach, and facilitator with a passion for making a difference in the professional success and personal lives of business and not-for-profit executives.

I have lived in leadership roles for my entire life. For the last 10 years of my military career, and for my entire post-military career, I have successfully led large and small programs and businesses, with profit-and-loss responsibility for budgets ranging from $1M to $450M. Early in my post-military career, I became a student of leadership, management, and selling psychology and still teach and facilitate in those areas.

My personal passion is making a difference in the lives of those around me, through my coaching, facilitation, consulting, and training; and through my involvement in community initiatives that make the world a better place one life and one business at a time.


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

ASHER Strategies   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

The Neuroscience of Leading High-Performance Sales Teams

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As a sales leader, the pressure is always on you to get the most out of your team. Even more so in this worrisome environment. But you’ve embraced the optimistic words that adversity can be opportunity. You’ve come up with ideas to help your sales team pivot from dead in the water to full speed ahead, yet you aren’t so sure how to roll them out to your dispirited and concerned sales team members. Consider this. Learning more about neuroscience factors influencing the acceptance or rejection of change can help you lead your sales team to success – even in trying times.

The May 7th Asher Sales Sense Podcast – “The Neuroscience of Leading High-Performance Sales Teams” – features host John Asher with guest David Morelli, Founder of OrgCoach, an executive coaching and leadership training company specializing in guiding executives and teams through crises and uncertainty. David is also a professor of leadership, communication, strategy, and entrepreneurship in the Executive MBA program at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business.

What do sales leaders struggle with most? What makes it difficult for people to change? How can sales leaders get change to stick? What drives salespeople to perform better? What gets in the way when sales leaders try to motivate their teams? Why do good initiatives sometimes not get adopted? Tune in on May 7th to learn the answers to these
and other questions and get your sales team back in the game.

About John's guest:

In over 20 years of executive coaching and leadership development experience, David Morelli has become an expert in a wide range of arenas including neuroscience, crisis management, peak performance, leadership styles, persuasive communication, design thinking, improvisation, storytelling, and more. David has coached millionaires, billionaires, musicians, movie stars, best-selling authors, and executives all over the world. 

He has guided executives and their teams through crises during the dotcom crash, 9/11, and the Great Recession as well as other financial, industry, and marketplace disruptions. He has deep experience in the financial, technological, media, and healthcare industries. He has trained and coached senior leaders at Charles Schwab, Salesforce, Comcast, and DaVita, among others. 


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

ASHER Strategies   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

Online Sales Training Requires These Training Skills

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We know online sales training works. It requires, however, a particular skill set to make it work, and John Asher explains why. This program is for sales managers, salespeople and of course, sales trainers.

In this session, John Asher explains the seven elements essential to being a good sales trainer, how these key elements stack up in both in-person and through online sales courses. This also includes a creative approach combing live webinars, demonstrations, online skills, progress reviews, and live feedback to give salespeople the tools they need to close deals faster.

Online training has been around since we’ve all been online. Many of us are familiar with stodgy online corporate compliance training – all the things we shouldn’t do in business – and crushingly boring online technical training – all the things we need to get right.

Now more than ever businesses that want to stay positioned for success could use first-rate online sales training. What does it take to make online sales training most effective? Can it be as good as in-person sales training courses? How?

This Asher Sales Sense Podcast features John Asher. the CEO of Asher Strategies, a Washington DC-based business providing sales advisory services to clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. In his US Navy career, John was a submarine commander and manager of a $2 billion combat systems program. In his second career, he co-founded an engineering services company that grew at a compound rate of 42% for 14 straight years. John and his current enterprise provide sales aptitude assessments, sales training, and sales process improvement workshops globally. John is the author of Close Deals Faster and The Neuroscience of Selling, available through Amazon.

Tune in on April 30th to learn how online sales training effective if the trainers have the proper skills. 


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

ASHER Strategies   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

Account Based Marketing in Challenging Times

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You’re working remotely during this interruption of normal business transactions. Instead of dashing to strategy sessions and prospect meetings and spending hours in transit, you are either staring at your computer screen or cleaning out closets. A better use of this bonus time would be to relook at how you are connecting with your customers. Perhaps you should consider Account-Based Marketing (ABM) to adjust to market realities. ABM turns the traditional funnel upside down and is delivering higher ROI than most other forms of marketing. Come hear why everyone is talking about Account-Based Marketing.

The April 16th Asher Sales Sense Podcast, “Account-Based Marketing in Challenging Times,” with host Kyla O’Connell features Gail Walls, Senior Funnel Management and ABM Certified Strategist at Communica, a full-service advertising, marketing and PR firm in Columbus, Ohio.

What’s a precise definition of Account-Based Marketing? What’s an example of how it can be used? Is this a complete shift of strategy in terms of sales and marketing campaigns? What’s the data on success rates? Is there a typical process to develop an ABM strategy? Tune in on April 16th to hear Gail Walls answer these and other questions and find out why ABM just might be your company’s certain play for these uncertain times.


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

ASHER Strategies   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

The Happiest Sales Reps Have the Right Mindset from Umar Hameed 11 Minute Podcast

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What’s a key difference between elite salespeople, the ones getting the lion’s share of contracts, and average salespeople? Natural aptitude? Certainly. Training? Of course. But then why do so many gifted and experienced salespeople miss their sales goals? The same way gifted and experienced professional athletes fail to win. Their heads get in the way. What if you could get “unstuck” from good and achieve greatness? What if you can improve your mindset?   

Highlights:

  • It isn’t what happens in life it’s how you react to it
  • The best sales reps have an influence on how they show up in life
  • There is a formula for success to be happy: Skill-set x mind-set = results
  • The final frontier for sales reps is not more sales training but min-training.

Asher Sales Sense podcast, “How to Build a Rejection-Proof Sales Mindset” with host John Asher features Umar Hameed, CEO of No Limits Selling, making salespeople and sales teams more awesome! Umar is an expert in changing individual behavior and improving team dynamics. He uses techniques and tools from the world of Applied Neuroscience and NLP to make individuals and organizations more successful. Umar’s new adventure is an app, NeuroBoosterz, that allows YOU to take charge of your mindset so you can decide how you want to feel and act in any situation.

Listen to the whole program here:

How to Build a Rejection-Proof Sales Mindset

How important is mindset to being successful in sales and in life? How do beliefs impact sales performance? Why do people second-guess their abilities? What drives human behavior? Why do some people give up too easily? Tune in on February 6th to hear Umar Hameed reveal how you can get your head out of the way so you can swing for the fences and hit those sales home runs.

About John's guest:

Umar Hameed is an expert in changing individual behavior and improving team dynamics. He uses techniques and tools from the world of Applied Neuroscience and NLP to make individuals and organizations more successful. He works with leaders, salespeople, and teams that want to become exceptional.

Hameed says, “Every behavior and team dynamic has a belief that drives it. You can’t create change unless you address the underlying belief.”

NoLImitsSelling's new adventure is an app, NeuroBoosterz allows YOU to take charge of your mindset so you can decide how you want to feel and act in any situation. This will allow you to show up as your best self in every area of your life.

 


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

ASHER Strategies   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

Seven Elements of Crazy Good Online Sales Training

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Online training has been around since we’ve all been online. Many of us are familiar with stodgy online corporate compliance training – all the things we shouldn’t do in business – and crushingly boring online technical training – all the things we need to get right. Online sales training courses – the essentials to growing business – have been in the mix since the beginning and there are a few good ones out there. Now more than ever businesses who want to stay positioned for success could use first-rate online sales training. What does it take to make online sales training most effective? Can it be as good as in-person sales training courses? How?

The April 2nd Asher Sales Sense Podcast is “Seven Elements of Crazy Good Online Sales Training” with John Asher. John is the CEO of Asher Strategies, a Washington DC-based business providing sales advisory services to clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. In his US Navy career, John was a submarine commander and manager of a $2 billion combat systems program. In his second career, he co-founded an engineering services company that grew at a compound rate of 42% for 14 straight years. John and his current enterprise provide sales aptitude assessments, sales training, and sales process improvement workshops globally. John is the author of Close Deals Faster and The Neuroscience of Selling, available through Amazon.

This Asher Sales Sense session covers John Asher’s explanation of seven elements essential to being a good sales trainer, how these key elements stack up in both in-person and online sales courses, and a creative approach combing live webinars, demonstrations, online skills, progress reviews and live feedback to give salespeople the tools they need to close deals faster.

Tune in on April 2nd to learn how online sales training can be crazy good.

John Asher’s Fifth Factor for Success for an Elite Salesperson 5 Minute Podcast

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Elite salespeople, regardless of company, invariably have sales and marketing departments with a defined process to support salespeople and drive revenue. In this five-minute program, John talks about sales and marketing processes that can support salespeople. If you listen to this and you are a salesperson, you will instinctively know if your company has a sales or marketing process to support your efforts.

This program is an extract from the March 5th Asher Sales Sense Podcast is “Five Factors for Success in Sales: The Secrets to Becoming an Elite Salesperson with John Asher.

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About John Asher

Asher discusses his explanation of the Asher Method he’s developed to help salespeople close deals faster. John is the CEO of Asher Strategies, a Washington DC-based business providing sales advisory services to clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. In his US Navy career, John was a submarine commander and manager of a $2 billion combat systems program. In his second career, he co-founded an engineering services company that grew at a compound rate of 42% for 14 straight years. John and his current enterprise provide sales aptitude assessments, sales training, and sales process improvement workshops globally. John is the author of Close Deals Faster and The Neuroscience of Selling, available through Amazon.

This Asher Sales Sense session covers how John Asher uncovered the five essential factors to success in sales. What are they? Do you have any control over them? Which ones are most important? How do they relate to each other? Are there any tools that can help you achieve the kind of sales success that can make you the sales team hero? Tune in on March 5th and find out how you, too, can unlock secrets to closing deals faster.   


Asher Sales Sense is hosted by John Asher and Kyla O’Connell of ASHER Strategies which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel.  ASHER Strategies is the sponsor of ASHER Sales Sense. 

ASHER Strategies   Funnel Radio Podcast Channel by the Funnel Media Group, LLC

John Asher’s Fourth Factor for Success for an Elite Salesperson 7 Minute Podcast

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The fourth factor for success is motivation. While this is a very complex subject, John Asher says he has found the four things that affect the mindset of salespeople. The elite salesperson has learned to work with and control some of the factors that lead them to be constantly motivated to perform. Hints: one of the factors is built-in, the other three, he or she has learned to cope with. 

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