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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. 

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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

Harnessing Neuro-Linguistic Programming to Reframe Price Objections

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Let’s demystify Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) so we can sell more stuff. NLP has an imposing name, but it’s not really rocket science. It’s only “brain language” and knowing how to communicate with it can elevate your sales game to the elite level - especially if you combine it with practical applications. Price objections, for example.  You can use NLP to shift the customer conversation from price to value. And what salesperson doesn’t want to do that?

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Building Best Practice Product Knowledge Training

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Being Vice President of Sales is a tough job. You’ve climbed your way up in the organization not only through your innate talent as a salesperson but also through your organizational skills. Now’s the hard part: building a sales team that’s as good or better than you at bringing in new clients. You’ve hired the best people you could find, evaluating their natural aptitude, past performance, and fit into your company’s culture. Now what? Send them right out to the field? Maybe that’s rushing it a bit. More likely than not, it’s best to first spend time preparing your hunters to hunt.

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The Absolute Digital Marketing Basics Your Company Needs - Hube Hopkins 9 Minute Podcast

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How much should you be investing in digital marketing? What kind of ROI should you expect to receive and how can you measure it? If you’re not sure of the answers, listen to this episode of Asher Sales Sense.

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8 Minute Wake Up Call to Sales and Marketing: You are no longer in control.

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This is an excerpt from an episode in October. Here's the punchline: What's the cost of doing nothing? Is it something that I can just ignore? Probably more specifically, the question that should be asked is, what if I don't do anything about this but my competitors are doing it? Well, you're all competing for the same buyers.

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Build Brand Invincibility by Being Crisis Ready

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Your employees are working hard, your customers are delighted, and all’s well. Or is it? Are you and your management staff just a moment away from a crisis? Are you prepared for what can come at you in the blink of an eye and wipe out the value you’ve worked so hard to build? Or do you have a roadmap to business invincibility?

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How Italian Studies Opened the Door to the US Post Office - 8 minute podcast

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This short episode is part of the complete episode:

From Bagels to Boardrooms: My Personal Journey in Business Development

In this selection, Kyla and Wendy discuss the way Italian Studies paid off to position Taradel as the solution for the US Post Office and other postal services around the globe.

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Perception Trumps Reality-Standout to be Credible, Yes it is the B-Word with Steve Brazell

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Because life is like Instagram, you have to take control of your Brand. Everyone judges you in seconds and you must take advantage of the opportunity. No, it isn’t about you as much as it is about the value you bring to others. 

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Learn the 3 Things Leaders Master for Growth, Scale, and Success - Beth Berman 5 Minute Podcast

Beth Berman - Compellications Consultancy on Asher Sales Sense

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This program is an extract with guest Beth Berman from the program, Are You Running Your Business or is Your Business Running You?  In this portion of the program, Beth discusses says, “At the highest level when we look at a business, there are three main areas that we look at and can strengthen in order to have a business grow and scale. And they're interdependent. The three are vision, traction and healthy.”   Read the rest of this entry »