Newsletter | January 26, 2022

01.26.22 -- If you're not transforming, you're...?

 
     
 
     
 
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FROM THE EDITOR

 

A search for antonyms of the word transformation reveals some unflattering mental images: withering, degeneration, worsening, degradation, fading and perishing. Can you imagine a business leader introducing a new strategy for B2B sales called digital regression

 

The term transformation has reached buzzword popularity in B2B marketing and sales circles, and a brief consideration of alternative expressions explains why. However, sometimes we too freely and haphazardly throw transformation around and its meaning is lost in its overuse.

 

I have a great appreciation for the value of continuous improvement: if I'm not becoming better, I'm becoming worse. I recently spoke with Kathleen Glass, an expert in transforming B2B marketing and sales teams to keep pace with buyers. She is a personal model for how we can all benefit from the philosophy of continuous improvement. In the feature article of our newsletter, Kathleen shares her thoughts on the traits and skills needed by B2B salespeople to be successful today, and they have certainly evolved. And there is much more! 

 

What do you think modern B2B salespeople need to have for success?

 

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Thanks for reading - Perry

Perry Rearick

Chief Editor | Follow Your Buyer

prearick@followyourbuyer.com
 


 

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The Engagement Engine: An Exercise For Content Marketing Success
 
 

A framework to fueling sustained growth by linking marketing with market opportunity via long-term, strategic thinking.

 
 
 
 
     
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B2B content material comes in many forms and storytelling is one that we often get wrong. Its time to make it better!

 
 
 
 
     
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Empathy: The Most Underrated Sales Skill & How To Build It
 

Of course, empathy has never been a bad thing. Over a decade ago, Harvard Business Review wrote that empathy was one of the most critical ingredients for a successful salesperson. It is finally getting the attention it deserves from sales leaders.

In our new uncertain normal, there’s one constant that everyone can agree on, empathy is good!

 

 
 
 
     
 

Listening is a fundamental requirement for salespeople, but how does one become a good listener? Practice! The smart folks at Skills You Need believe that listening is a skill that can be acquired, developed, and practiced and they put together a guide for becoming a better active listener. Active Listening | SkillsYouNeed