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Influential Characters in Franchising

SeoSamba's Top 100 Franchise Influencers

Sandler Training’s CEO and President David Mattson has been named to  SeoSamba's Top 100 Global Influencers in Franchising list includes the most influential characters in the franchise world, whose voices count more than most across various channels from traditional to social media.

SeoSamba notes that Dave Mattson is a best-selling author, sales and management thought leader, keynote speaker and leader for sales training seminars around the world.

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Top 6 Employee Development & Leadership Training Providers

Awarded The Best Training Provider for Sales Training

Fit Small Business named us "the best training provider for businesses that want solid sales development." This award was based on nationwide presence, afforadble courseware, cross industry topics, multiple training delivery modalities, testing and industry certification.

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Want to Grow Your Business Fast and Efficiently? Address These 9 Pain Points

July 15, 2019 - by Martin Zwilling 

A common complaint I hear from my startup clients and many entrepreneurs is that rapid growth is more difficult than ever anticipated. The assumption usually is that more money is needed for marketing, or another round of new development is needed on the product. Yet I find in digging deeper, the challenge is just as often getting the right people and culture, rather than money. Recently I found a new book, The Success Cadence, by David Mattson, Tom Schodorf, and Bart Fanelli, which summarized people and culture challenges, and how to overcome them.

Ideas on how to perform better in your business

July 10, 2019 - featuring Ken Guest 

This show was created to help entrepreneurs, startups, and seasoned business owners understand the nuts and bolts of advancing your business and finishing well by listening to the successes and failures of master entrepreneurs and investors. I enjoy talking about building businesses and investing capital to achieve the highest returns possible. Why? So we can lead fulfilling lives and leave behind a legacy.

The Sales Evangelist

Harnessing LinkedIn to Develop a Consistent Stream of Quality Leads

June 27, 2019 - by Mike Jones

If you’re not already harnessing LinkedIn to develop a consistent stream of quality leads, you’re missing out on more referrals, possible testimonies, and a powerful prospecting tool. Mike Jones owns and operates a local Sandler Training franchise where he works with sales leaders and salespeople in those cultures to develop nontraditional ways of prospecting and selling. He has the privilege of seeing best practices and working intimately with sales culture. He loves the experience of moving between industries and geographies to see what the consistent themes of success are.

Does Cold Calling Still Work?

June 11, 2019 - by Ken Guest

In today’s business world, I get asked this very question by my clients frequently.  The answer is yes, but not remotely close to the level it used to work 20 years ago. When I first got into sales, there were very few prospecting options, which ended up requiring a significant number of cold calls. Many businesses grew their respective companies through cold calling, so it is very difficult for anyone to suggest to people that it truly doesn’t work anymore.


Making a Big Change? Avoid These Four Common Leadership Mistakes

May 2019 - by David Mattson

Many leaders make easily preventable mistakes when launching major organizational change initiatives, including: not reaching out to key stakeholders for feedback; making key decisions unilaterally, without consulting the team; dropping major issues on the team without warning; and not reinforcing the reasons for change and soliciting feedback once the change is underway.

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Sales Babble

Digital Prospecting vs Cold Calling

May 2019 - by Ken Guest

Today’s guest is Ken Guest, an associate at the Ruby Group.  Ken  has extensive experience in sales and is the author with Mike Jones a new book titled “Digital Prospecting – Finding, Nurturing, and Closing Sales with Social Technologies”.  Ken and I talk about ways to use social media to learn about prospects and then use referral selling to make connections.

HR Professionals

Why Buyers And Sellers Do What They Do

May 2019 - by Brad McDonald

Do you ever wonder why honest, moral, ethical people believe they can lie to a salesperson and still make it to heaven? Have you experienced the frustration, more than once, of a promising prospect disappearing into the Federal Witness Protection Program? Do you sometimes feel subservient in your sales role, more like a pest than a Trusted Advisor? If so, you’re not alone, you’re just likely the unwitting victim of the buyers system and the ability of most buyers to take total control of the sales process.


The Prospecting Paradox: Maximizing the Passive

April 2019 - by Mike Jones

Most salespeople who need to prospect for a living will tell you that it’s a very proactive, immediate results-driven exercise that can be uncomfortable at times. Hard to disagree with that. This is a topic that we get involved with far too often as it’s a common point of frustration for many business owners and sales leaders regarding their selling culture. As we all know, with uncomfortableness comes excuses. Many salespeople also have what we call ‘headtrash’ about prospecting. Headtrash is the thoughts we have that affect our behavior with zero evidence that those thoughts are true. For example, “I can’t call that owner, they’re to busy for me now,” or “I’m going to bother them,” or “They don’t need what we sell.” I could go on and on about this topic. Unfortunately, it’s the slow death of many salespeople because it stifles their behavior.

indian Magazine

It's all your head

April 2019 - by Brad McDonald

Most salespeople who need to prospect for a living will tell you that it’s a very proactive, immediate results-driven exercise that can be uncomfortable at times. Hard to disagree with that. This is a topic that we get involved with far too often as it’s a common point of frustration for many business owners and sales leaders regarding their selling culture. As we all know, with uncomfortableness comes excuses. Many salespeople also have what we call ‘headtrash’ about prospecting. Headtrash is the thoughts we have that affect our behavior with zero evidence that those thoughts are true. For example, “I can’t call that owner, they’re to busy for me now,” or “I’m going to bother them,” or “They don’t need what we sell.” I could go on and on about this topic. Unfortunately, it’s the slow death of many salespeople because it stifles their behavior.

Strategy Driven

Sales Success – Strategy or Mindset?

April 6, 2019 - by Brad McDonald

Is your company’s sales strategy well planned and executed? Does it include a comprehensive prospecting plan for getting in front of the right people followed by a methodical sales process and the right tactics executed by a well-trained sales staff? If you answer yes to all of that and there is still a gap between desired and actual results, you might not have a tactical or strategic problem at all. It just might be experiencing the negative belief systems that reside within the hearts and minds of most everybody regarding salespeople and their roles, that are holding you back.


The Importance of Honesty When Hiring

April 4, 2019 - by Lisette Howlett

In my opinion one of the most important steps organizations can take in the hiring space is to elevate hiring from a transaction brought about by a vacancy to a behavior and attitude which is embedded in the organization’s culture and business rhythm. To this end, organizations need to shift the dial a bit and start to behave as if hiring is a two-way decision and one that needs to work for both parties. One of the best things they can do is to increase honesty in the process.

School For Startups Radio

Family Business

April 3, 2019 - by Lisette Howlett

Lisette Howlett is a licensed Sandler Trainer and has fifteen years of global change leadership and business development experience. She is called upon by business owners of small and medium-sized companies for strategy and business development. Her experience includes financial services, technology, pharma/biotech, manufacturing, IT, media, recruitment, and professional services. Finding and retaining top talent is the key to a successful enterprise, yet too often this vital task is performed in an ad hoc manner. Even when companies believe they have a formal recruitment process, it frequently involves a good deal of guesswork.  In her new book The Right Hire:  Attract And Retain The Best People, Lisette takes the mystery out of hiring with a step-by-step approach for selecting the most qualified candidates.

Skip Prichard

How to Attract and Retain the Best People

March 28, 2019 - by Lisette Howlett

During one of my interviews, someone asked me about my biggest career mistakes. “That’s easy,” I said, “I have made the mistake of hiring the wrong person. It is an expensive error.” Since that early career mistake, I have developed a number of strategies and techniques to reduce my hiring errors. And that’s why I loved The Right Hire: Attract and Retain the Best People because the book shares many techniques to get the right person for the job. The book explains that hiring should be both part of the organizational strategy and strategic. I had the opportunity to speak with Lisette Howlett who has fifteen years of global change leadership and business development experience.

Great Leadership

Hiring Is A Science and An Art

March 19, 2019 - by Lisette Howlett

When we think about leadership and leadership development we rarely think about hiring and recruitment.  Yet one of the most important contributions of a great leader is creating, and sustaining, the organisation for success both now and the future.  Hiring talent, for now and the future, is fundamental to this ambition.  Yet so often, hiring is seen as a painful activity which takes time away from more important matters.  Yet what can be more important than ensuring the organisation has the right people?

Barry Moltz

The Small Business Radio show with Barry Moltz

March 16, 2019 - by Barry Moltz

We first talk to someone who left a successful job and quit his high profile Network TV News Anchor career. He made this huge life change because he saw there was a way to financial freedom, and now he’s helping others find financial freedom too. Then, how many times a day do you say you don’t have enough time to get everything done. Well, this is a lie you tell yourself. The problem is you spend so much time being busy but not productive. We show you how to make this important distinction in your life and what you can do to make fully productive days a reality.


ABA Bank Marketing

Women in Sales: No Apologies

February 27, 2019 - by Lorraine Ferguson 

Women in financial services—as in other fields—often share with me the fear that they are not treated with the same degree of respect as their male colleagues. In response, I must ask them a difficult but essential question: What are you going to do about it? Even as generations of professional women have battled sexism in the workplace, it’s become clear that through our own behavior patterns, we may find the key to surmounting certain obstacles. We all have behavior patterns—we grow familiar with them and we simply carry them out.  For instance: Don’t you find yourself doing basically the same things each morning at the start your day?

Sales Tech Star

Breaking The Gender Barriers In Sales

Feb 20, 2019 - by Lorriane Ferguson

Many women are deterred from pursuing sales careers out of a fear that they will be judged by standards set by men.  They give up because they are convinced that they won’t be perceived as assertive or as goal-driven.  It doesn’t have to be this way, says sales trainer Lorraine Ferguson in her new book, THE UNAPOLOGETIC SALESWOMAN:  Breaking The Barriers, Beating The Odds, published by Sandler Training.

Blue Heron Journal

The Right Hire

February 25, 2019 - Blue Heron Journal by Lisette Howlett

You see the ads for job openings - career positions like software engineer - reappearing in the classifieds.  You hear the buzz about Boomer retirements and Millennial job changes.  The market is looking hot right now and employers understand that not only must they compete for customers and market share, but they need to look really good to attract and retain the best talent.  In manufacturing companies as blue collar positions decrease, they are replaced by more technical professionals - , customer service and account management, software, robotics, process flow, new product development hires.  Its clear that as manufacturing becomes more specialized and technical, the job of recruiting becomes more intense.

Everyday MBA

Finding and Closing Sales with Social Media

February 23, 2019 - by Ken Guest

Ken Guest discusses his book “Digital Prospecting” and ways to find, nurture and close sales using social media. Ken is a Partner at Sandler Training at the Ruby Group and an expert at sales prospecting. Sales methods have changed dramatically. The days of cold calls and email blasts are over. Learn modern methods to close more sales using social media. Listen for three action items you can use today.

Women's leadership success podcast

Leadership Communication Skills

February 26, 2019 - by David Hiatt and Sabrina Braham

David Hiatt is author of From The Boardroom To The Living Room:? Communicate With Skill For Positive Outcomes.? After 10 years of owning and operating a successful Sandler Training center, he was recruited by Sandler corporate to handle the bulk of national and international training through the Global Accounts division. With a BA and Masters in Communications, he is a passionate and energetic program leader who is truly concerned with helping others to grow, develop, and communicate.

Investor's Business Daily

Getting Ideas Across Effectively In A Virtual World

January 25, 2019 - by Michael Mink 

Humans have been attempting to improve and refine communication since our cave-dwelling ancestors presumably graduated from grunts and groans to words. With the array of ways that we now communicate virtually — complete online lives and worlds — "we need to learn to … communicate differently to survive in this brave new digital world," wrote Nick Morgan, author of "Can You Hear Me? How To Connect With People In A Virtual World."


5 Tips For Hiring As A Small Business

February 22, 2019 - GreenSky by Lisette Howlett

When hiring for a small business without the brand name to attract candidates, you need to think carefully about how to appeal to talented candidates who might have some choices and options as to where they work.  To do this, you should make the best use of your advantages.  Here are five suggestions for winning in the hiring game.


Take A More Strategic Approach To Hiring

February 20, 2019 - by Lisette Howlett

I thought it would be interesting to explore the concept of “strategic” when it comes to hiring. Both in terms of positioning hiring within the context of the organisation and when undertaking hiring itself. One of the challenges when hiring is to move it from a tactical activity, reluctantly undertaken when a vacancy arises, to a strategic activity that contributes to organisational excellence. 


14 Top Sales Conferences You Should Attend in 2019

January 8, 2019 – by HubSPot

If you're anything like most salespeople, you aim to crush your number and become more efficient. But how will you do that? Professional conferences are not only an opportunity to meet industry leaders -- and maybe do a little prospecting -- they're also a way to break yourself out of your usual routine and pick up new skills.

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Hiring Millennials

January 16, 2019- by Lisette Howlett

People born between 1980 and 2000 have been dubbed Millennials. This group is a topic of conversation across most businesses today. In 2015, a tipping point in the United States was reached in which Millennials outnumbered the previous generation in the workforce. It therefore is important to understand them and be effective at hiring and retaining them.



Listening: The Art of Paying Attention

January 15, 2019- by David Hiatt

Let me state the obvious. To listen to other people, you must pay attention to them — which means listening with your eyes as well as your ears. With all the distractions of the modern world — smart phones, computers, and the like — paying attention to what another person is saying has become problematic. Communication on devices such as these does not allow for listening. To truly listen, stop texting, emailing, or posting and instead have a face-to-face conversation.

Strategy Driven

Female Sales Professionals: Take Out Your Head Trash!

January 16, 2018 - by Lorraine Ferguson

If you are a woman who sells for a living, let me suggest that you begin 2019 by taking out the trash. I am referring to your “head trash” – those limiting beliefs and notions that lead to self-doubt, remorse, and subservient, and generally wimpy sales behavior. This is something I can’t do for you. You can’t get anyone else to get rid of your head trash. You have to do it for yourself.

CEO World Magazine

The Importance Of Forecasting In Hiring

January 02, 2018 - by Lisette Howlett

Forecasting is a subject dear to the heart of many CEOs. The ability to accurately forecast enables companies to plan their production, maximize production efficiency, reduce inventory costs, ensure that they have the necessary products to meet customer demands, protect reputation (people hate not being able to buy what they want when they want it), and so on


Artillery Marketing

Making Channel Sales Work

January 17 2019- by Marcus Cauchi

Marcus Cauchi is a Sandler trainer located in the Southeast region of the United Kingdom. He speaks regularly on sales, sales management, company turnaround, and the successful recruitment of salespeople. And, interesting fact - his father was a Colonel in the British Army and was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Predictive ROI

Unapologetic Confidence

January 14, 2019- by Lorraine Ferguson

Lorraine Ferguson is a dynamic trainer and coach who accelerates growth in companies by focusing on the right behaviors, attitudes and techniques that drive success. Ferguson has brought the Sandler Selling System to hundreds of selling professionals and businesses. Companies and individuals have transformed their business development ability by working with Ferguson.


In the Absence of Clarity There is No Accountability

Decemeber 24, 2018- by Hamish Knox

Stop reading if you’ve never said or heard this from a leader, “but I thought they knew what they were supposed to do!” A leader’s number one job is to create clarity in their organization. Lack of clarity leads to lack of accountability and ultimately frustration and conflict.

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Schools for Startups Radio

School for Startups Radio

December 21, 2018 - by David Davies and David Hiatt

David Davies provide principles and tools that enable channel sales managers to build and nurture winning relationships with value-added resellers, systems integrators, distributors and franchisees. The key is in recognizing that channel sales are a partnership that requires mutual trust and understanding in order to succeed. “A partner-centric approach respects your partners as equals and understands that they are your extended sales force,” say the authors.

Thrive Global

Cost of Error

December 17, 2018 - by Lisette Howlett

Have you ever found yourself thinking, “This person is not quite what I hoped for, but we are really shorthanded so they will have to do,” when recruiting? It is tempting. Many times when looking to hire a new team member, you are at your busiest as you strive to cover the vacancy, and this adds to the pressure.

Key To Sales Success For Women

December 13, 2018 – by Lorraine Ferguson 

Selling is part science and part art. A rock-solid selling process keeps you on track as you develop relationships, qualify, and close business. Process is the “science” side of what we do as sales professionals. Process includes the selling steps that move from one stage to another, and the tactics we utilize in our quest to determine whether there is a reason to do business together. 

Fast Leader

I Just Stopped Learning

December 5, 2018 – by Hamish Knox

Hamish Knox had the worst 20-minutes of his life. He was on a prospecting call with a senior vice president of a chemical company and he failed miserably. He knew all of the content he needed to know, but that was not good enough. Hamish realized he stopped learning and was unable to add value. 

The Smart Manager

Equal Players

November 23, 2018 – by Lorraine Ferguson

As companies grow, so does the need for expert sales professionals of both genders. Yet, traditionally, and still today, the majority of people selling are men. Why? One reason lies in inaccurate but persistent stereotypes about what selling is. There is a myth that those who succeed at the highest level in this role are aggressive, pressure-based, talking heads who blab on endlessly about their product features to anyone and everyone they think is in a position to buy. This approach is distasteful to many women, a fact that reduces the number of women who aim to sell for a living. Another reason is simple discrimination: many of the men doing the hiring have a bias that men make better salespeople.

Voice America

Women in Business

November 21, 2018 – by Lorraine Ferguson

An adult’s hang ups about money are largely formed in childhood. You observed how your parents handled money and developed your own money concept from that. I grew up in a family where money was tight and never discussed. I observed my mother cutting grocery coupons from the newspaper, and what we ate that week depended on what was on sale. As kids we learned the importance of saving when we went with our parents to the bank to open a savings account and got our very own deposit book.  “A penny saved isa penny earned,” I was told. “It is impolite to talk about money.” “It is not ladylike to ask someone if they are rich.” “Lorraine, don’t be so nosy. It is none of your business.”

Thrive Global

The Parental Problem

November 13, 2018 – by Lorraine Ferguson

An adult’s hang ups about money are largely formed in childhood. You observed how your parents handled money and developed your own money concept from that. I grew up in a family where money was tight and never discussed. I observed my mother cutting grocery coupons from the newspaper, and what we ate that week depended on what was on sale. As kids we learned the importance of saving when we went with our parents to the bank to open a savings account and got our very own deposit book.  “A penny saved isa penny earned,” I was told. “It is impolite to talk about money.” “It is not ladylike to ask someone if they are rich.” “Lorraine, don’t be so nosy. It is none of your business.”


Fast Leader Show

David Hiatt: At what point am I going to take myself seriously

November 7, 2018 – by David Hiatt


David Hiatt had friends that convinced him to enter a speech contest. He did it half way but soon realized that when he got into it, he was really good at affecting people and helping them to do better in their life. That’s when he decided to do something of excellence. David was born and raised in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio. Being a native Ohioan, it was only natural for him to get his Communications Degree from The Ohio State University. The next step was to get married and have two sons. When the marriage ended David went to United Theological Seminary, earning a Master’s Degree in Communications.


Thrive Global

Outcomes Always Happen

October 25, 2018 – by David Hiatt

Outcomes always happen. Every time you engage in a persuasive conversation with another human being, there is an outcome. Outcomes are either positive or negative; there is no neutral. You either get what you want or you don’t. Other people either understand your point of view or they don’t. A decision to table the conversation to a later date is a positive outcome as is a decision to agree to disagree. Positive outcomes occur when both parties agree about what is to happen next. The conversation on the topic is over or mutually-agreed-upon to continue later. All the skills and concepts previously discussed should lead you to more positive outcomes.

CW Observer Newsletter

How to have more productive conversations at work

October 2018 – by David Hiatt

Outcomes always happen. Every time you engage in a persuasive conversation with another human being, there is an outcome. Outcomes are either positive or negative; there is no neutral. You either get what you want or you don’t. Other people either understand your point of view or they don’t. A decision to table the conversation to a later date is a positive outcome as is a decision to agree to disagree. Positive outcomes occur when both parties agree about what is to happen next. The conversation on the topic is over or mutually-agreed-upon to continue later. All the skills and concepts previously discussed should lead you to more positive outcomes.

businessing mag

Is Your Business at Risk?

October 12, 2018 – by David Mattson

All businesses, including yours, can be classified into four categories: “At-Risk.” Leaders in this group have lost control of the business and possibly their personal lives, too. “Average.” These businesses are doing well enough to reasonably satisfy the leaders but are vulnerable to regressing back to at-risk. “Well-Run.” These businesses are well managed by leaders, respected in their industry, and likely in the top 25% of businesses measured in terms of professional leadership. 

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Sandler Training Philosophy Becomes Part Of Harvard Curriculum

September 20, 2018 – by Sandler Training

David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training, has worked closely with Frank V. Cespedes, faculty chair for the Aligning Strategy and Sales executive program at Harvard Business School (HBS) as well as Mark Roberge, Senior Lecturer in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at HBS, to incorporate Sandler sales training techniques into the school's curriculum. Cespedes and Roberge teach an MBA course on "Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing" (ESM), which examines customer acquisition and retention in ventures from seed stage to scaling. A case study incorporating Sandler techniques is now part of that course.

Great Leadership

How Effective is Your Communication?

September 20, 2018 – by Davit Hiatt

Lack of effective communication skills has done more to keep good people from being promoted into leadership roles than any other skill deficiency.  I hope I have your attention because in over 30 years of working with managers and organizations, my experience is that a lack of effective communication skills has kept very talented and skilled people from becoming leaders.  They have this great knowledge and skill set for the job requirements but communicating in a manner to get positive outcomes from others was sorely lacking.

Enjoy your career love your life

Your Working Life with David Hiatt

Septeember 12, 2018 – by Caroline Dowd-Higgins

With over a decade of career and professional development coaching experience, Caroline Dowd-Higgins has a desire to empower and energize people to achieve their personal goals. Her training style is engaging, high energy, and positive with a focus on unlocking the self-advocate within each of us. On this episode, Sandler Trainer David Hiatt talks about the power of improving personal communication and managing expectations at work and at home.


School for Startups Radio

How Effective is Your Communication?

September 7, 2018 – by James Beach

In this podcast Sandler Training's CEO, David Mattson discuss the strategies to build a bulletproof business with Dr. Bob Nelson author of 1,001 Ways to Engage Employees and Pratima Rao Gluckman, author of  Nevertheless, She Persisted: True Stories of Women Leaders in Tech.


The Pivotal Leader Podcast

Accountability & Your Sales Team with Hamish Knox

September  7, 2018 - by Gina Trimarco

On this episode of The Pivotal Leader Gina Trimaco interviewed Hamish Knox, who plays an important role in Sandler’s worldwide organization and is a recognized business development expert specializing in executive sales consulting and sales productivity training. A dynamic, enthusiastic speaker certified in the proprietary selling system developed by David Sandler, Knox informs, entertains, and motivates leadership and rank-and-file sales teams to achieve their full potential. He heads a Sandler training center in Calgary.


A Solid Accountability Program Starts With A Little RECON

August 27, 2018 - by Hamish Knox

One of the biggest fears of leaders when it comes to implementing and maintaining an accountability program is how to avoid being a micro-manager. Absolutely fair because for many leaders their version of accountability is to ask on a daily or hourly basis what's going on with <Fill in Project/Prospect/Client Name> or have you heard back from <Fill in Other Department/Vendor/ Partner/Client/Prospect Name> yet? Do that, and you're a pushy micro-manager.

Tanveer Naseer

Connecting Accountability To Employee Motivation To Drive Growth

August 29, 2018 - by Hamish Knox 

The dominant perception in the business world is that the word “consequences” automatically means “you’re fired.” That’s like launching a thermonuclear weapon in response to getting into a fender-bender on the highway! Consequence simply means “the result or effect of an action or condition.” There’s no moral judgment here. It’s just what happens as a result of something else happening – and consequences can be either positive or negative. Here’s a thought: suppose you were to establish intentional consequences that came a step or two before, and even prevented, deeply unpleasant unintentional ones (like missing quota or getting in a fight with an employee over why they didn’t get a bonus).

My Quest For the Best

The Road to Excellence: Featured Interview

July 20, 2018 - by Bill Ringle 

Bill Ringle and Dave Mattson discuss some of the crucial blind spots to building a successful business, as well as the 6 phases of the Excellence Process: Planning, Positions, People, Processes, Performetrics, Passion.Key points that you’ll learn from this interview: growth is continuous, so training to succeed should also be continuous, you have to become comfortable talking about money to reach higher levels of success as a small business owner, surprising how many companies fail to take advantage of creating an onboarding playbook for success and the many forms it can take, how a sales manager can successfully link an employee’s personal and corporate goals and the 6 P’s in the Excellence Process. 

Make Relationship Building a Priority

Blind Spot for Leaders: Proactive Recruiting

July 25, 2018 - by David Mattson

A quote widely attributed to hockey great Wayne Gretzky is one you may be familiar with: “Skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it’s been.” These words have been applied to any number of business situations and have perhaps been overused. Even so, they illustrate an important recruiting principle that senior leaders should understand—one that many of the CEOs with whom I work are unaware.

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The Pivotal Leader

Sandler's David Mattson's View on the Future of Sales

July 20, 2018 - by Gina Trimarco

On this episode of The Pivotal Leader, Gina Trimarco interviewed Dave Mattson, a a best-selling author, sales and management visionary, and leader of the world’s largest sales effectiveness organization. As CEO and President of Sandler Training, he oversees the corporate direction and strategy for the company’s worldwide network of operations serving clients through 250 operating units in 32 countries.

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Understanding Each Other

To Better Manage Interpersonal Conflict Understand Their Incentives

June 14, 2018 - by Hamish Knox

Interpersonal conflict arises from a disagreement in values, beliefs and/or goals.

For example, if one-person values harmony and another values achievement there will be conflict. If a Vice President of Sales believes in accountability tracking and one or more of their salespeople don’t, there will be conflict. If a CEO’s goal is to get a new product to market this quarter and their Vice President of Development’s goal is to release a perfect product no matter how long it takes, there will be conflict.

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Virtual Training

3 Tips for Making Remote Training Sessions Work

July 9, 2018 - by David Mattson

In an ideal world, all development training would be face to face, in person. The trainer would have a clear sense of how the room as a whole and how each individual learner was responding to the content and be able to adjust accordingly. People would feel comfortable stopping the trainer whenever they had a question or a problem. And the personal bond among participants, arising from everyone being in the same physical location and sharing the same experience, would make it easier for them to discuss, reinforce, master and execute best practices in the period immediately following training.

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Avoid the downward spiral

10 Leadership Blind Spots That Stunt Business Growth

June 8, 2018 - by Marty Zwilling

We all have blind spots – things you don’t see despite your best intentions to observe the world changing around you. In business, these can quickly take you off the growth track, even as you work harder and harder. In my role as startup and small business advisor, it’s my job to help you see more clearly, and keep ahead of the curve. I’ve been there myself, so I have felt the pain.

The list of common blind spots is a long one, so I was surprised to see many I recognized in a new book, “The Road to Excellence,” by David Mattson. As CEO of the largest business training organization in the world, he is well-positioned to not only see the blind spots, but also provide some real guidance on how to avoid them.

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Lifelong Learning

Four Steps to Designing an Effective Sales Training Program

June, 2018 - - by David Mattson

When thinking about creating a new sales training program, there is almost an infinite number of considerations. Hot trends in adult learning models, teaching methods, delivery methods and multimedia can be confusing. Are you going to try microlearning for the millennials? Or instructional design for the behaviorists?

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Transactional Analysis

Beyond the Drama Triangle

June 6, 2018 - by David Mattson

You’ve heard of the Bermuda Triangle, where ships and aircraft disappear without explanation. There’s a workplace equivalent, a triangle where good will and productivity vanish. How many working hours of the average day do you and your team spend in the Drama Triangle? 

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Excellence Doesn't Just Happen

Excellence 101

May 24, 2018 -

It really shouldn’t be a secret, but it all too often is; excellence doesn’t just happen it is a process that is built brick by brick and step by step. It also doesn’t happen by accident, it happens by choice and by detailed planning.

It is that planning process that is the focus of Sandler Training CEO and President, David Mattson’s new book, The Road to Excellence: 6 Leadership Strategies to Build A Bulletproof Business.

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Accountability Program

Excuse Proofing Your Accountability Program

June 4, 2018 - by Hamish Knox

Put an intelligent animal in a new enclosure, and one of the first things that happens is the animal tests for weaknesses that would allow escape. Put an accountability program in place for your salespeople, and basically the same thing occurs. They test the system by trying to find an exception. They try to create a precedent that suggests this “flavor of the month” will pass.

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Blind Spot Syndrome

Leaders: Take the "Blind Spots" Test!

May 29, 2018 - by David Mattson

If something bad were to happen to you or one of your key team members, something that took you or that person out of action for a month or more, would your business be in crisis? Would its performance suffer? Would its survival be in question?

Did you hesitate before answering any of those questions? If so, your company may be suffering from “blind spots syndrome.” One or two people may be carrying a disproportionate share of responsibility for the entire organization’s performance.

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Value of Hard Work

Dave Mattson: I'm Forever Grateful for My Road to Excellence

May 2018 - 

Dave Mattson had the opportunity to buy into an established business but was unable to secure the funding he needed. After being rejected by several bankers and taking a hit to his self-esteem, he thought all was lost. But without his knowledge, Dave’s parents put everything they had on the line for him.

Dave Mattson grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut, born into a single-income family as the eldest of four boys.  The boys were raised to believe that they could have anything their hearts desired – as long as they paid for it. 

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Beliefs Dictate Achievement

Success Starts With You

May 14, 2018 - by Antonio Garrido

POP QUIZ: The world changed on May 6th, 1954. How?

On May 6th, 1954 at Iffley Road track in Oxford, England, a young student named Roger Bannister ran a sub-4-minute mile; and it changed the world.

Prior to this momentous event, physicians the world over had maintained that the human frame was incapable of running a mile in less than 4 minutes. Scientists, doctors, neurologists, professors, athletes and so on believed, understood, and agreed with absolute assuredness that is was impossible to do so: not improbable, but genuinely impossible. This was an unquestioned, and unambiguous biological, and neurological FACT. It was believed with 100% complete assuredness that since the dawn of time, man had never, nor would ever, achieve this immense feat. A mile, in less than 4 minutes was just plain impossible.

Yet on May 6th, 1954, Bannister did it – in 3 minutes, 59.4 seconds!

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Myth Buster

Leading Beyond Assumptions

May 21, 2018 - by David Mattson

Leaders are often so focused on the here and now that they may not be aware of problems that adversely affect the organization’s growth—and their own stress levels. As a result, company leaders, and particularly those founders who take deep pride in their entrepreneurial approach, can fall into the habit of inadvertently deluding themselves. They see signals that should point them toward the conclusion that there is a problem. But, over time, they find reasons to convince themselves that the problem does not really exist. We call this variety of self-deception a ‘management blind spot’.

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Organizational Excellence

6 Leadership Strategies To Build A Bulletproof Business

April, 2018 - 


It’s the focus of every leader. It’s the aspiration of those who seek to make a mark.

How to achieve organizational excellence is the subject of a new book by David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training. THE ROAD TO EXCELLENCE: 6 Leadership Strategies To Build A Bulletproof Business is the result of his research and experience as a CEO of a global organization. I asked him to share some of his leadership insights as well as some blind spots that can catch business leaders off guard with potentially disastrous consequences.

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Tips From The Top

One On One With David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training

April, 2018 - - by Adam Mendler

Adam: Thanks again for taking the time to share your advice. Could you tell me a little bit more about yourself? How did you get here?

Dave: I grew up in a family where you could have almost anything that you wanted - as long as you worked for it, and paid for it. We were a typical middle-class family and my parents did what they could to make sure there was food on the table, but all the other things that you would want to do as a kid had to be earned. So I did the typical kid things - paper route, shoveling driveways in the winter, mowing yards all summer - until I turned 14, when I switched to picking tobacco for two years.

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Training is Training

What’s Your Definition of Training and Development?

April 19, 2018 - - by Rachel Salaman

What does training mean in your organization? You may think, “Well, training is training.”

I might have given a simple answer, too, before I talked to Josh Seibert, veteran trainer and the CEO and president of Sandler Training in North Carolina, for our Expert Interview podcast. He believes that the term “training” is “overused and abused.”

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Finding Time to Prospect for New Business

April, 2018 -

Salespeople today have to be more disciplined than ever with their time to effectively prospect and find new clients in today’s VUCA world.
How do we find the time to look and hunt for new business in today’s digitally driven business world? With so many distractions with technology, it is absolutely vital there are coordinated and focused efforts to find new business. In order to do this effectively, salespeople have to have more discipline and thought behind how they are best utilizing their time effectively to prospect and find new clients. This article will provide some suggestions and tips to help salespeople stay out in front of this difficult, but extremely important task.

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Recruiting For Tomorrow

Building The Bench Is Everyone’s Job – Including Leaders

April, 2018 - by David Mattson

Over the years, we’ve worked with a lot of CEOs and others in senior leadership positions, and I’m often asked what the very best corporate leaders have in common when building their teams. The answer is simple: Great leaders are always recruiting for tomorrow, rather than just for today.

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Intelligent Business Decisions

Common Language and Approach: The Key to Consistently Increasing Revenue

March 23, 2018 - by David Mattson

As a leader, you rely on valid information from each department so you can make intelligent business decisions.  The chances are that the team members in your sales department (the people responsible for generating revenue for the company) have no common approach and speak no common business language. It sounds insane, but it is, in fact, the status quo at too many companies. The hundreds or even thousands of people interacting with prospects and customers are each doing it in a slightly different way.

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Blind-Spots Syndrome

10 Ways to Recognize Your Leadership Blind Spots Before They Jeopardize Your Business

March, 2018 - by Martin Zwilling

We all have blind spots -- things you don't see despite your best intentions to observe the world changing around you. In business, these can quickly take you off the growth track, even as you work harder and harder.

In my role as startup and small business advisor, it's my job to help you see more clearly, and keep ahead of the curve. I've been there myself, so I have felt the pain.

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Importance of Hiring

How to Hire a Sales Team: The Complete Guide

March, 2018 - by Marijana Kostelac

For many companies, sales teams are the ultimate growth engine—which makes effective hiring of sales reps tremendously important.

Figuring out the right time to hire, nailing down the responsibilities and expectations of the sales role, and understanding how to evaluate and select the best talent can make or break your business. And rightfully so: If you hire the wrong person, it can end up costing your company a fortune to find, hire, onboard, and train a replacement.

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Systematic Approach To Manufacturing Sales

Episode 58: Manufacturing Sales: The Systems You Need to Implement Into Your Sales Process Now, with Ken Guest

March 2018 -

In this episode, you'll learn a systematic approach to manufacturing sales, finding new customers is such an essential part of the sales process, prospecting the right clients and not trying to sell everyone and much more.

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Can Motivation be Coached?

January/February 2018 - Sales & Marketing Management by Paul Nolan

When I wrote about former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy in this space in 2014, I thought it was a one-off. Van Gundy is a smart basketball mind who now shares his insights as an NBA analyst on TV broadcasts. As far as I know, he’s not a brilliant business mind, so I didn’t think there would be cause to share his wisdom here again.

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Sandler Author Interviewed

Selling into Manufacturing Sector

February 15, 2018 -

This interview with School For Start Ups Radio’s Jim Beach and Mike Jones, author of Selling In Manufacturing and Logistics, talks about how to sell into the manufacturing sector where there is a different sales cycle from most. Mike details ideas and suggestions on how to succeed in this specialized sector.

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Selling in Manufacturing and Logistics

Mike Jones Interviewed

Expierence Pros - January 11, 2018

Mike Jones, co-author of the book Selling In Manufacturing and Logistics, is interviewed on the radio show Experience Pros. Mike discusses the rarity of closing business in a single meeting and 12 key strategies for managers and salespeople in these specialized industries.

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How many of these are you attending?

2018 Sales and Marketing Conferences to Add to Your Calendar - January, 2018 by Sujan Patel

What you'll learn: The 2018 Sandler Annual Sales & Leadership Summit describes itself as a one-stop shop for sales and management training. Sales professionals have the opportunity to hear best practices and trends in the industry from top trainers from around the world, as well as participate in sales, management, and advanced strategies sessions.

Who should attend: Sales professionals who are interested in having the opportunity to collaborate and engage with like-minded professionals, and walk away with strategies that they can apply in the real world.  

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How a Fast-Growing Startup Built Its Sales Team for Long-Term Success

December 4, 2017 - Harvard Business Review by Frank Cespedes and Dave Mattson

It’s common for leaders of sales teams to focus almost exclusively on short-term tactics and current operations while failing to think and act in a way that supports the longer-term needs of their businesses — and it’s hard to fault them. The biggest problem with a short-term approach is that managers develop blind spots around crucial processes such as recruiting, hiring, and training and development. This is a problem because it can stall a company’s scaling efforts. To prevent this from happening, companies must make core processes like recruiting, interviewing, and development a real priority in daily practice. As Aristotle emphasized a long time ago, “Excellence is a habit.”

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Why People Buy

Recruit Rockstars Jeff Hyman and Why People Buy Greg Nanigian

December 22, 2017 -

Greg has interviewed thousands of chief executives, sales managers, and salespeople, and found that over 90% of them have exactly the same problem. Why? Because they’ve been taught to rely on an ineffective traditional selling process, one that includes features, benefits, and free consulting very early in the discussion. This means they present too soon and leave the customer in control of the relationship. As a result, they don’t get beyond a superficial discussion of prospects’ interests and problems.

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Why People Buy

Think Outrageous Radio Show

December 11, 2017 - Think Outrageous Radio Show

Greg Nanigian is interviewed on the Think Outrageous Radio Show. Greg talks about his book, Why People Buy, and offers insights into improving skills and competencies in order to  become a trusted advisor rather than just a sales person.

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Permanently Train and Review

10 Secrets of Successful Business Development Leaders

December 7, 2017 - by Livia Stancu

Practice and constant training are the best way to improve results for a team, and this was high on the list of tips for sales management for many of the leaders we interviewed. “Practice, practice, practice”, was the advice we got from Dave Mattson, president and CEO of Sandler Training.

“Your team needs to create their playbooks and you must constantly review them. Once that is done, put on your “training hat” and make sure your team knows the scripts/talk tracks inside and out,” said Dave Mattson.

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Sales Management

Which Popular Sales Methodology Is Right For You?

August, 2017 - Baseline by Maria Waida

The Sandler Selling System relies on a set of 49 rules that dictate how both parties, seller and customer, can personally invest in the outcome of the sale. Here are some reasons why this methodology might be right for you.

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Implement a sales process

Simplifying Your Sales Process To Close More Deals

November 1, 2017 - by Dave Mattson

Part one of the HVAC Sales & Marketing Master Class was held on November 1.  It featured Dave Mattson, best-selling author and CEO of Sandler Training. Mr. Mattson. Dave provided actionable tips on how to significantly improve sales without adding new resources. Jason Rozenblat, VP, Business Development for GreenSky® was the host of this webinar.

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Asking Questions

Where Does It Hurt?

November 28, 2017 - ABA Bank Marketing, by Antonio Garrido

Confidence in banks has reached 32%, up 5% in the last year alone, according to the latest annual report from Gallup measuring “Confidence in Institutions.” This means that 32% of people surveyed reported that they have either “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in banks. The report issued in June this year is especially welcomed when you consider that it shows a significant increase (11 points) from the record low notched in 2012.

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Getting Better Answers

Does Your World Smell Of Paint?

October 24, 2017 - CEOWORLD Magazine by Antonio Garrido

As the leader of your division or enterprise are you also getting a lavender-scented, plumped-up, freshly-painted view of the world? What you most need to hear from your people, of course, is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. But, here’s the bad news: almost no one is telling you the truth.

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Selling for Non-sellers

Mindset is More Important than Skill Set

September 18, 2017 - by Evan Polin

Evan Polin is the co-author of SELLING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THE SANDLER WAY which teaches non-selling professionals how to sell. He is also a certified Sandler trainer who plays an important role in Sandler’s worldwide organization, Sandler Training – the world leader in sales development training programs.

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What’s the real reason behind the question?

September 25, 2017 by Experience Pros

The technique called “reversing” involves responding to the prospect’s question with a question designed to elicit the real reason behind the question. Antonio Garrido explains, in his new book Asking Questions The Sandler Way, how many of the questions asked by prospects are smoke screens designed to throw the salesperson off balance.

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Move The Ball Forward

Scheduling Sales Calls During the Holidays: 4 Tips for Keeping Your Momentum

September 14, 2017 -

The holiday season is busy for a lot of people. In fact, the National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to grow between 3.2 and 3.8 percent during the 2017 holiday season. But in the B2B world, often sales slow down toward the end of the year. This can make scheduling sales calls a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s actually a great time to strengthen your customer relationships.

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Episode 580

Mindset is more important than Skill Set

August 2017 - by Evan Polin

Evan Polin is the co-author of SELLING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THE SANDLER WAY which teaches non-selling professionals how to sell. In this episode, you'll learn why selling and business development is important, having the right mindset to be successful, why if you are not willing to grow, you are not willing to change and more.

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getting face-time

6 Creative Sales Meeting Ideas - And When to Use Them

August 13, 2017 - EZCater by David Mattson

Getting face-time with a customer not only builds the relationship, but it allows you to ask direct questions and see nuances in the customer’s or prospect’s responses that can give you more insight into their needs. But developing creative sales meeting ideas isn’t the easiest thing to do.

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Success leaves clues

Titans of Franchising Reveal Their Secrets for Long-Term Success

August 15, 2017 - by Tom Scarda

Just like in any relationship, trust is the paramount factor that could have the ability to make or break the franchise model in tough times, said Frith. This sentiment was seconded by David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Sales Training. Mattson feels strongly about having franchisees involved in every decision that affects them. The company has set up committees to help with development of new programs and initiatives that they explore or implement. Having complete transparency with the franchisees is what makes for a great franchise. That bond of trust can withstand obstacles that will, no doubt, come against the company.

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You Have Two Ears

The True Power Of Listening

July 20, 2017 - by Kim Clark

Listening skills are a key ingredient of selling skills. Listen carefully to your prospect and learn what is most important to him/her and then describe how your product or service will resolve the need and eliminate difficulties. If you are a consulting professional who is interviewing with the hope of winning an assignment Dave Mattson, CEO and president of Sandler Training, the sales training firm, recommends that you get straight to the point and ask what three criteria define success for the project and then listen, and truly hear, the answer. You will quickly discover whether you are a good fit for the project and what you must say and do to win it.

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Just Say Yes!

Winning From Failing


July 19, 2017 - by Josh Seibert

Josh Seibert’s new book “Winning from Failing: Build and Lead a Corporate Learning Culture for High Performance” shows company leaders how to harness the natural adult learning progression. His book shows sales leaders (and others) how to create, support, and sustain a workplace learning culture that measurably improves performance. 

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Seven Key Elements

What are the key steps of the Sandler Selling System methodology?

July 19, 2017 - by Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson describes the seven key elements of the Sandler Selling System. The elements include establish rapport, establish upfront contract, uncover the prospect’s “pain” or need, budget, discover the decision-making process, fulfillment, or presentation, and reinforce the sale with post sale activity. 

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Born or Trained

Are Sales people born or can they be trained?

July 19, 2017 - by Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training, and author of the Sandler Rules for Sales Leaders, talks with SarderTV correspondent, Vaishali Jain, about the age-old topic of whether great sales people are born or can they be trained. He talks about his views that any profession can be learned though some individuals may have to work harder to achieve some skills.

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Create a sales system

What are some ways that sales teams can build a common process?

July 19, 2017 - by Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson talks about ways in which sales teams could develop their own customized sales process. He provides his recommendations that sales leaders could use to create a sales system their sales people could use including getting everyone involved to contribute their ideas to the process.

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Increase your skill level

Learning is Lifelong

July 17, 2017 - by David Mattson

Learning is lifelong. In sales, we become competent. And then, we say 'I got it'. And then we stop. Now, we're in this routine and when we stretch we get outside of our comfort zone. We get uncomfortable. But I do think that top performers really should always look for what do I need to do to increase my skill level.

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create a successful sales team

The One Simple Step that Sets Your Sales Team up for Success

July 14, 2017 - by David Mattson

Is it possible to manage a sales team “by the numbers”? Many of the sales leaders we work with try to do this. They set a quota, they make sure everyone knows what the quota is, and they push for that quota to be hit. They track the number of sales completed, then they try to hold the salespeople accountable by requiring status reports showing potentials of closing and estimated dates for each prospect. In our experience, though, there’s a problem with this approach. While you can track numbers, you can’t really manage them, any more than you can manage the weather.

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Revenue generation

3 Simple Ways to Support Rev Gen

July 11, 2017 - by Dave Mattson

Banks have a special group of employees who generate revenue from existing customers—and identify new opportunities for business. They often get titles like relationship manager or business development specialist.  How can banking leaders support these vitally important team members?

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Business Development

Selling Professional Services

July 11, 2017 - by Evan Polin

Evan Polin, President of the Training Resource Group talks about Sandler Training.

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Winning From Failing

July 10, 2017 - by Josh Seibert

Effective leadership reinforcement means identifying, ahead of time, the areas within which failure can occur, and then accepting that failure as part of the learning process when it does take place."  Drawing on Seibert's experiences serving aboard a U.S. Navy nuclear sub, as well as his work as a corporate trainer, the author describes how to build a learning culture. 

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Sandler Stands Alone

Dave Mattson of Sandler Training

July 10, 2017 - 

Dave Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training and best-selling author, shares with Franchise Business Review how his company makes the process of starting a franchise a different experience than other brands and what the future of the business looks like.

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Learning From Failure

How to Design a Culture That Values Experiments, Failure, (and Winning in the Long Run)

July 2, 2017 - by Josh Seibert

Aspiring entrepreneurs and new business owners often ask me for a secret formula for success, and they seem surprised when I tell them there isn't one.

In my experience, every new business is best handled as a series of experiments, from which smart founders learn a winning strategy, after some mistakes. In fact, that culture of learning as you go is my secret to business success.

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controlled failure

Overcome Obstacles and Set Yourself Up for Growth with 'Controlled Failure'

 June 13, 2017 - Entrepreneur Radio by Josh Seibert

If you want to be an entrepreneur, you’d better be prepared to rise back up after a breakdown. In fact, you may want to seek out "controlled failure" to prepare for live action experiences. Josh Seibert, sales coach for Sandler Training, explains that growth is spurred on by failure, not success. 

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Expand your business

Selling Professional Services; More

June 21, 2017 - Small Business Digest Radio by Evan Polin

Evan Polin points out in his book SELLING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES THE SANDLER WAY Or: “Nobody Ever Told Me I’d Have To Sell!” by combining the skills they’ve already acquired with some easy-to-learn new skills, professionals can greatly expand their business.

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six action steps salespeople need to take right now

The Nine things you need to know about Social Selling in 2017

May - June 2017 - Strictly Marketing Magazine

Social selling is not going away. It is a permanent and increasingly important part of the professional salesperson's job description. Everyone in sales needs to develop this skill set.

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Could anything be better than an inbound sales call?

Inbound Sales Calls – More Challenging than you Suspect!

May 5, 2017 - by Peter Banerjea

A successful inbound sales call strategy requires an approach that’s the world away from what an outbound sales specialist would expect. If you’re wondering ‘why’, consider this: Unlike outbound sales call, where your team members have time to study a prospective client and plan for a call, an inbound sales call usually comes out of the blue.

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Behaviour, Attitude and Technique

The Sandler Success Triangle With Dave Mattson

March 23, 2017 - by Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson is the CEO & President of Sandler Training one of the most prestigious and well thought of sales training companies on the planet.
On this episode of the Salesman Podcast Dave is explaining how our behaviours, attitudes and techniques lead to success or failure in sales.

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Don't fall into the same traps

Five Classic Mistakes all Entrepreneurs Should Avoid

March 14, 2017 - by David Prosser 

Businesses fail for all sorts of reasons, but if you know what mistakes other entrepreneurs have made, you stand a better chance of not falling into the same traps. That’s where a new survey from the business development consultancy Sandler Training comes in: it’s surveyed 2,000 small businesses to identify the five most common errors made by their owners in the earliest years of their ventures.

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a sales management process that works

The Sandler Rules for Sales Leaders

March 7, 2017 - by Aki Merced

The Sandler Rules for Salespeople details a sales management process that works. It offers 49 timeless, proven principles for effective sales leadership, based on the Sandler Selling System. The book is the sequel to the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Sandler Rules, also authored by David Mattson.

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Introverts in Sales

Salespeople are Made

March 2017 - by Corey Kupfer

In this episode you learn, why David believes that salespeople are made…not born, how confidence & conviction can help you get through your fears of being an introvert, how to avoid being reactive, what habits Dave believes have contributed to his success and more.

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most significant lesson he learned from managing sales reps

10 lessons for managing sales reps you only learn from experience

March 6, 2017 - by Brianna Valleskey

When I asked Dave Mattson to share the most significant lesson he learned from managing sales reps, his answer was not what I expected: the importance of setting clear expectations and tying them to personal goals.

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a sales management playbook

Why Sales Management Requires Significant Training

February 22, 2017 -

Dave Mattson has spent the last decade leading the team at Sandler Training, which has served tens of thousands of clients across the globe. That’s why we asked for Dave’s advice on how to solve a problem. His answer? A sales management playbook. 

Inbound Sales Calls

Inbound Sales Calls: 5 Tips for Closing More Deals

February 17, 2017 -

Utilize these quick tips that will help you handle inbound sales calls and achieve your goals. Good selling!

Management Decisions

Motivating Others from the Inside Out

February 16, 2017 - by Mike Crandall

The best way to motivate employees and push them to great heights is by learning what they truly want out of their job and life. Mike Crandall, an experienced Sandler trainer, tells Tim Muma that employers need to focus on what each person is influenced by and use it positively. 

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proven principles for effective sales leadership

The Sandler Rules for Sales Leaders Bestsellers List

February 2017 -

The Sandler Rules for Salespeople details a sales management process that works. It offers 49 timeless, proven principles for effective sales leadership, based on the Sandler Selling System. The book is the sequel to the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Sandler Rules, also authored by David Mattson.

spend 20-30 percent of your time coaching

What Is Sales Coaching?

February 2017 -

Coaching is one of the four hats a successful manager must be prepared to wear during the course of a working day. Getting your team to operate on their own and to be self-sufficient is always a critical goal. That's why, if you are a sales manager, you should spend 20-30 percent of your time coaching.

Most motivational programs fail for one simple reason

Motivation the Sandler Way

January 19, 2017 -

Most motivational programs fail for one simple reason: they fail to take into account that people come to work for their own reasons, not those of the company or management, says sales and management trainer, Mike Crandall, in Motivational Management The Sandler Way.

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These are the "must reads"

Top Sales & Marketing Book 2016

2016 - 

Of the hundreds of sales and marketing books published during the past twelve months, which ones stood out for their quality and originality? Which were the “must reads?”


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What Can I Do To Get Over That?

I Hate Selling And I Stink At It

December 6, 2016 - by Kathy Caprino

I’m struggling to “fill the client pipeline” as they say. My worst nightmare is sales and selling – I just hate it and it feels so hard. And now I'm having a hard time making ends meet. I wish I could hire someone else to do it for me, but I don’t have the budget. Any tips and strategies you can offer that would help sales not feel so “sleazy?”

It’s all about behavior, attitude and technique

Sandler Training on Franchising Today

December 21, 2016 - by Bianca Herron

When it comes to competing against larger companies, as well as individual consultants and trainers with industry experience, Sandler Training sets itself apart with a simple concept: reinforcement training.

angels, agnostics, and atheists

During Change Ignore Your Corporate Atheists

October 21, 2016 - by Hamish Knox

When you announce a change in your organization your people will split into three groups – angels, agnostics, and atheists. Those labels have nothing to do with religion. Your angels are change champions. They’re the ones who say, “sounds great, boss. How can we help?”

Graig Presti, Mike Crandall, Matthew Linklater

Money For Lunch

October 2016 -

Mike Crandall is an experienced Sandler trainer who works with business owners to create and implement professional development strategies to foster the growth of individuals, teams, and organizations.

Managed turnover is part of any professionally-led organization

C-Suite: Managing Change

November 2016 - by Hamish Knox 

When you announce a change, your organization splits into three groups representing 20, 60 and 20 percent of your employees. The first 20% are your change champions. The middle 60% are your fence sitters. They've been through too many "flavor of the month" initiatives to jump on board right away, but they'll come around once they see evidence that this initiative is a) permanent and b) successful early on.

starting and growing a business is never an easy path

How Stress Is Stalking Britain's Entrepreneurs

November 24, 2016 - by David Prosser

The research suggests that the leading cause of workplace stress for entrepreneurs is concern about the sales their businesses are generating – an anxiety cited by 42 per cent of the small business owners in the research. Some 34 per cent said they worried particularly about their business’s cash flows, 17 per cent suggested personnel problems were a significant cause of stress and 8 per cent pointed to recruitment issues.

Understanding Change of any kind can be challenging

Successful Change Requires Strategy

November 10, 2016 - by Hamish Knox

Understanding Change of any kind can be challenging, but it can be especially difficult in the workplace. With a variety of personalities, generations, and opinions in one organization, you're going to witness tons of different reactions. Hamish Knox of Sandler Training addresses some key components of his book, "Change the Sandler Way: Understanding the Human Dynamics that Cause New Initiatives to Succeed." 

Mike Crandall

Motivational Management The Sandler Way

November 7, 2016 - by James Beach

Mike Crandall’s firm specializes in helping identify the Blind Spots and Obstacles that are holding you back and then implementing Systems, Behaviors, and Guts to become more Successful. Clients ultimately develop new Habits that lead to Proactive Growth professionally and personally.

Change and Accountability

Change The Sandler Way

September 29, 2016 - by James Beach

An interview with Hamish Knox – Sandler Training Executive and Author of Accountability the Sandler Way and Change the Sandler Way.

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support your initiative

Converting Fence Sitters To Change Champions

October 4, 2016 - Leadership Excellence Essentials by Hamish Knox

When you announce a change, your team will split into three groups – change champions (angels), fence sitters (agnostics) and change deniers (atheists). Roughly 20% of your team will be angels, 20% will be atheists and the remaining 60% will be agnostics.

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Steering change is an uphill task for a leader

Change is Easy and That's Why It Fails

October, 2016 - by Hamish Knox

Change, corporate or not, is easy. A change is 'today we don't have a health benefits plan and tomorrow we do,' or 'today we calculate our compensation this way and tomorrow we will calculate it that way.' Change is easy because it is external and impersonal, like turning on a light. You 'change' the light from off to on or on to off. Easy.

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leaders tend to fall into two camps

Leaders Should Define More Than the Mountain Top, but Less Than the Whole Plan

October 20, 2016 - by Hamish Knox

When it comes to defining their vision, leaders tend to fall into two camps. Camp one can clearly articulate a mountain top they want to reach, but create zero clarity on how they’re going to get to that mountain top. Camp two has their mountain top defined and they also have a step-by-step guide to get from where they are today (base camp) to their mountain top.

Your ideal prospect

Wearables 30-Day Sales Challenge

September 2016 - in Wearables

Perfect your 30-second “commercial.” A good introduction references other organizations you've worked with and how you've been able to help them solve their problems, as well as provides a brief description of your ideal prospect or who you'd like to meet…

Develop a plan to meet your sales quota

10 Key Behaviors that Drive Sales Success

September 5, 2016 -

I witnessed an interesting phenomenon last week when I was working with a client who is a business owner. He had asked me to observe a coaching session/business review he was conducting with his sales manager. The objective of the one-hour session was to determine why the salesforce was not meeting its quota and develop an action plan to resolve it.

Hamish Knox & Health Entrepreneur Shahid Shah

Change and Accountability

September 29 2016 - in Liberty Express Radio

A dynamic, enthusiastic speaker certified in the proprietary selling system developed by David H. Sandler, Hamish informs, entertains, and motivates leadership and rank-and-file sales teams to achieve at their full potential.

Effective Phone Conversations

The "No Pressure" Approach

August 17, 2016 - by John Rosso

Let’s face it. Prospecting is the life-blood of sales – no appoint- ments, no sales. Poor phone prospecting creates fewer sales. Excep- tional phone prospecting leads to great sales. So then why do so many salespeople treat phone prospecting like some plague they would rather avoid? Or equally as bad—convince themselves that it is outdated and extinct?

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early exists or early acceleration

Brian Sullivan: They All Had Their Political Agendas

August 31, 2016 - by Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan worked for an organization that would bring together an executive committee to make decisions on business they wanted to pursue. Because of all of their political agendas, the system wasn’t serving the company or customers very well. That’s when Brian pioneered a more customer-centric approach to sales that helped them to win better deals and avoid pursuing the bad deals.

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zig when others zag

Jody Williamson - Author of The Contrarian Salesperson

August 12, 2016 - by Dean and Don

Listen to Jody explain why he wrote his new book The Contrarian Salesperson."I have been in sales and sales management training for over 30 years and an observation that I have had is that some salespeople act in a way that invites resistance." 

held hostage by your baggage

Understanding the Sales Performance Code

August 18, 2016 - by Bill Bartlett

Salespeople are held hostage by their behavior, beliefs and “baggage.” A key component of any successful manager’s weekly routine is coaching as it unlocks the success code buried inside their salespeople.

supervising, coaching, mentoring and training

The Role Of Coaching In Leadership

July 26, 2016 - by Bill Bartlett 

Many coaching sessions are training sessions in disguise because the manager uses the time to teach how they would deal with the issue versus explore the situation by coaching until the manager has a 'light bulb' moment...

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The Big Deal

When It Comes to Going After the ‘Big Deal’ Key Questions Remain

 July 21, 2016 - Corp! Magazine by Brian Sullivan

Winning major opportunities with large, complex accounts can grow your business and propel your organization to new levels. But pursuing and losing the wrong deals can be costly. And winning them can be worse.

In evaluating whether to pursue significant opportunities to win business, we’re all familiar with the conversations that drive the organizational decisions to embark on major pursuits or to forego them.

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Coaching Sessions

The Role Of Coaching In Leadership

July 26, 2016 - by Bill Bartlett

When I first meet with business leaders, I instruct them to draw a pie chart and allocate the percentage of time they spend supervising, coaching, mentoring and training. The majority default solely to supervision and admit they spend most of their time and energy overseeing the performance of their staff. They erroneously identify their role as directing the efforts of their staff and, unwittingly, create a company that has contracted the dreaded curse of "learned helplessness". This phenomenon occurs when subordinates wait to be told how to perform their duties instead of strategically thinking them through. I unequivocally believe a well-balanced leadership pie chart reflects the following percentages by function: 45% supervision, 35% coaching, 10% mentoring and 10% training.

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Are you reactive or do you have a plan?

Dave Mattson Shares his Tips on Sales Recruiting

July & August 2016 -

Strictly Marketing Magazine sat down with Dave Mattson, President and CEO of Sandler Training, to talk about Sales Management and Recruiting. Dave oversees the coporate direction and strategy for Sandler's global operations including sales, marketing, consulting alliances and support, with a focus on sales leadership, strategy and client satisfaction. 

sought-after selling solutions

Prospect The Sandler Way by John Rosso

July 16, 2016 - in Liberty Express Radio

John's track record speaks for itself, as he has helped thousands of executives, managers, and sales professionals triumph over the challenges that inhibit their success and take their sales to the next level. With 250 offices worldwide, Sandler is the global leader in sales and sales management training.

Coaching sessions are training sessions in disguise

The Role Of Coaching In Leadership

July 2016 - BusinessWorld.In by BW Online Bureau

Many coaching sessions are training sessions in disguise because the manager uses the time to teach how they would deal with the issue versus explore the situation by coaching until the manager has a 'light bulb' moment, writes Bill Bartlett

set goals to fit your market

The Right Way to Set Sales Goals

July 2016 - by Allison Deerr

Most retailers judge “success” by whether or not they’re turning a profit. But even if the numbers are there, in the absence of a roadmap – sales goals that can be posted, tracked and measured – they may have a difficult time realizing that success. In other words, if you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you’ve arrived?


‘No’ Is Okay, ‘Think It Over’ Is Deadly!

July 13, 2016 - by Kim Booker and Chip Doyle

In his own selling career, much of which involved door-to-door selling, David Sandler learned quickly that one of the major barri­ers to success was the TIO or “think it over” response. Even if the prospect had an urgent problem, money to spend, and the author­ity to make a decision, he still might say something like, “You are the first person I’ve spoken to,” or “I just want to digest this and give it some thought before making a decision.”

be SMART when setting sales goals

The Right Way to Set Sales Goals

July 1, 2016 - by Allison Deerr

One common formula for setting sales goals is to be SMART: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely. Specific goals are well defined; they tell employees exactly what you expect from them and when. Measurable goals are just that: they can be measured. That way employees can easily gauge progress toward completing those goals.

044: David Mattson, CEO, Sandler Training

Middle Market Thought Leader

What is your middle-market company’s biggest growth obstacle?

July 2016 - Middle Marketing Thought Leader Podcast by Jack Swing

Dave Mattson talks about his journey from salesman to CEO of Sandler Training and the obstacles he encountered along the way. Watch the video to hear more.

The Inner Game Of Sales

3 Critical Beliefs that Characterize Salespeople

June 13, 2016 - by Bill Bartlett

Salespeople – all too often – allow failure to disorient and immobilize them if they do not have a strong internal support system. Failure, if given into, “dings” their confidence, a form of spatial disorientation is experienced, and any possibility of resurrecting a sale is lost. To utilize terms I learned from my mentor, David Sandler, they confuse their “Identity” – who they are – with their “Role” – what they do.

Mastering Stress-Free Lead Development

Prospect The Sandler Way by John Rosso

June 2016 - in Business

John Rosso is a recognized business development expert specializing in executive sales consulting and sales productivity training, and author of Prospect The Sandler Way: A 30-Day Program For Mastering Stress-Free Lead Development. Leveraging over two decades of Sandler training experience, he focuses on helping people succeed by transforming attitude and behavior, as well as techniques for each step of the sales process.

Four Key Components of Leadership

The Leadership Challenge

June 2, 2016 - by Bill Bartlett

During my twenty-two years as a training/development consultant and executive coach, I have interacted with thousands of CEOs who represent businesses that are diverse both in size and function. 

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Calling the Plays

Are You a Monday Morning Quarterback?

June 3, 2016 - StrategyDriven by Bill Bartlett

When I was growing up, I spent many joyful Sundays watching football with my father. At the end of every down, we relished critiquing the coach’s play calling – if it had failed – by boldly claiming we knew the plays that would have saved the day. We reenacted this ritual every week and even carried “our” game’s analysis through Monday morning breakfast. 

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Top Sales Magazine, May 2016 Issue

Brian Sullivan, co-author of the recently published Sandler Enterprise Selling: Winning, Growing, and Retaining Major Accounts book and Vice President of Sandler Enterprise Selling, sat down with Top Sales Magazine’s Jonathan Farrington for a great interview about the book. 

The path to a new behavior

Four Steps to Designing an Effective Sales Training Program

May 2016 - by Dave Mattson

Whether you are creating your own training program or hiring an outsourced training company, you are going to be judged on those results. And changing adult behavior can be very difficult. The path to a new behavior is a long and winding road.

raise the learning bar

The Art and Science of Professional Development

May 2016 - by Bill Bartlett

What is your position on professional development? If you are among the top 20% of all executives, you believe it is as necessary as the air you breathe whereas the remaining 80% consider it to be a waste of time or give lip service to it. I have been coaching and training business executives for over 20 years and I find the high performers demonstrate a common need to continuously raise the learning bar to stay ahead of the competition.

The Sales Coach’s Playbook

Breaking the Performance Code

May 14, 2016 - in Liberty Express Radio

Bill Bartlett is Founder and president of Corporate Strategies & Solutions Inc., a training and consulting business dedicated to furthering the professional development of business executives and sales leaders through comprehensive, reinforced training and executive coaching.

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the heart of the Sandler Selling System

3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read

May 13, 2016 - by Rieva Lesonsky

Before you start sales coaching (or hire someone to do it), you need to have a clear understanding of each saleperson’s existing skill set. Bartlett’s coaching system relies on the “questioning strategies” at the heart of the Sandler Selling System.

add clarity to our sales and service efforts

KARE for Your Accounts

May 12, 2016 - in Sales

In selling, we all work with logical groupings of our accounts, both clients and prospects, to add clarity to our sales and service efforts. For example, we group by industry, account size, geography, and commercial vs. public sector. We create these groupings to be more effective and efficient in our efforts to win business and expand accounts.

Strategy Driven Expert Contributors’ Blog

Put Time on Your Team

April 29, 2016 - by Brian Sullivan

The sales cycles can be long and drawn out when selling to large enterprise organizations. Months, and even years, may pass in a significant opportunity with a large account. But with of all of the difficulties the passing months bring, positives do present themselves for selling teams that are effective and organized.

Strategy Driven Expert Contributors’ Blog

Three Strategies for the Sales Organizations of Fast Growth Companies

April 28, 2016 - by Karl Scheible and Adam Boyd

The issues typically appear in three specific areas: their choice in sales leadership, hiring standards for the salespeople, and how they coach and hold the salespeople accountable. These problems are often the underlying cause of inaccurate sales forecasts.

Enterprise Selling Brian Sullivan

April 2016 - by James Beach

Brian W. Sullivan is Vice President of Enterprise Selling at Sandler Training. He has extensive enterprise sales, sales management and P&L management experience including sales training and sales process development from his years with The Cap Gemini Group and Xerox Corp. and through his work as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Maryland.

Marian Saunders White, Brian Sullivan, Bryan Miller

April 2016 - in Business

Brian W. Sullivan co-author, with David H. Mattson, of SANDLER ENTERPRISE SELLING:  Winning, Growing, And Retaining Major Accounts. Sullivan is Vice President of Sandler Enterprise Selling at Sandler Training...

Help Your Team Succeed: Six Ways To Be A Better Sales Manager

April 28, 2016 - by David Mattson

A big part of your responsibility as sales manager is to help your sales team increase their own capacity to perform and improve the outcomes of their performance – in other words, to help them help themselves become better salespeople.

Strike the right connection balance on LinkedIn

April 6, 2016 - by David Mattson

Everyone who uses LinkedIn has a connection philosophy, though some people probably would have a hard time describing their philosophy in words. Maybe you’re one of those people who aren’t sure what your connection philosophy is. For those of you who sell for a living, we want to suggest that you make a conscious choice to adopt a connection philosophy that supports both you and your organization.

Sandler Enterprise Selling

March 2016 - posted in Business

This is not one of those books you will quickly read and forget. It will be referenced many times, considered, checked, lent to colleagues (and possibly not returned without a few reminders). Implementing the process is the hard part, despite the book being quite clear with its messaging and incentives.

12 Tips for Fostering Teamwork

March 2016 - by David Mattson

Although teamwork is frequently the most efficient way to complete a big project, many managers struggle to lead a cohesive team. Managing individual employees along with the broader group dynamic brings confusion to team projects, causing the work and your team management capabilities to suffer. Practicing teamwork builds strong...


LinkedIn the Sandler Way By Dave Mattson

March 24, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Dave Mattson, the president of Sandler Training on their new book “LinkedIn the Sandler Way”.

Click Continue reading to watch the complete 1/2 hour interview.

The Difference Between LinkedIn and LinkedIn Sales Navigator By Dave Mattson

March 22, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

Dave, what do you see as the difference between say LinkedIn, and LinkedIn has another solution called Sales Navigator. What are some of the key differences there so that sales people get a better understanding on that?

"I think the main benefits in my opinion is that LinkedIn of course has got an awful lot of stuff going on, so there’s a lot of noise and that’s not a bad thing. But it’s a space where you get to share content…”

Game On: Let the Selling Begin

March 2016 - by Jim Cory

Chip Doyle, author of the recently published Selling to Homeowners, the Sandler Way, has a point to make when it comes to how remodeling projects are sold. Yes, people are online scoping out remodeling companies. Yes, homeowners under 40 want instant answers and a complete design and estimate in 30 minutes. And yes, marketing may be the new selling, for small purchases. But when it comes to a remodeling project, he says, “as long as you’re selling to homo sapiens, the technology’s changed, but the psychology hasn’t.”

4 Things Every Rep Should Say in the First 5 Minutes of a Sales Call

March 2016 - by Emma Brudner

During the Sales Acceleration Summit on Wednesday, Dave Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training, shared his strategy for starting a sales call the right way. Mattson recommended that salespeople touch on four crucial points within the first five minutes of a call: Purpose, Time, Agenda and Outcome...

David Mattson Sandler Training CEO King of Sales Training

March 19, 2016 - in Radio Interviews

KFNN-AM is a 22,000 watt radio station heard in Phoenix, AZ.  The focus of this interview was Dave's position as CEO and President of Sandler. Click below to listed to Dave’s interview.

A Great LinkedIn For Sales People From Dave Mattson

March 10, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

"We put articles on. LinkedIn loves us because we have such a high following, which is great. People know us either from being part of our classes or they learn about us because we’re putting relevant content into their groups or into the channel, which LinkedIn manages for us because of the relationship. That’s there. We also use it to investigate, to do some due diligence. I’ll tell you what I mean by that.”

Some Of The Benefits Of Using LinkedIn For Salespeople By Dave Mattson

March 8, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

Dave, what are some of the main benefits that salespeople see from using LinkedIn?

"Well, first of all, I think it’s success and productivity. Let’s figure out how we measure success as salespeople. We’re either hitting our targets or we’re not hitting our targets. If that’s true, I’ve got 51% of the people are more likely to hit their quota. I’ve got 80% more productivity if I’m using that tool and if I was just a salesperson and I’m typical where I’m complaining about maybe I don’t have the best products and maybe…”

Using LinkedIn For Competitive Knowledge on Prospects by Dave Mattson

March 3, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

"It also allows me to check on who you are as a prospect, and I think that’s really important. I always believe a call that starts well tends to end well. If I can either reference a mutual group, or if I know that we have a mutual connection, then that is a great way for us to start, because if you respect that individual, and I’m connected with that individual, therefore that bridge of credibility comes over to me as well."

Why Sales People Should Care About Using Social Selling By Dave Mattson

March 1, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

Why should a salesperson care about social selling?

"Well again, I think it’s just in today’s world it’s a far more effective way for a salesperson to connect and stay connected either with customers or to find new customers. I think that thing that we all, this asset that we’re all trying to figure out as sales people is how to become more effective and more efficient in the time we have."

Brian Vogel, Mark Falter, Ramona Shelton, Chip Doyle

February 23, 2016 - in Business

Chip Doyle is an experienced Sandler trainer who plays an important role in Sandler’s worldwide organization and is recognized as a business development expert specializing in executive sales training and sales productivity training.  He is co-author with Kim Booker of SELLING TO HOMEOWNERS THE SANDLER WAY:  A Proven Process For Selling Products And Services To Consumers In Their Home

Professional Breakthroughs, Laws of Success, 7 Steps to 5 Stars

February 2016 - by Eric

Today on the Experience Pros Radio Show Adam Boyd walks us through 14 personal and professional breakthroughs. Coach John Brubaker lays down the law – Law #5 of Success. Randy Stuppard shares his new book, 7 Steps to 5 Stars. Angel and Eric help you develop an online store that people will love, avoid making the same mistakes over and over, and then teach you how to get real results from surveys.

Unknown Social, Guiding Principles, Sales Training and Business Ethics

February 2016 - by Eric

Today on the Experience Pros Radio Show Eric and Angel explore little known social media hacks. Steve Stucky leads us on a discussion of guiding principles that will grow your business.  Kim Booker teaches sales the Sandler Training way, and Tom Nix discusses doing well by doing good.

Karl Scheible - President of Market Sense, Inc. and Author of Succeed The Sandler Way: 14 Personal and Professional Breakthroughs

February 22, 2016 - in Liberty Express Radio

Karl Scheible is President of Market Sense, a licensed Sandler Training Center. He is also a distributor for the Objective Management Group assessment tools. Over the last 3 years, Market Sense has been ranked in the top 2% of all Sandler franchisees worldwide with regard to sales volume. They deliver training courses including Sales Management/Leadership, Sales, Strategic Customer Care, Negotiating and “No Pressure” Prospecting.

Recommendations for New LinkedIn Users

February 18, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

What would be some of the recommendations you’d make for a sales person who’s just getting onto LinkedIn? What are some of the things that they should be looking at doing?

"Well, I think if I’m first getting onto LinkedIn, some of the basic stuff is, make sure you get a picture on the profile. I’m still amazed when I have faceless people on LinkedIn. How is that possible? I think you should be north to the 500, which means that you shouldn’t connect to everyone, but at the same time, five connections probably is not acceptable. If you’re going to be in, let’s be in. That’s important."

Awesome LinkedIn Sales Prospecting Tips

February 16, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

How do you guys derive opportunities through LinkedIn?

"Okay, so two ways. Let me give you the first way and then I’ll give you the magic bullet for us. One is that I go to groups that I know my prospects should be in. Where would they camp out? Where would they participate in? That then helps me identify who’s there and start to hone down, these are potential people that I should be talking to...."

What Is Social Selling?

February 13, 2016 - by Chris Hamilton

Social selling is using the tools that are out there on the internet. It goes above and beyond the face-to-face. Regardless, if you’re business to business or business to consumer, we grew up or I grew up that selling was either a. over the phone or b. it was face-to-face.

Lead When You Dance: Use LinkedIn to support your, not prospect’s process

February 10, 2016 - by David Mattson

Let’s say prospective buyer Jane is in a LinkedIn group with you, All About Widgets. You’ve targeted Jane for a few months, but you’ve never been able to connect with her. Then Jane reads a nice blog post you wrote, “The Three Common Mistakes People Make When Reconditioning Widgets.” You shared that blog via your LinkedIn feed, which is how Jane spotted it. She sends you a message via InMail: “Hey, your article was great. We’re in the market and looking to select a widget reconditioning vendor this quarter. Your approach looks intriguing. Give me a call.” (Actually, Jane is misleading you. She’s sticking with her current vendor, but is looking for another quote from you. She wants to put some competitive pressure onto her present widget reconditioning company.)

10 Essential Selling Principles Most Salespeople Get Wrong

February 4, 2016 - in Sales

Several months ago, a client of mine who runs a small, profitable business serving other businesses shared with me that she was receiving powerful sales training from Sandler Training, and my ears perked up. Many entrepreneurial women I coach find the sales process extremely challenging and perplexing, and fewer still have had the courage to walk directly into their challenges by signing up for sales training.

I was intrigued by what she shared, so I purchased the book The Sandler Rules: 49 Timeless Selling Principles and How to Apply Them, written by David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training. I found it to be chock full of integrity-aligned sales principles and strategies that move sales away from a “sleazy” endeavor of trying to pull a fast one over on your would-be client, to a more empowering, empathic, curious and open sharing of your talents and services in a way that creates a win/win relationship for all involved.

Telephone Prospecting Boot Camp led by David Fischer

February 1, 2016 - by Emma Allen

With the Iowa caucuses looming, Presidential hopefuls who have already inundated the e-mail inboxes of voters—the “spray and pray” technique, in P.R. parlance—may want to rethink their strategy. In the home stretch, campaign volunteers might benefit from a refresher course in the lost art of picking up the phone. At 9 A.M. one recent Friday, in a conference room fifteen floors above Third Avenue in midtown, a group of aspiring (apolitical) cold-callers convened. They had each paid $199.99 to attend a Telephone Prospecting Boot Camp led by David Fischer, who owns a Sandler Training sales-instruction franchise.

3 Books Small Business Small Business Owners Should Read

January 29, 2016 - by Rieva Lesonsky

Author Bill Morrison spent more than two decades in sales leadership roles before opening a Sandler Training office in Switzerland. From this expert perspective, he believes bootstrap selling “is grounded in the concept that all sales are entrepreneurial in nature.”

The successful Sandler training methods are at the core of this book. Understanding the “Sandler Success Triangle” (technique, behavior and attitude) is key—it says that while technique is important, it’s really just a tool to use to “achieve changes in behavior, which in turn leads to a new attitude.”

Customer Service - Initial Training: The do's and don'ts

January 14, 2016 - by Anne MacKeigan

The first days and weeks on a new job in a new company can be overwhelming for a customer-service employee. There is so much to absorb, and there are so many details and systems to keep straight. Without a carefully constructed onboarding plan that takes place over weeks (if not months, depending on your company), a new employee can have a difficult time.

Customer Service - Initial Training: The do's and don'ts

January 7, 2016 - by Anne MacKeigan

The first days and weeks on a new job in a new company can be overwhelming for a customer-service employee. There is so much to absorb, and there are so many details and systems to keep straight. Without a carefully constructed onboarding plan that takes place over weeks (if not months, depending on your company), a new employee can have a difficult time.


Baltimore CEO Continues His Company’s Mission

December 22, 2015 - by Laura Catherine Hermoza

Sandler Training is a leader in business development and sales training, which has been successfully implemented since the establishment of the Sandler Selling System when the company started in the 1960’s. As company CEO, Mattson brings valued skills and talent to the company in continuing its mission.

Penny Zenker, David Mattson, Dr. Brandi Stankovic

December 17, 2015 - in Business

David Mattson CEO of Sandler Training, an international training and consulting organization headquartered in the United States, has been a trainer and business consultant in the areas of sales, sales management, business development, corporate team building, and strategic planning.

The Benefits of Employee Growth

December 4, 2015 - by Anne MacKeigan

It’s part of the stinkin’ thinkin’ that employers have when they ask: What if I train them and they leave? Yes, by all means, let’s keep them locked in the back room doing work that no one else in the company wants to do. The vast majority of employees have unrecognized potential that neither they nor their employer can uncover without the right kind of processes in place.  As David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training says, “Customer care training creates a potential employee pool for inside sales, account managers or new business developers.  As investments are made in training, frontline employees respond with additional confidence, competence, and renewed motivation.”

Customer Service The Sandler Way for Women’s Leadership Radio

December 3, 2015 - by Sabrina Braham

Anne is the customer care program specialist for the Sandler Way and the author of “Customer Service The Sandler Way: 48 Rules For Strategic Customer Care.” Listen to this interview and learn how you can help your business elevate customer care to lead and succeed.

Best Sales Management Books for Busy Leaders

December 3, 2015 - by Patrick Hogan

David Sandler wrote the original You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar in the 1960s. David Mattson revised it in 2015—and it’s just as relevant to today’s marketplace. Sandler’s core philosophy focuses on building trust between seller and buyer until the sale is complete. 

Customer Service The Sandler Way for Women's Leadership Radio

December 2, 2015 - by Sabrina Braham

Customer Service the Sandler Way helps you and create and sustain a working culture built on the belief that the customer not only matters, but is the only reason your organization exists. 

LinkedIn The Sandler Way - Amazon Book Review

November 5, 2015 - by Jim Estill

The Sandler Training and LinkedIn Sales solution works to close the gap that many organizations and sales professionals struggle with. In LinkedIn the Sandler Way, Sandler Training and LinkedIn Sales Solutions team up to share 25 secrets to uncover big ideas from prospecting and selling online without having to be a LinkedIn “wizard”!

LinkedIn as a Selling Tool

November 4, 2015 - by Jim Estill

Looking for ways to build your own leads and sales pipeline? LinkedIn the Sandler Way and LinkedIn Sales Solutions recommend social selling done the right way as the non-adversarial way to go.

see if your next potential client is the real deal – or a waste of your time

6 Characteristics of a HOT Prospect

November 2015 - by Alex Palmer

What if you could take out an ad to find the perfect prospect? While finding your next stellar customer may not be quite that easy, there are a handful of qualities that clearly set high-quality prospects apart from the rest. Here are six key characteristics that separate superstar customers from the rest of the pack. Take out your pencil and see which of your prospects make the grade.

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Bootstrap Selling Gives You An Entrepeneurial Edge In Sales

October 27, 2015 - by Kevin Kauzlaric

Bill Morrison spent more than 20 years in international sales and sales leadership roles with companies, brands and industries as varied as Rolls Royce Aerospace, Gore-Tex and the Scotch Whisky industry. He eventually decided to focus his career on helping companies and individuals grow their sales success through applying the world’s best-selling methodology—the Sandler method. Read on for my interview with Bill

5 Reasons Companies Thrive When Everyone Gets to Lead

October 23, 2015 - by Dave Mattson

The traditional corporate structure in the workplace is ready for a change. With millennials entering the workforce, there is a resounding call for a structural shakeup. These young professionals have a lot to say and they want to have their voices heard. Successful companies are noticing this. Instead of only paying attention to GPA’s, they are looking for critical thinking and problem-solving skills in new hires.

4 Reasons Why CEOs Need to Pay More Attention to Customer Service

October 16, 2015 - by Anne MacKeigan

Customer service is a key part of your revenue generation team, and with the right training, could produce even more. Yes, outside salespeople bring in new customers, but the greatest influence on keeping clients happens in customer service. Often they bring in more dollars over the life of the customer than sales.

The Best Sales Books for Small Business Owners in 2015

October 15, 2015 - by Ivana Taylor

If you think that being successful in sales means convincing unsuspecting prospects to buy something they don’t want or need, you’re wrong. You’ll be happy to hear that the world of sales is so round that it’s gone through a full-scale revolution.

The Best Sales Books of 2015: Small Business

October 14, 2015 - by Nare Torosyan

Do you have a hard time keeping the customers you’ve worked so hard to gain? Take a look at your customer service process. Satisfied customers are loyal and loyal customers are profitable. 

Pivoting in Business, Adapting to Change and Extraordinary Social Care

October 13, 2015 - Experience Pros Radio Show by Anne MacKeigan

On the next Experience Pros Radio Show, Robert Hyry explains how he is pivoting the entire concept of developing a movie project by crowdfunding everything from actors to musicians to finance.

Book Review: Bootstrap Selling the Selling Way by Bill Morrison

October 13, 2015 - Coach’s Casebook Blog

In Bootstrap Selling the Sandler Way, Bill Morrison really has nailed a set of principles and techniques that have direct application for me personally and for many sales departments in general.

Book Review: Customer Service the Sandler Way

October 5, 2015 - Coach’s Casebook Blog 

It is much easier to keep a customer than it is to win one and the way to keep a customer is to give fantastic Customer Service.

Building a World Class Organization

October 1, 2015 - by Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson had a speaking engagement on October 1, 2015 at the Melville Marriot Long Island, NY.

Employment Notebook -- Value of Strategic, World-Class Customer Service

September 25, 2015 - by Anne MacKeigan and Tim Muma

Anne MacKeigan is Customer Care Program Specialist for Sandler Training and author of CUSTOMER SERVICE THE SANDLER WAY: 48 Rules For Strategic Customer Care. 

Carol Mitchell & Customer Service Anne MacKeigan

September 22, 2015 - School for Startups Radio by Anne MacKeigan

After 13 years as a Partner at Sandler Training, Anne MacKeigan sold her franchise. She is now the Customer Care Program Specialist for Sandler International.

How Social Selling is Helping Unlock the Middle Market for Sandler Training, David Mattson, CEO

September 15, 2015 - iTunes by Dave Mattson

Few middle-market business leaders are as forward-thinking when it comes to social selling as Sandler Training CEO David Mattson. David explains how a client by the name of LinkedIn supplies his firm with steady stream of leads.

Bootstrap Selling; The Sandler Way: It helps your career flourish

September 12, 2015 - by Bill Morrison

Successful sales professionals are distinguished from order takers by their willingness to assume responsibility, an entrepreneurial spirit, and resourcefulness, right sales and business development. Bootstrap selling is grounded in the concept that all sales is entrepreneurial in nature.

9 Lessons For Entrepreneurs From A Sales Expert

September 10, 2015 - by Marty Zwilling

Most aspiring entrepreneurs believe that a great idea alone will assure business success. Experts argue that it’s more important to have a great plan, and personal business acumen. Hardly anyone mentions selling principles. Yet in this age when customers have a thousand alternatives, and are overwhelmed by a multitude of messages, sales efforts can make or break a business.

Beth Cook, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Mike Rafati, Anne MacKeigan

September 9, 2015 - in Business

Anne MacKeigan is Customer Care Program Specialist for Sandler Training and author of CUSTOMER SERVICE THE SANDLER WAY: 48 Rules For Strategic Customer Care. For more information please visit

How to Use LinkedIn to Sell, Build a Banking Relationship, End Unemployment, and Break into the Fitness Industry

September 1, 2015 by Courtney Deruy

Dave Mattson is CEO of Sandler Training, an international training and consulting organization. David has been a trainer and business consultant in the areas of sales, sales management, business development, corporate team building, and strategic planning.

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Sandler business experts and professional trainers offer insight and tips on current sales, sales management, leadership and management topics. We invite you to comment on our posts and to pass them on to your colleagues.

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Books! Books! Books! Customer Service The Sandler Way

August 29, 2015 - Blue Heron Journal

The difference between bad customer service and the best, best customer service is not just the follow-on business and brand loyalty measured by the analytics. As author Anne Mackeigan notes, it's about the emotions first and last. 

10 Keys To Success In Any Startup Job Interview

August 18, 2015 -

In a corporate environment, the focus of a job interview has long been demonstrating your match to the skills and experience outlined in the job description. 

LinkedIn Sandler Style, Fantasy Business, Don't Share and Pinterest 4 Business

August 18, 2015 - by Eric

Today on the Experience Pros Radio Show, Angel and Eric talk to David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training on the topic of using LinkedIn, the Sandler way.

3 Books Small Business Owners Should Read

August 7, 2015 - Small Business Forum by Bryan Kramer

Sandler Training is a global training powerhouse, with more than 250 offices worldwide. They’ve teamed up with the folks at LinkedIn Sales Solutions to show sales professionals and business owners how to tackle social selling.

Dave Mattson CEO & President of Sandler Training, Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker / Business Buff Entrepreneurs

July 23, 2015 - by Ken Burningham

CEO and President of Sandler worldwide headquarters, Dave Mattson oversees the corporate direction and strategy for the company’s global operations including sales, marketing, consulting, alliances and support. His key areas of focus are sales leadership, strategy and client satisfaction.

The Michael Dresser Show

July 9, 2015 - in Books

The Michael Dresser Show is heard on BlogTalkRadio, which is one of the largest internet radio stations.  Dave's interview begins at :41.

Stand Out Dorie Clark & Sandler Training David Mattson

April 27, 2015 - from Dave Mattson

Dave Mattson is a keynote speaker, best-selling author and a sales and management thought leader. David is the leader for the Sandler Training sales training seminars around the world.

Moving Up the Ladder - The Value of a Defined System in Sales

March 11, 2015 - from Dave Mattson

The sales profession has plenty of stereotypes and myths that have followed it through the years. While you often hear of the "art of selling," Dave Mattson prescribes to a different theory, based on having an effective system and a "science" to the sales.

Presidential Advisor and Underdog David Morey & New LinkedIn Book Dave Mattson

July 5, 2015 - by James

Dave Mattson is a keynote speaker, best-selling author and a sales and management thought leader. David is the leader for the Sandler Training sales training seminars around the world. 

Sandler Selling, Starry Photography, Patient Safety

May 5, 2015 - by Eric

Today on the Experience Pros Radio Show, Eric and Angel speak with David Mattson on the 2nd edition of his book, You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike in a Seminar.

You Can't Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar

March 1, 2015 -

The timeless guide to sales success has been revised to help you supercharge personal and team performance in a new economy.

Book Review: You Can't Teach A Kid To Ride A Bike At A Seminar

February 22, 2015 -

This is the new and updated edition of David Sandler’s You Can’t Teach a Kid to Ride a Bike at a Seminar, 2nd Edition: Sandler Training’s 7-Step System for Successful Selling.

8 Lead Generation Strategies That Will Boost Your Sales

February 17, 2015 - by Jennifer Lonoff Schiff

How do you find and reach your target audience? Sales and digital marketing experts share their tips on the best ways to garner qualified sales leads.

Our own expert, Brian Sullivan, Vice President of Sandler Enterprise Selling, provides his valuable insight on how to find potential clients on LinkedIn.

How to Win Back Lost Customers

February 5, 2015 - by OpEd from Dave Mattson

Among the commonly accepted business precepts is the fact that retaining existing customers is far cheaper than winning new ones. So it makes a great deal of sense to make sure that you are keeping your current roster of clients happy.

4 Tips for Persuading People by Listening to Them

January 15, 2015 - by OpEd from Dave Mattson

The leader of any business must come to grips with the following reality: You are the product or service you are selling. For entrepreneurs, that means that you are selling all the time, including with “internal” audiences like staff, vendors and investors. Your goal is to transfer the confidence and conviction you have in your company to everyone in its orbit.

Sandler Training Announces Sandler Enterprise Selling

January, 2015

New Systematic Approach to Create Lasting Success in Selling to Enterprise Clients

Sandler Enterprise Selling organizes the enterprise selling cycle around a six-stage, continuous process and provides tools throughout the stages to help organizations land, keep and grow long-term clients. 


Balancing act: Do you love your boss, or is he 'missing in action'?

September 22, 2014 - The Deseret News by Greg Kratz

Of all the relationships we build at work, the one we develop with our boss is perhaps the most unique and challenging — and, potentially, the most rewarding.
Anyone who has been in the "real world" for more than a couple of years has likely worked for both good and bad bosses. Through those experiences, we learn what kinds of managers motivate us, help us grow and lead us to do great things. We also discover what kinds of bosses drag us down, kill our productivity and eventually persuade us to look for something new.

To Build a Top-Performing Team, Keep Your Stars Happy and Your Bench Inspired

September 19, 2014 - by OpEd from Dave Mattson

With the NFL season now upon us, and our hopes high that our favorite team will be Super Bowl bound come early next year, it’s worth reminding ourselves that the most important part of determining how successful our team will be is by looking at who we currently have playing for us.

Leadership Report Card: Why Most Managers Don't Get an 'A'

September 15, 2014 - Business News Daily by Nicole Fallon

A July 2014 study conducted by business training organization Sandler Training and research firm Ipsos Public Affairs found that 40 percent of American workers would give their manager a "B" grade for overall management skills. Meanwhile, 24 percent of bosses received a "C," and a combined 14 percent were given a "D" or an "F" in this area on their hypothetical report cards.

Why Sales Professionals Will Never Go the Way of the Dinosaur

August 28, 2014 - by OpEd from Dave Mattson

We’ve reached the point where we barely use our cell phones for actual calls, and the number of devices that most entrepreneurs deem essential is at least three – a phone, a laptop and a tablet. Despite well-meaning advice that we shut down electronics in the name of sleep, nightstands across America double as charging stations and 24-hour points of connectivity.

Curing Mediocre Boss Syndrome

August 21, 2014 - Chief Learning Officer by Kate Everson

When it comes to management skills, a B grade in leadership is far from an A.

American companies are coming down with blah-boss fever, and the only thing that can cure it is better leadership development.

A May study commissioned by Sandler Training, a global training organization, showed that 40 percent of the 1,010 employees surveyed would give their bosses a “B” in leadership skills. Nearly a quarter gave their bosses a C, and 14 percent gave a D or F.

It seems like leaders have some work to do if they’re going to make the honor roll.

5 Simple Ways to be a Good Boss

July 31, 2014 - by Anne Fisher

Thrown into a management job you don’t feel ready for? Not to worry. Success in the role isn’t as complicated as you may think.

One more thought that might help: You mention that you think your team members can tell you’re “kind of faking it.” That’s not necessarily bad. A new survey of 1,010 employees by Sandler Training, whose coaches work mainly with small-to-medium-sized companies (like yours), says 80% agreed with the following statement: “My company expects managers to know how to lead and manage without providing them any formal training.”

How Would You Grade Your Boss?

July 29, 2014 - Interview with Wall Street Journal

Mathew Passey with the Wall Street Journal interviews Dave Mattson, CEO and President of Sandler Training. He discusses the report card most of us give our bosses. Overall, what are workers saying about their bosses? 

Sandler Training Launches Multi-Level Certification Program

July 17, 2014 - Sandler Training

Created to deepen the knowledge of the Sandler Selling System among Sandler participants, Sandler Certification is now available to all sales professionals engaged with Sandler Training.

Sandler Certification is an organized, step-by-step process focused on incremental growth and measurable results, covering subjects from Bonding and Rapport to Closing the Sale and beyond. Certification provides opportunities for Sandler sales professionals to continue their education and enhance their sales skills.

Designed for the sales professional to complete at their own pace, the Sandler Certification program is comprised of four levels that get progressively more challenging and require increasingly higher sales acumen.

4 Ways To Sell Yourself At Work and Get Ahead in Your Career

April 11, 2014 - by Dana Manciagli

In a country brimming with self-confidence, Americans are actually selling themselves short — especially in the workplace. In a recent survey from Sandler Training, four in five Americans believe that “selling yourself” is a key factor in getting ahead in life or business, but almost 62 percent of them spend an hour or less a day doing it.

It’s not because workers don’t believe in themselves, either: two of three workers surveyed say they have the utmost confidence in their selling abilities.

Sandler Training Named to Prestigious List of Top Sales Training Companies

February 27, 2014 -’s Top 20 Sales Training Companies

Industry publication releases 2014 results, recognizes Sandler five consecutive years.

One of the industry’s leading authorities on training recently announced its list of the Top 20 Sales Training Companies, a list that Sandler Training has topped for five consecutive years.’s Top 20 Sales Training Companies list focuses on companies that demonstrate growth and are recognized as leaders within the sales training space. Those recognized have a track record of providing excellent service across a diverse customer base while developing and employing innovative training methods.

Sandler Training was recognized for its impact on the sales training industry; innovation in the sales training market; company size and growth potential; breadth of service offering; strength of clients served and the company’s geographic reach.


10 Ways to Sell Your Best Ideas at Work

December 20, 2013 - by Anne Fisher

We've all heard that we're supposed to be marketing ourselves and our great notions, but how do you do that without coming across as a jerk?

Best Sales Pitches are Really About Listening

December 19, 2013 - Gannett/USA Today by Anita Bruzzese

Do you pay attention when you feel a team member is trying to “sell” you something? Or do you tune that person out? If you’re not receptive to the message, you’re not alone. “People get defensive when they detect the pitch. They feel like something is being forced on them,” says Steve Yastrow, author of the upcoming “Ditch the Pitch: The Art of Improvised Persuasion.”

How To Break Into Sales

November 3, 2013 - Talent Served by Bob Weinsten

Find out how to make yourself an attractive candidate.

Companies are Desperate for Experienced Salespeople, Part 4

October 31, 2013 - from the Sounding Off Blog by Bob Weinstein

Just as salespeople make their living persuading prospects to buy their products and services, companies expect candidates to apply that same energy and enthusiasm when selling themselves on job interviews. Companies are looking for high-potential candidates who are quick studies and have essential attributes of successful salespeople. 

Companies are Desperate for Experienced Salespeople, Part 1

October 31, 2013 - from the Sounding Off Blog by Bob Weinstein

Today, corporate decision makers are pulling their hair out trying to find competent salespeople.  The culprit, ironically, is technological innovation, the single factor responsible for changing the way we work, and that impact every facet of our lives, according to Dave Mattson, CEO and President of Sandler Training.

5 Methods To Manage Your Workload

October 24, 2013 - by Lou Carlozo

Evidence abounds that salespeople need more time than ever to keep their schedules straight. A new study by the American Psychological Association shows that more than half of employed adults check work messages at least once a day over the weekend (53 percent); before or after work during the week (52 percent); and even when they’re home sick (54 percent). Yet if we’re so tethered to the office, why does it take such heroic effort to get stuff done?


Selling Up and Out Selling to Render Your Competition Irrelevant

April 1, 2012 - by the Franchising World

Now, more than ever, companies need to render their competition irrelevant. One question that all leaders should be asking themselves is: “In this new world, how exactly can we achieve this?” The answer to the question lies in their ability to change their approach and successfully sell their differentiated offerings. 

Over recent years, many organizations have changed their buying process as a result of changes in the global economy and technological offerings. It is now time for these same organizations to recognize the need to change their selling process and encourage their sales force to get out of its comfort zones and learn new ways to succeed.

So what exactly has changed and how can businesses adapt to these changes?


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A Classic Leadership Pain Point: Too Many Silos

July 7, 2019 - by Dave Mattson

Marketing communicates only sporadically with Sales, or not at all, because it believes leadership in Sales is lax. Marketing sees Accounting as a means to an end, and frequently ignores direct requests from Accounting for critical information … although it expects more or less instant responses from Accounting on the key questions Marketing needs answered. Sales, too, drags its feet when it comes to giving Accounting needed information, and complains of being slowed down by Accounting’s seemingly endless requests for paperwork and CRM updates. Sales shares little or nothing with Marketing about the key concerns it hears from major clients.

The Art and Skill Of Sales Psychology on The Marketing Book Podcast

July 28, 2019 - by Brad McDonald 

The Art and Skill of Sales Psychology lays out, in accessible terms that any sales professional can understand, how to identify and learn from the psychological motivators that cause buyers and sellers to do what they do. The book offers clarity and control over the sales process to salespeople, and powerful insights on coaching to managers. This book is a primer for exploring why people do what they do in sales situations.