The Best Threads of /r/Sales
Wanted to compile a list of very useful posts for sales professionals that are available on Reddit. This way we'll have an organized collection of useful threads for members to reference back to. It also gives incentive for other users to post insightful advice to be featured on this thread. These are all extremely useful whether you are new to the game or an industry vet. Give them all a good read and you'll see results!
NETWORKING ON /R/SALES
Connect with fellow /r/Sales users!
Exchanging Leads on /r/Sales
Listed below are some very common questions that have been answered with insightful responses. Search through here to see if your question has been answered by the community.
How do I get my First Sales Job?
/U/Cyberrico Explains here in this epic thread
*College Student's Guide to Preparing for Sales
Why some of you new salespeople are destined to fail, and what to do about it
Ideas for young reps
I'm new to sales, what are the pros and cons of working in sales?
- /u/NPIF laying down some career advice
Is selling cars a good way of getting into sales?
Very great write up by /u/Cyndershade explains it all
Car Sales and What it Taught Me
More resources for new car salesmen
AMA from a Top BMW Salesman
What's the difference between marketing and sales?
- Well defined in this thread
I'm new here and don't understand the sales lingo. Somebody help.
- Sales Glossary
How much is a degree worth in sales? Will not having one hold me back in the future?
Read the comments here
More insight here as well
Additionally, more advice
I graduated with X degree but I want to get into sales. Where should I start?
View the comments in here
Good comments in here as well
Additionally, more advice
Where do I look for sales jobs?
- In here
I'm X years old but I want to transition to sales, is it too late?
- Answered here
Help I have an interview for a sales job
- Interview tips from /u/TechSalesGuy
I suck at networking. Please help
- Here to help
New to sales, I'm struggling. Need some help.
- Tips for New and Struggling Salespeople by /u/Logos9871
Sell me this Pen.
- *What is the correct answer to sell me this pen?
My business is growing, and I can finally afford to hire a salesperson, now what?
- Great guide on how to approach this situation
How do I switch industries?
- For those looking for a change, here is how I did it
I'm having problems at work, should I leave my job?
- Should You Leave Your Job? by /u/cyberrico
I want to get into Tech Sales but where should I start?
- Great Insight to Which Tech Industry You Should Work In by /u/cyberrico
I want to get into Medical Device or Pharma Sales, where do I start?
Very good response here
More links 2
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More links 4
And this great AMA from DaDingo
What CRM do you use and why?
Suggestions in here
Answered in here
I'm in outside sales and do a lot of cold visiting, how do I approach this situation?
- /u/MisallocatedRacism dropping some knowledge
A little tidbit on small talk
- /u/suta_2003 with some insightful suggestions
Recently joined a company as a BDR / SDR… how do I succeed?
*Cyberrico tells you here how to succeed as a BDR
Official BDR / SDR Resource Thread
SALES PROCESS ADVICE
This is where the magic happens, you'll go from struggling to hit quota, to becoming a top rep at your company.
- Social Selling and You!
*Linkedin Sales Profile Template
LinkedIn Guide by /u/Cyberrico
Secret of Generating Leads From LinkedIn by /u/alanorouke
All About Prospecting
Social Engineering for Company Intelligence
What tools should I use to Prospect and find information about companies?
Guide to Leads Databases, Finding Contact Information and Doing Research by /u/cyberrico
Paid Lead Sources Discussion
Outbound Sales Technologies Overview
Guide to Free Lead Generation Using ReferenceUSA by /u/AThievingStableboy
How to Determine the Value of an Account?
- Cyberrico explains here
Great way to Win a Face to Face Meeting
- *How to Get a Face to Face Meeting with a Head Honcho if you Hate Cold Calling
Need help Cold Emailing?
Useful free Ebook on Cold Emailing
Cold Emails and Cold Calls and the Importance of Value by /u/boogdd
Cold Emailing and finding the correct email address
My Email Subject lines that get the best responses by /u/Cyberrico
Struggling to get a response from a prospect? Try out this email by /u/TheDrallen
*Tips to Improve your Email Outreach by /u/Hirekeep
Need help Cold Calling?
Cold Calling Guide
No Pressure Prospecting Calls by /u/OutofMacros
Trigger Events and Acting as a Consultant to your Prospects to add Value
Turning Call me Back into an Appointment
Getting past the gate keeper /u/dontmakemechoose2
Useful tips inside here
Objection: You have 5 Minuntes to impress me
Overcoming my fear of Cold Calling
Staying motivated on the phone
*Tips to turn call me back into a meeting
*Ending the debate on "How are You?"
*5 Bullet Points to Nail Home in a Sales Pitch
CONNECTIONS, BUILDING PARTNER NETWORKS, and OTHER HELPFUL GUIDES
Building a Partner Network, how can this be accomplished?
- Guide to Building a Partner Network
The Secrets to Time Management in Sales
- Secrets to Time Management in Sales written by /u/Cyberrico
Tips for Success in Sales for the New Sales Rep
Tips for Success in Sales for the New Sales Rep
I (don't) make all the decisions
How NOT to do a Presentation
*Cyberrico tells you how to close a deal here
*How to Stop Talking about Yourself by /u/StarkSell
I'm getting a lot of objections and losing accounts! What do I do?
For Beginners – The Sales Intersection by /u/rachelhgray
Some Beginner Tips for New Sales People by /u/Dontmakemechoose2
Perspective of an IT purchaser
I'm STILL having trouble with Objection Handling?
Objection Handling in Different Scenarios by /u/RasAlTimmeh
/u/zyzzogeton and his perspective on Objection Handling
How to overcome objections without sounding like a jerk
*Cyberrico gives you advice on dealing with Pain Points
*Cyberrico chimes in his thoughts to Sales Job Hunting
*Cyberrico's guide to Working with Internal Marketing Departments
Feeling a little down? Sales burnout? Here's a little inspiration to get you through the rut.
Stop Being the Sheep and Start Being the Lion
How do you deal with pressure / manage your stress?
Users on /r/sales share how they make 200k+ a year
Are you burnt out? Read this by /u/TheDrallen
Math for Sales People
Mechanics vs Intentions
/u/NPIF missing his first ever sales target and what he's going to do about it
Favourite Sales Stories
*How to Feel Good About yourself Everyday
Here you will find AMA's from industry leaders within various industries – very interesting, give them a read!
AMA Series 1 – A Top Level Door-to-Door Sales Professional who generated over $4 mill by /u/darthtate
AMA Series 2 – Executive Vice President for a Full Service IT company and MSP with /u/dontmakemechoose2
AMA Series 3 – IamA Business Development Manager for a SaaS provider that services the HR industry who constantly hits over 200% of quota. Ask Me Anything /u/sufi_surfer
AMA Series 4 – I sell life insurance (B2C). I self-generate all my leads from my website, and do all my sales from my home office (I don't ever meet clients in person) /u/lifeinsurancecanada
AMA Series 5 – I am a Director of Sales for an Enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) Provider AMA /u/princess_pretty_girl
AMA Series 6 – I sell BMW's by /u/Micosilver
AMA Series 7 – I am a Sales Professional with about 13 years of experience in the medical field. I have been a Rep, Field Trainer, Clinical Specialist, and Sales Manager in a variety of specialties. AMA! /u/DaDingo
AMA Series 8 – Hi I'm Cyberrico, 25 Years in Technology Sales AMA
AMA Series 9 – Hi, I'm a sales compensation consultant at the world's largest sales and marketing consulting firm, AMA
AMA Series 10 – Real Estate Broker in Phx, AZ for 12+ years, still sane, AMA!
AMA Series 11 – Perspectives on the 25 year journey from Call Center Agent to SVP Global Sales
*AMA – Series 12 – I'm Grant Cardone, New York Times Bestseller, #1 Sales Trainer in the World – AMA
*AMA – Series 13 – John Barrows, Sales trainer for Box, LinkedIn, Salesforce
SELF IMPROVEMENT, BOOKS, GAINING KNOWLEDGE
Here you'll find common resources to find books, podcasts, and other resources to increase your knowledge on sales.
What should I be doing on a daily basis to be a better sales professional?
- Self Improvement for Sales People Megathread by /u/VyvanseCS
What books should I be reading?
- *The Most Recommended Book of All time in /r/Sales
General consensus highly recommends that you read the following books:
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
Smart Calling – Art Sobczak
SPIN Selling – Neil Rackham
Secrets of Question-based Selling – Thomas Freese
The Wedge: How to Stop Selling and Start Winning – Randy Shwantz
Predictable Revenue – Aaron Ross
Challenger Sale – Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson
For more on books, check out thread 1, thread 2, thread 3, thread 4, thread 5, or you can search it on /r/Sales like any normal person would.
If you find any other gems or have any suggestions, feel free to post them in the comments section and I will add them in if they are indeed useful!
EDIT: This list will be updated on a reoccurring basis – if any links are broken, please PM the mods
Last Edited: (2016-12-21)
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submitted by /u/VyvanseCS