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Modern Sales Podcast
A sales podcast that’ll help you sell more by understanding how people buy.
Your New Favorite Sales Podcast
At the heart of all sales is people. It doesn’t matter if you’re a business owner, solo consultant, or frontline seller – it all comes down to people. And the most important question you can answer about people is how they buy and make decisions.
Modern Sales is a sales podcast that’ll help you build sales skills by understanding how people buy. Every week we publish two episodes: one solo (with just Liston, the host), and one interview episode. In every episode, you’ll get actionable advice based on the psychology, behavioral economics, neuroscience, and first-hand experience behind how people buy.
If you’ve never heard the show before, here are some of our favorite episodes:
Should you be selling during the crisis? If so, how? The answer to the first question is yes, and the answer to the second question is more complicated. The simple version starts with one word: segmentation. In this episode, Jake Dunlap talks about his approach to segmentation, the pieces you need in place to make it work, and areas where he’s seeing the most success with his own business and his clients’ businesses.
Hiring the right people is mission-critical for all companies, of all sizes, and in every stage. Get hiring right and you’ll people on board who can help you build something great, while the wrong people can sink the whole ship. Amy Volas has a lot to say about sales recruiting and sales hiring, and we talk about her approach to finding great salespeople and sales leaders.
Being seen as an authority in your market can reverse the tables. Instead of you interrupting people with prospecting messages, they may actually start coming to you. Building authority is a long process, and one that’s definitely worth it. In this episode, you’ll learn the basics of building authority in your market.
Setting next steps is really the 80/20 of selling. To keep momentum in your deals, set next steps at the end of every meeting, every call, or any other interaction you have with prospects. In this episode, Mark Fershteyn, CEO of Recapped.io, talks about the process he uses to set next steps, and how you can start today.
Storytelling in sales is one of the most powerful skills available to you, especially if you sell something that represents hard change for your client. In this episode, you’ll learn why stories are so powerful, what makes up a good story, and how to start using storytelling in your sales process today.
How is expertise bought, and how should you sell yours? Hinge Marketing asks this question over and over again, and they do research on how professional services buyers make purchasing decisions. In this episode, Liston interviews Lee Frederiksen to discuss what he’s uncovered in his research that we can apply to consultative selling.
Sales presentations are a critical piece of your sales process, but have you ever stopped to ask how effective yours are? We can turn to the science of learning and something called cognitive load theory for the answers. What you’ll find is that your sales presentations could be improved. In this episode, you’ll find out how.
Can you motivate your team to reach new levels of performance, or are differences in motivation just genetic? Justin Welsh, former VP of Sales at PatientPop, talks about his approach to motivation, and what you can (and can’t) do to keep your team motivated. Justin also reveals his formula for selling anything – one based on copywriting! – and discusses the differences between selling products and services.
How do you prospect during a global pandemic? Well, think about what’s going on with your prospect. That’s exactly what you should do in a pandemic, and it’s exactly what you should do when we’re not in a pandemic. Jason Bay, a prospecting expert, gives his advice about how to prospect and lead with empathy. It’s not just a way to feel better about how you do business – it’s much more effective, too.