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Sales Tips From Mark Hunter

10 Tips to Fill Your Prospecting Pipeline

10 Tips to Fill Your Prospecting Pipeline

You can fill your prospecting pipeline with a lot of ‘leads’, or with quality prospects.  Clogging your pipeline with bad leads that can’t or will never become customers costs you in lost time and lost money.  I believe there are some ways to ensure you’re putting the...

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How to Know if a Lead Qualifies as a Prospect

How to Know if a Lead Qualifies as a Prospect

Does your lead even qualify as a valuable prospect?  Your time is valuable. Your skills are valuable, too. So before you get too cozy with any lead in your pipeline, it’s worthwhile to take a moment to evaluate. Is this a prospect I can move forward with, or just a...

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10 Easy Ways to Be Successful on LinkedIn

10 Easy Ways to Be Successful on LinkedIn

What does your LinkedIn profile say about you?  LinkedIn is not only a tool for you to showcase yourself, but more importantly, how others can find you. Of course, LinkedIn has its own search function, but remember LinkedIn is also connected to Google Search. Want to...

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Why Prospects Fail to Respond

Why Prospects Fail to Respond

Sometimes your prospect breaks up with you and you’re left wondering...why? Or worse, they’ve never wanted to talk to you in the first place.   “It’s not you... it’s me,” might take you back to some terrible high school break up. Every action has its consequeces. I...

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What Prospects Want to Hear

What Prospects Want to Hear

Your time is valuable, as well as your prospects’. When you find a good prospect, you don’t want to lose them because you said the wrong thing. I want to equip you with seven things prospects want to hear. Keep these in the back of your mind as you communicate with...

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How to Follow Up with a Prospect

How to Follow Up with a Prospect

Following up with prospects is crucial to closing.  There are plenty of things that prospects like to hear, and can help make your follow-up more effective.  I think we both know the almost impossibility of making a sale on the very first contact. Without compelling...

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How to Keep Prospects Engaged

How to Keep Prospects Engaged

When engagement increases, so do sales. If after the initial contact you lose sight of the plan, you could lose everything. And you can’t afford that.  Cultivating a relationship with a prospect involves time and effort. But there are some simple ways that you can...

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Phone Prospecting Shortcuts

Phone Prospecting Shortcuts

The phone can and should be an amazing tool for prospecting. I wouldn’t be sharing these tips every week if I didn’t feel I could really help you. I've gleaned this, and I've perfected these shortcuts over years and years of working with salespeople, and helping them...

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Prospecting Using the Phone

Prospecting Using the Phone

When you need to pick up the phone to make a prospecting call, what do you feel--dread? Or determination? The phone has not gone out of style. I still think it’s a great tool for prospecting and really connecting with people. I’d like to share ten strategies so you...

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What Makes a Good Prospect

What Makes a Good Prospect

If you want a good prospect, you must know--what is it you're looking for? Just like seeking a spouse, a car, or a new home, you should start by having an idea of what exactly you’re looking for. If you’re going to cultivate a relationship with this prospect, it would...

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Are Your Goals Big Enough?

Are Your Goals Big Enough?

Are your dreams big enough to scare you, even a little?Recently I was in Atlanta a few days before Outbound begins. Outbound, if you're not familiar, is a conference I get to put on with a few of my friends. It's big--we're in the Atlanta Georgia World Congress...

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Pick Your Friends Wisely

Pick Your Friends Wisely

Who are the friends you're hanging out with? Remember when your mom told you as a kid, "Be careful who you hang out with at school." I used to get so angry at my mom for telling me who to hang out with and who not to.  And yet, it really stuck with me, and still does...

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Prospecting and Avoiding the Cold Call

Prospecting and Avoiding the Cold Call

No one on either end of the phone line enjoys a cold call.  It doesn’t have to feel cold, and there are steps you can take to use the phone more successfully.  Put yourself in the prospect’s shoes.  Under what circumstances would you want to listen and engage with...

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Focus on One Thing

Focus on One Thing

How many times have you found yourself totally out of control with way too many things to work on? It's been a hard lesson for me to learn again, and again, and again. How many things are we attempting to do at one time?  via GIPHY We all live a crazy life. I didn’t...

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Email Phrases You Should NEVER Use

Email Phrases You Should NEVER Use

I don't want you falling into the trap of bad prospecting emails. You know what I'm talking about, you've received plenty of them.  This is the final installment in this Email Prospecting blog series. Did you miss one? Find the links here: Part I. 10-Step Checklist...

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The Light at the End of the Pandemic Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Pandemic Tunnel

­It's amazing how quickly things have returned to normal. It's as if the past never occurred. What does that tell us?We are coming out of the pandemic now. Well, we're still in a pandemic, but clearly here in the United States, it's getting under control. Stores are...

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The Aftermath of Being on Autopilot

The Aftermath of Being on Autopilot

­Two cups of coffee, one unexpected, but I sure learned a lot.What did I learn from two cups of coffee in twenty minutes?  Let me set the scene for you. I was meeting a friend for coffee. I bought my coffee and  sat at the table and thought, “I better check my phone...

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Email Phrases You SHOULD Use

Email Phrases You SHOULD Use

People want to buy from those they know, like, and trust. Likewise, your emails are much more likely to be successful if your prospect views you as a partner, and not a vendor.  How can I achieve that through the simple medium of email? Let’s explore phrases you can...

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Don’t Get Caught Swimming Naked

Don’t Get Caught Swimming Naked

Incoming business feels great. Having people who want to buy from you does, too. But when our profits surge, do we keep our measurements in check?I am struck more than ever by the old line, "Volume covers up a lot of sins." Certainly, you can substitute the word...

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My Best Travel Year Yet

My Best Travel Year Yet

­When changes happen, big or small, how do you react? In light of the pandemic we’ve all experienced for the past year and a half, someone recently asked me, “So, do you miss traveling?” I had to laugh.  I said, “ "Well, it's kind of funny, but I traveled more in 2020...

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Filling the Sales Pipeline

Filling the Sales Pipeline

You don’t have to live by the peaks and valleys most salespeople experience in their sales pipeline. Are you looking to see more progress in your own workflow--from prospecting, to closing the sale and creating a customer? Check out these 10 tips for filling the sales...

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Short-term Thinking Clouds Long-term Success

Short-term Thinking Clouds Long-term Success

­How many times do we get caught up in something very short-term, so much so that it begins to shape our thinking long-term? Recently, I was stuck in a major rainstorm in Dallas. I pulled into a parking lot at a Barnes and Noble. Yeah, I’m addicted to bookstores. I...

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Is My Tech Helping or Hurting?

Is My Tech Helping or Hurting?

What are the apps and tools that you've got in your life?  Imagine this: I just pulled into a parking lot, and I had to back up a little bit. Of course, I have a back-up camera. In fact, I’ve got the self-driving features on my car also. I think of all the things that...

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Old Becomes New Again

Old Becomes New Again

I'm out traveling today, and I’ve been pondering how old becomes new. How the impossible can become possible. For almost a year, I really wasn't on many planes. Sure, I took a few flights, but not many. In contrast, now airports are busy, and there are mask...

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Power Mornings

Power Mornings

­­ It is just a little before 7 am right now and I have arrived at a restaurant to have breakfast with a friend. This morning, I am reflecting on the beauty of the first several hours of the day. I know it may sound ridiculous that I get up at 4:30 every morning, but...

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We All Need Coaches

We All Need Coaches

­­If you know me, you know that I have been speaking for a number of years. I have had this consulting business for about 21 years now, as well. It has been very successful, and I have had a good run. It’s been terrific. Yet recently, a few months ago, I hired a...

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How to be a Rainmaker

How to be a Rainmaker

Are you a rainmaker or are you a rain barrel? Too many salespeople are really nothing more than rain barrels. They have good business, but it is all business that just comes to them. I want you to be a rainmaker; that is where it happens. Rainmakers make it happen 365...

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The Days Don’t Remain Cold

The Days Don’t Remain Cold

It's spring and what does that mean? Winter is finally over. As I look around the neighborhood behind me, I see cherry blossom trees starting to bloom. The grass is green and there are little sprouts popping up. The weeds, too. What I cannot help but think is in the...

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How to Get Out of a Sales Slump

How to Get Out of a Sales Slump

How do you overcome a sales slump? We have all been there. I talk about this more in my book, A Mind for Sales, and right now I am offering a special deal on the A Mind for Sales Masterclass through The Sales Hunter University.  I encourage you to get it; it will...

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How Much Margin Do You Have?

How Much Margin Do You Have?

Stop and ask yourself this question: Do you have any spare time? If you’re like me, your calendar is full all day long. I had a gentleman call me who really wanted to talk, and we couldn’t find time in our schedules. We are squeezing it in tomorrow morning during a...

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Snow Stakes and Your Boundaries in Life

Snow Stakes and Your Boundaries in Life

It’s a spring day in Omaha, which means it is time to remove the snow stakes. Those of you from southern climates are going, “What is a snow stake?” They are stakes you put in the ground so that you can tell where to plow or where not to plow. These stakes are only...

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Why Setting and Achieving Goals is Hard

Why Setting and Achieving Goals is Hard

I talk about goal setting in A Mind for Sales, and I have just launched a new "A Mind for Sales" masterclass on The Sales Hunter University, too. I want you to hit the link at the end of this blog because I am going to give you an offer to get this limited-time...

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Resources and Reserves in Our Life

Resources and Reserves in Our Life

Do you want to get up on the deicing truck to deice the plane so it can take off safely? Think about that for a moment. That is a job I would not want to have. In fact, I look around out there behind me and I can see other vehicles, too. There are some luggage carts,...

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4 Stories Great Salespeople Tell

4 Stories Great Salespeople Tell

As an experienced sales professional, no doubt you already tell a few stories. But how do you know you’re telling the right ones? Which stories are the most important that you should you be telling? That’s a question Paul Smith has thought a lot about. He first...

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The Sale I Turned Down

The Sale I Turned Down

Have you ever talked your way out of a sale? That’s what I just did. I just talked the customer into not buying from me on a pretty substantial sale. Let me walk you through the details in this edition of Mornings with Mark. About a week and a half ago, I got an...

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The Door in Your Life

The Door in Your Life

It's 71 degrees in the house. I step outside my front door here and it's 8 degrees. What does that have to do with Mornings with Mark? It is only a door that separates me from 71 degrees inside and the 8 degrees outside. It’s maybe a three- or four-inch door but it...

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10 Ways to Use Social Media to Sell

10 Ways to Use Social Media to Sell

It’s time to have that awkward conversation. How do you use social media to sell? In two of my books, A Mind for Sales and High-Profit Prospecting, I really talk down on social selling. I talk down on it because social media can become a time vacuum for too many...

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Your Inner Circle

Your Inner Circle

Who are you collaborating with this week? Who is in your inner circle? The last couple of days, I have found myself connecting with my peer group in ways that I never thought I would be able to. While asking them questions to help with ideas and brainstorming, it’s...

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How to Effectively Prospect with Email

How to Effectively Prospect with Email

How do you use email effectively to prospect? Everybody uses email to prospect because it's so easy, but let's talk about how to use email effectively to prospect. I am going to share 10 tips with you that you can be doing right now. I put out new videos and sales...

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Change Your Position

Change Your Position

For this week’s Mornings with Mark, I am sitting in a cool, retro office break area. There are all kinds of retro books, clocks, trophies and transistor radios around me. It has me thinking about everything from the past today. Stop and think about this: What from...

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10 Ways to Make Prospecting Work

10 Ways to Make Prospecting Work

Let’s not kid ourselves: Prospecting is tough. It is hard. I wrote the books, High-Profit Prospecting and A Mind for Sales, because in order to prospect right, you have to have a mind for sales. I want to walk you through 10 ways how you can make prospecting work. Be...

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What Road Am I On?

What Road Am I On?

What is the road you are traveling down? I’m in a brand-new building today (It’s been around for a number of years but it’s the first time I have been in it today) and it is set up with a number of hallways; it’s a fairly retro and cool building. As I have been...

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Are You a GPS for Someone?

Are You a GPS for Someone?

If I were to ask you if you use Google Maps, I have a feeling you would say yes to using either that or using Siri/Alexa. (I better not say that, or it’s going to turn on.) We all have devices that provide directions for us and thank goodness. It feels like I have...

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How to Overcome Objections

How to Overcome Objections

Every week, I put out a blog post and YouTube video on very specific tips and ideas as to how to actually deal with issues all salespeople – or leaders in general – face. Today, I am going to share with you 10 ways as to how to overcome objections. I talk about these...

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What my Broken Mask Taught Me

What my Broken Mask Taught Me

It can’t be that complicated. How many backups do we have to have? You know what I'm talking about? The mask! Earlier today, I quickly left my house to go to FedEx and mail a package, no big deal. I jump out of the car with the mask in my coat pocket and grab it – the...

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Secrets of Top Performing Salespeople

Secrets of Top Performing Salespeople

I’m going to reveal to you the secrets of top performing salespeople. Are you ready? I have had the privilege of writing A Mind for Sales among other sales-oriented books to help people like you develop the strategies necessary for success. Along the way, I have...

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Focus

Focus

What are you focused on today? What is the big thing you are working on? I have a funny little expression, "Smoke a little dope, jump a little rope, lose a decade along the way." I don't know where I came up with that expression – and don't rip me apart for it – but...

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Obstacles

Obstacles

I have been home for months. Over the past ten months, I have made four or five trips, but not anything like the ones I used to make. What is amazing is how my business has adapted and changed in the midst of a pandemic. It is amazing what we are able to do, and –...

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How to Have an Effective Demo Call

How to Have an Effective Demo Call

This week, I’m talking about how to have an effective demo call. I put out a new blog post and video like this every week, so I want you to hit subscribe. That way, you never miss a sales tip. I'm here to help you be successful. That said, let’s talk in detail about...

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Little Things Done Consistently

Little Things Done Consistently

I'm not sure why it is, but I seem to do my best thinking when I'm out running. It is a beautiful day in Nebraska, yet I could not get out until almost 5pm. It may be getting dark, but I could not pass this weather up. This run had me reflecting on the little things –...

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Challenges in Life

Challenges in Life

I can’t help but say I am struck the sun came up this morning. Over the last few days, I have had some unbelievable, difficult phone calls with people calling me and sharing challenges in their life. This is definitely not a normal period of time that we are in right...

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Integrity

Integrity

Right now, I’m going to talk a little bit about integrity.  I just finished up some sessions that got me thinking more about integrity and how I live it out. Honestly, it’s a shame that I even have to talk about this topic. I am continually amazed by the number of...

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