Sales Transformation

Collin and guest Jeff Torbeck discuss the importance of qualifying leads in sales. They highlight the significance of spending time on high-potential accounts and efficiently disqualifying deals that are not a good fit. The conversation emphasizes the value of feedback from lost deals and the need for salespeople to prioritize their time effectively. Key takeaways include the importance of understanding buyer readiness and being open to saying no in sales interactions.

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All right. Welcome back to another episode of Sales Transformation brought

to you by Ledium. I'm your host, Collin Mitchell. And today we've got Jeff

Torbeck on. He is back for a second

time. And the last time we had Jeff

on, we talked a little bit about how the good old days of revenue at

all costs does not work. And today we're going to dig into something

Totally. You shouldn't spend the same amount of time with every customer. And customers

don't love hearing that. But like goes back to the old 80-20 rule,

right? 80% of your business is done in 20% of your accounts. You

got to be able to figure out which those are and spend the most time with them and

then figure out how to move quicker with deals

that maybe don't need as much effort. But I think it goes back to as well,

exactly what you said, like the faster you can disqualify deals in

your pipeline, the more time you're going to have to either work the deals that

are truly real or go find new deals. Right. There's

so many people that just chase deals forever. And it's like, think about

the amount of time you spent call, texting, email them, LinkedIn, messaging

them, research to write this like perfect email or a funny meme.

Yeah. And, and, and the thing is, is it actually requires

like a mindset shift, right? Because, um, people

have like a negative association with, you

know, put it in a closed lost or disqualifying it. And

that actually should be a win in your mind where it's like, great. I

don't have to spend time or energy here because my time as a seller is valuable

and it can now go elsewhere with prospects that actually

Totally. And closed loss doesn't have to mean it's gone, right? Closed loss could

be like, they're just kicking tires and they're months away. If we, you

know, continually send them the right content about what we're building

when they are ready, they'll get back into it. And that's a better sales cycle for

you. I think like people are so scared to disqualify deals

because they think that that means it's gone. But I think to what

we said earlier about like. sales stages, are you

doing enough to really understand and have enough reasons why

things are disqualified so that you can then either nurture or market

or sell towards those breakups? If

somebody just doesn't have the budget or they don't see the value, cool. Don't spend

the time with them. But if somebody's just figuring this out

and for my space, they don't know if they want to work with Marketplaces

yet or things like that. Great. Let us just keep sending them information. Let them do

their research. Like they're going to have to talk to other people before they're

kind of like bought into the idea of marketplaces. And if they're not kind of

sold on, that's what they want to buy then. It's not a great time

to put them in a buying cycle because they're not going to buy a marketplace. They're in an

education cycle. So our job is to educate them with content

and reports and blog posts or whatever it is so that they can

help either get there to say, hey, something like a

marketplace will help us or it won't. And if it won't, that's fine, too.

So I think we also have to be able to open the door to tell organizations or

to tell buyers like it's OK to say no to me. Right.

Cause a lot of people hate to say no to a salesperson because it's like taking

food off their table or whatever you want to say. But like you, as

a, as a, as a salesperson need to be able to leave the

door open for them to be like, Hey, Colin, this just, this

probably isn't the right time or the right product for us. No problem. Like, let

me understand why. And then we can like part ways and, you know,

Yeah. And I think it's helpful to set that expectation from the beginning, but

even that sometimes isn't good enough. Like you have to almost remind

them that, Hey, it's totally okay to say no. Um, you're

not going to hurt my feelings. Like, you know, and I think

that, uh, ultimately, you know, sometimes if, if

you're just keep following up, then you've

Totally. Yeah. If you're checking it or following up, you know that it's not a deal. And

I think, yeah, the power of you walking away too as the actual

seller is huge, right? I've won a lot of

deals by telling people like, Hey, like we're just spending way

too much time on this. And I don't think that you're ready to

do this, or you don't know how to do this, or you don't have the ability to buy it.

And that's fine. I'm happy to re-engage you when you have that. Let's

like have that conversation. And typically that will really get them to kind of open

up and say like, Oh, well, let me bring my boss in or something like this. My, my

dad always told me this. He was at HP, uh,

selling there and he had a seller that was this top seller. And that was

a different business back then, you know, when you were selling million dollar, $10 million deals

upfront, but his top salesperson would come in and say, What's

your budget and when can you spend it? And so if they're talking in Q1

and like, Oh, we have, you know, a million dollar budget. Great. Well, this is a

million dollar problem, so we can help that, but we can't spend it to Q3.

It's like, cool. Talk to me in Q3, because there's no point in me dragging this

along for two, two quarters of my time. If you don't have the

ability to spend it now. And that's such a simplified example,

but it's so real about a lot of the deals that we chase,

whether it's on timing, budget, approval. We need

to be willing to ask those questions upfront and

directly to where we may get a no. And

Yeah. And just don't be the guy or gal that pushes

it to Q3 and then doesn't do anything until right

before Q3. Hey, it's me again. Remember that

Yeah. And since since we're on the topic of data here I

mean I think another really valuable data point that a lot of people miss

the mark on is getting feedback from

your close loss. Like that is such a valuable data

point that so many people don't take the time and you have

to dig a little bit because you know prospects especially

if they're the one the types that don't want to tell you no and it took forever just to

get a no out of them. They're going to give

you whatever answer maybe seems easy, like, oh, it's pricing, or

we don't have budget. And maybe it is, and you could take it for face value. But

you've got to kind of preface that question with like, hey, Jeff, totally understand

it wasn't a good fit. It would really help me moving

forward if you could just give me some candid feedback on why you didn't see us

as the best fit or why we weren't moving forward. So you can frame

that however you need to. The important, Pete, is do

your best to try to get really good, honest feedback of why you lost the deal because

that's super valuable information. If you took it all the way to contract and

then you lost it, there's a reason why you lost it and you want to see

Yeah. Was it our error or was it just

the company we shouldn't be selling? I think that's spot on,

right? Because we talked about the ICPs earlier, right? I

don't think people challenge their ICPs enough. Companies

don't challenge it enough. But if you're starting to get a lot of close loss in your

ICP, my first kind of thought would be like, is our ICP

right then? Right. Or are we not good at selling? And

I most of the time I would probably argue it's not the

latter. It's the sooner. Right. It's we maybe need to redefine

our ICP based on how our products developed, how we're going

to market, how people view this space. I think that's super important.

And one of those things that, yeah, I think we should double click on. If you're

going to lose a deal, like make sure you get as much information on why. And I

think that's a skill to be able to get people that want to tell, you know, to give

you a little bit more information, honestly, about why they say no.

Yeah. You might just have to dig for it. Yeah. Yeah. Cause

if you bill price or budget is the quickest go

to most people. Right. It's kind of like when you reach out to people and

they say not interested, it's like, well, are they really not interested or are they just trying

Totally. Oh yeah. I'll constantly send an email being like, Hey, I'm

happy to follow up in a week, but like, what's going to change? Does, should we just part ways

now as you go through there? But I think if you build a good relationship, right.

And that goes through like the discovery call and the demo, like the

top reps in my mind are the people that have really good EQ and

can really build a quick relationship with somebody so that they

will be honest with them. And they, they can go back to

them for feedback and say like, Hey, I know we're not doing the deal, but just

so I can learn from this. Like, let's talk. And typically, that's

where I see top sellers really separate themselves from the average

Absolutely. Well, Jeff, it's been awesome, once again,

having you on the show. Again, if you missed the first episode where we talked

about why revenue at all costs does not work anymore, definitely

want to check that out. The link will be in the show notes for you. But as

we wrap things up here, any final thoughts, Jeff, and then where's the best place for

Yeah, I think that the final thoughts is I'm excited

about this, you know, move away from revenue, no cost. And

I'm excited about that. Companies are really leaning into data-driven decisions

more to make better thoughts and grow companies. And

I'm excited to see kind of this new age of how companies are

going to grow the right way, this profitability, not

maybe not as much funding. It won't be as cool to see a hundred million dollar

round of funding. Maybe it's only 20, but like to be able to see what they

build with this and then. the exits are going to be more successful

for the people involved because they won't have to dilute stock and stuff as much.

So I'm excited about it. If people want to continue the conversation, catch

up with me, pick my brain, anything like that. Best place to find me is LinkedIn.

I try to do all my business work on there because I think it's just a great such

a great place for everybody to connect. I've met so many cool people through there and

networking through there. So definitely if you if you're looking for

Awesome. We'll drop the links there in the show notes to make it easy. If you enjoyed today's

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