What is Your Summer Professional Development Plan

Professional DevelopmentThis is the perfect time to create a plan to develop personally and professionally in sales. So much can be accomplished in a short time frame, but it takes focus. Let’s talk about just what you can do this summer to be a better seller – to grow revenues quicker, better, and become an influencer in your profession. Ready? Let’s go.

Sales Skills:

The SalesProInsider has put together a great resource for you of books to read this summer (it’s a 5 part-post, so be ready to learn)

If you want to learn how to learn in your sales career, I recommend Agile Selling by Jill Konrath.

How about a magazine rack of top sales blogs to choose from? Check out Alltop.

Gain regular excellent articles through Top Sales World Magazine. It is a must-read.

Of Note – These are Blogs that Nearly Always Offer Great Value:

Pipeliner Sales blog

The Bridge Group blog – stats, studies on Inside Sales

Sales Hacker blog

Salesloft blog

WomenSalesPros blog and treasure-trove of sales experts listed there

Join the AA-ISP Community for webinars and online learning. Just $25 bucks a year.

Kudos to Emma Snider of Hubspot for really making the Hubspot Sales Blog more fantastic.

Becoming a Better Presenter:

Consider attending a Toastmaster’s meeting. It’s not for everyone, but for those who it resonates with will learn leadership and presentation skills in a very inexpensive way. I’m a past member. This is a great one to check out now. If you like it, keep going. If it is not you, find some online resources instead.

Success Leaves Clues

Find others who are successful at the skills you desire and learn from them. If they do not exist in your company, look for them elsewhere. They do exist.

Never, ever, ever stop learning. Once you think you know it all, you’re doomed.

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