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What are the Top Traits of a Successful Sales Professionals Today?

11.03.09   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

Forty years ago, my grandfather worked for Abbott Laboratories as one of New England's Top Pharmaceutical Sales Professionals. Although I never personally knew my grandfather (he died when I was just a baby) his memory was kept alive by the many stories told about his unforgettable character. The stories painted a picture of a man "that could and would talk to anyone," "a gifted influencer", "a keen listener", and "a man whose charisma walked through the door before he did". The consistent theme in these descriptions was that my grandfather was incredibly likable and had the ability to make an impact when he was in front of people. Many said, "the man was born to sell."

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Sales Motivation in a Down Economy

10.19.09   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

I was recently invited to attend the annual President's Forum by The Entrepreneurship Institute in Boston. Although originally skeptical, I found the one day event to be extremely informative and enjoyable. Attending the event were roughly 100 CEO's from many successful organizations throughout New England and three guest lecturers that have experienced a significant amount of accomplishment in their careers. The format of the event was open forum and allowed the attendees to discuss challenges and seek advice amongst peers from all industries.

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How to conduct a successful sales meeting

10.14.09   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

One of the challenges for any sales manager, especially a fairly new manager, is conducting an effective sales meeting while consistently engaging your team. It can be extremely difficult to supply your team with valuable information without erring on the side of boring lectures and mundane sales tips. The purpose of a sales meeting is to engage your team, have the team participate and be able to share positive and constructive feedback.

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The ABCs of Noncompetes in Massachusetts

06.09.09   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

Whether you are a candidate for a sales position, or an employer looking to fill a sales role, you will likely become a party to a noncompetition agreement, or a “non-compete,”- particularly since such employment typically furnishes access to the employer’s intellectual property or trade secrets. In basic terms, a non-compete is a written agreement whereby the employee acknowledges the employer’s intellectual property/trade secrets, and the employee agrees, in return for receiving compensation and other benefits of employment, to refrain from working for the employer’s competitors over a defined period of time, and in a defined geographic region, if the employment relationship ends for any reason.

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Sales Manager Forum: Would you rehire after a lay off?

06.08.09   |   Sales Recruiting   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

It was only a few months ago that many of these same companies that I hear are hiring now, laid off huge percentages of their sales force. It got me thinking, what about all those people…would managers hire back Sales Reps that they recently let go??? I interviewed and polled several Sales Managers and Leaders across the country. Overwhelmingly, the responses all said…. “It depends”.

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The New #1 Quality to Look for in a Sales Professional

05.06.09   |   Best Hiring Practices   |   Amanda Musto, Marketing Manager at Treeline Incorporated

I believe that the #1 quality to look for in a sales professional is someone who can deal with change. I describe that as someone who has the ability to put the blinders on and power through what ever happens. In this marketplace it is essential to be able to cope with restructuring, new compensation plans, territories, teams, leaders, and possibly new business models.

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