SSP 036: Perfect Pitch with The Pitch Whisperer, John Livesay

Welcome to the Smart Sales Pro Podcast episode 36.   Todays guest is speaker, author, and podcast host, Pitch Whisperer John Livesay

As The Pitch Whisperer, John Livesay helps people craft a compelling pitch that tugs at the heartstrings so people open their purse strings.. He hosts “The Successful Pitch” podcast  and is the author of “The Successful Pitch : Conversations on Going From Invisible To Investable
Key notes:
People buy transformation, not information.
You have to be confident, but  not arrogant.
“The key to success is confidence and the key to confidence is preparation.” Arthur Ash
Be prepared and give a customized presentation whenever you can.
Make sure your open and your close are strong
Tug on their heart strings to open up their purse strings.
Why you, Why now?
Why are you uniquely suited to execute this idea and why now is the perfect time?
3 Unspoken Question Customers Have:
Do I like you?
Do I trust you?
Will this work for me?
They have to TRUST, LIKE and KNOW you in that order.
Increase trust through candor.
Rejection; you never take it personally, don’t reject yourself or the product.
“Failure is just feedback. Keep going until you get a zombie idea so great it wont die.” Tim Sanders
Be prepared to pivot when you have objections
Don’t go it alone, don’t take rejection personally, failure is just feedback
Greatest Life Lesson:
Who you are is bigger than what you do.
Separate your self worth and self esteem form what you do.
Book Recommendations:
Disrupt You: Jay Samit
Dealstorming: The Secret Weapon That Can Solve Your Toughest Sales Challenges – Tim Sanders

SSP 033: Sales Chat with the Chief Sales Introvert Alen Mayer

Welcome to the Smart Sales Pro Podcast episode 33. Todays guest is Alen Mayer
Alen Mayer, aka the Chief Sales Introvert, is President and CEO of North American Sales Training Corp., a global sales training and consulting company.

Alen  lives, eats and breathes sales and combines over 22 years of experience in international sales and business development with a rational no-nonsense practical approach to selling.

Alen is one of the most influential people in sales today, he was voted #2 on the list of Top 50 Most Influential People in Sales Lead Management; and was also voted as one of the Top 25 Sales Influencers.

Alen is the author of 7 sales titles including “The Missing Piece to Sales Success”, “Trigger Events” and “Selling For Introverts”.

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SSP 032: Show Up Where You Are with Hardcore Closer Ryan Stewman

Welcome to the Smart Sales Pro Podcast episode 32.   Todays guest is
The Hard Core Closer, Ryan Stewman.
Ryan is a 4X best selling author. Host of the Hardcore Closer Podcast and Founder of Break Free Academy.
Ryan is gonna tell his sales journey story from washing cars, drug dealing and jail time to becoming a million dollar closer.

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SSP 030: How to be a Problem Finder with Scott Plum


Welcome to the Smart Sales Pro Podcast episode 30. Today’s guest is President and Founder of the Minnesota Sales Institute, sales coach, author and speaker Scott Plum.

At the Minnesota Sales Institute, Scott and his team of Elite Sales Pros help you…

–Shorten your selling cycle

–Increase your closing ratio

— Get in front of more qualified prospects

–Improve sales revenues

–Make selling more fun

and so much more

And if you’ve ever listened to the Get in the door podcast with host Steve Kloyda you may recognize Scott as Steve’s weekly guest Professor Plum!


How to connect with Scott Plum:

Email –

Twitter – mn_sales

Website –


SSP 029: Top Performer Sales Tips with Fred Diamond

Todays guest is Executive Director of the Institute for Excellence in Sales (IES) Fred Diamond.
Fred connects the top sales speakers, authors, and trainers in the world, such as Neil Rackham, Tom Snyder, Jill Konrath, and Mark Hunter, to sales leaders to conduct sales workshops to help selling professionals get more successful.


Key Takeaways:
The customer is in control more than ever before.
The customer within minutes can find information in minutes.
The great sales reps…
  • Have a passion for their customers
  • Understand what their customers are really trying to achieve
  • Understand their customers business and bring them solutions to the problems they face
Get up early, eliminate excuses, work around obstacles and be committed to getting better.
2 types of sales pros:
  • Those that continually improve
  • This that think they are good enough
Fred Diamond Sales Tips:
  • Always Be Learning
  • Get better
  • Work on your craft
  • Put science behind it
  • Be more energetic
  • Make your customer better
  • Build your referral network
Massive Action Tips
  1. Get a coach or mentor
  2. Get clear on how you want to position yourself in the marketplace
  3. Be a solution provider instead of a “hawker of things.
If your in sales, even if you work for the best company you still work for yourself. Your the VP.
Instead of being just a sales guy, become “The Go to Person”.
To take yourself to the next level you need to understand the challenges the customer goes through every single day.
Book Recommendations:
Collen Stanley – Emotional Intelligence
Jeb Blount – Fanatical Prospecting
Mark Hunter – High Profit Prospecting
How to connect with Fred:
Twitter: @IESBD


SSP 028: Survive and Thrive with Factor8 President Lauren Bailey

Todays guest is Lauren Bailey.
Voted as on of the  “Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Inside Sales” by The American Association of Inside Sales Professionals. 
Lauren is President of Factor 8, an award-winning Inside Sales training and consulting company.
How to connect with Lauren:

SSP 020: Motivation to the Max with SDR Chronicles Host Morgan Ingram

Morgan is a young, motivated and hungry sales development rep at Terminus,a B2B Account-Based Marketing platform provider, where he empowers companies to position their message in front of the right decision makers through account-based marketing.
Morgan is also the host of The SDR Chronicles on youtube. A channel that provides motivation, tactics and skills for all aspects of the sales development rep Journey.
Morgan is also a phenomenal motivational speaker helping people remove their negative thoughts to unlock their inner potential and stop making excuses in their life.
This young man is skilled in sales, public speaking, marketing/social media marketing, branding,networking, relationship building and is on paces to read 300 books this year.
How to connect with Morgan Ingram:
Twitter: morganjingram

SSP 018: The Perfect Close with James Muir


Todays guest is James Muir. James is the author of The Perfect Close: The Secret to Closing Sales – The Best Selling Practices & Techniques for Closing the Deal that shows sales & service professionals a clear & simple approach that increases closed opportunities & accelerates sales to the highest levels while remaining genuinely authentic.

Be one of the first five listeners to write a rate and review on iTunes and email me a screenshot of it at and receeive a free copy of James Muir’s book The Perfect Close.


How to connect with James Muir:

Facebook: James Muir

Twitter: James M Muir – @B2B_SalesTips


SSP 013: Dominate Your Industry With Promotional Products With August Wittenberg


Sales Pro’s, todays episode of the Smart Sales Pro is an interview with Chief Operating Officer of Say No More Promotions August Wittenberg.

August is going to tell us about his sales journey and how to use promotional products as an advertising tool as well as give us some life lessons that have come from being a sales pro.

Enjoy the show!