Manage Smarter is the weekly show for sales managers and emerging leaders. Each episode is a frank, fast-paced and sometimes humorous discussion of the challenges facing managers from the front lines to the C‑Suite. We address the metrics, strategies and solutions needed to improve team performance, sales, marketing, customer experience, company culture and overall productivity. And we do it through entertaining interviews with innovative managers, startup leaders and executive coaches to help you become a better boss. Watch the latest episode above.
Manage Smarter 163 — Jonathan Kazarian: Better Remote Events
Jonathan Kazarian is the founder & CEO of Accelevents, a one-stop shop for event organizers who want to create a unique and engaging virtual event experience. In the current environment, many companies are choosing to transition their live events to a virtual format and Jonathan is an expert when it comes to helping companies making this process as seamless as possible. In this episode, we discuss: when are in-person events likely to resume; expanding your reach virtually – best practices in 2021 and beyond; how to boost engagement during your virtual events; and emerging trends for this year into 2022
Manage Smarter 162 — Jon Berghoff: Getting Buy-In and Collective Wisdom
Jon Berghoff is Co-Founder and CEO of XCHANGE, a scientific approach to unlocking collective wisdom. In this episode, we discuss: what aspects of traditional management are wrong and damaging to your business; how to boost engagement among your employees; artful questioning technique to team building and cohesive initiatives; and creating collective wisdom to push speed and scale.
Manage Smarter 161 — Tracy Goodwin: How to Use the Psychology of Your Voice
Tracy Goodwin is Founder of Captivate The Room and an expert in vocals and voice. She's an expert trainer in helping individuals find their voice and speak more effectively. In this episode, we discuss: the psychology of your voice; voice masking; the 5 elements of vocal variety; and the subconscious signals in your voice you’re sending out to others.
Manage Smarter 160 — Kevin F. Davis: How and Why Sales Managers Fail
Kevin F. Davis is the founder and president of TopLine Leadership. Over the past 25 years, more than 20,000 sales managers from many of the world’s most successful companies have attended his 2‑day workshop on sales management leadership. Kevin is the author of The Sales Manager’s Guide to Greatness: 10 essential strategies for leading your team to the top. He is also the architect of SalesFuel's Sales Manager Training program and a facilitator as well. In this episode, we discuss: the #1 reason sales managers fail; the simple, common mistake sales managers make when working with AEs that blocks productivity; how to have difficult conversations with your team; and sales and marketing alignment strategies.
Manage Smarter 159 — Leo Bottary: Using Peer Advisory Groups to Build High-Performing Teams
Leo Bottary is the Founder of Peernovation and an expert in Peer Advisory Groups. He is the author of Peernovation: What Peer Advisory Groups Can Teach Us About Building High-Performing Teams. In this episode, we discuss: how Peer Advisory Groups are a more effective model of teaching over other techniques; Teams vs. Groups — benefits of both models; the 5 Factors and why they're essential to making for an effective peer group/Best structure; and the best group size for Peer Advisory Groups.
Manage Smarter 158 — Seth Greene: Lead Gen Using Direct Response Marketing
Kevin Harris is the President of Radical Mentoring. Before joining Radical Mentoring, Kevin led a sales team at Wells Real Estate Funds and served in sales positions at CNL and Atlas Energy. In this episode, we discuss: what is radical mentoring and how does it work; harnessing the full power of servant leadership to boost your business and personal results; and identifying your authentic self and applying it to your work life/Leading with authenticity.
MUST HEAR EPISODES
Manage Smarter 05 — Brian Tracy: The Most Important Qualities Managers Must Have for Success
Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and is the top selling author of more than 80 books on business and personal success. As a popular keynote speaker and seminar leader, he has addressed more than five million people in 5,000 talks and seminars throughout the U.S., Canada and 82 other countries worldwide. In episode 05, we discuss: the most important quality that a manager should have, the three most common mistakes leaders make, how to set better goals and the importance of the work culture.
Manage Smarter 13 — Jeffrey Gitomer: Attitude is Everything!
Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The New York Times best seller The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude — which has just been published a new edition with many new tips to help you find, build and keep a winning attitude. In episode 13, we discuss: why attitude is critical to management and leadership; countering negative attitudes and how to change your attitude by changing what you think about.
Manage Smarter 15 — Jeffrey Hayzlett: Secrets of the C‑Suite
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C‑Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C‑Suite TV, and business podcast host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on C‑Suite Radio. Hayzlett is the author of three best-selling business books: Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless, Running the Gauntlet and The Mirror Test. In episode 15, we discuss how the C‑Suite thinks, how to talk to them and how to become one of them.
Manage Smarter 16 — Jennifer Gluckow: Tips for Young and First-time Managers
Jennifer Gluckow is an author and founder of Sales in a New York Minute as well as host of a YouTube Channel of the same name. In episode 16, Jennifer discusses how age plays a role in the workplace and uses her professional experience to share her advice for young managers and first-time managers.
Manage Smarter 19 — Tom Peters: The Excellence Dividend
Tom Peters is a best-selling author and world renowned expert on business management practices. Peters is co-author of In Search of Excellence—the book that changed the way the world does business, and often tagged as the best business book ever. In episode 19, we discuss: Tom's new book — The Excellence Dividend, how to avoid being replaced by technology, the characteristics of a successful team and the critical need for soft skills mastery by managers at all levels.
Manage Smarter 28 — Christine Porath: Mastering Civility in Your Workplace
Dr. Christine Porath is an Associate Professor and Researcher at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and an expert in workplace incivility, its costs and remedies. She is author of Mastering Civility: A Manifesto for the Workplace and co-author of The Cost of Bad Behavior. In episode 28, we discuss her research on the decline of civility, how it affects productivity and what managers can do about it.
Manage Smarter 32 — Cy Wakeman: Ditching Drama and Entitlement
Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. In episode 32, we discuss: Cy's definition of drama, and the effects on the workplace, acceptable ways to react to drama that has been created and how to hire low drama employees.
Manage Smarter 50 — Michael Houlihan: The Money Map Every Manager Should Show Employees
Michael Houlihan is the co-founder of Barefoot Wine, now, the world’s largest wine brand. He, along with Bonnie Harvey, are consultants, international keynote speakers and New York Times Bestselling authors. In episode 50, we discuss: the definition of The Money Map and why every manager should show this to their employees; how to get employees to understand where their salaries come from; how to identify and hire a “hustle” mentality; and the unique concept of a Two-Division Company (Sales and Sales Support).
ABOUT THE HOSTS
Audrey Strong is a veteran public relations and communications expert. She is currently Director of Communications for SalesFuel. She previously ran her own PR firm for 10 years and was PR Director for The Ritz-Carlton in Denver. Prior to that, Audrey had a successful career as an award-winning anchor/reporter/producer in TV news, including Chicago and Denver.
C. Lee Smith has been leading and developing people for most of his adult life in sales departments, nonprofits and as President/CEO of SalesFuel. Lee is a nationally recognized consultant and speaker. He is also the international bestselling author of two books: SalesCred and Hire Smarter, Sell More!