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Whether you’re a new BDR cutting your teeth in the industry or an experienced seller, you know how it feels to hear these 3 words: “I’m not interested.” How you respond is what defines you as a salesperson and determines your success. In today’s episode, Donald Kelly brings you data from his recent LinkedIn poll and offers a way to shift your mindset so that you can turn rejection into opportunity.

Poll: Most Successful Prospecting Channel

  • 43% of sales professionals that responded to Donald’s LinkedIn poll said the phone is most effective for them.
  • This beats the second-most effective channel, social media, by 15%.

Use Data to Find the Right Prospects

  • Using tools like SalesNavigator, you can put your ICP into LinkedIn and use trigger events to identify sales targets that will be interested in what you have to offer.
  • Identify a person in an organization that meets relevancy criteria: your product is relevant to their role and relevant to an issue they face.
  • Social media can also help clue you in to trigger events. Look for blogs, posts, and other content that reflect problems your product can solve.

What Happens If They’re “Not Interested”?

  • Your prospect may not want to talk to you because you’ve created an interruption, or because they already have a product in place.
  • Don’t be pushy! Find out why they’re not interested and then exit the conversation. You may get pointed in the right direction!
  • Meaningful outreach and meaningful conversation are key. Use your quick call to gain information.


Donald’s LinkedIn poll – Feel free to reach out to him and start a conversation!

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About the Author The Sales Evangelist

Donald is the host of the popular sales podcast,"The Sales Evangelist". He is the founder of The Sales Evangelist Consulting Firm where he helps small companies develop killer sales process to scale their business and increase growth.

Donald is also an award-winning speaker, sales trainer, and coach. He's a big fan of traveling, South Florida staycations and high-quality family time. Donald has a belief that “anyone” can sell if they have the desire and receives the proper training.

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