The sales sector is packed full of motivational quotes and some pretty inspirational people, all of which have worked hard to reach the top of their field. Many have produced books, and eBooks, providing recommendations for sales managers and executives to follow in their daily roles and in the modern social media era they are starting to build up an online following that makes them sector celebrities in their own right. The problem that you sometimes find in sales is that you hit a wall. You can’t get people to commit to buying from you and you start to get that nagging voice in your head asking if you’re doing the right thing or using the right approach.
Our top 20 sales influencers to follow
If you’re one of the many people currently working in sales who wishes to further their careers by picking up some useful tips, make sure that you start following some of our top sales influencers listed below (by alphabetical order of their surname):
Trish Bertuzzi – @bridgegroupinc
Trish Bertuzzi founded The Bridge Group back in 1998 and has seen the company become one of the biggest in the sector, promoting internal sales teams and helping them to expand, develop and improve efficiencies. She is also a published author and public speaker having written The Sales Development Playbook, another must-read for anyone in the sector.
Mark Birch – @devbizops
Founder of Dev.Biz.Ops. Mark Birch has worked predominantly around technology during his successful career but his sales knowledge overlaps brilliantly with every other sector. He is a regular contributor to online publications including the LinkedIn blog and is another very knowledgeable guy worthy of a follow.
Deb Calvert – @DebCalvertMN
Another inductee into the Sales Hall of Fame, Deb Calvert’s area of expertise is in making sales teams more efficient. While many believe they are working well towards their targets, Deb Calvert has used her expertise to show teams new ways of working that don’t just make processes faster, but more effective. She is also the co-author of one of the best-selling sales books of 2018 “Stop Selling and Start Leading” which has become a sales bible for many.
Jeff Davis – @jeff_davis2
Another published author whose knowledge seemingly knows no bounds, Jeff Davis is a real advocate for ensuring that sales and marketing departments are always aligned and attempting to reach the same goals. In fact, some of his most popular posts on the web are related to cohesion and how to develop it internally.
Jonathan Farrington – @TopSalesWorld
Combining his role of CEO at the leading international online sales community – Top Sales World – with a position as Director of Research at Sandler Training, Jonathan Farrington is perhaps best known for his approach to speaking to teams, helping them to understand why they need to find new methods and then helping them to develop internally. He is also a published author and a widely respected public speaker.
Colleen Francis – @EngageColleen
The President and Founder of Engage Selling, Colleen Francis was named as one of the Top Sales Influencers in 2013. She has also become an award-winning author and is viewed by many as one of the best public speakers on the circuit.
Aja Frost – @ajavuu
Having started out in sales before changing career and moving into SEO, Aja Frost is now an editor of the HubSpot sales blog, transforming the online performance of that section of the site, as well as publishing her own bi-weekly sales blog.
Jeff Haden – @jeff_haden
Author of “The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up To Win”, Jeff Haden is a contributor to a number of leading online publications, a motivational speaker and highly respected sales specialist.
Anthony Iannarino – @iannarino
A highly-respected international speaker, Anthony Iannarino is a best-selling author and sales specialist who delivers coaching and development programmes for those in the sales sector. He is also a highly acclaimed contributor to online publications on his site The Sales Blog.
Noah Kagan – @noahkagan
An American entrepreneur who runs OK Dork and App Sumo, Noah Kagan has taken all of his working experiences into his businesses and made them among the most successful marketing firms around. He uses his personal site, OK Dork, to provide marketing and sales tips to help other businesses develop and improve their processes.
Steve Keating – @leadtoday
A sales professional with more than 30-years’ experience, Steve Keating is a thought-leader, public speaker and trainer who shares his sales knowledge through face-to-face training programmes and online contributions across social media and industry websites.
Carole Mahoney – @icarolemahoney
The Founder and Chief Sales Coach at Unbound Growth, Carole Mahoney named her company because of her belief that there is no set direction for the ways in which customers operate. This scientific approach to sales has made her one of the most popular and successful women in the sector, applying genuine data to her methods and reaping the rewards.
Nancy Nardin – @sellingtools
The founder of Smart Selling Tools, Nancy Nardin is one of the most popular women in sales. She is a real expert in blending new and traditional techniques, especially when it comes to implementing technology into departments that have seemingly functioned “just fine” for years.
Anita Nielsen – @anielsenldk
A strategic consultant and the President of LDK Advisory Services who has helped businesses develop their own sales strategies, Anita Nielsen is a published author who also sits on the board of the National Association of Women Sales Professionals in the US.
Mark Roberge – @markroberge
Mark Roberge is another inductee into the Sales Hall of Fame, an advisor to HubSpot and a highly successful author. Not only that, he is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School specializing in Entrepreneurial Sales and Marketing. Mark Roberge has written the award-winning title “The Sales Acceleration Formula: Using Data, Technology and Inbound Selling to go from $0 to $100 million.”
Aaron Ross – @motoceo
The author of two sales related books, Aaron Ross is widely regarded as one of the biggest names in the sector. There’s not a lot that he doesn’t know about how to sell, and how to develop new techniques. He’s even been inducted into the Sales Hall of Fame!
Ben Sardella – @bensardella
Ben Sardella is the Co-Founder of OutboundWorks. He has previously worked at KISSmetrics and NetSuite where he was a key part of their sales processes. He has taken that experience and expertise into his own business, becoming a mentor and advisor for a number of key firms.
Mike Schultz – @mike_schultz
A popular and well-known name on the world scene, Mike Schultz is a public speaker and sales expert who has written numerous books and spoken at immensely popular events including INBOUND, the Sales Leadership Conference and many more. He is also the President of RAIN Group who provide results-focussed sales training.
Gary Vaynerchuk – @garyvee
A New York Times bestselling author and highly successful entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuk is an Belarusian-American who is known throughout the sector for his immensely successful businesses in digital marketing and has gone on to become a popular public speaker and author.
Marc Wayshak – @MarcWayshak
Marc Wayshak is a sales strategist and public speaker who also goes out and trains internal sales teams to help improve processes and strategies. He is the author of the Game Plan Selling System.