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This is Dave Brock’s Blog.
It offers my views on a variety of business, sales, marketing, and leadership topic. My goal is to make a difference for you, the reader, in both your professional and personal lives.
My social feeds seem dominated with “hints and tips” for writing massive numbers of emails in the shortest periods of time. Today, I hit the tipping point, one was leveraging ChatGPT to write these emails. In reading it, the author had, apparently, discovered the concept of “mail merge,” using Google tools. And creating the “killer” email message using Chat, neglecting the fact that Chat can only produce a well articulated, grammatically correct, mediocre message (I’ve written about the problems with these technologies before). But every day, I see some expert presenting us their insights about how to produce 1000s of […]Read More
No, I’m not channeling my inner Simon Sinek, but “Why” initiates very powerful diagnostic processes. My feeds are filled with posts on failure. Response rates to any kind of outbound prospecting continues to plummet. Every metric is down—opens, click throughs, phone engagement, meetings, everything is in sharp decline. While, in aggregate, companies may be hitting their revenue targets, per capita seller performance is plummeting. It’s commonplace to see win rates less than 20%. Down significantly from previous years (I remember times when win rates less than 33% put a sales person on a PIP. Pipeline integrity is worsening, pipelines are […]Read More
I don’t know why I’m surprised, but I was—-actually shocked. Yesterday, I opened an email from a very reputable SaaS company. I was interested because the piece was focused on understanding the difference in productivity and efficiency. And virtually everything covered was wrong–dangerously wrong. The same confusion, about these terms fills our social feeds. We don’t understand these terms, and how to leverage them appropriately, we will fail—possibly very efficiently. So let’s start with some definitions: Efficiency: Efficiency is strictly a measure of some sort of quantity accomplished in a period of time or for a certain “investment.” For example, […]Read More
Our focus on activity causes us to overlook the importance of idle time—time to think, reflect, plan. We seek to fill every moment of our time with activity. Whether it’s prospecting, managing deals, reporting, time for meetings, etc. We go from activity to activity, rarely pausing to reflect on what has happened. We go to the next activity, not taking the time to think about what we want to accomplish. Much of the WFH argument is based on activity. We don’t have to spend time commuting, so we fill that with more activities. We don’t have the social distractions and […]Read More
I’ve been writing a lot of posts about my experiences with ChatGPT. It takes time to learn, it takes time to figure out how to refine a series of queries, prompts to explore issues. While many are reveling in ChatGPT’s ability to paper the world with endless amounts of drivel, I mean content, I find it not that useful. Even with a lot of prompting, it’s content is mediocre. It lacks data, it lacks specifics. The time it takes to refine a story around issues–well, I could write it from scratch more quickly (And I can submit it to GPT […]Read More