Top 12 sales influencers to follow for tips & techniques on LinkedIn

1. John Barrows

Number of followers – 170,771

Owner of JBarrows Sales Training and previously listed as the “Top 30 social salespeople in the world” by Forbes.

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2. Craig Wortmann

Number of followers – 139,297

Author, speaker, coach & founder of “Sales Engine”. Craig has also developed the “Entrepreneurial Selling” course which is ranked as one of the top 10 courses in America by Inc magazine.

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3. Jeffrey Gitomer

Number of followers – 39,779

A sales trainer, keynote speaker, and author. Jeffrey is the author of 13 books.  Often referred to as the ‘King of sales’.

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4. Brendon Burchard

Number of followers – 32,777

CEO of & high-performance coach. Brendon is one of the Top 100 Most Followed Public Figure on Facebook.

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5. Jeb Blount

Number of followers – 20,034

CEO of Sales Gravy, Author, keynote speaker and sales acceleration strategist. Jeb has previously worked as the VP of Sales for KGB.

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6. Victor Antonio

Number of followers – 11,318

Author, speaker, business consultant and owner one of the largest sales channels on YouTube (89,000 subscribers).

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7 . Alice Heiman

Number of followers – 10,104

Sales Strategist, Coach & Speaker. Founder of Alice Heiman LLC, Formerly with Miller Heiman, Inc (Now the Miller Heiman Group). Alice is also a lecturer for the college of business at the University of Nevada Reno.

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8. Ryan Stewman

Number of followers – 8,555

Author, business owner, sales trainer and founder of the “Break free Academy”.

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9. Heather R. Morgan

Number of followers – 7,892

CEO of “Salesfolk & columnist with Inc Magazine. Heather refers to herself as the “Economist who bitches about cold emails”.

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10. Marcus Cauchi

Number of followers – 7,161

Just entering 15 years using and 14 training Sandler. Pinnacle Award winner. Expert in buyer-seller-manager psychology. Special skills include selling as the underdog, premium priced sales, building high-profit channels and predictive hiring.

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11. Paul Lanigan

Number of followers – 6, 455

MD of Sandler Training Ireland, Paul is the author of “Soft tales & Hard asses”, One Salesman’s discovery of the art of storytelling.

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12. Jeff Shore

Number of followers – 6,108

Author, keynote speaker & sales trainer. Jeff is the President of ‘Shore consulting’.

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What one question would you ask if you had 3 minutes with a Global VP of Sales ?

Last week I caught up with Rich Chiarello. Rich is a sales & sales management expert specializing in unique and highly effective approaches to sales and management utilizing Sandler Training. With over 25 years of business development, management, and training experience, Rich Chiarello, previously Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales at CA, Siebel Systems and COO at webMethods software, has extensive experience in expanding domestic companies and global business teams.

Below are the answers to two of the questions I asked Rich during our time together. Links to download the full 33 minute conversation are available at the end of this post.

Why do you think the natural instinct of the salesperson is to focus on the product/solution rather than on the prospect ?

It’s a conditioned reflex. To this day, when I work with a client there onboarding process is to hire someone who knows a lot about the technology, train them for two weeks solid on the products features, its comparisons & competitors. Then they tell them to get on the phone but not to talk technical and have a conversation.

What is your advice for people when they come up against the common barrier – “Whatever it is you’re selling, I don’t need it” ?

You should reverse the conversation. Start off the conversation by saying something like  “Im not sure you’re the right person to be talking to or that I have anything worth paying attention to. With that out on the table can I take 2 minutes just to build a big picture of where we do bring value to clients. If there is something of value we can continue but if not we can just shake hands and i’ll give you the rest of your time back.”

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8 sales experts providing LinkedIn video content

The new LinkedIn video feature is still in its infancy and playing catch-up with more establised platforms like Youtube and Facebook. Not everyone has access yet, however it’s already being successfully used by a number of sales authors,specialists & thought leaders.

As a knowledge platform, Linkedin video is set to grow & grow. As more people come on board the list below is sure to change. We will re-visit this list again before the end of the year.

1) Mark hunter

Number of followers – 201,989

Keynote speaker, Author & Sales trainer. Also known as the Sales Hunter, Mark has been recognised as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Sales leaders”.

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Marks most popular LinkedIn video


2) Jeb Blount

Number of followers – 19,707

CEO of Sales Gravy, Author, keynote speaker and sales acceleration strategist. Jeb has previously worked as the VP of Sales for KGB.

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Jebs most popular LinkedIn video 


3) Jim Keenan

Number of followers – 6,669

CEO of A Sales Guy Inc, Author, Blogger and Forbes contributor. Jim has previously been named as Forbes Top 30 Social Sales Influencers.

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Jims most popular LinkedIn Video


4) Paul Lanigan

Number of followers – 6405

MD of Sandler Training Ireland, Paul is the author of “Soft tales & Hard asses”, One Salesman’s discovery of the art of storytelling.

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Pauls most popular LinkedIn video 


5) Noah Goldman

Number of followers – 5,667

The host of “Enterprise Sales Podcast”, Guest lecturer at Binghamton university and Advisor of multiple organizations.

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Noahs most popular LinkedIn video


6) Gavin Ingham

Number of followers – 5,450

A motivational speaker, mental toughness coach and founder of “I am 10”.  Gavin also runs an award winning sales blog.

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Gavins most popular LinkedIn video 


7) Townsend Wardlaw

Number of followers – 5,164

Speaker, consultant & advisor. Townsend has previously worked as VP of sales for Valen Analytics.


Townsends most popular LinkedIn video


8) Steve Rosen

Number of followers – 5,153

Author, Coach & Speaker. Steve is the author of “52 Sales management tips”, the sales managers success guide.

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Steves most popular LinkedIn video 

9 TED talks that you should watch​ if you work in sales

Having watched every single second of these 9 videos I can confidently say if you only watch one of them, it will be 10-20 minutes of your time very well spent.

Ironically my personal favourite was the one with the least number of views!

If you enjoy them as much as I did please subscribe & share.

1. The skill of self-confidence

Ivan Joseph | 9,937,906 views


2. The puzzle of motivation

Dan Pink | 6,209,483 views


3. How to make stress your friend

Kelly Mc Gonigal | 4,949,483 views


4. The happy secret to better work

Shawn Achor | 1,938,233 views


5. First why + then trust

Simon Sinek | 1,490,195 views


6. How to make work-life balance work

Nigel Marsh | 396,001 views


7. Want to help someone? shut up & listen

Ernesto Sirolli | 359,119 views


8. Smart failure for a fast changing world

Eddie Obeng | 101,907 views


9. If you’ve ever had sex, you know how to sell

Mace Horoff | 73,209 views


Why you should NEVER charge for your products

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