About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is the Marketing Manager at Criteria for Success. She writes about sales, sales leadership, social selling best practices, time management, and anything related to helping others discover success. Be sure to say hi on Twitter!

Business Advice from a Seasoned Sales VP

As a sales manager, you’ve likely discovered that business advice is not hard to come by. The value of that business advice, however, is a whole other ballgame. Some advice stinks, some is great. Some sticks, some doesn’t. Here at CFS, we are practitioners of discovery-based learning. This means that we’re always open to learning [...]

By | February 16th, 2017|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|0 Comments

How to Recognize You’re a BAD Manager [and What to Do About It]

Let’s face it: there’s nothing glamorous about being known as a bad manager. In fact, it’s probably the last thing you’d ever want to hear from one of your salespeople. The truth is, however, that we hear a lot more horror stories about bad managers than we do about good ones. That’s not to say [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Sales Leaders|2 Comments

A Free Business Plan Template For Sales Reps

Are you a sales rep looking for a free business plan template? Well look no further! Mike over at Hubspot wrote this awesome article with a free business plan template included! A Free Business Plan Template For Sales Reps This article was originally published on and for Hubspot. Written by Mike Weinberg | @mike_weinberg The [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Sales Success|2 Comments

The Secret to Business Focus: 4 Strategies to Get More Done

If your day to day involves endless emails, meetings, and projects, chances are you’re also looking for some better business focus strategies. Trust me, I get it. When I hear that email inbox chime, the instantaneousness of it all gets me. I should check that email. What if it’s important? So, I give in. I [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|6 Comments

How to Measure Business Growth in 4 Simple Steps

If you’re wondering the best way to measure business growth, you’re not alone. I haven’t met a CEO or stakeholder yet that hasn’t wondered the same thing. Now, before I continue, I’d like to set the stage. First, push everything else you’ve heard and read about business growth out of your mind. Once you’ve done [...]

By | January 12th, 2017|Sales Leaders|2 Comments

Jack Canfield Quotes to Inspire Leadership, Managers, & Salespeople

When it comes to Jack Canfield quotes, I could go on for days! From Chicken Soup for the Soul to The Success Principles to The Power of Focus—the man is a brilliant inspiration. In business, and especially in sales, things aren’t always easy. In fact, they’re often really really difficult. Most of us know that [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Sales Success|2 Comments

Relationship Management 101: Nurturing Your Biggest Fans

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: relationship management time! I know, I know. The term relationship management doesn’t sound very exciting. Having to “manage” relationships actually sounds like kind of a drag! I mean, relationships should be natural, right? Relationship Management 101 As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned something funny about time: it [...]

By | December 15th, 2016|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|2 Comments

11 Sales Templates for Closing Deals Using Email

We’re big believers in using and storing effective sales templates in our Sales PlayBook. And lucky for you, today I’m going to be sharing some of said sales templates! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the precursor to these sales templates: email templates for cold prospecting and email templates for warm prospecting. [...]

By | December 8th, 2016|Sales Success|2 Comments

Start with Why! Emotional Selling & the Philosophy & Mechanics Behind It

Start with why. If you haven’t watched Simon Sinek’s TED Talk or read his book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, the above sentence might not mean very much. But boy, does it have meaning! Here… catch up quickly. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action Does start with [...]

By | December 1st, 2016|Sales Leaders, Sales Success|2 Comments

Prospecting Shortcut: 6 Email Templates to Connect You to the RIGHT People

If you’re looking for sales templates to use while prospecting, we’ve got a few shiny new email templates for you! A few weeks back I shared some email templates to use while prospecting for cold leads. (I hope they helped!). We also put out an eBook version with ALL of our email templates (if you’re [...]

By | November 29th, 2016|Sales Success|2 Comments