This episode of the Sales Transformation Podcast with Collin Mitchell features Brad Mulvey. Brad and Collin talk about their podcasting experiences and how podcasting opens a lot of doors for them.
Brad provides excellent advice on how to become a more effective seller. He talked about the importance of developing strategic questions to drive the conversation. In addition, ask more insightful questions and be more strategic in your approach to drive the conversation.
Brad Mulvey is a husband, dad, entrepreneur marketing consultant, podcast, host, and personal development junkie. As host of the World Class Dads podcast, he explores fatherhood with the world’s top performers to learn how they integrate being amazing dads with their pursuit of world-class achievement.
He is the co-founder of GuestBoxLove, an innovative service that allows podcast hosts to automate sending thank you gifts to guests of their shows.
Brad is also a VP of Customer Growth at Speedeon Data, where he works with some of the world's largest brands to execute data-driven marketing initiatives.
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[00:00:00] In the world of sales, you either sink or swim or breakthrough to the next level. My name's Colin Mitchell. And this is sales transformation, a new kind of sales show designed to bring you through the epic life-changing moments of elite sellers. So you can experience your own sales transformation.
[00:00:24] All right. Welcome to another episode of sales transformation. I'm very excited for today's guest. I had the pleasure of going on his podcast recently. I've got Brad Mulvey with us. He's the co-founder of get a guest box love. He's also the VP of strategic accounts and customer growth at speedy on data and host of the world-class dads podcast.
[00:00:45] Brad, welcome to the show. I'm doing awesome con great to talk to you again. Yeah, yeah. It was, uh, just, uh, not too long ago. Yeah. I think we're going on about 12 hours since our last conversation. So it's a, you know, twice in 24 hours is all the, pleasure's mine, a little bit of a different conversation. Um, and uh, in today it's a little more about you, so, you know, just, you know, kind of.
[00:01:11] That we can unpack there, just in that short little bio, right. It's a mouthful for sure. You got a lot of different things going on, which at which I absolutely love, I really enjoyed going on your podcast. We had a great conversation. Um, but just kind of to, you know, give us some context here. Where did your sales journey.
[00:01:29] So for me, it was kind of, the path was in my mind. I always thought I'd have some element of sales in my world. Just my dad was a sales guy. He had an insurance agency when I grew up. Um, what's kind of your typical could talk to anybody, could, you know, by the, by the shirt off the mannequin at the store if needed.
[00:01:49] Um, so I always had in the back of my head that, you know, sales was of interest to me, but really when I graduated from college, I got into a sales role in a very corporate realm, a company called news America marketing, which is under the news Corp umbrella. So about as corporate as you can get, um, did that for a few years, kind of transitioned into more of the marketing side and then swung back into more of a sales role where I'm at now at speedy on data.
[00:02:20] That was about five and a half years ago. And I've kind of been there, climbing the rungs a little bit, but. I'd say sales plays an element in everything I do. So I found a guest box love, and I do all of the sales, the lead gen, um, customer acquisition, uh, for, for that organization. And then I'm also host the podcast, which is in its own, right.
[00:02:42] A sales job of trying to attract and get people on the show as guests. So, uh, everything I do and I'm married and have kids, and as you know, that's a sales job is. Some of the time when you're trying to try and push your agenda forward. So, um, that's kind of the sales background for me. Yeah, man. So you're just like 24 7 selling and shifting, changing hats and selling in different roles, right?
[00:03:09] A dad to a husband to, you know, uh, your, your, your sales role to, uh, you know, selling as a, as a founder. To selling people to come on your podcast and tell their story and talk about things that they might be uncomfortable with. Yeah, that's right. So, uh, sales and, uh, and customer service, I guess, are the two things across all of the, all of those realms of life of life, which, uh, maybe one in the same.
[00:03:36] I'm not sure anymore. Yeah. So I, you know, one thing I, I kind of stood out and I didn't know, um, was that you shifted from sales, uh, to a marketing role. So I'm curious. How long were you doing that? What were you doing? And then let's sort of, I have some other questions, but let's kind of start there. Yeah.
[00:03:54] So part of that shift was moving from geography. His size in Chicago, met my wife there and we both happened to be from the Cleveland, Ohio area. So we're moving back and was looking for a new role. And one caught my eye that was in, uh, outside of sales. It was more of a. Um, B2B marketing for a national landscaping brand.
[00:04:19] And so I went ahead and I took that role. Um, it was great company, really liked that, but somewhere underneath the, the, it's probably the entrepreneur inside of me, but kind of that, that aspect of sales where you really create your own destiny, um, And your only limit, your only ceiling is really yourself and your own capability drew me back in.
[00:04:43] So that was the, uh, the two year stint I did in specifically in marketing and I was coming from, uh, kind of marketing services, sales, and went back into marketing service sales. So never venture too far out of the marketing world there. Hm. Interesting. Now. Sellers these days essentially have to be great marketers for a lot of different reasons as well.
[00:05:07] So I'm curious, like what skills did you pick up for that two year stint in marketing that you feel made you a better seller? Yeah, that's a great point. I think the one common denominator, well there's many, but the big common denominator that, that really stands out for me across sales and marketing is really getting inside the.
[00:05:30] The head of who you're trying to market or sell to. So your, your client, your prospect, and really understanding kind of, you know, that the old sales maximum of WIIFM what's in it for me, I think it holds true in both of those realms. And it's so funny. Cause that's like the first thing I remember learning in that.
[00:05:49] Sales 1 0 1 class in college, and it's the easiest thing to forget and get off track on. And, and when you do, it's where it's where you immediately lose traction in what you're doing. So whether, whether it's in my sales roles or. In marketing, it's just thinking of everything through the lens of your prospect or your customer and saying, okay, they're looking at this as what's in it for them.
[00:06:13] So how do I position myself either through marketing messaging or my sales approach to really make sure that I'm talking in their language and I'm presenting a solution to either a problem that they're facing or something that is top of mind for them. Yeah. Yeah. Um, and so when you were kind of ready to get back into sales and be in a role that a.
[00:06:40] You know, didn't have as much of a seal, you know, not a ceiling or, you know, just collecting, not to make light of marketing, but like, you know, people who have sales in their blood, aren't really comfortable in roles where there's no commission involved or they can't bonuses, things like that. So I could see, but, um, but it sounds like, you know, the time in marketing.
[00:07:02] Definitely helped you kind of understand buyers a little bit better and how to approach and, you know, craft your messaging in maybe less of a sales-y way, but like, you know, speaking the proper language. So, um, when you got back into sales, was it a hard transition? It was, it really wasn't too bad for me.
[00:07:21] I'd say the hardest transition at that point was that. Jumping F industries. So the speedy on data, a date, uh, marketing data agency. And so working with a lot of prospects, consumer data, um, and fueling direct marketing campaigns, which has kind of a B2B marketing role at the, in that marketing position.
[00:07:46] And so that was a big adjustment. It was just learning a new. Industry really, but having the, having the insights I picked up from the marketing role really being in that buyer's seat did help in terms of just kind of sliding in. It was just as on a different side of the equation with a different product.
[00:08:05] So it's, it's a lot of the same principles. Um, But had to just sit at a different point in the process in that, in that stream of the, of the sales process. So having those, having that two years was probably more valuable than I oftentimes give it credit for of just that understanding of what's important for marketers and what they're actually dealing with on the day-to-day basis on a day to day basis.
[00:08:30] Um, And what's going to resonate from a sales perspective, trying to talk to those types of folks. Yeah. Yeah. All right. So what, um, I'm curious, at what point did you start the podcast? So you, so you're kind of timeline wise, right? So, you know, kind of started out in sales, did a two year stint relocated in, in, uh, did a marketing role and then got back into sales.
[00:08:55] Were you still living, did you guys in the same place, did you guys move. Um, yeah. Talk to me a little bit about that. So I, I moved, we moved from Chicago and I started that marketing role 2014. Um, probably about a year into that is when I started my first podcast, which was called the millennial mastermind.
[00:09:13] Um, which if you, I did almost 200 episodes of that, which if you go and listen back, it's a millennial who doesn't know what he wants to do. And it's very obvious in the lack of, uh, the lack of focus in that show. That was just me interviewing a lot of, you know, business owners and successful individuals trying to get a perspective on how they got their start.
[00:09:36] Um, and a lot of that probably came from. Need to scratch kind of the sales and the entrepreneurial itch, where that I wasn't getting in the day job. And so I went elsewhere to find that, and of course, you know, being a 25 year old, starting a podcast, I thought that was going to be a million-dollar venture, which you know, now that I've been in the podcasting world, Six years.
[00:09:59] I realized that was a, uh, fools, a fool's errand of getting into it, but it opened up a lot of doors for me. And, uh, so long story short, I, um, did that for about four years closed shop on that podcast. Once I was in my new role at speedy on, um, about the time that I had my daughter in 2020, and then six months later had to get back into the podcast and game and started world-class dads, uh, interview.
[00:10:27] Successful men who are also awesome dads at home. Nice. I love it. Um, I too started a different podcast where I was in and I think I did about 130 or 50 interviews, entrepreneurs, founders, successful people. And as fun as it was, I just needs another one of those shows. That's what I realized when I was in like, oh, so everybody has the same podcast.
[00:10:51] Well, yeah. Well, the thing is, is. It's really hard to grow a show like that because sort of the audience is so broad. Like there is no real, it's hard to build like a, when you have a niche and a podcast, like your, your podcast is clearly for dads, right? Like your audience is dads, right. Or successful dads, maybe even right.
[00:11:13] But probably just dads in general. Are going to tune in and say, Hey, this is what successful dads are doing. You know, I need to listen to this and you have a clear idea of who your audience is, so it's easier to speak to them. And it's easier to, you know, attract those types of people to your show, which I'm sure you probably learned, um, very similar to myself, right?
[00:11:33] My show is now about say. Salespeople, listen to my show, you know, where, um, success and entrepreneurs. And it's like, it's just very broad. You don't really know who is the show for who are you speaking to? It's kind of a mixed bag. And, um, but it was about what I love that you said. About that first podcast is that it opened a lot of doors for you.
[00:11:56] And that is one of the things that I think a lot of people may be thinking about starting a podcast, or just getting started with a podcast, tend to underestimate that like a podcast is a way to open a lot of doors and get access to a lot of people that would be harder otherwise. Oh yeah. A hundred percent.
[00:12:16] I mean, with that show, there were so many people who. Talk to me, who I had no business having a conversation with. And some that I still have a relationship with guys like, well, I'll use a really good example. That's how I actually met my co-founder of guest box love. So I had interviewed was introduced to him by a friend.
[00:12:37] Somebody thought he'd be a great guest. So we connected had him on the show. He also is local. So we met up a few times, started build a relationship. He really became a mentor of mine. One thing led to another, and this, this idea came to, came into fruit, came to fruition and we decided to pursue it. So now I would have never met this guy, had it not been for that first podcast.
[00:13:02] And now he's not only become a mentor, but a business partner. So you never know where some of the, where it's going to take you. Um, and the, I have dozens of those stories of people. I met or, um, now have relationships with that. Otherwise never, never would have happened. So yeah, I mean the, the same that, you know, probably many people have heard, like your net, your network equals your net worth, right.
[00:13:29] And building relationships and building a high quality network podcast can really accelerate that. Um, and I love that story that you were just telling me because. My story with my co-founder is the same. We that we actually met previously. He did market it. He helped me with some marketing for one of my other companies, but then he left that company and we hadn't really talked in a long time.
[00:13:54] And he was posting a bunch of content on LinkedIn and it was like content like that. I had not seen like really real raw, authentic stuff, sharing about things. Most people weren't talking about or would be very guarded about. And so I was super curious, like, what the heck are you doing? Like, all right.
[00:14:09] And so, and it's funny because we're actually writing a book now about the origin story and like all the things that we've learned about, you know, you know, driving revenue through podcasting, whether it's starting to show. Growing a show guests get on shows you name it, we're putting it all into a book and we just started it.
[00:14:23] And so we were writing the origin story and we actually looked back to the link, the original LinkedIn DM that I had sent him. And, uh, and so yeah, I went on his podcast. He invited me to go on his show is the first time I'd ever gone on a podcast here. Uh, you know, we have a studio not too far from my office.
[00:14:40] And so I went there to the studio, had a great experience. And then I was like, I think I want to start a podcast. And he helped me start that first show that I was telling you about. And then we said, I think there's more people that want this, that we can help and how can we do it different? And so now, you know, we have over 40 shows that we manage today and it's a ton of fun, but that was a door that was opened literally through me, going on a podcast.
[00:15:02] Yeah. That's awesome. I love that. Yeah. I, and you hear that if any podcast or who's done it for a consistent consistently. The reasonable amount of time. You hear those stories come up of whether it's a business or a friendship, or, um, just, just like really deep, powerful relationships or opportunities that come about.
[00:15:22] So whether or not you monetize or, um, are able to do that right off the bat. There's so many, so much value added. So completely. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. All right. So, uh, I'm curious, I have a question for you. I'm curious, just kind of same context of like how, you know, being going into marketing, you know, we kind of dug into how that helped you as a seller.
[00:15:44] I'm curious how podcasting being a podcaster, you know, being podcasting for almost six years now, how has that helped you acquire build get better at certain skills that help you in your sales? Yeah, well, the, the obvious one, um, which I, I personally can look back at where I was in sales, you know, couple of years ago to where I am today.
[00:16:10] Questions asking questions, um, which really is a skill set, but also my level of preparation before a call has changed immensely. So I really had to develop this process to be able to create. Any podcast that was a worth it's worth its salt. So going into digging into the life of the guest and understanding kind of where they've been, what their life is like really what value they have to offer to the audience.
[00:16:40] Um, what they're trying to get out of the show. Like what's going to make this an episode in a conversation with me successful in their mind so that they leave with a good impression and just formulate. Strategic questions that are going to drive the conversation in a direction that I wanted to take it.
[00:16:58] And so that's something I was doing every single week for the podcast. And what I realized is that just naturally this bled over into the world of sales. Prepping for my sales calls. I was doing more research as trying to think more strategically, not like here's my list of five, 10 questions that I ask every prospect, but where do I really, how has this, how do I make these questions super relevant to this, to this customer or prospect that I'm talking to and how do I do it in a way that's going to drive the conversation?
[00:17:31] To the place where I want it to go. So it's not just asking questions and hoping for the best, but it's actively creating strategic questions to, to drive the conversation there. And it's just something I wasn't doing before. I wasn't thinking about as much. And then out of necessity through the podcast of, if I wanted to make a, a worthwhile episode, I can learn that skill.
[00:17:54] And then that's definitely translated into the sales realm as well. Yeah. So if I'm hearing that correctly, basically being a podcaster helped you to the obvious right. Ask better questions, but be more strategic in how you're driving the conversation. Um, and also being able to like, do sort of better research going into certain calls.
[00:18:20] Yeah, for sure. And even just kind of the tactical. Like subtle skills of asking questions, like asking a question and then pausing and giving it a second, letting it sit there. And even if there's a little bit of an awkward silence, a lot of times I think Tim Ferriss is the person who first called this out.
[00:18:39] I learned it from where that silence is where the magic is because that's where somebody is really thinking deep. And especially for me, like. I am a people pleaser. I don't want to make people uncomfortable. So I would be the first person to jump in and, and try to close that, that gap to help them feel less uncomfortable.
[00:18:59] Cause I was just putting that in my own head, like, oh, they're really uncomfortable, but really they might've just been digging deep in their mind and thinking through it. And then oftentimes it pushes them to come back with a better answer. And that that's true for podcasting, but also in sales, letting people kind of think through things informally.
[00:19:16] Allowing that silence to do its work, to get better answers and, um, have better conversations in general. Yeah. Yeah. I'm going to insert a long pause of silence right here. Just kidding. Um, I love that. I love that, uh, for so many reasons and if you actually. That silence letting you know the magic and the silence, right.
[00:19:42] Letting them process and think rather than just being so quick to have something to say, because you're uncomfortable with the silence or feel the need to say something and then allowing that space, that, that silence for them to maybe come back with more additional, or even the real answer in some cases.
[00:20:00] Right. But even on the flip side of that, right. Where if you. Have a little bit of a pause or a little bit of a silence where you actually process the information that you're getting from your podcast, guests or your prospect, right. Um, It actually shows that you're listening. Right. And that you're actually thinking, like, it gives you a builder, helps build some trust and some rapport and some credibility, because a lot of times when you're quick to answer or just respond, it's not as authentic.
[00:20:31] Like it's kind of comes off as a little bit more scripted or like, you're just kind of saying something that you think, you know, a lot of times sellers can come across. Like, they're just saying what. They what, you know, what the PR what maybe the prospect wants to hear rather than really like processing and thinking and giving like the real answer.
[00:20:47] Yeah. That that's, that's definitely another skill of that comes with, for me, it came with time and I'm still always working on is active listening of just really hearing what they're saying. And being able to respond or address what you're hearing rather than just jumping to the next question, the next point, the next thing you're trying to get to, um, the next slide, whatever it is, but that's another one that, you know, maybe some people are born in eight lay with that, but for me, it definitely has come over time and having weekly kind of intensive one-on-one.
[00:21:22] Virtual conversations I do in the podcast is definitely helped me with that skillset, you know, elsewhere. And certainly in say, Yeah, absolutely. Because, I mean, even just like having a follow-up question or, you know, you know, confirming that, like what they said you heard correctly, like, I think a lot of times sellers want to just kind of go to the next question, like you said, rather than like, well, let's, let's spend a little time here.
[00:21:47] Like tell me more about that or, Hey, you know, I'm getting this, but, you know, can, can you explain that and like really just going deeper to have a better understanding. Um, I think a lot of sellers today, Getting fear of like, oh, they're going to think that like, I'm not getting it or I'm not understanding.
[00:22:03] So they're like kind of scared to just ask more questions to go deeper on particular thing. Yep. Yep. Um, I just learned us a scale recently on this too. I'm not sure if you're familiar with the, uh, the book never split the difference by Chris Voss negotiation book, but. Um, I was reading that and he has this concept of mirroring where you just repeat the last two to three words that somebody says kind of as a question, and it seems awkward at first, but it just gets them to elaborate on whatever they're talking about.
[00:22:35] And it just kind of this, the subtle mind trick, Jedi mind trick. Without it, it really does work and I've tried it a few times and, and it's amazing that it just opens the conversation up. Um, where you just, so if, for example, if I were to say, yep, this is our budget and there's really nothing more that we can do this year.
[00:22:58] Say nothing more this year and just kind of leave there. I mean, it's bad example, but, and you just let it. They think about it, they reprocess this and they elaborate and you learn so much more information that you otherwise wouldn't have had. So, um, that's kind of another one along with the silence aspect of, uh, just one of those tricks that you pick.
[00:23:17] I I've picked up over the years that helps, uh, helps get people talking more. Yeah. Yeah. The mirroring is, is a, is a great technique. It's actually a statement sort of posed as a question. That's not really question, but it's taken as a question, right? It's yeah. Yeah. It's, it's awesome. When you see it in person and then once you do know it, you see other people doing like, ah, I see.
[00:23:40] But it's so subtle most times that you can pick up on it. So it's pretty, very few people really master that, that technique though, because it's a little bit awkward to do. Yeah. Just when you start off. Yeah. Yeah. Well, Brad, it's been fantastic having you on here really appreciate it. Where can people connect, follow you?
[00:24:01] Whatever you want us to include in the show notes so they can get into your world. Yeah. Well, if anybody has a podcast and they're looking to send thank you gifts to their guests, uh, guests box, love.com. We automate the whole process, product selection, fulfillment shipping, all of it. Um, personalized handwritten notes, beautiful process.
[00:24:21] So guests box love.com for that, or I would love for people to check out the podcast, check out the episode you were just done, um, which will go live probably in the next couple of months. Have a world-class dads find that anywhere where you listen to podcasts. Awesome. We will drop both of those links in the show notes for everybody.
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