Learning From Lemkin
Top posts, insights and learnings from SaaS guru Jason Lemkin - specifically for VPs of Sales
Learning from Lemkin.
Its no secret I’m a big fan of Jason Lemkin.
In fact - after listening to multiple podcasts and consuming countless blog posts - I bought the domain stretchvp.com to embrace and share the learnings and hurdles I faced as a newly minted Sales Leader in SaaS. (check out my first - slightly embarrassing post from 2 years ago talking about the plunge).
Over the course of 2 + years, I’ve collected 2-3 floppy disks worth - or more - of content from Lemkin and found it immensely valuable for me in my role as a VP of Sales.
While most is geared specifically for SaaS founders - I consumed it all and separated the sales specific nuggets so I could come back and reference. And reference I have. Its crazy how often I’ve done this.
Naturally - I thought it may be a good idea to compile some of my favorites into its own newsletter edition. Hope you get as much value out of it as I do.
So - without further adieu - read on for more insights and learnings from Jason Lemkin including:
The Benefits of Hiring a Stretch VP of Sales
FREE SaaStr course on scaling $1M-$10M in ARR
Building Your First SDR Team (with help from Kyle Porter and Brendan Cassidy).
Plus… 14 snippets from Lemkin’s Q&A posts (Twitter, LinkedIn, Quora).
And lastly - as always, if you find this newsletter valuable- consider sharing it with someone who might as well 👊.
Jason shares a post from Brendan Cassidy (VP Sales LinkedIn, EchoSign, Talkdesk) on the benefits of hiring a Stretch VP of Sales. Ideally he looks for a VP of Sales with the following track record:
Proven Success building a team
Experience with deals in similar price range
Experience with similar sales cycle
But if you fall short with this stringent criteria - he recommends hiring a STRETCH!
Lemkin has built a reputation in SaaS as a leader that gives freely, errs on the side of the customer and can definitely walk the talk.
Check out this FREE 30 lesson course from Jason on scaling from $1M to $10M in ARR. Although pointed closely toward founders - its immediately pertinent for anyone building a SaaS Sales team. Did I mention its FREE?
If you are new to building out your SDR function, I can't think of a better place to start than this AMA video and session.
Kyle Porter (Sales Loft) and Brendan Cassidy join Jason Lemkin to discuss building your first SDR Team. Gold in here - GOLD!!
STRETCH VP POST 👇
Revisiting a post from Lemkin on LinkedIn (featured on the StretchVP blog last year) on the 15 things NOT to do as a first-time VP of Sales.
Jason shows us his playbook to know if a VP of Sales candidate can really do the job.
The ultimate guide to SaaS Sales Compensation Plan
7+ Tips On How To Build Your First Sales Team with Gaetan Cachet (did he Fake it until he Made it?)
SaaS Masterclass from Jason Lemkin on scaling to $10M ARR. (Skip to 32 minute mark for VP of Sales insights)
10+ Simple Tips To Help Any Account Executive Close More.
Lemkin tells us that A Low Win Rate is Just a Huge Opportunity-in-the-Making.
What Core Metric Should VP of Sales Be Responsible For? 3 options HERE.
Lemkin’s math shows us Why a Great Rep Can Close 9x More Than a Poor Rep, and Even 2.5x More Than a Good Rep.
Loved this short article on hiring a Stretch VP early on…and why it makes sense.
One thing I’m always preaching is to assume the competitor is ALWAYS involved. Lemkin says a competitor is always trying to sell to, and steal customers and prospects.
I’m a firm believer in learned skillsets. But Lemkin talks frankly about The Difference Between Enterprise and SMB reps.
When building your comp plan - keep in mind a quota of 5x rep OTE is a great target to achieve.
Lemkin says that Great Salespeople Are Made, Not Born. But It Does Help to Start Early.
🧠 Mindset Matters
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— Grant 👋
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