#203: David Bentham – From Door-to-Door Sales to Leading a Global Sales Force

August 21, 2023

In this week’s Scale Your Sales podcast episode, my guest is David Bentham, the Vice President in Global Sales Development at Cognism. He leads a team of 100 Inbound and Outbound SDRs across Europe and the US.

Cognism is the leading global contact data provider. They had a record-breaking First Quarter– signing its biggest ever deal in that time and has continued to see growth through 2022 and 2023 despite the economic climate.

In this episode, David gave a lot of insight into his background in the early days starting off in sales and door to door sales and how the B2C experiences in the team now as VP of sales and managing a large team of SDRs.

Welcome to Scale Your Sales podcasts, David Bentham.

03:00 – Who is Cognism for?

08:51 – The shift in availability of online information affected the change in sales game today.

11:04 – SDRs are more than just entry level, but very highly qualified sales individuals.

13:58 – One of the biggest inefficiencies is decision making.

21:20 – Going into the job as a resilient person is NOT necessary.

27:19 – The mentality “Every no-leads you closer to yes”, can be incredibly dangerous.


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