“She was a lot of fun. She was helpful. She was energetic, she was too young. ” – Darryl Praill in today’s Tip 492
Rest in peace Barb Giamanco.
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Scott Ingram: You’re listening to the Daily Sales Tips podcast and I’m your host, Scott Ingram. Last week we lost one of our own. Barb Giamanco who was kind enough to contribute to this podcast in the early days back in episode d, passed away last week. The day that many of us first found out of her passing Darryl Praill, CMO of VanillaSoft was getting ready to host Part 2 of the UK vs US: Transatlantic Sales Throwdown with an amazing all-women cast, and I thought I’d share Darryl’s fantastic introductory tribute to Barb Giamanco as today’s episode:
Darryl Praill: One of the champions behind that was a wonderful woman named Barbara Giamanco on Sunday passed. Barbara unexpectedly passed away and many people here are shocked and saddened. I want to tell you a little bit about Barb and just so you understand the loss we’ve suffered, she headed up social centered selling and her mission was to ignite sales transformation. That was her words. She viewed that transformation as including a heavy emphasis on helping companies attract more women so their sales ranks, providing the path and support to advance women into sales leadership roles and to promote diversity and inclusion across all teams, that was Barb.
She was the co-author of the new handshake sales meets social media. It was a first book as you written about social settling. She was an outspoken advocate for women in business, leadership and sales. She hosted the popular Conversation with Women in Sales podcasts. I understand talking to Deb and a few others that she viewed that as probably one of our most prolific memorable achievements impacts on the industry. That podcast was awarded the 2019 gold medal as the top podcast. My top sales awards it’s was making an impact that dramatic impact, but the industry was recognizing her contribution.
Her blog was incredible. It was one to not be missed. It’s most recently as 2019 her blog ranked second overall according to the folks at top sales awards, one of her specific posts ranking as the second most impactful that year. I love her current posts. If you go to Google Barbara Giamanco, you’ll see her website. Her current post is why it’s okay to be a big ass failure. Now, I’m not sure Barbara would want to be remembered for the words big ass, but what I love about that is you get a sense for her energy and her style and her spirit. I love that about her.
She was committed to excellence and selling. You may not know this if you’ve not heard of her and if you know her, this is not going to surprise you. She was recognized as a top 50 2019 keynote speaker, top 50 sales, and marketing influencer. I top B2B sales influencer by LinkedIn and a top 25 sales leader on Twitter and that’s just recently.
She was known as an energetic, engaging keynote speaker. She was an event MC. She was a panel moderator. She hosted events like the tag sales leadership awards, the women in technology, breakfast events, conferences like Microsoft envision or sales loss, Rainmaker possible women in a lot of corporate events for companies like CNN or Microsoft, Inside View or SAP or sprint and Verizon information builders and others. Those are not small names, that I mentioned she was passionate about the industry. That’s one of the reasons specifically she was actually an advisory member to the sales experts channel.
She led my own personal small team of speakers on that channel, so it was really heartfelt when I heard of her loss. She was a lot of fun. She was helpful. She was energetic, she was too young. Let’s just get that out there. She still had a lot to give. She had a ton of new ideas for the sales expert channel. She had a ton of new ideas for podcasts. She had her social posts were just going nuts. In fact, her most recent post was about 16 – 17 hours ago. She scheduled several in advance. She was not done. She was a force as she was taken before her time and we are going to miss her.
Scott Ingram: Thank you for allowing me to use that Darryl, and if you’d like to check out the rest of that UK vs US throw down webinar, you’ll find the link at DailySales.Tips/492 No spoilers, but it was super close.
Thanks for listening, and be sure to come back tomorrow for another great sales tip!