Sales Manager Cliché Interpretation Guide


Sales Manager Cliché Interpretation Guide

It can be tough for a sales rep. Sometimes it probably feels like you’ve fallen straight into the script of Glengarry Glen Ross or Tommy Boy, with clichéd phrases thrown around left and right.
At Accent, we’re all about helping sales reps succeed, which is why we’ve put together this helpful interpretation guide for translating your sales manager’s favorite clichés into plain English. After you understand the true meaning of these phrases, you’ll be well on your way to stronger “synergy” and “alignment” with your sales manager.


1.      ABC – Always Be Closing!

Translation: Everyone is a prospect – the guy you sat next to on the subway, the woman you held the door open for, your great aunt Sally. Make sure you’re prepared to sell.

2.      A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush

Translation: Stop pursuing this opportunity that may or may not ever close. Instead, focus on the leads you’ve already invested in.


3.      Is this in Salesforce?

Translation: Your manager knows it’s not in Salesforce. Time to do some CRM data entry!

4.      Don’t take “no” for an answer

Translation: This is an important account, and I won’t be happy unless you’ve reached out to them at least 10 times in the next month.

closing sales meme

5.      Bring your “A” game

Translation: Your past performance isn’t impressing me, so I’m going to need you to work harder.

6.      Pull out all the stops

Translation: Have you called them? Have you emailed them? Have you sent them a personalized presentation? Have you reached out to other members of the buying team? Have you sent them a message on LinkedIn? Liked their latest tweet? Sent them a 4-foot-tall fruit basket? That’s all the stops.

7.      Big money moves slow

Translation: You need to be patient and not overwhelm the buyer with communication. These deals take time to mature like fine wine.

sales goal meme

8.      I need you to give 110%

Translation: Again, your past performance isn’t cutting it, and this is an important opportunity. Find out what you’re doing wrong and try to improve it.

9.      This is low hanging fruit

Translation: I definitely expect you to be able to close this deal quickly.

10. Let’s circle back around to this

Translation: There are more important things to consider right now, but it’s now your responsibility to make sure I don’t forget about this.

11. Let’s hit the ground running on this

Translation: I need you to start selling to this prospect, like, yesterday.

sales prospecting meme

12. Move up the chain of command

Translation: You’re focusing your efforts on a prospect without any buying power. Try to network within their organization and get in contact with a C-level buyer.

13. You need to cast a wider net

Translation: Stop focusing on these few opportunities and start reaching out to new prospects.

14. Are you dialed in?

Translation: I can tell you’re not paying attention. Focus up.

sales opportunities meme

15. How’s your pipeline?

Translation: I have no idea how your opportunities are doing, but I’d appreciate some good news.

16. Let’s pivot

Translation: We’re not focusing on the right activities/opportunity/strategy. It’s time to try something new.

17. We’re gonna raise the bar

Translation: You thought you were working hard before? Standards are officially raised.

sales competition meme

18. Take it to the finish line

Translation: I expect this deal to close within the week. You can handle that, right?

19. We need to drill down

Translation: I have no idea what’s going on with this opportunity. Can you give me some details/update CRM?

20. Is this buyer qualified?

Translation: I don’t think this buyer is qualified.


Did any of these clichés bring your favorite sales manager to mind? Did we miss any important ones? Let us know in the comments!

By Accent Technologies

21st December 2016