In this episode, "Practical MarTech: How to Make Marketing Technology Work for You (Not against You)" Marilyn gives us some great lessons from improv as well as active listening for B2B sales and marketing.
The biggest thing, one of the core principles of improvisation is the idea of yes-and. So it is the idea of recognizing and building on the ideas of others. And a lot of us don't want to admit it, but we do have a knee-jerk reaction to shoot down an idea when somebody brings something up. And so the idea of yes-and is really at the root of everything we teach, and work on.
Many other improv principles are built into this. So the idea of bring a brick and not a cathedral-- that you are not having to do this by yourself. Rely on the team and the ensemble you have around you... there are just so many really fantastic ideas that help you engage and interact with not just those people internal to your organization, but also people that you are trying to reach, you're trying to communicate to, and those you are trying to better understand.
I also ask Marilyn how she built her marketing technology stack at Second City. How do we build what we need to manage our business? and to build our own scalable predictable sales pipeline for that?--What were your priorities? When you've been given a blank slate, how do you approach that?
Read the full transcript on the Heinz Marketing blog starting Mon. 9/2 6am PST.