Sales conferences hold a very special place in my heart. This is not only because I am the Director of Sales at an event software company, but also because I know I have a lot learn—and in-person events are my favorite way to get that learning done.
Sure, there are plenty of great resources on the internet but nothing beats getting face time with prospects, peers and colleagues about their latest success and failures when it comes to working in this field we call sales.
For sales professionals, this probably isn’t a surprise. We know that hopping on a phone call with a prospect is more effective than firing off emails.
Hopping on a video call is more effective than hopping on a phone call, and meeting someone in-person is really where you have the best opportunity to build a relationship and tell the story of your product as it’s meant to be told.
For those looking to get to know, learn from and network with other sales professionals, there are a slew of out-of-this-world sales events happening in 2018.
Top 10 Sales Conferences To Attend in 2018
- SaaStr Annual
- The Revenue Summit
- Unleash 2018
- Sales 3.0
- Sirius Decisions
- Sales Machine
- Ramp 2018
- Inbound 2018
- Dreamforce 2018
- Connect to Convert
Start Date: 2/6/18
As a sales professional, you need to be in the know of the latest developments in tech and business. For that, one event stands out. SaaStr is the SaaS event to attend. Each year it brings together thousands of SaaS Founders, VCs and Execs. This is a great opportunity to get to know some of the biggest upcoming names in tech.
Start Date: 3/1/18
Join 1000+ high growth and marketing leaders to learn how marketers and sales teams can better work together. At Revenue Summit, you’ll insights on how to drive revenue through account-based best practices and discover the latest tech that will help you run these programs at scale. Featuring inspiring speakers from Google, Zendesk, G2Crowd and more. Plus, this event is run by Sales Hacker, so you know it’s going to be great.
Start Date: 5/6/18
Unleash 2018 promises to be a sales leader’s paradise, and not just because it takes place on Paradise Point, an island resort in San Diego. This conference produced by Outreach focuses on the latest innovations and developments that make sales teams more effective. The 4-day event includes 30 inspirational speakers like Jocko Willink, author of the #1 New York Times best-seller Extreme Ownership, 10 hands-on workshops and over 500 attendees.
Start Date: 3/12/18
The Sales 3.0 Conference focuses on sales leadership. This year’s San Francisco event will provide executives in sales and sales operations with key insight and strategies to drive improved sales performance and revenue growth. Attendees will learn from sales VPs from industry-leading companies, technology influencers, analysts, and management and leadership experts.
Start Date: 5/8/18
Looking for a big picture breakdown of how sales relates to the rest of your organization’s strategy? SiriusDecisiosn 2018 Summit just might be the event for you. Produced by the executive research organization, SiriusDecisions, the summit gives sales execs the opportunity to join more than 3,200 other sales, marketing and product professionals for three full days of data-driven best practices research
Start Date: TBD
New York City
When I think of the ideal summit for sales professionals, Sales Machine is what comes to mind. Produced by Sales Hacker and Salesforce, this one-day event is positively crammed with content that you can act on. When I attended the 2017, I had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers from Salesforce, Yext and GE Digital—alongside renowned business authors like Jill Konrath and Geoffrey Moore.
Start Date: TBD
A sales team can only do so much without a sales operations specialist to watch their back. InsightSquared’s Ramp is all about helping sales operations professionals to be the best they can be. Last year’s event took place in Fenway Park. Next year, the Ramp team is looking to make an even bigger event. So…Yankee Stadium?
Start Date: 9/4/18
With over 20,000 expected attendees, HubSpot’s INBOUND is arguably one of the biggest sales/marketing happenings of the year. INBOUND’s purpose is to provide the inspiration, education, and connections you need to grow and transform your business. Past keynote speakers include Michelle Obama, Brené Brown, John Cena, and Arianna Huffington.
Start Date: 9/25/18
Salesforce Dreamforce is another heavy-hitter. It boasts 2,700+ breakout sessions, world-renowned leaders and Salesforce experts, hands-on training, hundreds of partners with thousands of innovative solutions, and plenty of networking opportunities. But don’t let that scare you off. This annual event is perfect for sales professionals regardless of company size.
Start Date: 10/3/18
Ready for some great B2B and B2C content for every section of the sales cycle? LeadsCon’s Connect to Convert is the lead gen industry’s best educational conference and expos. The programming is dedicated entirely to the most effective and emerging sectors of the lead generation industry. Perfect for learning how to work better with your marketing counterparts.
For more sales and marketing events, check out the marketing events directory. Any additional recommendations? Let us know with a comment.
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