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Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – Mastering the Art of Business Transition: Insights from Marc Metz – E82

Two Tall Guys Talking Sales Podcast – Mastering the Art of Business Transition: Insights from Marc Metz – E82

In this riveting episode of Two Tall Guys Talking Sales, hosts Kevin Lawson and Sean O’Shaughnessey welcome a special guest, Marc Metz, President of Optimus Sales Group. Together, they delve into the critical yet often overlooked topic of business transitions, providing invaluable insights and strategies for companies navigating the journey from generation to generation. This episode is a treasure trove of knowledge for business owners, sales leaders, and anyone involved in the business’s lifecycle.

Key Topics Discussed

  • Business Transition Strategies: Marc Metz shares his expertise on the three main ways businesses transition: selling to an outsider, passing on to family members, and employee stock ownership programs. Each method comes with its unique set of challenges and opportunities.
  • Overcoming Overvaluation and Sales Dependencies: A common stumbling block for pre-sale businesses is the company’s overvaluation and the heavy reliance on the owner for sales. Metz discusses strategies to realign expectations and decentralize sales efforts.
  • The Importance of Building a Business to Sell: Metz emphasizes the critical nature of preparing a business for sale from day one. This involves creating robust systems and processes that ensure the business can thrive independently of the current owner.
  • Sales Team Dynamics in Transitions: The discussion highlights the potential pitfalls and strategies around managing key sales personnel during a transition, ensuring their loyalty, and maintaining sales momentum under new ownership.

Key Quotes

  • Kevin: “How do they, get ready to get ready to sell? If they wake up tomorrow and say, I want to sell by April, they might be, might be challenged. But if they wake up and say in a few Aprils, in a few years from now. What might the recipe be that you would prescribe because you’ve been there done that?”
  • Sean: “So I want to build on this topic a little bit more. Let’s play the scenario out. … It’s just a good employee. Been around, been very loyal to the company. … And now you’re trying to sell that. So I’m, I’m foreseeing a problem of if I’m a buyer of that business, I’m saying, well, how loyal is that one salesperson?”
  • Marc: “The first exercise I recommend to these guys and gals is hey, look what happens if you get hit by a bus tomorrow? What’s going to happen to your business? Think about that and start putting things in place That’ll mitigate that risk because that’s the very very first thing and I’m talking all aspects operations sales financial, all of those things, look at everything.”


Whether you’re a business owner contemplating the future, a sales leader navigating changes, or simply interested in the dynamics of business transitions, this episode is a must-listen. Kevin, Sean, and Marc provide a rich discussion filled with actionable advice, real-world experiences, and strategic insights designed to equip you with the tools you need to navigate the complex landscape of business transitions. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts and ensure the legacy and longevity of your business. Tune into this episode of Two Tall Guys Talking Sales for a deep dive into preparing your business for the next chapter.

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