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16 Top Sales Conferences You Should Attend in 2017 & 2018

Have you updated your professional goals lately?

If you’re anything like most salespeople, you aim to crush your number and become more efficient. But how will you do that?Professional conferences are not only an opportunity to meet industry leaders -- and maybe do a little prospecting -- they’re also a way to break yourself out of your usual routine and pick up new skills.

You have to choose carefully. After all, as valuable as conferences can be, they’re still time away from the office. So we’ve compiled a list (in chronological order) of the top sales conferences you should attend in 2017 and 2018.

The Best Sales Conferences

  1. Dreamforce
  2. Digital Sales Engine
  3. Sales Acceleration Technology Summit
  4. Sales 3.0 Conference
  5. AA-ISP Digital Sales World 2018
  6. SaaStr
  7. 10X Growth Conference
  8. Rainmaker
  9. Sandler Sales & Leadership Summit
  10. TOPO Sales Summit
  11. SiriusDecisions Sales Leadership Exchange
  12. Pulse
  13. INBOUND
  14. B2B LeadsCon
  15. CEB Sales and Marketing Summit
  16. iCONIC Tour

Sales Conferences 2017

1) Dreamforce

  • Date: 11/6/17 - 11/9/17
  • Location: San Francisco

Each year, Dreamforce gathers salespeople from all over the world in a near-takeover of San Francisco. Past speakers have included will.i.am, Melinda Gates, and Tony Robbins.

Speakers include: Michelle Obama (Former First Lady of the United States), Marc Benioff (CEO and Chairman, Salesforce), and Ashton Kutcher (Co-founder, Thorn)

2) Digital Sales Engine

  • Date: 11/17/17
  • Location: Virtual (Registration closed)

Digital Sales Engine is focused on helping sales teams build effective technology stacks to improve business performance. Past years' sessions are available to watch online now.

Speakers include: Jill Konrath (Sales expert and bestselling author), Anthony Iannarino (Sales expert and kickoff speaker), and Jill Rowley (Social selling evangelist)

3) Sales Acceleration Technology Summit

  • Date: On demand (available now)
  • Location: Virtual

InsideSales' annual virtual event will explore the changing role technology plays in sales, as well as provide tactical tips for leaders and salespeople alike to incorporate these shifts into their processes.

Speakers include: Max Altschuler (CEO, Sales Hacker), Tiffani Bova (Global Customer Growth and Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce), and Dave Elkington (CEO, InsideSales.com)

4) Sales 3.0 Conference

  • Date: 12/4/17
  • Location: Philadelphia

Sales, sales operations, sales enablement, and marketing executives will learn to improve sales team results. This year's topics include machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other emerging technologies.

Speakers include: Jeb Blount (CEO, Sales Gravy), Gerhard Gschwandtner (CEO and founder, Selling Power), Alice Heiman (Chief Sales Officer and founder, Alice Heiman LLC)

Sales Conferences 2018

5) AA-ISP Digital Sales World 2018

AA-ISP’s Inside Sales conference focuses on helping front-line inside sales reps and managers in their day-to-day roles through a combination of talks and workshops. Sales leaders can explore a technology and service expo to peruse sales technology for their teams.

Speakers include: Not announced yet

6) SaaStr

  • Date: 2/6/18 - 2/8/18
  • Location: San Francisco

SaaStr is a conference for -- you guessed it -- people working at SaaS (Software as a Service) companies. Whether it's hearing from top execs on how they make purchasing decisions or entrepreneurs on scaling and managing your first sales team, sales professionals at all levels will come away with valuable insights.

Speakers include: Dharmesh Shah (CTO and co-founder, HubSpot), Mike Cannon-Brooks (Co-founder and Co-CEO, Atlassian), and Sarah Bird (CEO, Moz)

7) 10X Growth Conference

  • Date: 2/22/18 - 2/24/18
  • Location: Las Vegas

Run by the team behind sales expert and bestselling author Grant Cardone's Cardone Inc., this conference features entrepreneurs from all industries who will teach attendees how to "10X" their own businesses.

Speakers include: Grant Cardone (sales trainer and bestselling author), Daymond John (business strategist), Ed Mylett (Peak Performance expert and agency chairman, WFG)

8) Rainmaker

  • Date: 3/5/18 - 3/7/18
  • Location: Atlanta

Rainmaker's objective is to bring sales organizations into the modern age and update their behavior to match buyers' so they're "no longer merely sales teams." Content is tailored for those in sales development, sales operations, and sales leadership roles.

Speakers include: Kyle Porter (CEO, Sales Loft)

9) Sandler Sales & Leadership Summit

  • Date: 3/12/18 - 3/16/18
  • Location: Orlando

The sales training juggernaut's conference will address key sales management and coaching challenges and include advanced strategies as well.

Speakers include: David Mattson (CEO and president, Sandler Training)

10) TOPO Sales Summit

  • Date: 3/20/18 - 3/21/18
  • Location: San Francisco

The sales summit’s six tracks (executive leadership, sales development, sales ops and technology, sales effectiveness, marketing ops and technology, and account-based) are a valuable resource for sales leaders looking to jumpstart their teams' success.

Speakers include: Megan Ketchum (Director, Inbound Sales Development, LinkedIn), Dennis Lyandres (EVP Sales, ProCore), and Ryan Arnett (VP of Sales, OpenGov)

11) SiriusDecisions Sales Leadership Exchange

  • Date: 5/8/18 - 5/11/18
  • Location: Las Vegas

Focused on B2B leaders in sales, sales operations, sales enablement, and channel sales, this conference touches on every aspect of hiring, scaling, and developing a successful sales organization.

Speakers include: Not announced yet

12) Pulse

  • Date: 4/10/18 - 4/11/18
  • Location: San Mateo, CA

In 2018, customer success will be a huge focus for salespeople. Sales doesn't end with a closed deal -- a good customer experience is crucial to cross-sells, upsells, and a booming referral business. Learn tactical tips and get inspired by the best in the business.

Speakers include: Not announced yet

13) INBOUND

  • Date: 9/4/18 - 9/7/18
  • Location: Boston

An annual event that brings together marketing and sales professionals from around the world, INBOUND features inspiring keynotes from speakers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michelle Obama. INBOUND also offers a sales-specific track -- past speakers have included sales professionals like Jill Konrath, Trish Bertuzzi, Jill Rowley, and Daniel Pink.

Speakers include: Not announced yet

14) B2B LeadsCon

  • Date: 10/3/18 - 10/5/18
  • Location: Boston

LeadsCon focuses on professionals responsible for generating, nurturing, and converting leads -- a.k.a. marketers and salespeople. You'll learn about brand-building, lead response tactics, and how to run succesful campaigns.

Speakers include: Not announced yet

15) CEB Sales and Marketing Summit

  • Date: TBA
  • Location: TBA

“Smarketing” isn’t a fad -- it’s a necessary business practice -- and you'll learn all about it here. Previous speakers have included "The Challenger Sale" author Brent Adamson, LinkedIn VP of Sales Solutions Mike Derezin, and InsideView VP of Enterprise Sales Andrea Austin.

Speakers include: Not announced yet

16) iCONIC Tour

  • Date: TBA
  • Location: TBA

This CNBC- and Inc.-hosted event is geared toward entrepreneurs. Expect speakers like Tony Robbins and Tony Hawk, and a focus on networking events.

Speakers include: Not announced yet

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