Monthly Archives: September 2013
Coaching for Sales Teams: Less Superman, More Clark Kent
You know the picture … mild-mannered sales manager has one-on-one meeting with ordinary sales citizen, they discuss an issue, and WHAM, the sales manager makes a beeline to the phone booth (yes, they still exist) and out comes Superman or Wonder Woman, complete with red cape. Faster than a speeding sales cycle, more powerful than a strong quarter, and able to leap tall pipelines in a single bound. In their rush to rescue Metropolis, however, they may not realize that this method of coaching for sales teams is the kryptonite to their team’s performance.
What Is the Role of Technology in Sales Training Solutions?
Adapted from interview with Dario Priolo, Chief Strategy Officer for Richardson and Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer for Brandon Hall Group
Part two our series on applying key practices in learning and development to sales training solutions.
It is fascinating to witness the innovation that is taking place across sales and marketing. And we are seeing opportunities to leverage technology throughout the learning process. When trying to improve the effectiveness of your sales training solutions, you must consider how technology can help your efforts.
What Makes Up Effective Sales Team Training
Adapted from an interview with Dario Priolo, Chief Strategy Officer for Richardson and Michael Rochelle, Chief Strategy Officer for Brandon Hall Group Part one our series on applying key practices in learning and development to effective sales training
Listing ingredients implies that they are part of a recipe, which of course can be literal or figurative. Without wasting time on prologues and previews, we know you’re hungry to learn about the 7 essential ingredients in effective sales training programs. The ingredients can be easily categorized by pre-training, the training itself, and post-training.
Pre Sales Team Training
1. Align sales training methods with your business strategy, goals, and needs.
What is your strategy and how does the sales training help to support the organization’s strategic objectives? At the end of the day, what is the behavior that you are hoping to drive? How do you want your sales reps to change the way they do things? What do you want them to actually do in order to achieve the desired outcome?
If you can’t easily answer these questions or connect your sales training to the needs and priorities of the company, then you should modify it or scratch it altogether. Don’t waste precious time, effort, and energy on tangential diversions. Instead, be able to connect the dots for the trainees as well as senior management to » Continue Reading.