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24
Apr

Can I Fix This Unmotivated Sales Rep?

Is it possible to fix a motivation problem with a sales rep? Answer: Sometimes. First, it depends on if the motivation issue is due to an external factor, such as: unfair change in compensation, overbearing sales manager, poor customer service of products sold, etc. Too often, sales reps underperform due to factors like these which are outside of their control.

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3
Apr

Yet Another 10 Revealing Interview Questions to Ask Sales Candidates

Before hiring a sales rep, conduct an apples-to-apples job comparison. Line up the structure and activities of your sales job and your candidates current or previous sales job. Note any differences between the two jobs. Good interview questions enable you to do this. It’s easy to assume your sales candidate facilitated the same sales process and had a similar sales culture

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20
Mar

Avoid this Sales Rep at All Costs

Hiring sales reps is not easy. My client was preparing to hire a highly recommended industry veteran for their sales team. All indicators were that this sales candidate was a perfect fit for the role. They had a track record of success, tenure and multiple recommendations. This would have been an easy hire with minimal concern. Management had great expectations that

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13
Mar

Why is Your Sales Rep Failing?

Our research shows that there are many reasons why a sales rep fails to achieve their quota. For the purpose of this article, I will keep my comments focused on three categories: 1. Personality Conflict with the Sales Role Does your sales rep have the right personality style that aligns with what their job requires? Most roles require a higher

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22
Feb

7 MORE Qualities of a Great Sales Coach

This is a follow-up article to 7 Qualities of a Great Sales Coach. 1. Great sales coaches know the value of incrementalism. Sales skills develop over time if they’re going to last. Great sales coaches work on techniques continually to make lasting changes. That means the sales process provides the structure and the reps’ skills within the process will improve

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12
Feb

Hiring this Sales Rep is a BIG Mistake!

Recruiting and hiring good sales reps poses a big challenge for business leaders. They can be hard to find, hard to manage and hard to keep. There are many facets to a successful sales rep that must be considered when hiring. You must have the means to explore those traits (drive, personality, thinking patterns, decision-making capacity, etc.) to ensure you’ve

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6
Feb

7 Qualities of a Great Sales Coach

Coaching your reps is the primary function of your job. It’s the best pathway to achieving the sales quota. In this article, I list seven qualities I’ve experienced and observed of great sales coaches. 1. Great sales coaches do NOT speak in generalities, but specifics. Instead of saying, “You need to get your close ratio up”, ask “How many contacts

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27
Nov

Company Hires “Superstar” Sales Rep. It Doesn’t End Well. [Sales Story]

Hiring good salespeople is a challenge. There are so many factors that can contribute to a sales reps’ success or failure. In fact, just one or two small things can derail their job performance. That’s why it is so important to acquire as much relevant information during the hiring process to make a well-informed employment decision. When hiring sales reps,

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2
Oct

Another 10 Revealing Interview Questions to Ask Sales Candidates

This is a follow-up to my previous article: 10 Revealing Interview Questions to Ask Sales Candidates. This article focuses on making a job comparison between your current sales job opening and the job previously held by your sales candidate. The goal is to find out how similar (or not) the job tasks required for your job compare with the job

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19
Sep

7 Questions That Reveal Why Your Sales Team is Underperforming

Why is your sales team not meeting your expectations? I ask this question to my clients on a first call to get their perceptions about why their sale team is not meeting expectations. Sometimes I get clear responses. Mostly I receive vague ones. I assembled these questions to help my clients think through some of the issues and find the

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