Sales Management

2
Jul

7 Ways to Fix Underperforming Sales Reps Right Now

Identifying the root cause of underperforming sales reps is always the first step. Avoid applying an impulsive decision like throwing more training at them or quickly terminating. Take the time to uncover why they’re not performing then apply your remedy. The best place to start is to determine if your sales rep is actually wired for their sales job. If so,

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24
May

13 Serious Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring Your Next Sales Rep

You need to conduct a competitive comparison of your candidate’s previous sales job and the one they’re applying for at your company. Here are some questions to consider before hiring a HUNTER sales rep – especially someone from within your industry. 1. Did they inherit customers to sell to? Will you offer your sales candidate a book of business with

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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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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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22
May

Avoid the Wandering Sales Candidate

Hiring salespeople is difficult. In this series, I identify a group of sales candidates who, when hired, fail to meet expectations. But they all have one thing on common: they interview well. You struggle when hiring good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to meet their sales goals. Here is another example of a type of sales candidate you’ll

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15
May

Beware of Hiring the Golden Child

In this series, I identify a group of sales candidates who you might hire, but fail to meet expectations. They all have one thing on common: they interview well. You struggle to hire good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to achieve their sales goals. Here is another example of a type of sales candidate you’ll want to avoid…

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27
Mar

Watch Out for This Tricky Sales Candidate

In this series of articles, I identify types of salespeople who fail to meet expectations. But they all have one thing in common: they interview well. You struggle to hire good salespeople but experience frustration when they fail to meet their sales goals. Here is one example of why this happens… The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing This salesperson exhibits a very

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14
Dec

4 Smart Ways to Coach Your Sales Reps on a Sales Call

How often should you step in and save a sale when you’re out in the field with one of your sales reps? You need the revenue, so why not? As a sales coach, your goal is to develop your sales reps to drive and close sales on their own – not to save them every time they need you to

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2
Nov

Hire Better Sales Reps By Adding This

It’s a little unnerving to look back on a salesperson’s first six months and realize that the interview was that employee’s career highlight.  Too often sales leaders make hiring decisions based on how well a candidate performs during an interview, not how well he will perform in the field. Why is the salesperson you hired with great promise fail to meet

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