People call me every day about hiring salespeople. I always respond with, “Describe the sales role please.” Many times they will struggle with defining the specific details of the sales role for which they are hiring. A salesperson may perform exceedingly well in one type of sales role and fail miserably in another. Defining your sales role first is critical to
Ask your customers about their business and where it’s going. Focus on collecting information relevant to what, why and how customers buy from you. In addition, you also need to share this with the marketing department. (If you don’t have one, then you are the marketing department.) I’ve divided up 16 questions into two categories – questions to learn more
No experienced football coach would ever consider sending his team onto the field without being right there on the sidelines – observing their every move. The same applies to your sales team. Too many sales managers expect top producers to meet their sales goals without their observation, feedback and coaching. Instead, I encounter many sales managers expecting great results without
In some (rare) cases, you need to roll out the red carpet for a sales candidate. Yes, they are that good. And with the ever decreasing quality of candidates searching for jobs, you need to sell your job to a superstar candidate. One way is to ask great questions to find out exactly what they want and need in order
From my two decades of training and coaching salespeople, here are six fundamental truths about what it takes to become a great salesperson. Many people are in sales, yet few excel at it. My advice to young people considering a career in sales is: “Go for it!” Professional selling can be the best paying job in the world or the worst. Only you
Want to improve your sales reps’ selling skills? Here are five things you can do to role-play effectively and get the results you want. For many salespeople, role-playing is not a priority. However, actors, athletes and musicians all practice their craft – a lot. The best one’s practice (role-play) constantly to improve their performance. Why shouldn’t salespeople? As a sales
Many Sales Managers don’t spend enough time in the field observing sales reps in action. Instead, they expect salespeople to meet sales goals with minimal observation, feedback, or coaching. In order to effectively coach your sales team, you must get out in the field. This allows you to observe the performance of your sales reps in a real world scenario. It’s
The Selling Sales Manager is one who has the dual responsibility of achieving a personal sales quota while managing other salespeople. This differs from a typical Sales Manager who typically goes out on a sales call with his or her salespeople in order to help close a sale or coach to improve performance. Just like the salespeople they manage, they
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