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12 Ways to Boost Sales Training Results

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Twelve Ways to Boost Sales Training Program Results

  1. Select a sales trainer who knows or who is willing to invest the time it takes to learn your business and assess your people.  Remember, low knowledge = low credibility,  lessening his or her ability to help salespeople boost sales!
  2. Base the sales training program on the optimal sales process for your business.  The sales training program should use existing or newly-innovated sales best practices that have proven to be successful in your business.
  3. Gain “buy in” prior to the sales training program.  Effective sales trainers will interview your staff prior to training them to understand their individual needs and gain their buy in to what’s being taught.
  4. Tailor all course materials.  When salespeople perceive the sales training program to be “canned” and they spot sections that are not relevant to their business, they often perceive the entire program to be irrelevant.
  5. Spread out the training.  Providing salespeople time in between training sessions helps them practice what they’ve learned, ask the trainer for help when new techniques are not working for them and retain the knowledge longer.
  6. Require salespeople to attend all sessions of the sales training program.  Creative methods, such as tying learning objectives to compensation and incentives, may be useful.
  7. Commit sales managers to 100% attendance so that they can observe their salespeople and note skills bottlenecks.
  8. Develop a follow on coaching and reinforcement plan.   Permanent learning and behavior change occur over time and through repetition.  That’s exactly why post-training coaching is essential for long-term success.
  9. Provide the sales manager with management and coaching training.
  10. Create an optimized sales process and track each sales rep’s performance against the company average.    This provides a quick way to identify bottlenecks in each salesperson’s sales cycles.
  11. Consider using short-term incentives to boost sales activities such as cold calling.
  12. Provide a similar sales training program to non-sales staff to ensure consistent customer experiences with your firm.

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Assess Your Sales Department

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Sales Assessment with Sales Audit

 

We have some great, no-cost ways for you to perform a sales assessment or a fairly quick sales audit of your entire sales department’s overall effectiveness:

  1. Learn and apply the six elements contained in our Sales Improvement Model
  2. Subscribe to our Sales Best Practices E-Newsletter (subscribe on right sidebar of our site pages)
  3. Contact us for a complimentary sales consultation and ideas for a sales audit
  4. Get ideas by viewing the deliverables we include in our Sales Improvement Program
  5. Request our list of “50 Ways to Boost Sales Now!”
  6. Read the articles in our Sales Articles library by visiting our website archive

Over 100 clients of ours have conducted a comprehensive sales assessment or a quick sales audit, yielding substantial sales increases and a great ROI!
 

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Increase Sales Results and Performance

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Our proprietary Sales Improvement Model has been developed and refined over a 20-year period and has helped us increase sales results at over 250 large, medium and small companies. Although presented in a simple format, this model contains up to 50 best practices, sales management systems and sales processes.

 

Sales Alliance Sales Improvement Model

Using this model, a sales department can use the “6 levers” of sales performance, in conjunction with sales training, to significantly boost and sustain sales results.  Oftentimes, sales training organization focus just on the training itself.  But since people fail to retain more than 87% of what they learn in a sales course just one month later, a well-coordinated plan is needed to produce significant results and behavioral changes.

 

Achieve significant sales increases.  See a complete description of our Sales Improvement Model.

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Sales Tools Key Component of Training

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Effective Sales Tools

 

Several studies have shown that people retain less than 15% of what they learn in just one month!  Moreover, most people lack the sales tools and coaching needed to permanently change their selling approaches.  So, how can sales training classes have a long-lasting impact?

 

Training effectiveness is greatly enhanced by providing sales tools that help salespeople apply specific techniques they’ve learned. Examples of effective sales tools that we help salespeople develop during sales training sessions include:

 

Effective Sales Tools

  1. Prospect research checklists
  2. Prospecting call and campaign openings
  3. Elevator speeches for profitable networking
  4. Qualification questions list
  5. Prospect ranking criteria (e.g. A,B,C quality rankings)
  6. Telephone openings
  7. Voicemail sales tools and approaches
  8. Phone tag reduction strategies
  9. Needs assessment questions
  10. Major account profiles
  11. Problems-solutions checklists
  12. Objections and responses list
  13. Commitments lists
  14. Negotiation concessions
  15. Key information to track on a CRM

 

Although managers have developed and supplied their people with some of these sales tools, salespeople rarely use them!  Why?  In short, “people support what they help to create.”  If salespeople create the sales tools, they’re much more apt to buy into and use them than if the tools are given to them.  After all, the truth most sales managers hate to acknowledge is that their suggestions are often downplayed or ignored.

 

In summary, when post-training sales coaching is combined with effective sales tools, long-term behavioral changes are likely to occur.
 
 
 

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