Ten Tips for Motivating your Sales Team
For more methods to motivate your team, see our Sales Compensation Programs and Sales Improvement Model.
1 – Work on your own personal motivation. Energetic and upbeat sales managers are able to spread their enthusiasm, instill superior sales motivation and dispel most forms of negativity.
2 – Begin and end meetings on a positive note with words of encouragement. All too often, meetings are routine and lack the positivity detract from sales motivation.
3 – Develop spiffs or other incentives to boost sales of high-value products and services. It is said that salespeople are “coin operated.” Using incentives to reinforce ideal sales behaviors is often money well spent!
4 – Add creative, motivational components to team meetings (e.g. contests, guest speakers).
5 – Look for ways to leverage (and reward) the effectiveness of your high performers such as providing them with administrative or telesales support.
6 – Scrutinize, then streamline, your sales processes. Salespeople will rejoice when you reduce paperwork !!!
7 – Conduct loss reviews to see why your people lost accounts and to prevent the same things from recurring. Salespeople are motivated by retaining existing customers and improving their closing ratios.
8 – Find ways to boost salesperson time spent in contact with customers and prospects. More contact means more sales. And more sales mean happier salespeople and enhanced sales motivation levels.
9 – Determine what motivates each of your salespeople, then use specific, individualized rewards to positively impact sales behaviors.
10 – Share success stories. Sales motivation is enhanced when personal accomplishments and others’ successes are recognized.
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