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Ideas for sales training during a recession
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In any organisation, one of the first budgets to be cut is the sales training budget.  Yet this is short-sighted, and may create much-needed returns in the short term, but it won’t allow you to grow your staff’s competencies and expertise, and consequently, it will then limit your customer growth. Of course it is hard to justify growth during a recession; when your Directors are putting pressure on for cost cutting and when redundancies are just around the corner.  However, training helps to keep morale up within employee teams, and shows that ‘although things are hard now, the company still…

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Self-directed learning in Sales Training: 6 step guide on how to ensure your sales training program works
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With budgets reducing and the ability to share information increasing exponentially, self-directed learning is becoming the de facto way of training in many organisations for salespeople. Hiring expensive sales trainers to travel to train your sales force is a cost that is difficult to justify, especially when you have invested thousands in implementing sharepoints and intranets that are apparently going to ‘revolutionise’ your sales training delivery. Now is the time to capitalise on those intranet investments.  But the intranet is not the answer, the content and the sales training agreements between employers and their staff is key. In order to…

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Selling Higher – Strategic Key Account Management and Selling
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I came across an interesting article on Harvard Business Review by Lynette Ryais (link) detailing how implementing Key Account Management programmes can be crucial for  strategic selling and thought it would be helpful to share. The article cites that although it can be tough to “demote” accounts, for a programme to have a sense of exclusivity and therefore convey the idea of an ‘elite’ opportunity, only select customers can be deemed a “Key Account”. If we think back to the earlier post this week regarding the Account Categorisation Triangle and how this can have a great positive impact on your account…

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UK Sales Training in the Technology Sector – What’s not working
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Sales Training is often short-lived, expensive and forgotten as soon as everyone walks out of the conference room.  They only came for the free lunch anyway. It is also very difficult for generalist sales trainers to have a real impact on your sales force, who are selling extremely complex and strategic solutions to fix difficult customer issues.  The technology sector is like no other sector, and traditional sales training does not work in such a fast-paced and complicated environment. In the technology sector, customer engagements are built on strategic foundations, where the salesperson comes to be perceived as a ‘trusted…

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Account Categorisation Triangle – How it helps to grow your sales
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The earlier posts concerning the process of account categorisation when taking on a new territory or “patch” are all to do with how you can best utilise your time by targeting the right accounts at the right time. In this post, I will explain how to do this by using the Account Categorisation Triangle, showing how you need to critically assess your current customer base (using the Account Categorisation Template in this previous post and downloading the free blank template here), before you can look to transform your customer base. Types of accounts To recap, there are 4 types of accounts:…

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Categorising Accounts – Selling better to the right people
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When any salesperson takes on a new territory, it is crucial to firstly categorise the accounts in order to effectively target the correct customers, with the correct messaging.  For example, you do not want to be taking a message about how to help customers develop what they have currently with some of your additional add on products – if they have never bought from you before.  This scenario would require a different message that appeals to their situation specifically. Another reason why account categorisation is key is that it shows to your management that you are on top of your…

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Best UK Startup Podcasts 2013
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This will be a rolling list that I add to, but I really struggle to find good UK entrepreneur/small business or UK startup podcasts that are relevant to the UK market.  Send me any suggestions if you’ve found any decent ones!   Here is my list so far:   Thinking for Business Success UK – by Go MAD Thinking : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/thinking-for-business-success/id253188126?mt=2 Monocle 24: The Entrepreneurs : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/monocle-24-the-entrepreneurs/id474763183?mt=2 Maximise Potential : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/maximise-your-potential-podcast/id370569025?mt=2 SmallBizPod : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/smallbizpod-small-business/id73802187?mt=2 Internet Marketing : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/internet-marketing-insider/id168492891?mt=2

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Planning your workload – daily scheduler sales tips
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Starting a new sales role can be challenging, frustrating and confusing.  This is because of the nature of acquisition and new business sales where the salesperson is constantly spinning multiple plates to ensure that they have a steady stream of prospects, customers and deals coming through.  Very often, sales staff have a very curvy activity wave with multiple troughs and spikes where the salesperson has a busy run of multiple deals, then a period of latency because they haven’t generated any new prospects during the busy period.  Here at the SalesWay.com, we are going to give you some sales tips to…

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Categorising Accounts 2 – The Template and how you should use it
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In the last post, we looked at why it was important to categorise your accounts into Acquire, Develop, Farm and Dismiss.  This is known as territory planning and forms part of your overall Territory Business Plan – in fact, it should be the underlying basis of all of your strategic territory objectives. As a recap, categorising your accounts in a new territory, whether you have 4 or 400 is important for the following reasons: Keeping your current buying customers happy Ensuring that customers who buy a little from you now buy more Remaining on the lookout for new acquisition accounts…

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Simple Sales Questioning Template – Download the blank template
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Here is the blank template for downloading to create and add your own questions.  This template helps you to plan sales calls, meetings and questions.

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