19 Aug 2022

Selling is a pretty demanding job with plenty of challenges, no days are the same and nothing is straightforward but if one manages to navigate correctly is very rewarding too. Recent technological advances also help a lot to manage the activity easily and effectively but can also be very confusing and overwhelming at the same time. Inside sales are the type of sales that become ...

04 Oct 2021

Sales training initiative India
Recently, we interviewed a client who is in a business for almost 25 years and their sales are primarily done from the field. The conversation went as follows: Q. When was the last time you took up sales training intervention? A. In our 25 years of working, we have never done training for the sales staff. Q. What prompted you to go for the sales training intervention now? ...

18 Jul 2021

B2B Sales Prospects Qualification
Most of the sales process involves 8 to 10 steps as below and where do you think the difference b/w the high performers and average performers start? Preparation & Organization Prospecting/Qualifying Conducting a Needs Assessment Presenting Solutions to Needs Developing & Presenting Proposals Handling Prospect Resistance Closing Sales Professionally Following Up Sales Effec...

23 Mar 2021

Having a competent sales team is one of the most important aspects of building a great business. But how to build the competency of the sales team? Most companies prefer to put the salespeople on the field and learn by themselves. Depending on the salesperson's ability to win new deals, achieve targets and overall experience determines the competency. This method can work but the cha...

08 Oct 2020

Innovation selling
Prospecting is one of the key activities of the B2B Sales professional. Accept or not, in most businesses, prospecting is undergoing major change with the penetration of internet and social media. Any B2B sales person, who has been in the industry will realize the way Buyers are slowing taking control of the sales process and traditional methods of cold calling, sending cold e-mails a...

23 Aug 2020

sales coaching conversation
A recently while talking to a consultant friend who is in the operations consulting and asked him, what is he doing towards sales, he said I am not selling anything. I kind of was taken aback and asked what he means by that? He said, I’m reaching out to all my past and current clients, not to sell them but to listen to them.  They’re going through a tough time right now and t...

17 May 2020

5 tools to succeed in sales in 2020
COVID19 has changed the way business is conducted worldwide. This is relevant to the way the sellers engage the buyers. The current environment of low touch economy or social distancing demands that the field sales team must transition from outside sales to remote or virtual sales. Any change is not easy but change is a must. As the below quote says, If the rate of change outsi...

08 Apr 2020

Persuasion skills to sell your ideas
There is a lot of emphasis on coming up with innovative ideas and proposals in most organizations. Indeed many come up with good ideas too. But my own experience shows, it is one thing to come up with an idea, and it is altogether a different thing to sell or persuade others to agree to your idea. It is an art and a skill to persuade others to accept our ideas. And if you are a lea...

14 Jan 2020

Enterprise buyer types
Enterprise selling or B2B buying is complex and requires different tools and nuances than direct selling to consumers. One of the common challenges in enterprise selling is identifying the types of buyers one comes across. Most novice salespeople or even experienced ones do not approach multiple buyers in enterprise selling as different. This is one of the primary reason where ...

07 Jan 2020

Consultative selling in b2b sales
The word 'Selling' is something many people do not like to associate with. They feel 'Selling' is bad or it is being pushy. Now even some of the salespeople don't find the word selling comfort to them. But irrespective of the word 'Selling' people like or not, everyone is seeking the benefits of selling. Whether someone is keen to convince his manager to develop a new idea, want to in...

07 Jan 2020

Sales training myths & facts
In today’s time, information is everywhere and everyone seems to have strong and better opinions. Instead of relying on facts, myths and misconceptions many times rule. Now when it comes to sales training or sales effectiveness programs, we hear many misconceptions organizations, sales leaders hold. This is also prevalent among sales professionals but our experience shows many ...

01 Jan 2020

Rapport building in sales
You are working on 2 deals parallel for months, both the prospects are the right fit. But after working for months and giving equal effort to both, only one of the prospect signs the deal with you whereas 2nd prospect decides to go with a competitor solution. What really has happened? What has made the deal work with one prospect whereas another one who matched the same as first didn'...

12 Dec 2019

Sales performance culture
Q. What really differentiates a high-performance sales team vs avg. performing sales team? A. Good training that's it, quick answer! OK! As a sales training and coaching firm, you may think that we are just selling the concept of sales training! So don't take our word for granted! Most people believe products, good market access, experienced sales team matters. We definitely...

12 Sep 2019

We keep meeting many companies and also salespeople. When we ask, what are their biggest challenges, 2 common challenges expressed are pricing and competition. Most buyers are challenging the salespeople on the pricing part and there is always a competitor who is out there who is willing to undercut the price to win the orders.  How do sales team can handle this? Firstly ...

05 Sep 2019

How to measure training intevention
Sales training is an integral part of the business of any company. But many organizations have doubts about the trainings because they worry about the investments not giving returns. Or the other way it is not knowing ways to measure the success of the sales training in an objective way. However, what begs to be answered is, how do most companies who continue to invest in training...

21 Mar 2019

sales coaching conversation
Recently one of the participants said, he is having a hard time to get consistent delivery from his team members. No one seems to own responsibility and happy when they meet 70%~80% target. I am not very aggressive like other sales managers and I don't know what to do? I asked have you tried coaching the team members weekly or bi-monthly? He said, I hear a lot about coaching but I am ...

15 Feb 2019

When it comes to sales training initiative, measuring the success of sales training or ROI in terms of business results is not clear. This inhibits many businesses to take up sales training initiatives. Many companies we meet ask this question about sales training. Since I am investing money on this training, how do I clearly measure the impact with respect to business results such as...

31 Jan 2019

What actually results in sales success? This is a difficult question and there is no one answer. Some say sales success is driven by process, structure, whereas others say sales is all about building relations. The answer lies in the combination of these. Sales is as much an art as science. Many of you, would have come across someone who in spite of not having a sales process, produc...

17 Jan 2019

sales team understanding
Are you facing situations where you are losing business and don't know the reason? Do you wonder if you just had magic wand using which you could know what exactly your customer wants? Or wonder why the customer who used to buy stopped buying? If you are facing any of the above, there is a way to know the answer. It is fact, one of the hardest things in business is knowing what th...