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What You Need To Know About Coaching A Sales Team
Sales Managers wear many hats but none is more important than being the coach. However, coaching a sales team may just be one of the most challenging tasks assigned to a Sales Manager. For that reason, here is some advice about coaching a sales team.
I place great importance on coaching because it elevates a Sales Manager’s leadership standing. If you aren’t viewed as a leader, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to successfully manage any kind of team or organization. Coaching a sales team is about earning that sales team’s respect and generating followers. I have no problem following people I can learn from and people that I respect.
Coaching a sales team may cover many topics…
- Forecasting Accuracy
- Securing Sales Resources
- Developing Internal Contacts
- Funnel Management
- Order Entry
- Handling Customer Issues
- Account Retention Strategies
- Advice On Reports
The list is endless and that’s why I have so much respect for Sales Managers. That said, notice that two extremely important areas are not mentioned above and yet they are at the center of why a sales force exists. You have to sell! Improving sales is a key benefit of coaching a sales team.
Coaching A Sales Team The Right Way
Coaching a sales team must include sales training. This key coaching area is often neglected by sales managers that haven’t had the time to invest in their skills as a sales trainer. I have some advice for them.
Today, Sales Managers can get help coaching a sales team in the areas of improving sales and prospecting skills. They can turn those coaching responsibilities over to a professional sales trainer. I understand that budgets are tight but every sales team should be able to afford less than two hundred dollars for a powerful corporate sales training DVD or CD.
Coaching A Sales Team Made Easy
A solid prospecting training CD could be the difference between success and failure. The same is true for a program that covers the sales process. How hard is it to play a few minutes from one of these corporate sales training programs at every weekly sales meeting? It’s easy once you are dedicated to sales team training.
Coaching A Sales Team For Results
I encourage all sales managers to get more involved with coaching their sales team and to remember that coaching must include sales team training. Simply stated, the teams with the best skills always get more than their fair share of the orders.
I hope you’ll put this advice about coaching a sales team to good use. Once you do, I’m sure you’ll be taking your teams performance to the next level.
I wish you and your sales team great success!