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Buyer Focused Sales Training For Today’s New Economy

Buyer focused sales training in today’s new economy will contribute more to your bottom line than any other activity.  You will see how sales training will affect budget cutbacks, sales incentives, new product launches and personal growth not to mention significant bottom line improvements.

 

Let me share with you the story of two different clients in need of sales training.  Last August, I was scheduled to conduct some sales training for dissimilar clients: Client A and Client B.  Each sales team was having difficulty meeting their sales targets and sales training was identified as a solution to the problem.

 

Due to budget cuts, Client A’s sales training was postponed until the New Year. Why do suppose their sales training budgets were cut? 

 

The primary reason was sales were down.  Client A chose to punish or penalize the sales force by cutting sales training budgets and other sales related activities. 

 

Did Client A’s choice to eliminate sales training help increase their sales, or get the team back on target, or even contribute to their bottom line?

 

Time had passed and as per their request, I followed up with them.   Unfortunately, I learned the sales force was cut to a bare minimum, the sales training budget was slashed, and now they are in serious financial difficulty.  Can you appreciate the importance of sales training?

 

Client B was also struggling to meet sales targets; however, they invested in sales training.  Client B ended the year on target, and realized how sales training made a positive contribution to their bottom line.  Not only did they prepare in advance for today’s new economy of buyers but they are now providing their sales team with ongoing sales training.  What do you think their results will be this year?

 

It is important management understand that the world revolves around sales.  Without sales, there are no transactions and without transactions, there is no revenue.  Organizations cannot survive without revenue and therefore, no one would have a job.

 

Today’s down economy is resulting in layoffs and cutbacks due to lack of sales, and lack of buyer focused sales training.  There is reduced revenue and therefore, cost reductions are necessary.  However, these cost reductions should not be in the sales training area.  Sales is the bloodline of every business in the world!

 

 

On the contrary, an increased budget should be allocated to sales for sales training.  Now is the time for ambitious sales activity.  It is no longer an order taking economy.  It is a hunter’s economy.  Prospects are to be sought after, qualified and prescribed affordable solutions. Sales training must be at the forefront.  In addition, it is crucial to maintain loyal relationships with all existing customers. 

 

These are only a few of the things that are re-enforced in sales training, not to mention the following points:

 

Sales people may also need to change the way they are selling.  The traditional dog and pony show or feature and benefit dump will no longer work.  Clients, in today’s economy, are looking for sales people who bring them value.  They want sales people who take the time to truly understand a client’s business and needs.  Clients appreciate sales people who ask pertinent questions and listen intently, while demonstrating genuine concern for the client and not just themselves.  Clients respect sales people who are in it for the long term relationship and not simply for the money.  Ongoing sales training will cover the entire field.  Sales training offers structure and builds confidence.

 

Sales people also need to learn how to get the best return on their time invested (R.O.T.I.).  In today’s economy, they may need to change their targeting strategy in order to benefit from R.O.T.I. They must profile clients by category and then, identify similar profiles in the market place. Once again, this is addressed and reiterated in ongoing sales training.

 

Sales people need to track their behaviours and identify where they obtain the best results for improving their call to close ratios. These ratios are normally

down during an economic crisis.  Sales training will offer a guide for effective tracking.

 

The sales person’s attitude also requires an adjustment.  Sales people tend to become a product of their environment of which they have little control.  They use the tough times as an excuse and slow down as opposed to moving forward and taking control of their life.  Ongoing sales training offers constant and progressive motivation.

 

This economic crisis is not the end of sales.  There is much to learn through ongoing sales training that leads to positive actions and results.   Now is the time to contribute to your bottom line one positive step at a time.  However, if the foundation is not there for sales support, nothing will change. 

 

Sales training is the foundation. You may not be able to build on it right now, but don’t knock it down.  It is a strong support today and in the future.  

 

 

Learn How to Execute the Disciplines of Attracting, Engaging and Empowering the “Buyer Focused” Velocity Selling System, to Up Your Bottom Line

 

To download your complimentary White Paper “The New Economy of Buyers, Why Traditional and Consultative Selling Methods No Longer Work”, visit www.BobU.com

 

Sales Velocity. Your Bottom Line. Our Passion

 

 

 

 

 

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