Team Building Tips from Successful Entrepreneurs

Vernon Simpson

Posted by Vernon Simpson
Last updated 12th April 2018
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  • 1. Address negative or disengaged attitudes immediately
    1. Address negative or disengaged attitudes immediately

    The nature of sales provides plenty of opportunity for negative emotions to surface: loss of a sale, loss of a client, rejection, and market conditions. In many different contexts, negative attitudes can lead to decreased levels of employee engagement, productivity, and morale. Managers need to address these negative attitudes before they have the ability to impact productivity. A positive atmosphere in a sales department is important to motivate employees to press through the challenges that accompany a sales job.

    2. Set valid time and activity goals for tracking progress of sales employees
    2. Set valid time and activity goals for tracking progress of sales employees

    Tracking performance of an employee is a no-brainer, and for sales employees it is crucial. Sales managers need to set clear goals and measure the progress of each sales rep. Performance-tracking tools help managers organise and follow sales, revenue, and client goals for each sales employee. The pressure to meet a goal can provide additional motivation for less-productive employees.

    3. Share knowledge and information concerning the sales process
    3. Share knowledge and information concerning the sales process

    Knowledge sharing is an effective way to increase the productivity of sales employees without removing them from their job. Technology provides many tools that allow knowledge to be shared easily within a department: online chat forums, online training videos, webinars, or emails that publicly recognise success of sales reps and share the specific techniques used to achieve success.

    4. Implement a systematic process to attain new clients and win new business
    4. Implement a systematic process to attain new clients and win new business

    Organisations have a variety of goals and objectives when it comes to sales. These goals not only depend on the product or service, but industry size as well. Upselling existing clients is always one goal, but sales reps should also strive to win new clients and sales. Planning and establishing strategies for obtaining new business will ensure long-term growth for your sales force and the entire organisation.

    5. Establish a strategic process to grow and increase key accounts
    5. Establish a strategic process to grow and increase key accounts

    It definitely costs more money and takes more effort to gain a new client than it does to maintain an existing client. Organisations need to create strategies and processes that increase sales in key accounts. Growing key accounts and maintaining clients over a long period of time is significantly more valuable than one-time buyers or short-term clients. Sales managers and reps need to understand the importance of maintaining and growing existing clients, and the financial implications that accompany that process.

    6. Provide targeted training for sales employees
    6. Provide targeted training for sales employees

    Sales training is imperative. Organisations must select training programs that fit the strengths of the sales department, and provide specific tools that will help the sales team meet organisational goals. Training should balance focus between interpersonal interactions, persuasive communication, and utilising new technology to learn more about prospects and clients. Sales managers and organisations must be aware of the needs of their sales force in order to select the best training programs.

    7. Equip sales force with the tools needed to be successful
    7. Equip sales force with the tools needed to be successful

    Sales managers are not responsible for forcing sales reps to do their job, but they are responsible for providing sales reps the opportunity for success. One way managers can do this is by providing efficient technology, access to market and client information, and additional sales training. Providing these tools can not only increase productivity, it can also help build trust, commitment, and loyalty between the sales manager and the sales team.

About the author
Vernon Simpson
Vernon Simpson
I am a Certified Value Builder, C- IQ Coach, Author, and approved Business Growth specialist, providing expert, tailored business and executive coaching in London and the UK. I am passionate about business and service excellence, and I want to connect with the owners of SMEs, managers and corporate executives in the private, public and third sectors; individuals who are looking to achieve superior performance, and obtain guaranteed service improvements results, and increases in turnover and profitability.