It’s the Anti-Coach!

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It’s Not Who You Think…

Here’s how you’ll know if someone else has more influence over your sales team than you do…

How many times have you heard the following from someone in your sales team?

”We can have this order but we have to beat their existing supplier….can we do anything?”

”The competitor has just dropped their prices on this, the customer says we need to do the same if we want their business…can we match it?”

”They want a discount on their first order with us, just a trial rate, just to try us out…can we do it?”

Just how many times, and how often, have you heard this from your sales team?

Sales Coaching Rocks!

It totally does.

Want to see a spike in sales – get away from the desk and spend time with the team.

Productivity and efficiency spikes? Get your sales leaders sat next to the mid-term players and see them move up the ranks.

20% uplift straight away.

20% ++ in some instances, and even better, it costs nothing.

So why am I even bothering to write about this?

Sales Coaching = Influence.

When we coach, you and I, we’re building up influence.

We’re transferring strong sales mental software that you and I have configured, with no bugs.

The more you and I coach our team, the more we influence.

The more we influence, the strong the mental software we install.

Stop coaching and all sorts of bugs creep in.

Because here’s what happens when we don’t coach our sales team…

Someone else does…and those people don’t have YOUR business best interests at heart.

Who?

Your Customers…

Your sales team spends a lot of time with your customers.

Your sales team may spend more time with your customers than they do with you.

They want to please your customers.

Your sales team, because of how they are wired, will derive great pleasure from doing this.

They’ll even take flak from you, the business leader, if the customer is happy.

Your customers have a huge sway and influence over your sales team.

Your customers will let your sales team know what pleases them and how to get their business and leave it for the sales person to battle with the business.

Your customers might even suggest strategies the sales person could use to get the sales manager to say yes…..

After all, haven’t we all had the sales person walk into our office with a deal that’s far better for the customer than it is for the business?

That just means your customer has been a better coach to your sales person than you and I have….

This way danger lurks….

Your Competitors…

Yes….your competitors are coaching your sales team every single day…

Not one single business card has been exchanged, nor telephone call, email or Skype….nothing.

Your customers are the fastest and most intelligent conduit for your competitors to coach your sales team…

How often have you heard the phrase…

‘Competitor X has just slashed their prices by 10%, so customer B wants to know if we can do the same or should he place his order with Competitor X’

What do you do?

Yet again, your customer and your competitor are coaching your sales team….back door coaching.

Robbing you of sales and margin that are rightly yours.

Again, if that’s a stronger coaching force than you or I then we can hang swinging…and deserve to.

Your Prospects…

Your prospects are great negotiators.

After all, your sales team are probably sat in front of the prospect because they want to kick and incumbent out?

What’s that tell the prospect?

Well, a savvy prospect knows there is a deal to be done.

A savvy prospect will test how much the sales person wants the business.

Typically they’ll test how much they want the business by claiming (and this is a rookie hole to fall into) that they love their current supplier and would only move if the price was much less…it’s all about the cheapest after all.

So, your sales person walks through the door to the sales office with a signed order that costs you.

Your savvy prospect has coached and sold your sales person their prospect reality…

Savvy prospect!

We’ve all had sales people do this to us.

You and I know the drill.

But instead of wondering what the hell’s going on with the sales team…I’ll tell you.

We’re not spending enough time with them.

We’re not telling them the business reality.

We’re not installing great sales software.

We’re letting the bugs in.

You and I are letting other people coach our sales team…

And that’s a really easy fix.

Sales coaching is about influence.

If you’re not influencing your sales team there will be a void and they’ll look for something/someone else to fill that void.

That something or someone could be the rest of the sales team, that can be good and bad, but usually bad.

It could be anyone of the three dark forces above…and that’s really bad.

It could be their friends and family who don’t really understand what they do… that’s usually bad too…you’ll know if you’ve ever had a meeting with a sales rep who wants a salary hike because their partner thinks they’re worth more than you’re paying them…very bad.

Or you…and that’s usually good.

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Got Your Battle Rattle?

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In army slang ‘Battle Rattle’ means wearing full battle kit…FULL.

I’ve yet to find a suitably equivalent term to apply to the sales arena…

Maybe you could suggest one…

In truth…I like Battle Rattle.

You see, in my mind, it’s not just about the external kit and the benefits and challenges it brings, it’s not about doing combat (because good sales people just don’t) with those encountered, it’s not even about the protection and security of being part of a tribe when it matters most.

But it does speak to my mind about the sense of endeavour, the effort, the focus, the commitment.

Because, after all, in the army arena, any ambivalent indifference to success is critical, and may be fatal…

Thankfully, the stakes on the sales field are never so high.

Does that mean the commitment, focus and intent should be any less?

That’s a personal question and a very personal choice.

You might say the two worlds can’t be compared…I’d agree.

You might say they have more in common than we suspect…I’d agree with that too.

Whatever your view, you and I can agree that mindset is everything.

Think about this

Two sales people, same training, same skill level, same support, same product, same back up, same sector, same everything.

Yet one flies, smashing sales targets for fun and the other is a constant ball of stress expecting to be fired at any moment.

I see this all the time.

In fact, when meeting a new sales team, the game I play with myself is to spot the sales winners before I see their stats.

I win most times.

For no other reason that success shines and failure lurks like a dark secret.

Ok, the example above is a representation of the extremes, but those extremes and the resting places between those extremes are easy to spot.

Too easy.

But the real bad news is, if I can see it…so can the prospects.

According to research by CSO Insights, 54% of sales people won’t hit their sales target.

Next time you’re wondering about why you’ve got some super stars and some not so super stars on your sales team, just consider one thing.

All the training, skill and product knowledge in the world will only get them so far.

All the revised reward and bonus schemes may get them a tad further.

Short term performance improvement programs might also help.

But before you check out and invest in all that…check out their Battle Rattle too…

State of mind is everything.

 

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It’s the End of the Month…Not the World…

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Ok, so the sales target was a tad elusive this month. It’s not ideal, so before it’s too late and you get into major panic mode, here’s a few things you’ll want to do.

When you get the urge to do these things I want you to stop….

Stop in the name of all that’s holy, and just have a firm word with yourself.

Here we go:

You’ll want to offer a discount to sales prospects further along in your sales pipeline to get them to bring their order forward.

STOP – you may be able to do this on a rare few prospects, but think carefully. You’re effectively robbing yourself of good profit…which should be reason enough.

EVEN WORSE – you’re educating your prospects to buy from you at month end because you will discount if you need to hit target.

IF THAT WERE NOT ENOUGH – you’ve just pillaged next months sales pipeline so you’re going to hell….

You’ve just committed the first step in the three-step sales program called ‘Race to the Bottom’

The other two stages?

Well you did ask:

You’ll start to tell yourself lies.

Such lies.

Lies about how it was the market, the competition, the economy, your industry, your car, the moon, your birth sign, your first primary school teacher…

You’ll blame everything and everybody other than the person who puts your socks on in the morning.

Yes, you!

No flagellation required here…but as in any stepped program, it’s a stage you’ll go though, and get over.

But you must have a cold hard look at the reality of the situation and examine exactly why you missed target.

Next? If you insist…

You’ll start to make grand plans ….or maybe not….

And whether you do or not depends on how well you’ve been able to get over telling yourself lies…

So these grand plans…such grand plans.

The same size of plans you make when you think about getting to Everest base camp, cycling Lands End to John O’Groats or getting up before the alarm goes off to go to the gym…

Yes, those kind of plans.

You’ll get happy and glowy on the euphoria…you have a plan, how can you fail?

It looks great on paper…chest out, confident stride, I know you’re telling yourself you can do this. Go You!

Hello, hate to pitter patter on your parade and all that, but how different is this to the plan you had last month?

Or, you could fall into the other camp…

You’ll suck it up, all the grief from the sales manager, the sales team and anyone else that’s subsidised your existence this month and you’ll have faith and believe that you were just unlucky.

It was just luck, and it’ll all be different next month.

So make plans or don’t make plans…you can’t control this stuff can you?

So the The Race to the Bottom in three quick stages…

Or you could so this 

Happy Selling

Carol

carol@mortonkyle.com

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