One of the most startling from a variety of sources is that over 70% of buyers in a B2B world today make their decision forever talking to a sales rep. WOW! What is a sales rep to do? It is imperative that sales people and teams reinvent themselves. We have to automate and streamline some of the mundane tasks such as prospecting, phone dialing, proposal generation, etc. The time-saving has to be reinvested into practices that allow salespeople to get in on the front part of the buying process. Here's a brief list of action salespeople can now take:
What makes a great manager? One could argue that experience defines a great coach, but I'll play devil's advocate for a second here. I don't think that's the case- at least when it comes to experience with subject matter. Coaching and managing have their similarities, and the common denominator with both is that emotional intelligence is vital to a success coach. How do we expect someone whose numbers are great, sales are astonishing, and consistently achieves their goals to automatically achieve what it takes to work well with others and manage them in a productive way? Fostering that growth with all employees is necessary to to success when it comes to creating a workplace culture that encourages employee development. How many times have you walked into a workplace where everyone is doing the same, daily grind, with no foresight to their career path? Where does this come from? I'd argue that lack of coaching and proper management is the reason to blame, here. I know I'm making a lot of contentious statements here, but working with others is not necessarily a skill that people immediately pick up. By having this coaching culture that works on not only those skills, but also attitudes, self-development, engagement- you'll have a culture that you're proud of and one that fosters development of managers inherently.
Recently, we began using a platform called PhoneBurner. EssentiallyPhoneBurner is an innovative technology platform that allows you to load up a list of phone calls in their system that does much of the work for you in regard to the mundane tasks associated with prospecting. For example, here are some of the following features that seamlessly reduce tremendous time associated with prospecting: