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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

The Only 6 Reasons A Sales Manager Should Be Attending Sales Calls with Their Team

saving the sale and coaching sales performanceSales managers, let’s be honest… it’s hard to watch a salesperson that seems to be flailing in shallow water when they are on a prospect or client call. However, if you take a step back, you realize they are probably going to find their feet and be able to stand up and be fine. Recently, I attended one of The Center for Sales Strategy's Talent Focused Management workshops led by Matt Sunshine (Managing Partner), and I walked away with a few reminders.

Topics: sales performance sales management coaching

Is There Anything Else We Should Be Talking About?

sales managers and salespeople should ask this questionA simple question, right? Yes. But, very powerful. So many salespeople and sales managers have well-planned, beautifully-executed meetings, but inadvertently leave some of the most useful information on the table simply because they forget to ask this simple, shared-control question that can reveal the real priorities for the person with whom they are speaking.  

Topics: key account growth sales management prospecting account list management

Weekly Roundup: The Future of Sales + More

sales predictionsWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

The Future of Sales: Predictions from the “Nostradamus's” of Selling — Hubspot

"I think there will be more and more specialization. The process will be broken up into a few parts -- depending on what you are selling -- with one person focusing on each part."

Read more on what Matt Sunshine (managing partner of The Center for Sales Strategy) and other sales leaders have to say about the future of sales in this Hubspot post.

Topics: sales management Sales Wrap-up salespeople

Developing Elite Employees Starts with an Elite Onboarding Process

sales onboarding by sales managerIf you want elite sales performance from your new hire, have an elite onboarding process. 

You breathed that sigh of relief after you received a signature from a new hire. Satisfying, right? Now, you must put as much effort into their onboarding as you did into the interview process because hiring elite performers is only part of the overall equation. You expect elite performance from them, but it is not guaranteed.

Topics: hiring salespeople sales management Talent sales training onboarding

Weekly Roundup: The Ultimate Guide to Active Listening in Sales + More

listenWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

Active Listening in Sales: The Ultimate Guide — Hubspot

Salespeople don’t hold all of the cards anymore. With a quick Google search and some browsing, prospects can gather as much information about a product as a salesperson has. As a result, it’s harder for salespeople to demonstrate their expertise. So what should salespeople do? Simple: Invest in listening.

Topics: sales management Sales Wrap-up salespeople

What Is Your Draft Strategy?

draft-recruiting-top-salespeopleThe 2018 NFL Draft will take place this week. I root for the Cleveland Browns. The team with the 1-31 record over the past two seasons. The team with one of the worst track records when it comes to evaluating and selecting talent. That’s my team!

Topics: hiring salespeople sales management Talent

Track These 4 Activities to Help Your Salespeople Grow Their Sales Performance

sales-manager-help-salespeople-through-sales-processAs a former sales manager, I often struggled with the line between being a supportive and understanding manager, and holding my sales team accountable. One day, after hearing excuse after excuse about why so-and-so wasn't going to buy such-and-such, I threw my hands up and asked myself, if all of this feels so out of my control, what is in my control? What can I focus my team on that ensures we win where we need to win?  

Topics: sales performance sales management

Fixing Your Leaky Bucket: Account List Management Strategy

target-account-account-list-management-strategyHave you ever tried to fill a leaky bucket? Pouring water into the bucket while water leaks out from the bottom is a fruitless process and a waste of time. The net result is a partially-filled bucket!

Topics: sales strategy sales performance sales management account list management

Weekly Roundup: The 2 Letters Destroying Your Sales Pitch + More

Sales SlumpWe hope you've had a great week! It's Friday, and today we're sharing what we've been reading online this week! Here are our "best" from around the web.

The 2 Letters Destroying Your Sales Pitch (& How to Stop Saying Them) — Hubspot

Do you think it's possible that two letters could be destroying your sales pitch? If they are, how can you avoid using them? Don’t let your sales pitch fall on deaf ears. Follow these four guidelines to eliminate these letters from your vocabulary and successfully engage your prospects. 

Topics: sales management Sales Wrap-up salespeople

What’s Your Account List Management Strategy?

account list management strategyToo many sales organizations do not have an account list management strategy (ALMS) or they have one that provides little strategic value. In mature businesses, the lack of a priority-based ALMS is often tied to the following:

Topics: sales performance sales management account list analytics account list management