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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

The Center for Sales Strategy

Recent Posts by The Center for Sales Strategy:

Why Sales Coaching Matters, Plus 3 Ways to Get Started

Why Sales Coaching Matters

To achieve your sales targets, it's imperative to effectively train the sales reps so they become more productive. Sales coaching can highly improve their skills as they become better salespeople. They can help generate more revenue for the company and help achieve business objectives. 

While sales experience is essential, it's equally important to train the sales managers to maximize sales productivity. Effective sales coaching coupled with good training and management can help skyrocket sales and build a stronger sales team.

Topics: sales coaching sales management

5 Things Every Great Sales Manager Should Do to Turn Talented Salespeople into Performers

 5 Things Every Great Sales Manager Should Do to Turn Talented Salespeople into Performers

“Get the right people on your bus and get the right people in the right seat on your bus.”

Jim Collins, leadership guru and author of the best-seller Good to Great

If you have the right people on your bus, how well do they fit into the role you have them in?

Even if you hired the right talent onto your bus, reports show that less than 20% of employees feel they get to use their talent and strengths each day at work which means adjustments are needed. How can you help?

Topics: hiring salespeople Sales

Resources That Are Helpful to Your New Hire

Resources for Onboarding

30% of job seekers have left a job within 90 days of starting.

Staffing and HR experts say onboarding new hires at an organization should be a strategic process that lasts at least one year because how employers handle the first few days and months of a new employee's experience is crucial to ensuring high retention.

Beyond the basics, what else does a new hire need?

Topics: onboarding sales talent

5 Reasons for High Turnover Rates and Tips for Prevention

5 Reasons for High Turnover Rates and Tips for Prevention

What has changed for your organization since the beginning of 2020? Now more than ever, employers must be more empathetic, flexible, and transparent as the workforce navigates through this sudden work-life blend reality.

An article from The Atlantic shares that when the pandemic is officially over, one in six workers is projected to continue working from home or co-working at least two days a week. Another survey conducted by Upwork found that one-fifth of the workforce could be entirely remote after the pandemic. What do these statistics mean for your organization, and how do you plan to adapt?

Topics: reduce turnover

Improving Sales Performance | Running Effective Sales Meetings in a Work-From-Home Environment

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What are some best practices for running a successful virtual meeting? How should leaders go about unifying a remote team? 

These questions and more are answered in this Improving Sales Performance episode with Chad Littlefield, Co-Founder of We and Me, Inc.

As he shares his insight on running effective sales meetings in a work-from-home environment, he also touches on how to build a culture of trust and connection. Tune in now to hear the Live broadcast or keep reading for a brief overview.

Topics: virtual meeting

Improving Sales Performance | Target Drives that Improve Revenue Performance

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Regardless of the industry you work in; every company ultimately has the same goal: to increase revenue and grow business.

To set your organization up for long-term success, you need more than just a goal. You need a strategic plan, and that’s where target drives come in.

In this episode of Improving Sales Performance, Alina McComas, VP / Senior Consultant at The Center for Sales Strategy, shares her insight on implementing target drives that help improve revenue performance. Keep reading for a brief overview or tune in now.

Topics: increasing new business target drive

How Online Courses Help Ease the Transition for New Sales Hires

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When you start a new sales job, there’s always a transition that includes many different learning curves. You learn how to embrace a new culture, learn to meet the expectations of new leadership, take on new functions within a sales job, and then there's the social pressure.

One of the best ways to ease the pain of transition is to offer new sales hires training—training in areas that help introduce skills needed or training for existing salespeople to enhance skills they may have already developed but can always improve. 

Topics: Sales sales training

Is It Important to Formulate a Detailed Plan for Onboarding?

Is It Important to Formulate a Detailed Plan for Onboarding

Sapling has found that “Without powerful onboarding, it takes around 8 to 12 months for new employees to reach their full productivity levels.”

By taking the time upfront to onboard people in a meaningful way, they’ll be able to begin contributing at higher levels quicker and make a more immediate impact on the organization.

Onboarding is a prime opportunity for employers to win the hearts of new employees. Don't waste it, experts say.

Topics: onboarding

Improving Sales Performance | Targeting a Vertical Market

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Vertical targeting is one of the most effective ways to capture a focused, intent-driven audience. You can use specific messaging tailored for that segment and curate the content to cater to your target market’s unique needs and interests.

In this episode of Improving Sales Performance, John Matthews, President and CEO of Gray Cat Enterprises, Inc., shares his insight on targeting a vertical market to improve an organization's sales performance.

Topics: sales performance vertical market

Improving Sales Performance | Executive Leadership Tips for Building a Successful Sales Culture

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What are some common obstacles that stand in the way of a successful sales culture? And how should sales organizations use social media to help drive revenue?

These questions and more were answered in Episode 17 of the Improving Sales Performance series. In case you missed the Live broadcast, here’s a breakdown of Elissa Nauful’s, Digital Media, Marketing and Social Advisor, insights for executive leaders who want to build a successful sales culture.

Topics: company culture sales structure