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Trey Morris

Trey Morris

Recent Posts by Trey Morris:

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Sales Team: Building Trust (VIDEO)

This is the third post in a series, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Sales Team." Check out the first and second posts in this series.

I'm back again to talk about ways you can get the most out of your sales team. One of the best ways to motivate your team is to build trust with your team. A trusting team is a motivated team.

Think about it. Have you ever had a boss that you didn't trust? Did you work really hard for them? The answer is: you probably didn't.

So, how do you build trust with your sales team? 

Topics: motivation sales management

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Sales Team: Manage Them Like They Want (VIDEO)

 

This is the second post in a series, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Sales Team." Check out the first post in this series here.

Last week, I started a series on how you, as a sales manager, can get the most out of your sales team. This week, I'm focusing on working with them in a way they like to be worked with, and how they want to be managed.

NEWS FLASH: You can't do that if you don't know your salespeople. The only way you'll know your salespeople is if you spend some time with them and ask them some questions about what they like, what they don't like, and honestly... what motivates them.

Topics: motivation sales management

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Sales Team: Get Creative (VIDEO)

CASH IS KING… or at least that's what we've always been told

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to talk about how you can get more out of your sales team by motivating them. I'm going to focus on ways to motivate your sales team to get the most out of them.

We've always thought that cash is the way to do that. You do a sales contest, you give out money, people are happy, and BAM! You're doing great work. That's still the case, and it might be for your sales team.

But if you've found that cash isn't the motivator that you've always thought it would be, it's time to think outside the box and get creative. There's two main ways you can get the most out of your sales team by getting creative.

Topics: motivation sales management

What Will You Do This Week to Help Your Salespeople Get Better? (VIDEO)

I've always found it fascinating that the greatest athletes of all time  -- whether it be Michael Jordan or Tom Brady -- always practiced. Every single day, they would go to the gym or go to the field, and they would practice the basics.

I find that interesting, because in sales, rarely do we ever practice. Pretty much every needs analysis or presentation is game day. We walk in, ready to play, and hope it works out. We don't spend much time rehearsing, practicing, or game planning, and I think that's a mistake. 

As a sales manager, it's your job to help your salespeople get better at what they do. So, how do you do that? 

Topics: sales strategy sales process prospecting account list management

Are Transactional AE's an Endangered Species?

prepare for direct new business development

As I look into my "crystal ball," I foresee a future where the transactional salesperson is an elusive and rare creature. Have they all been completely wiped out by Artificial Intelligent (AI) computer networks where all advertising buying and selling occurs? Probably not, but I do know they will be an endangered species. In the future, AI networks and computers will be placing a larger and larger percentage of ad schedules. And even for the business that is placed the "old fashioned" way, we'll have a need for fewer transactional sellers. And those sellers will probably be covering not just clusters, but states and regions for your media group.

I know that no one wants to admit it, but advertising sales are changing at an unprecedented rate. The way that companies have done business over the last five years will not exist in the next five years.

But, it's not all bad news. Media companies that want to grow revenue in a marketplace where 50-90% of their revenue is handled by computers or an endangered species transactional sales rep, will have to find people who can call on small and midsize businesses and develop new business. So, while we wait on our computer overlords to takeover transactional business, we should probably prepare for the days of direct, new business development.

Here are three tips to get you ready for our new media world order:

Topics: new business development

Looking for Talent in all the "Wrong" Places

looking for superstar sales talentA recruiter walks into a bar, a church, and a mall…

No, that's not the opening line of a mildly inappropriate joke, it's where you need to go to find superstar talent. No, I'm not kidding. 

Let me guess, you've been recruiting from your competition for years, right? How is that working out for you? Wait, don't tell me. You don't need to. I hear the complaints from sales managers every day from every part of the country. It doesn't matter if you are in one of the largest markets or one of the smallest, finding great, talented salespeople is TOUGH! 

Topics: hiring salespeople sales management Talent

Better Business Acumen in Just a Few Minutes Per Day (VIDEO)

We always talk to our salespeople about having better business acumen, and we teach them to speak like a business owner. This gives sellers leverage and credibility when talking with prospects and customers.

Growing up, my dad always told me that if you just read the front page of The Wall Street Journal, you'd be more informed than 95% of the business people out there that you'd be talking to.

Topics: salespeople

One Hot Tip to Connect with Target Accounts (VIDEO)

 

Need some help connecting with target accounts when prospecting? Do you know the decision maker you need to connect with at a company, but don't have their email address? Have no fear. Trey is here... to share a hot tip that he uses regularly to connect with target accounts. 

Topics: sales strategy sales process prospecting account list management

John Wayne Need Not Apply: Coaching Your Sales Team

sales manager coaching teamI was listening to a sports radio station in town last week, and it had breaking news that the Major League baseball team had just fired their manager.

It wasn't a big surprise. The team had underperformed for the last couple of years, but what was surprising was the reason the club gave to the media.

His style wasn't connecting to his players.

What? His style? They didn't mention his performance, his attitude, or even lack of confidence by management. Nope, it was that his "old school" style didn't connect with his young(er) players. He didn't know how to connect with his millennial or Gen Z players.

One of the radio hosts said that he was too much like John Wayne. He was tough, to-the-point, and not very touchy-feely. He wasn't very caring, emotional, or even friendly with his players. To him, it was all business. They weren't friends. He was their boss!

Topics: motivation sales management sales culture coaching

What If They Leave? 3 Ways to Better Train Your Sales Staff

sales-training-manager-265882-editedCFO asks CEO: "What happens if we invest in developing our people and then they leave us?"
CEO: "What happens if we don't, and they stay?"
 
I really LOVE this "fictional" exchange. It drives a stake right through one of the arguments against training and developing your salespeople. 
Topics: sales performance sales management sales training