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The Center for Sales Strategy Blog

Trey Morris

Trey Morris

Recent Posts by Trey Morris:

Be Like Mike: The Power of Practice for Improving Sales Performance

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Besides being arguably some of the best athletes ever, what do Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, and Tiger Woods have in common?

They’re all, or were, known for being the hardest workers during practice. Jordan and Brady were famous for being the first on the court and practice field and the last to leave. Tiger hit thousands of golf balls on the range every day. They began their careers practicing hard and with a mindset that they would get out of the game exactly what they put into it.

Persistence, discipline, competitive spirits, drive, and resilience — athletes and salespeople share a lot of common traits. However, one noticeable difference is that salespeople rarely practice or rehearse.

Topics: Needs Analysis sales management

4 Ways to Find Great Salespeople

4 Ways to Find Good Salespeople

Sales managers in every market say the same thing finding great salespeople is hard. We empathize, but of course, it is! Salespeople are often really good at selling themselves, and when you do hire, it takes six months to a year to know whether you made the right decision.

This is one reason you must develop a plan and execute that plan at all times. Managers often reach out to us looking for creative ways to recruit people to their companies. Unfortunately, most wait until they're in need. If you're waiting for an opening on your staff to begin recruiting salespeople for your talent bank, it's too late! 

Topics: Talent recruitment talent bank

2019 Media Sales Report - What 95% of Sellers Think About Training and Development

Training and Development

All great sales managers will tell you that training and development are the cornerstones for building an exceptional sales team. The sales industry constantly changes and evolves as prospects learn and alter tactics to deal with enthusiastic salespeople. And, every salesperson needs to learn how to adapt to these changes and continue to grow in their field of knowledge.

This is why sales managers and salespeople share common ground when it comes to learning and developing new skills, but as the 2019 Media Sales Report found, there’s still room for improvement when it comes to performance.

Topics: business development sales training state of media sales media sales report

5 Ways to Reduce High Turnover Rates

5 Ways to Reduce High Turnover Rates

From prospecting clients to making the pitch, it’s the sales team that brings your business profits. When you work in a profession where quarterly quotas and revenue goals need to be met, you can’t afford a high turnover rate.

When meeting with clients, how often are they experiencing sales problems that are often due to extreme turnover on their sales team? There are multiple reasons behind sales rep turnover, one of the biggest being ineffective sales managers. Other reasons range from poor company culture and inadequate pay to lack of training.

A modest amount of turnover is expected. Plus, it’s good to bring on new people with different perspectives, ideas, and capabilities. However, turnover rates near 35% can be costly and reflect poorly on your organization in more ways than one.

Topics: hiring salespeople Talent reduce turnover

The 3 Ds of Time Management

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It’s no secret time management is one of the highest requirements for succeeding in sales. Consistent questions heard within the industry are, “What are some ways I can improve my time management?” and “How can I be more efficient?”

There are a multitude of strategies to help us be more productive, but they can be difficult to adopt because they force us to go against routines we’ve had for years. If you struggle with habit-changing productivity tips, such as going to bed with an empty inbox, check out this system that works for many.

Topics: email time management

All Clients are NOT Created Equal

client meeting handshakeMy favorite book in high school was George Orwell's Animal Farm. If you haven't read it, it is an allegorical novel that tells the story of how Communism took over Russia and ultimately ruined their economy. I loved this book because a) it's brilliant, and b) it's a great defender of capitalism, which I LOVE!

Topics: sales performance account list analytics account list management

Silence is Golden: 3 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

improve listening skills manager"Silence is golden"—usually this is said right after your children leave the room and you finally have a moment of peace.

As much as that is a "funny" joke for parents, the concept of silence is a rare one in today's world. Are we ever "silent?" And when I say "silent," I don't mean staring at our phones for hours at a time.
 
In the context of sales, silence has another meaning. Silence is an opportunity to stop talking, be quiet, focus, and listen. Yes, I know this is a radical concept for those us that are gregarious, loud-mouth, salespeople.
 
How many times have you gone on an appointment with an account executive, expecting to hear your rep ask questions and then wait to hear the client's answers, only see them never stop talking! They are so excited to a) have an appointment and b) thrilled to "pitch" their product that they never take a moment to listen to what the client has to say. It's horrible, and it happens all the time. What a waste of new business appointment! How can you sell someone anything if you don't know or understand what they want to achieve? You can't.
Topics: Needs Analysis sales performance prospecting

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

Motivation Video 5 - Sales Gamification

This is the fifth and last post in the series, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Sales Team." Check out other posts in this series - linked at the bottom of this blog post.

I'm back again for the fifth week to talk about ways you can get the most out of your sales team, and this week I'm talking about sales gamification.

Sales gamification is one of the hottest trends going in the world. Everyone wants to "gamify." It's what "the kids are doing." And as silly of a buzzword that it is, it's actually a pretty good idea to motivate your sales team and get the most out of them

What is sales gamification? It makes your daily activities into some kind of game. You want to motivate and get the most out of your team? You need to do this.

Topics: motivation sales management

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Sales Team: Invest In Your People (VIDEO)

 

Motivation Video 4 - Invest in your people

This is the fourth post in a series, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Sales Team." Check out other posts in this series - linked at the bottom of this blog post.

I'm back again with the "How to Get the Most Out of Your Sales Team" series, and this week, I'm talking about investing in your people

I realize that's not an "Exciting! Rah-Rah! Go Team!" sales contest-type of way, but it's important. When people know that you believe in them, support them, and that you're investing in them, they're going to be motivated to help you succeed. 

So, how do you invest in your people in a way that gets them excited and motivated? Here are three examples you can start today.

Topics: motivation sales management

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

Motivation Video 3 - Building Trust

This is the third post in a series, "How to Get the Most Out of Your Sales Team." Check out the rest of the posts in this series - linked in the bottom of this blog post.

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