Category Archives: Sales Coaching

2017 Sales Quotas – How to Have One Heck of a Year!
February 14, 2017

2017 Sales Quotas – How to Have One Heck of a Year!

As a sales leader, you naturally want to get the most out of 2017 and have a good year. If you’re unsure of your path to action, I’d like offer you a chance to do something radically different in 2017, by suggesting you follow these steps. First, identify company strategies currently yielding only marginal improvements, […]

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3 Reasons Sales Managers Fail to Coach
January 30, 2017

3 Reasons Sales Managers Fail to Coach

When it comes to sales managers coaching their sellers, there is a significant gap between what companies intend to do and what they end up doing. Here’s a look at what’s going on and how to make your training dollars work as you intend. Coaching is one of the most important activities—if not the most […]

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What Kind of Training do Sales Managers Really Need?
August 26, 2016

What Kind of Training do Sales Managers Really Need?

This post originally appeared here in the Training Industry blog. I’m frequently asked, “What exactly is coaching?” and, “Why should I care if I’m a sales manager?”  Unfortunately, there is no consensus on a definition. But it behooves us to work our way towards one. If you’re a sales manager, particularly a new one, you […]

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Why Your New Sales Technology Tools Won’t Solve Your Sales Problem
July 7, 2016

Why Your New Sales Technology Tools Won’t Solve Your Sales Problem

This post originally appeared here in the Selling Power blog. All sales organizations have problems. Sales technologies or tools solve problems. Logic would seem to tell us that all we need to do is match a technology to a problem and voilà – problem solved! Yet, as every sales leader knows, this is not how […]

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How One Conversation Elevates Sales Results
July 5, 2016

How One Conversation Elevates Sales Results

What separates a great manager from a mediocre one? While there are lots of little actions that divide wheat from chaff, there is one activity that elevates a manager’s performance to the top tier: time spent with reps in meaningful pipeline discussions. Vantage Point conducted research into the practices of high-performing sales teams over the […]

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The Role of Sales Leadership in Driving Change on the Front Line
June 2, 2016

The Role of Sales Leadership in Driving Change on the Front Line

This post originally appeared here in the Training Industry blog. It is common knowledge that front-line sales managers are the key to creating change in the behavior of salespeople. It makes perfect sense that changes in sales manager practices lead to desired changes in salesperson practices; however, there are other powerful forces at play which […]

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The Anatomy of an Effecive Sales Coaching Conversation
February 23, 2016

The Anatomy of an Effecive Sales Coaching Conversation

This post originally appeared here in the Training Industry blog. Training sales managers to coach is a hot topic—and for good reason. According to the Sales Executive Council, average sales performance is 19 percent higher for teams whose sales managers are deemed effective coaches than for teams whose managers are rated as ineffective. That’s a […]

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3 Critical Questions Every Sales Manager Must Answer
February 15, 2016

3 Critical Questions Every Sales Manager Must Answer

I have a quick question for you… How confident are you that you will hit your revenue target by the end of the year? 100%? 50%? 0%? When I ask this question of sales leaders, the answers I receive tend to fall somewhere in between 100% and 0%. Obviously, certain failure is not a common […]

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Connecting the Dots: Sales Coaching Leads to Quota
February 3, 2016

Connecting the Dots: Sales Coaching Leads to Quota

If you want sales coaching to take root in your organization, it has to align with the real-world priorities of sales managers. So what is the top priority for a sales manager? Hitting the sales numbers is king, of course! When coaching is connected to goals and objectives, sales managers will naturally make it a […]

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Are Your Sales Managers Coaching for Correction or Coaching for Growth?
December 1, 2015

Are Your Sales Managers Coaching for Correction or Coaching for Growth?

Do your sales managers find the topic of sales coaching to be ill defined and confusing? If they have had more than one training course on coaching, the frustration and confusion may be even greater. The lack of a clear understanding often stems from the vast array of models and coaching definitions that exist in […]

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