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Recruiting Sales People

Sales teams naturally have a higher turnover of staff than other types of teams. Recruiting sales people therefore is a regular part of the sales manager’s job. As with many of the tasks that the sales manager has to perform to do their job effectively, developing a recruitment plan requires considered thought and careful planning.…
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Assessing Sales Conferences

[caption id="attachment_6093" align="alignleft" width="300"] Speaker at sales conference[/caption] With sales training budgets under constant review, some companies are looking at using large conference style events as a cheaper way to provide their sales team with internal training. As with any training investment the question that must be asked after the conference is “Was it worth…
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The 5 Steps of Training Sales People On The Job

On the job training of sales people is usually done by the sales manager as it is he or she who accompanies his/her people on client visits. During such on-the-job training sessions there is a temptation to try to cover every skill improvement needed in just one visit. Don’t. (more…)
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On the Job Training Tips: Asking Questions

One of the responsibilities those in a supervisory position have is to pass their knowledge and experience on to their team members in order to develop them. Many supervisors are not very good at doing this. They fall into the trap of telling people how to do something. But as any good developer of people…
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Consultative Selling and Identifying Customer Needs

Consultative selling is about as far away from pressure selling as it is possible to be. Consultative sales people are professionals who help their clients solve problems. It therefore follows that one of the most important skills for the consultative sales professional to learn is that of gathering information from a potential client in order…
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Making Better Decisions

A good decision is one that solves the problem and to do this we need, as managers, to be open to ideas and suggestions from our team. However, the way in which we phrase our own suggestions can negatively influence our reaction to ideas and suggestions from others . (more…)
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Can I Have a Holiday?

Under the 1998 Working Time Regulations every UK worker is currently entitled a period of paid annual leave. If you are a manager then it is your responsibility to ensure that this can happen without the work output of the rest of your team or department suffering. Without holidays your people can become stale and…
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Managing Pay Rise Requests

Managers may be unaware of their employee's thoughts toward their pay until they receive a knock on their office door and the request that “I want to talk to you about a pay rise”. This situation needs to be carefully managed, so consider these five tips which will help you handle a pay rise request…
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The Seven Stages of Delegation

Delegation skills are needed by all managers who want to be successful. Delegation, unlike work allocation, involves the transfer of responsibility for doing a task or project the manager would normally perform to one of their employees. However, many managers struggle with delegation, particularly with the transfer of responsibility. (more…)
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Understanding Body Language

All sales people must be trained to understand the body language signals that can be given off by their clients. These signals can reveal useful information that may not be fully verbalised by the client - either intentionally or unintentionally. (more…)
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