The best sales training techniques and methods have a major impact on results.
There are many different sales training techniques and methods that can be effective, depending on the company, the sales team, and the industry. The most effective are those that involve a repeated focus on the co-creation of learning based on objectives that are valued by both the company and the learners.
Basic Sales Training Techniques and Methods:
- On-the-job training: On-the-job training is when new salespeople learn by shadowing experienced salespeople as they make calls and close deals. This can be an effective way to quickly get new reps up to speed and give them hands-on experience.
- One-to-one coaching: Managers are expected to coach team members to increase their sales fluency although obstacles often get in the way and dilute the effectiveness of this responsibility. Coaching and mentoring can sometimes be established through other specialists both inside and outside the company.
- Role-playing: While not the most popular, role-playing exercises can be a very effective way to give salespeople the opportunity to practice their skills in a safe and controlled environment. This can include mock sales calls, objections handling and negotiation exercises.
- Gamification: The use of game-design elements in non-game contexts can raise engagement and leverage the competitive nature of salespeople. Success tends to reflect the degree of forethought, planning, and preparation invested in the design of game elements.
- Classroom training: Classroom training can be a good way to provide a structured learning environment and give salespeople the opportunity to learn from experienced trainers and instructors. This can include workshops, seminars, and lectures.
- E-learning: Online E-learning can be a flexible and cost-effective way to provide sales training, as it allows participants to learn at their own pace and on their own schedule. This can include online courses, webinars, and video tutorials. The effectiveness of an E-learning approach is heavily dependent on the incentives for completing such programmes.
It's important to note that a combination of these techniques and methods is often the most effective way to provide sales training because it allows salespeople to learn in multiple ways and apply their new skills in different situations. In addition, it's vital to regularly test learning. Testing is an essential part of the learning process. A secondary purpose of testing is to evaluate the effectiveness of the sales training techniques and methods so that they can be adjusted to maintain optimum effectiveness.
Article by Clive Miller
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