Unfortunately, our data show that both managers’ coaching tendencies, and companies’ response, are misguided. In research involving thousands of reps, we found that coaching — even world-class coaching — has a marginal impact on either the weakest or the strongest performers in the sales organization.
The most common challenge every sales professional must overcome is not indecisive customers, inferior products, or innovative competitors. It's the discomfort you feel when initiating calls, dealing with difficult customers, and asking for the sale. Sales expert Jeff Shore argues that boldness is required to embrace this discomfort and leverage it to land the sale. And it is a skill that can be learned.
Changing someone’s mind “isn’t a question of pushing new information on people and trying to explain it in words. It’s more about helping people see the inconsistency in themselves and then all of a sudden the mental model will shift naturally and easily,”
What do winners of major sales do differently than the sellers who almost won, but ultimately came in second place? Mike Schultz and John Doerr, bestselling authors and world-renowned sales experts, set out to find the answer. They studied more than 700 business-to-business purchases made by buyers who represented a total of $3.1 billion in annual purchasing power. When they compared the winners to the second-place finishers, they found surprising results.