Sales coaching is critical to increasing sales performance, just as much as coaching is critical to performance in any other area. If you want a high-performing sports team: Invest in coaching. If you want to be a high-performing athlete: Invest in coaching. If you want your sales team to beat the competition: Invest in coaching.
The biggest complaint I hear from managers is they don’t have time to coach, especially when they’re spending most of their time helping their team close more sales, resolve problems and handle customer issues. During these time-sensitive situations, compounded with the pressure to drive results, they feel they must be direct and tell people what they have to do, right? Not exactly.
If there’s one thing almost all sales experts agree on, it’s that sales coaching is critically important. And that too few are doing it effectively.
Here’s a painful paradox. Managers create the very problems they try to avoid. That’s why it’s time for you to quit your job. No, I’m not suggesting to hand in your resignation letter but to resign from your toxic role as Chief Problem Solver.
Great sales coaches are the critical multiplier for sales performance, and open-ended questions are one of the most powerful tools in the coaching toolbox.
I was talking with a worldwide head of sales and their sales enablement team. They said they want their managers to start proactively coaching effectively and consistently. Throughout the conversation, everyone kept making a similar comment. “WE WANT ALL MANAGERS TO COACH 70% OF THE TIME.”