3 Sales Coaching Best Practices to Hit the Ground Running

3 Sales Coaching Best Practices to Hit the Ground Running
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Sales Coaching Best Practices that Work
If you want to improve sales results for you and your sales team, follow sales coaching best practices and make frequent, consistent, and targeted sales coaching an integral part of your solution selling training approach and process.

Even if your sales team is performing pretty well, you may be missing the chance for them to perform at their peak. Training your sales managers on sales coaching best practices can make a significant improvement in your sales team’s performance.

How significant? Our recent study showed a 4-to-1 difference between the performance of sales reps who received consistent coaching from their sales manager and those who did not. How would a 4x quota improvement help you and your team?

3 Sales Coaching Best Practices to Hit the Ground Running
So if you’re convinced sales coaching best practices could make the difference you’re looking for, read on for field-tested tips to set up a successful and sustainable sales coaching program.

  1. Plan a Structured Sales Coaching Approach
    Even though we advocate for the effectiveness of on-the-spot sales coaching, you actually need a consistent schedule to make sure that each salesperson is regularly coached. Set aside time at least weekly to agree upon and review specific goals and objectives for learning, practice, and performance improvement. This way the sales coaching program becomes embedded in your sales culture.

    You will know you are on the right track when ride-alongs and feedback increase without people complaining about being micromanaged. Salespeople report that they want the support and encouragement to grow relevant solution selling skills to meet their targets. They do not want an increased workload that will not directly help them to succeed.

  2. Train Your Sales Coaches
    Sales coaching requires more than just giving effective feedback and cheering from the sidelines. In addition to having excellent communication skills, an intimate knowledge of what it takes to succeed in their particular company and marketplace, and empathy for the challenge of learning new sales skills, sales coaches need to be able to:

    Diagnose: Accurately assess sales effectiveness
    Align: Effectively implement a proven sales coaching model and methodology
    Develop: Seamlessly implement individual development plans

    Give sales coaches plenty of experience in role playing different sales scenarios like working with a substandard performer, average performers, and high performers.  Every sales coach needs to understand what drives each individual that they coach so they know what buttons to push for extra effort and motivation.

    When it comes to sales motivation and performance, one size does not fit all.

  3. Provide Sales Tools that Enhance Independent Learning
    Performance discussions are the mainstay of good sales coaching. But why not add other sales learning tools? Some sales reps respond well to microlearning; some are better at working with visual cues; others respond to healthy competition.

    Effective sales coaches are adept at sensing which learning method works most effectively for each individual and try to transfer to the learner the responsibility for developing proficiency in targeted areas.

The Bottom Line
While the value of sales coaching is almost universally acknowledged, too many sales functions do not  ensure that sales coaching is effective in terms of behavior and performance change in the key areas that matter most. Sales coaching can transform your sales team from just OK to consistently high performing if you set it up correctly and follow through.

To learn more about sales coaching best practices, download 5 Top Sales Coaching Best Practices from the Highest Performing Sales Reps

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