Sales Training

What is Sales Training?

Did you know that the investment in sales training directly translates into profit? Well, the above statement is true. You might have already been spending massive amounts on sales training. However, salespeople still face the complications of meeting customers -- especially when the buyers have high expectations. Customers usually want prompt actions and quick customizations.

Therefore, salespeople need to be highly efficient while handling buyers. They must be well-equipped with the required knowledge, skills, insights, and context. Only then will they be able to convert prospects into real-time, long-term customers -- leading to repeat business. PlayAblo offers an all-inclusive platform that is perfect for sales training. The software is highly flexible, mobile-friendly, and interactive. The integration feature is another add-on that makes it the ideal solution to deliver quick, relevant, and easily accessible course materials.

Sales Training

What Are the Top Sales Training Techniques for Improving the Performance and Development of Sales Teams

Customizing your sales training to meet the unique learning demands of your business and sales team is the best way to accelerate training for the workforce and improve sales effectiveness. Think about the ten tried-and-true techniques listed below:

Deploy comprehensive sales onboarding and training

Great sales teams are built on a successful onboarding process. New hires might benefit from customized sales training to become adept in your technique and best practices and learn your company's culture.

Make learning paths for your sales team

Sales team members' tasks and responsibilities evolve as they continue to work for your organization. Each organization follows a different path. Therefore, pre-packaged training can't possibly cover everything. As they advance, make sure a group of professionals supports your sales staff.

Improve with performance-based learning materials

To improve sales effectiveness and readiness, training must be adaptable and accessible. A sales training program that covers subjects like learning while working is necessary for this portion of the training strategy.

Solidify your instruction delivery

Benefit from immersive learning: Modern employees typically work remotely and over a wide geographic area. Microlearning is a great technique to boost sales readiness among hybrid learners since the salesperson can access it anytime and anywhere.

Focus on ongoing dialogue and communication

Contemporary employees frequently experience a sense of isolation from their coworkers and the office's support networks. Continuous outreach, blended learning, and guided practice zones are all excellent tools for instructing and guiding virtual sales teams in a successful custom sales training approach.

Offer a flexible and nimble (self-paced/blended) method

Why compel the entire hybrid sales team to use a one-size-fits-all training solution when not every learner learns similarly?

Self-paced online and supervised virtual instructor-led training (VILT) can be combined in a customized solution. You can use eLearning in conjunction with live workshops, interactive tests, practical laboratories, practice sessions, ongoing coaching, and on-the-job mentoring during actual sales calls to achieve this purpose. Role-playing and scenario-based learning are tools that mentors and coaches at a higher level can use to illustrate the value of sales strategies and tactics adapted to a business's unique environment and values.

Add social learning to the mix

Online peer groups and virtual cohorts, made possible by a deliberate social learning strategy, can support self-directed learning. These elements of a sales training program allow virtual access to informal learning opportunities whenever sales personnel needs them.

Plan for sales training and continuity

Salespeople must maintain their efforts once they leave the training session and return to the field. Including the following in a sales training sustainment strategy would be beneficial:
● Establishing standards for memory retention
● Utilization of skills
● Systemic assistance
● Avoiding a recurrence

While skill maintenance and behavior change occur on the job in a chaotic environment requiring gradual and consistent changes over months, skill development occurs in a controlled environment using a variety of modalities (e.g., instructor-led training, virtual classrooms, workshops, and online).

Following are three primary areas where sales training can improve sales performance and behavior:
● Sales training prepares the sales force for change and includes plans for a seamless transition.
● It concentrates on enhancing a select few crucial behaviors.
● It emphasizes tracking the results of continued training and the long-term implications of behavior change.

Evaluate ROI for sales training for meaningful data collection and analysis

You must assess the training program's effectiveness like any other sizable corporate expenditure. A systematic measurement technique closely tied to and in line with the training initiative will be a part of excellent sales training.

The data collection methods should be qualitative and quantitative, and the measurement should be based on scientific research. It should also be set up to collect performance information at crucial points during the learning process.

The following components should be present in a sound measuring strategy:
● Make the short-, medium-, and long-term benefits of sales training evident.
● Use data to guide your decision-making regarding if, when, and how to adjust your implementation to improve your results.
● To build momentum, keep leaders, managers, and salespeople involved and responsible for the project's outcomes.

Combine the development of a sales strategy with sales training

Developing excellent sales abilities that improve client dialogue is only one part of the jigsaw to improving performance. Additionally, salespeople must develop and execute a strategic plan for pursuing prospects.

Today's consumers fluidly make decisions. Within each common phrase, a cycle of integration, improvement, and alignment occurs when new stakeholders and information are brought to the table.

Sales training should provide professionals with a set of strategic thinking prompts, practices, and planning tools that will assist them in making decisions, avoiding pitfalls, and taking the appropriate actions in the proper time to drive the transaction forward throughout the sales cycle.

Your team will benefit from training to establish an intentional pursuit plan by:
● Recognize the changes in the purchasing process and their causes.
● Recognize and impact the essential elements that purchasers think about.
● Assess their situation, develop a differentiated plan, and execute with precision to complete the transaction.

Use a buyer-centric approach

Create a unique purchasing experience that encourages customers to buy. Create a strategy for moving the agreement ahead.

It's tough to handle these factors with ready-made, off-the-shelf training programs because they're unique to each firm. You must adapt each part to fit individual business objectives, which can only be done with a custom-made training program.

Most sales-oriented firms have had to rethink how their in-house sales training program fits the new work dynamics of the hybrid workforce due to the pandemic. Incorporating a sustainable sales strategy – one accessible in the flow of work, delivers on-demand learning, and lends itself nicely to continuous learning cycles that adapt to changing conditions – is the ideal way to enable a hybrid sales force.

Why PlayAblo for Sales Training:

Integration & SSO support

PlayAblo integrates easily into your existing landscape of internal systems. We also support Single Sign-On making the integration extremely easy and fast.

Rapid implementation
(Cloud-based SaaS solution)

PlayAblo is a Cloud-based SaaS solution that ensures rapid implementation, lower operating costs, increased scalability, and easy integration. New releases and upgrades are straightforward to propagate.

Any Device - Any OS - Anytime

Access PlayAblo’s learning content from any device, including desktops, smartphones, tablets and iPads. The training modules are optimized to fit most screen sizes.

Learn at your place, your pace!

Built for Micro-learning, PlayAblo allows learners the option to learn at their own pace and place. Progress as much as you can and continue from where you left off, whenever you can!

Learn offline

PlayAblo is a Cloud-based SaaS solution that ensures rapid implementation, lower operating costs, increased scalability, and easy integration. New releases and upgrades are straightforward to propagate.

Build eLearning content 70% faster!

Access PlayAblo’s learning content from any device, including desktops, smartphones, tablets and iPads. The training modules are optimized to fit most screen sizes.

Integrated LMS and CMS

The integrated LMS and CMS feature enable corporates to manage learners, keep track of their progress and performance, and create + distribute new learning materials -- all from one platform!

LIVE Classes

LIVE Classes are integral to the Blended Learning approach. PlayAblo comes pre-integrated with G-Meet, lending a real-time replication of the traditional classroom experience. Need another LIVE platform integrated? Just ask!

xAPI Compliant

PlayAblo’s xAPI compliant platform lets you add eLearning content that is inherently responsive for all devices and allows data collection about the wide range of experiences of your learners within your training.

Best in class dashboards

PlayAblo’s dashboards give a real-time view of your learners’ progress regarding aggregated usage, progress, and performance view.

Self-Subscribe Courses

PlayAblo lets learners search for non-mandatory courses and subscribe to additional programs per their job needs without any external intervention.

Auto-Subscribe Courses

Depending upon learner’s role and department, specific courses are mandatory or needed for compliance. You can set up courses for Auto subscriptions based upon rules, including recurring subscription for compliance.

Create mobile-friendly courses directly from PPTs

PlayAblo’s dashboards give a real-time view of your learners’ progress regarding aggregated usage, progress, and performance view.