The Biggest Problem with Sales People Today

There are plenty of challenges when it comes to sales and sales teams today, but one problem is far bigger than everything else and it sets the scene for overall personal results and income.  If you understand the problem you can do something about it.

In simple terms the problem goes something like this:

‘Your daily habits determine your outcomes, and most salespeople cannot or do not modify their habits to lift personal performance’.

It is a simple issue, but it has huge impact across sales teams and also individually.  Your habits in business can hold you back or change the future.

So what is the Problem?

We have had many years to develop our habits and focus.  When it comes to modifying those habits for our business and personal income, the challenge is beyond most salespeople.  The personal discipline of most salespeople will shift on a daily basis, and all good intentions become lost in a ‘sea of inaction’.

If you work for yourself or work on commission, there are all sorts of tools that can help you with bringing about the changes that you require.  You hear of them in many different ways.  Depending on your industry some will be more important than others.

The list of processes and tools that are available to lift personal performance are typically:

  • Goals
  • Practice
  • Scripts and Dialogues
  • Database
  • Cold Calling
  • Sales territory
  • Contact plans
  • Newsletters

All of these things can strengthen your market and your personal brand.  The real fact of the matter is that they are all personal issues.  The results that you get back will only come from the results that you put in.

When a salesperson is well paid they become complacent; the motivation to lift performance is just not there.  However, when a salesperson is rewarded by effort and commission, they can see what they have to do, and they know that they are the key to getting habits and challenges sorted and strengthened.  It is the small percentage of sales people that then rise to the occasion and get active on the tasks and systems to build their business.

You have a choice here.  You can accept your habits and keep doing the same old things that have got you to where you are today; or you can challenge yourself to lift your focus and skills with new effort and focus.  The rewards are many for those salespeople that can make the change and lift their performance.