Insights from the field of Selling
GETTING READY FOR YOUR VSKO - PART 1: Your next virtual sales meeting can't depend on your online meeting platform alone. Nor can it sustain long, grueling days of live video. The best are creating a blended solution that leverages mobile, interactive learning platforms, peer-to-peer networking, and asynchronous video technology to deliver the insights salespeople require in the most engaging way possible. To get ready for your VSKO, think of your meeting in three phases: Design, Engage and Sustain. The following are some helpful tips to ensure that your sellers get the kickoff they need to be productive in the coming year.
Rethink the Agenda
You can’t simply host a three-day Zoom call. People experience screen fatigue after just a few hours, so you need a new format. The key is to identify content that needs to be delivered live and which can be presented asynchronously.
Good news. Planes, trains and automobiles are not part of the meeting planning this year. Fill that energy instead by distributing relevant content to your team weeks before the meeting with a schedule for their completion.
For your VSKO, you can’t present everything live. So content needs to be bite-sized and come from SMEs and reps in the form of presentations, competitive insights, or any assets they think might benefit the team as they prepare for the coming year.
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The year 2021 is upon us. Sales Leaders and learning partners need an easy-to-execute and engaging platform to kick off the sales year.
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Bill Walton Sales Training is supporting national and regional sales teams with meaningful virtual sales kickoffs (VSKOs) in the era of remote selling. Kickoffs always feature packed agendas and late nights. But that's different this year. What's required is something totally different...
DEFINE: Define what you need your sales organization to do more of, less of or differently in 2021. BWST is helping clients forge a link to their 2021 business objectives. As part of the Define stage, we assess the needs for technology, communications, materials and logistics needed to support the experience. Part of the Define stage is meaning pre-work which should include video and a message from management.
ENGAGE: Engaging your audience in a remote environment has to be hard hitting, interactive and portable. BWST is helping clients by supporting agenda development and time utilization. The focus needs to be on burst of relevant content with a premium placed on team interaction. We work with clients to determine the proper ordering and pace of content while recommending the right training and action learning.
SUSTAIN: Ensure your SKO lives on well into the sales year. Make sure immediately after your kickoff that you distribute a post-experience video with leader messaging. Many clients are reinforcing metrics to hold teams accountable to the commitments they made in the VSKO. The first 90 days post-VSKO are critical so coach to the right effort and help salespeople get deeper into the sales process with prospects.
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Bill Walton Sales Training has over 60 years of collective Fortune 500 company experience in Sales, Sales Training and Field Sales Management. Our specialty is preparing individuals and organizations to present their value propositions in a way that results in higher close ratios. Our team are un-blurring the lines of differentiation between their client's fiercest competitors.