- 1. Online Sales Training Courses
- 2. Online Sales Training Courses Available
- 3. How to Book the Best Online Sales Training Course
- 4. Online Sales Training Courses for Sales Teams
- 5. Online Sales Training Certification
- 6. Sales Training for Beginners
- 7. Sales Training Plans
- 8. Online Sales Training Portal
- 9. Online Sales Training vs Sales Coaching
- 10. The Importance of the Difference Between Training & Coaching
- 11. Online Sales Coaching
- 12. Work Based Learning
- 13. Learning Accountability
- 14. How we Create Accountability Online
1. Online Sales Training Courses
We believe we have the best online sales training courses because we’re different and here’s why:
- We combine online training with live training.
- We combine online training with live training AND live coaching.
- Our training includes work based learning which means you are assigned practical tasks to complete as part of your every day sales job in order that you learn while you are doing.
What is Self Paced Learning?
Self paced learning is where the student chooses the speed and frequency that they learn and complete modules. This is unlike traditional training where students follow a pace and frequency set by the course agenda and tutor. This may include pre-recorded training from an Instructor with questions being asked and answered via chat or email.
What is Instructor Led Training?
Instructor led training is typically live training where the agenda and speed of the course is set by the Trainer. For example a training course may include a module that is led by the Trainer where participants either attend face to face or join an online training room. Live training allows students to ask questions and interact with the trainer.
What is Blended Learning?
Blended learning allows students access to both pre-recorded and live Instructor Led training sessions. Live sessions allow students to ask questions relating to their own personal context and bring added relevance.
What is Work Based Learning?
Work based learning facilitates learning by the completion of real life practical activities. This avoids theory based learning and focusses on learning by doing which increases learning retention. Furthermore, work based learning minimises the time required away from work that traditional learning requires.
2. Online Sales Training Courses Available
We have the best online sales courses available which cover all the main areas of Professional B2B Selling. All courses listed are available for conventional classroom delivery in London, Manchester and Scotland.
- Telesales Training Course
Contrary to what most people believe, the Telephone is still one of the most powerful sales tools available. With more Salespeople working from home this training course is more important than ever to keep Salespeople both busy and productive.
Historically this training course was most popular with entry level sales people however this course is a great refresher for experienced Business Development People and Account Managers who spend all or part of their time working from home.
This course covers the core Telesales concepts of:
- Sales Messaging that Wins
- Creating a Sales Mindset
- Live Calling Session 1
- Live Calling Session 2
Please note the Live calling is a combination of outbound calling by the Trainer so you can see and hear in real time what Telesales is and also there is time set aside for participants to make live calls whilst being coached from the course leader.
- Consultative Selling Skills Training Course
Our Consultative selling skills course has been our best seller for the past 8 years. Revised and updated for 2020 this course is a must have for everyone in B2B sales.
The course helps participants control and structure every sales conversation in a way that helps buyers uncovers their own personal reasons for buying, which are always more powerful than the Salespersons reasons.
This methodology is always popular with Non Selling professionals such as IT Professionals, Engineers, Professional Services, Consultants, Software Engineers, Project Managers, Accountants & Architects who don’t want to sound “Salesy” when in front of prospects.
The course covers the core concepts of Consultative selling which includes:
- Modern Selling
- The Consultative Sales Process
- Uncovering Value
- Human Behaviour
- Selling Through Service
- Building Trust
- Sales Pipelines
- Goal Setting
- Key Account Management Training Course
If your business is typical then 70-80% of next years revenues will come from this years customers. It’s also true that your customers are your competitors targets so without Professional Account Management these important clients may leave.
The course helps participants identify and build relationships with Key Stakeholders across the clients business and find and target new revenue opportunities within the account. Most course participants are either Account Managers, Relationship Managers, Technical Account Managers and Account Directors.
Our Key Account Management Training includes modules on:
- Understanding Key Accounts
- Segmenting & Defining Key Accounts
- Planning for Key Accounts
- Creating Key Account Plans
- Sales Management Training Course
Sales Managers are the glue that holds Sales Teams together. With many Sales Managers carrying personal Sales Targets their time is more valuable than ever.
Our Sales Management Training covers the core topics of:
- Sales Bench-marking
- Sales Improvement Planning
- Sales Performance Management
- Coaching Sales Winners
We deliver the best Online Sales Training courses via self-paced learning and supported with or without live training and coaching.
We supply each of the above types of programme, however, we believe we have the best online Sales Training courses because of the learning methodology or learning style we use which is called Work Based Learning.
Please read on to discover why this is important to you.
3. How to Book the Best Online Sales Training Course
Pricing on all our courses and details on how to book can be found via the B2B Sales Training Programmes
4. Online Sales Training Courses for Sales Teams
Depending on your requirements we have a number of options available to deliver online sales training courses to your sales teams as follows:
- Online Sales Training for Individuals – purchase individual licenses for less than 5 Salespeople hosted on our platform.
- Online Sales Training for Teams – we offer a discounted rate for multiple licenses of our training content to teams with a minimum of 5 Salespeople hosted on our platform.
- Online Sales Training for Teams – purchase Team licenses and host on your company platform
5. Online Sales Training Certification
Unlike most online training which is theory based, all our training courses follow the Work Based Learning methodology which as yet has no recognised certifying body.
All our training courses are Self-Certified and we provide Certificates to participants on successful completion of their training programme.
In addition to our Training Certificates Participants can include details of their Training on their Linkedin profile as shown below:
6. Sales Training for Beginners
Our Online Sales Training for Beginners course is a mixture of self-paced and instructor -led training that covers the core concepts of selling business to business.
This Beginners Training course is suitable for the following:
- People moving into new sales roles
- Marketing teams who need to understand the basics of selling
- Startup Founders
This course covers the core modules of Basic Selling:
- Understanding Sales
- Everything you Need to Know Before Talking to Customers Part 1
- Everything you Need to Know Before Talking to Customers Part 2
- Winning Your First Sale
7. Sales Training Plans
The best online Sales Training courses like anything else worthwhile in business follow a plan. Many of our Corporate clients have their own Learning & Development departments who can create and generate long term training plans for their Sales Teams. For those companies that don’t have that capability we can offer a bespoke service where we:
- Identify the core sales competencies required for your roles
- Map the competencies against the learning objectives in our training modules
- Create bespoke training plans and assessment programmes to deliver, record and assess participants
Our goal is to deliver the best Online Sales Training experience that can be delivered by a combination of face to face, self-paced online and instructor led online sessions.
8. Online Sales Training Portal
Our Online Sales Training Courses are delivered in a secure and stable platform online via Microsoft Teams. Individuals are invited into Teams and based on their requirements are assigned training modules to complete based on their personal Learning Objectives and any additional Objectives determined by their Line Manager.
The Teams Portal provides the flexibility to configure the Channel in different ways which include the options of:
- Email, Chat, Video and Conference Calling
- Secure storage of documents
- Provision of pre and post training surveys
- Provision of CRM if clients have no CRM
- B2B Sales Templates, Tools & Frameworks
8.1 Take a Tour of the Online Sales Training Portal
9. Online Sales Training vs Sales Coaching
One of the most common questions we are asked by sales leaders is “What’s the difference between Sales Training and Sales Coaching” and why is it important. Training and coaching are two different things, that result in two different outcomes. In order to answer the question it’s important first to define what we mean by sales training and sales coaching.
We are not claiming our own definitions are either the industry standard, or the same as other service providers, however we do know from experience that our definitions make it easier for our clients to better understand their own needs which is the most important thing.
What is Sales Training?
Sales Training is the transfer of knowledge or skills.
What is Sales Coaching?
Sales Coaching supports the practical application of training (knowledge + skills) in the field.
At Klozers we define Sales Training as the “transfer of knowledge”, and the primary outcome from any transfer of knowledge should always be an increase in learning, education and understanding. There are of course secondary outcomes which are similar to the outcomes from coaching, but it’s important we understand the difference between the two.
This is why every training course regardless of the subject matter clearly articulates what the “learning outcomes” will be after the course, and usually do not reference any form of performance improvement.
In the western world over 90% of jobs requiring manual labour no longer exist, and we are now what we call a knowledge economy. Salespeople are paid for their knowledge and skills not manual labour, therefore for every Sales Person, knowledge is power, which is why Sales Training and Learning outcomes are so important.
Once we acknowledge that Sales Training is the mechanism by which we transfer knowledge, and that knowledge is power, it’s equally important to understand that in Sales more than any other subject, this knowledge is worthless unless the Sales Person takes the knowledge, and apply it in the field with prospects and customers.
Without this practical application of the new sales knowledge in the field, then the sales person risks being the smartest sales person in the office, where there are no customers. In most cases a sale never takes place unless a Sales Person has undertaken some form of activity/behaviour/action and this activity is where any new knowledge from training needs to be applied.
The same rules apply for inside sales, with the only difference being the channels with which they are communicating with the prospects/customers. If for example an Inside Sales Person attends a training course on Communication Skills, then unless they apply these skills on either the telephone, email or social media, the training is worthless.
We define Sales Coaching however as “supporting the practical application knowledge in the field”, and the outcome from coaching should always be an increase in skills, confidence and performance.
The main thing that sales training often lacks, and this is not a criticism, more a practical restriction, is that training cannot cover every possible scenario that a sales person will encounter when interacting with a prospect or customer. Those scenarios and equally important the context of each scenario, are what takes classroom sales training and turns it into Boardroom results.
10. The Importance of the Difference Between Training & Coaching
The best way to explain the importance of coaching would be to use the analogy of Golf. If we attend a 1, 2 or 3 day golf training session with Tiger Woods there is no doubt as one of the worlds greatest golfers Tiger Woods would be capable of delivering excellent training.
The course might cover things like the correct stance when addressing the ball, the correct grip and the optimum swing, and there is absolutely no doubt the course attendees would have some very specific and valuable learning outcomes.
What Tiger Woods cannot cover is the practical application of that knowledge next week when you are on the local course and you tried to change your grip, but because it was new to you it felt uncomfortable and for the first 9 holes, your new stance, grip and swing had left you 10 over par.
In these circumstances the golfer is most likely to revert back to his original stance, grip and swing and then might complete the next 9 holes on 5 over par which is his norm. No performance improvement takes place because there was no coach to support with the practical implementation of the new knowledge that the golfer had.
Furthermore the golfer/sales person is typically left feeling frustrated and disappointed as he knows for sure that Tiger Woods had delivered great content in his course, and realises that he just does not have the ability to implement that knowledge.
11. Online Sales Coaching
Online Sales coaching supports the practical application of knowledge by support and providing context for the many different scenarios that a sales person will encounter with a prospect/customer.
Again if we go back to the Golf analogy. The coach would be able to help the Golfer understand why the knowledge that Tiger had delivered in the training course was not working, for example wind, ground conditions, course type and layout, club and balls – there are hundreds of external variables, never mind the internal variables such as the golfers mindset, belief system and attitudes that would affect the performance.
This is absolutely the same when any sales person goes into a meeting with a prospect/customer, there are hundreds of variables both external and internal that affect the outcome and performance. The role of the sales coach is to support the Sales Person in their endeavour to overcome these challenges.
Another important difference between sales training and sales coaching is the style. Modern training has thankfully moved away from a simple one way discussion telling people what to do. Games, exercises and good facilitation that engages the attendees should all be included, however the perception of training can often be negative and many attendees have mentally switched off before they get in the room/on the course.
They may have good reason for this based on a past negative experience, but either way the perception is not always positive and often the perception is related to the style. What we mean by this is the perception of sales training for many people is one of telling and from our own experience nobody especially sales people like to be told.
Coaching however is the opposite and is a question based approach to help the sales person discover for themselves the answers. That process of discovery and reflection is very powerful because it transfers ownership of the answer to the problems to the sales person. When the sales person comes up with the answers they then mentally own the answer which make them much more believable to the sales person.
12. Work Based Learning
Our Online Sales Training courses utilise the concepts of Work Based Learning as many companies and Salespeople no longer have the time available to dedicate days or even hours to training. The modern workplace demands that training not only fits in around the schedule of those involved, but that it also generates some form of value in addition to learning as an outcome.
As it sounds work based learning is focussed around learning and activities that are not only relevant to the job, they are based on sales activities that are the job. As human beings we predominantly learn and master skills by doing and repetition.
The Learning theorists claim we learn 70% by doing, 20% by watching and 10% by listening. Whilst I am sure these figures are not accurate, they are most certainly a good yardstick for any training programme, as the focus is on the learners actually doing the activities and behaviours which are vital for every Sales Person.
Although Work based learning is very different to traditional classroom based training it is still essential for the sales people to have some form of reflection, because like the golfer when they go out to apply the new learning not everything works first time in the field.
This learning by doing, and yes sometimes it will involve learning by failing, is by far the most powerful way for any human being to learn and master new skills. We also believe work based learning is now more important than ever, as sales people simply do not have the time to be away from either their desks or the field for days at a time in the way that traditional training dictates.
13. Learning Accountability
While Online Sales Training and Online Sales Coaching are all good there is one vital ingredient that every organisation needs in order for any form of sales improvement to take place and this is Accountability.
Without any form of accountability the Salespeople choose what to do, and when they will do it and in most cases this can be detrimental to the business. Sales Trainers and Coaches are neither in charge nor responsible for the sales people.
This must come from the companys’ own Sales Leadership, as the Sales Trainer can tell the Salespeople what to do, the Sales Coach can show the Sales people what to do, however only the Sales Leaders in the company can tell them what to do. Whilst we absolutely love sales people unfortunately in many organizations Salespeople are not held accountable and therefore choose for themselves what to do, how to do it, and when it is done. Again, in most cases this is not what is best for the business.
Developing a culture of accountability is in our opinion a vital ingredient for any business as quite simply without accountability nothing gets done. Like most things in life that are worthwhile there is no magic wand for Accountability and it takes planning, persistence and patience, but the end results are transformational both for the business and the people, as once the culture starts to take hold people are empowered and happier, because with accountability comes responsibility.
This also helps remove decision making bottle necks, and often the burden from senior people in the business, as the responsibilities are passed down the chain to newly empowered employees. Sales results are dependent on strong sales leadership and strong management. Not every decision will be popular and not every sales person will embrace the new culture.
In the book ‘Good to Great’, Jim Collins talks about employees as people on a bus. The people not only need to be on the right bus, but they need to be in the right seat for the bus to successfully reach its destination. Sometimes people who get on the bus at the start of the journey are neither in the right seat or on the right bus.
Sales Leadership is a continuous drive for sales improvement that leaves no stone unturned and in some cases this may involve asking people to leave our bus as they no longer have the right skill set, behaviours or mindset that the business needs to move forward.
Please don’t misunderstand us, we believe that a business has a duty to develop and grow every employee, however when those employees make it clear by their actions that they have no desire to develop and grow then it is negligent of the business to ignore this and not take action.
14. How we Create Accountability Online
We create accountability online by including Line Managers in the learning process. On sign up participants are emailed a choice of Learning Objectives related to the course they have chosen. A selection of additional learning objectives are also provided and Learners can also add their own learning objectives all of which must be approved by their line manager.
By including Line Managers in the initial learning process we introduce Accountability. Line Managers are asked to verify the work based assignments and help assess whether the initial learning objectives have been met.