Knowing your L.I.M.I.T.S – Ideals, intend to get, walk away points
Understanding your B.A.T.N.A – best alternative to a negotiated deal
Signalling and proposing
Bargaining and agreeing
Below are some case study examples of different sales training programmes.
Please click below based upon which area is most relevant to you.
Business To Business
Consultative Selling & Solutions Based Training
VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, delivers customer-proven solutions that accelerate IT by reducing complexity and enabling more flexible, agile service delivery. VMware enables enterprises to adopt a cloud model that addresses their unique business challenges. VMware’s approach accelerates the transition to cloud computing while preserving existing investments and improving security and control. With more than 500,000 customers and 55,000 partners, VMware solutions help organisations of all sizes lower costs, increase business agility and ensure freedom of choice.
As many of the products and services are solution based, a need was identified to train the sales team in consultative selling skills. The sales teams needed to be able to conduct a thorough fact find and then match the needs and wants of their prospects to the solutions that they provided. Building the value was seen as a critical skill that needed to be improved as well.
MTD designed and delivered a series of workshops that focused on “pulling out” information from their prospects and clients so that the sales team had all of the relevant background, needs, wants and information that would enable them to create innovative solutions for them. Once the solutions were identified the training focused on building the value of those solutions so that comparisons were not made to just price but instead the benefits and the value that the prospect would receive directly from the products and services themselves and all of the other added extras of using a trusted brand.
“It was very practical and completely hit the mark in terms of the content”
“The training was excellent. It was very practical and completely hit the mark in terms of the content. The exercises and the case studies were very real and we could all apply the learning to the situations that we face.”
Amanda Cook, Trainer & Consultant at VMWare
Sales Development Programme
Computershare are the recognised global leader in financial services, employing over 12,000 people in around 90 offices worldwide, and providing services in over 21 countries to more than 16,000 clients.
Their diverse portfolio of services and products including investor services, equity compensation plans, communications services and range of technology solutions has seen Computershare become the largest financial services provider globally, supporting their clients through unparalleled expertise and continued investment in technology.
The core B2B plan management team (working across multiple departments and locations), were the focal point for this particular development initiative, due to the introduction of some significant changes within the sales team and to the way Computershare approached their target market.
The team are responsible for selling into and developing relationships with the Compensation & Benefit Directors of large, often multinational corporations across the UK and Europe – predominantly focusing on the administration and management of their client’s share plans, trading the employees’ shares and managing the saving on the employees’ deposits. The sales are prominently made through the relationships they have within the marketplace, who their contacts are and how well-known both they and Computershare are by their clients.
Through an internal training needs analysis, the following challenges were identified:
Long sales cycle and customer journey due to the high value and multiple-year span of the contracts – how can the sales team maintain engagement and build strong relationships?
Niche market is heavily competitive, and is dominated by five main brands of which Computershare is one – how can the sales team consistently set themselves apart from others?
Diverse portfolio of products and solutions – how can the sales team identify the right opportunities, at the right time and position the recommended solution in the right way?
Diverse global client base – how can the sales team adapt their approach to meet a wide variety of client types, cultures and decision makers?
Due to the bespoke nature of the programme, MTD recommended and implemented a 6-stage approach to designing, delivering and embedding this programme.
We conducted a 2-day discovery session with the executive team, internal L&D team, sales team and their line managers to understand current situation and future business goals, understand the wider service offering and varied customer profiles, and identify current levels of performance within sales team.
During this we worked closely with the sales team to review and remap the sales process, in order to help identify the key stages and recommend a common approach to engaging with their customers, before exploring the required skills and behaviours at each stage so that we could tailor the programme around these development areas.
Through the use of MTD Sales Insights questionnaire, each person then engaged with self-assessment to identify their individual needs, to enable us to provide bespoke coaching and support both within and outside of the core workshops.
MTD then developed and delivered a core 2-day programme focused on practical activity and implementation, where delegates were able to explore the sales process and understand the psychology of today’s customers, in order to identify the most impactful approach to their role and their customer base.
2 months after the core programme, we then re-engaged with the sales team through a half-day interactive session which provided an opportunity for delegates to bring an account to life and share best practices within the wider commercial team.
We concluded the programme for each individual by repeating the pre-programme self-assessments to enable delegates to relook at their strengths and weakness and review the implementation of their learning.
The overall programme has had several cohorts and to date has received scores of 3.3 out of 4 for design and relevance and 9.2 out of 10 for quality of delivery.
“The training was excellent – presented well, at a good pace, and very engaging. For me, the weekly reflection was an excellent exercise. I also took a lot away in terms of tailoring my tone and approach to the personality types.”
“The facilitators’ own experience was obvious, and it was definitely pitched at the right level. A highlight was defining ‘sales’ conversations in a different way to ‘relationship’ conversations. I have learned these are subtle, but powerful differences.”
“I found the programme very beneficial and more applicable to my role than I perhaps felt before attending the sessions.”
Modular Sales Effectiveness Programme
Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power and temperature control. They help companies increase profits by creating opportunities, solving problems and reducing risk using their unique network of global locations, equipment and technical services.
With 100 locations in 29 countries Aggreko offer 24/7 services to companies across a variety of industries.
Aggreko were looking for a provider to design and deliver an on-going Sales Effectiveness Programme for their team of 45 Sales Engineers and Account Managers. Aggreko were not looking for a “one size fits all” approach. Instead they were looking for a provider that could provide core selling skills best practices but at the same cater for individual requirements and nuances within the different sectors they operated in.
MTD designed an on-going programme of 1-day workshops delivered over a 6 month period for each of their teams. We started by benchmarking all of their sales people against the sales process that we created for them. The sales process included an acronym so that all of the Sales Engineers could remember and adhere to its component parts. There were a number of resources and tools that we created around the process to ensure that it “stuck” and was used. The training was very practical and case study specific due to the nature of the solutions that they offered and was mainly focused on soft skills and process because they already had a high level of technical ability and knowledge.
Because the programme had such a positive impact MTD were chosen to deliver a customer service excellence programme for 220 service engineers so that they were providing the best possible service to the client after the business was won and how to spot additional opportunities based upon the needs of the client.
“Delivers. That is one word that sums up MTD.”
“Delivers! That is the one word that sums up MTD. On time, beyond expectations, at short notice and without fail. Challenging our thinking and working as a business partner who wants our business to succeed. Someone you can bounce ideas around with and who isn’t afraid to give ideas and suggestions.”
Carrie Foster, Learning & Development Manager
Telephone Selling Skills & Sales Leadership
Instarmac are multi award-winning manufactures and distributions of cement and bitumen-based products, suppling 30 different countries globally.
With over 40 years of specialist knowledge and innovative solutions under their belts, Instarmac currently employ over 175 people across their 5 core brands.
Instarmac had 2 core functions to address this this programme:
1. 18 inbound and outbound sales co-ordinators 2. 6 national sales managers responsible for telephone and field sales teams
The 18-strong sales team were very varied in terms of their experience both with the company and in a sales role, so there was a need to provide a consistent approach to their role and how they engage with their customers – with particular focus on helping them to maximise their pipeline with both new and existing clients.
In order to ensure the learning was embedded with the sales team, we also looked to engage with their national sales managers, to ensure that they possessed the skillset required to lead and support their teams in achieving their targets effectively.
Starting with the sales team, MTD designed and delivered a bespoke 3-day programme, which focused on identifying opportunities for upselling and cross-selling different product lines, creating a clear call structure in order to achieve this and learning to analyse each account in order to maximise upon this.
We conducted an initial discovery session with the sales team and their line managers to understand the core product range and customer base, in order to identify how to maximise upon their opportunities.
We then conducted a thorough training needs analysis through a 180-degree competency assessment, completed by both the sales person and their line manager. This enabled us to tailor the programme to each individual’s own development needs, as well as supporting the wider requirements for the group.
The 3-day programme involved 2 x 1-day workshops delivered 4 weeks apart, and we then re-engaged with each sales person during a 1-2-1 coaching session with their facilitator, who listened to their calls with clients, side by side and provided immediate feedback to support their ongoing development.
Following the initial programme with the sales team, we then designed and developed a bespoke 5-modualr programme for the sales managers – which focused on driving sales performance through a clear understanding of managing a sales team, managing and measuring performance, conducting challenging conversations surrounding poor/under-performance, acknowledging and responding to conflict as a result of performance management and ultimately driving and developing their sales team to maximise upon their potential.
To create the most impactful learning environment for all, each module was structured as a 1-day workshop and was focused on high levels of practical activity and role-plays. The sessions were recorded and played back for further review to help identify areas of development within the wider sales management team.
Both programmes achieved scores of 3.9 out of 4 for design and relevance, and 9.8 out of 10 for quality of delivery.
“The facilitator made the training really fun and enjoyable, and it was definitely a memorable programme.”
“I am definitely going to be able to get more information out of my customers and carry out my objectives more effectively.”
“I found the whole programme beneficial as revisiting management methods has been very useful, and I really enjoyed and got a lot out of the practical group tasks and activities.”
“I always find scenarios and role play beneficial as it gives me ideas on what to implement and how to address certain situations in my role.”
Core Modules & Elective Training Workshops
Smith & McLaurin are one of the longest established manufacturing companies in labelling products. Still based in their original Scottish factory, they provide a complete range of products supported with innovative levels of service. Customers represent a vast range of sectors including retail, food processing, manufacturing, distribution and pharmaceutical industries.
Leading their field in supporting customers’ evolving needs, their commercial focus has rapidly moved into the search for solutions to environmental imperatives. More important than ever, the need to guide and take the market forward into previously unknown territory is paramount. Environmental issues including manufacturing processes, the use of chemicals, transportation packaging and end of use disposal need to be accommodated.
Practical, economical and effective solutions have been developed that provide buyers with the best available current products, supported with continuous research into new materials and methods. Backed by total quality assurance and more than a century of experience Smith & McLaurin now lead the field in the ability to provide holistic environmentally effective solutions: positively different.
With an experienced sales team, used to working in supply situations that have become commoditised and singular in nature, the need to elevate the sales process to more consultative levels became clear.
The sale is now more complex in nature, demanding that core sales arguments be transmitted to key stakeholders in ways that enable their sourcing to contribute value to their wider needs, commercially, corporately and environmentally.
Sales people must move away from the commodity mindset, deal with different buying influencers and specifiers in major corporate accounts to create awareness and foster consultative relationships. The ability to differentiate, add recognisable value and compete effectively means that core sales and business development skills must be honed and applied with impact.
Further, the individual needs of each team member must be accommodated in ways that support the learning and development process whilst recognising and supplementing the value of their experience.
In considering several potential providers, the senior management team sought a capable training organisation able to satisfy a wide range needs for helping move the company to another level. A key element was that the personality, experience, knowledge and ability of trainers would meet the robust demands of the task. Fundamental to this was that the provider understood the corporate needs and could demonstrate the ability and will to devise and deliver material that itself adds value to the process in a challenging yet supportive manner.
MTD and their Consultant Trainer Mike Clarkson met this challenge through the active application of the methods under discussion. Presenting their capability to the board of directors whilst demonstrating a clear understanding of how to apply the core skills needed, plus the willingness and flexibility to adapt led to their being chosen above all others for the job.
A core training programme having the flexibility to flow through the entire organisation at all levels was jointly devised, and the first stages of sales development were rapidly implemented.
Following on from the training there was a sustained increase in sales performance with significant improvements in closing ratios.
In particular, one major account was landed within 1 month of the training which could be traced back directly to a new technique that sales people were implementing from the training.
Confidence in the sales team was at an all time high and the whole company has been enjoying working with MTD as they continute to innovate and drive the environmental agenda with their customers.
“MTD really ‘gelled’ with my team and worked at a comfortable pace that we could all follow.”
“MTD really ‘gelled’ with my team and worked at a comfortable pace that we could all follow. The programme have given me a great reminder of things I know, and some new ideas. Overall it ‘joined-up’ so many things to create a powerful set of new resources for my sales team.”
Craig Monks, Sales Director
Sales Management Workshops
Bank of Scotland Merchant Services enables businesses to accept plastic cards as a means of payment throughout the UK . Working across a broad range of retail and commercial customers, they offer the most comprehensive and effective card-processing solution to its customers.
As part of its competitive repositioning, Bank of Scotland Merchant Services needed to reinforce and develop its existing sales function through the re-establishment of several new roles, including the key Sales Management function. Critically, the need for professional training to focus on the creation, motivation and leadership of high-performing sales teams was identified as a top priority.
MTD designed and delivered a 2-day Sales Management Workshop that focused on applying the core skills of Team Leadership, Performance Management and Individual Coaching to the task of managing a diverse group of itinerant salespeople.
All delegates found the content, style and delivery of the workshop were of a very high standard. This enabled them to readily understand how they can meet challenging objectives through their sales teams. Some of their comments are:
“The course was excellent…”
“The course was excellent – MTD tailored it closely to the specific needs of our newly recruited sales management team. Sales management theory was delivered in an engaging and innovative way, setting the scene for the ultimate goal – providing the team with the practical tools to put the theory into practice. Our team are so much more confident now and we’re now achieving the results that we wanted”
Phil Curtis, Managing Director & Vice President
Improving Your B2B & B2C Sales Success
Freedown Food are the leading importer and distributor of high-quality meat sourced globally, supplying over 400 restaurants, wholesalers, caterers and processors across the UK.
Having grown from a small family run business founded on a Dorset farm, the expert sales team are now responsible for selling to chefs, purchasing departments and butchers – a number of which are high end suppliers and Michelin star restaurants.
Due to the fact that the team sell predominantly to businesses and in some instances direct to customers, they need to be able to flex and adapt their approach depending on the customer type.
The senior team had also identified a number of opportunities where the team had gone straight into a negotiation on price, and appeared too willing to discount in order to secure the business – which naturally proved detrimental to the company’s success.
MTD designed and delivered a core 2-day programme which focused on setting clear objectives before the sales team call or meet with a client, engaging with their customers more effectively, and selling on quality rather than on price to avoid discounting unnecessarily.
The delivery was conducted on weekend days so as to avoid taking the sales team away from their customer base during their peak opportunity to engage with clients during the week.
“The training was very engaging and I took a lot away from the sessions. It really got me thinking about how I can do what the rest are not doing, so that I build the value of what I am offering over other suppliers.”
“I thought the facilitator was excellent and the content was completely relevant to my needs. I’ll definitely be engaging in more weekly planning to identify how best to spend my time and how to best approach each of my customers.”
Business To Consumer
Sales Executive & Sales Manager Development Programme
Taylor Wimpey are one of the largest house builders in the UK, operating from 24 regional offices across England, Scotland and Wales. Taylor Wimpey aim to be the residential developer of choice for customers, employees, communities and shareholders.
Although already successful Taylor Wimpey identified that the quality of their sales management would be a vital factor in continuing as one of the best performing house-builders in the UK. Sales Managers within the business have many responsibilities including the selection and recruitment of Sales Executives, their induction, coaching and day to day management along with the responsibility for delivering sales results for the business.
There was also a need to upskill their 600+ sales executives to improve the sales performance of their plots and developments.
We designed a training programme that covered:
Personal Management Styles
Questioning /Listening Skills
Coaching And Feedback Skills
The Taylor Wimpey Induction Process
The Taylor Wimpey Recruitment Road-Map And Selection Process
The Taylor Wimpey Sales Process
How To Manage Difficult Situations
We also created the Taylor Wimpey 7 Stages Sales Process which sales executives were to follow to achieve consistence results.
Each of the business units experienced uplifts in sales performance and confidence.
“The work MTD carried out was second to none, and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.”
“MTD have provided all of our training for Sales Managers and Sales Executives. The feedback has been fantastic and we are starting to see the benefits manifest themselves out in the Business Units. The work they carried out was second to none, and I would have no hesitation in recommending them.“
K Belsham, UK Sales & Marketing Director
Modular Sales Effectiveness Programme
Since their foundation in 1986, The Holiday Place Plc has built a reputation for offering a quality, personalised service and superb value for money for their customers. They are a specialist Tour Operator providing holidays for the discerning traveller to a diverse range of great value hotels & resorts in some of the world’s most exotic locations.
The Holiday Place wanted their telephone staff to be able to close more deals and up and cross sell a wide range of products and services. With a view to being the No 1 Tour Operator within the UK they called MTD in to design and deliver an on-going sales training programme for their staff.
We designed a 3 module sales training programme for all of their reservation’s staff that included:
Module 1 – Relationship Building Skills and Questioning Methodologies.
Module 2 – Proposing specific solutions to the Customer, and securing their commitment (Closing Skills)
Module 3 – Effective Negotiation and Problem Solving Skills.
We also ran a series of sales coaching workshops for their Team Leaders so that they could get the best from every member of their team after we had conducted the training
“We now have a sales team that closes 50% more enquiries than previously…”
“I would like to thank MTD Sales Training for their excellent training programme. Our telephone sales force underwent a training programme in sales closing and cross selling techniques. The three key modules were, relationship building, sales closing skills and effective negotiation.
The results were astounding; we now have a sales team that closes 50% more enquiries than previously. The conversion rate from lead to sales has more than doubled, and with certain products even quadrupled. The profit per sale has increased by over 15%.
The benefits were not only evident in the sales to our customers but also the relationships between the staff and B2B relationships with our suppliers were improved considerably.
All in all, the entire programme was a great success with the results being a happy and extremely motivated work force and a substantial increase on our bottom line”
Raj Shah, Managing Director
The Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI), the training arm of the Central Bank of Egypt provides banking, financial and monetary training to Egypt’s banking professionals. As part of its goals EBI considers program development and improvement as a critical activity to its success. As such, the Institute’s core programming in banking and financial disciplines is augmented with an ever increasing demand for management, human resources, and “soft” skills training and development.
As part of its sales training and development strategy EBI was seeking a recognised sales training partner who could ‘deliver’. This meant providing a 2-day robust sales manager training course which would be attended by individuals from a variety of banking and financial roles, with sales management responsibility.
MTD designed and delivered a 2-day sales management workshop that focused on applying the skills and behaviours of sales management and sales leadership, setting sales targets and goals, with performance management technique to generate improved individual and sales team results.
As a result of a successful pilot, a second workshop was quickly organised and successfully delivered, with high commitment from delegates and individual action plans developed, acting as a self coaching checklist on their return to work.
The sales manager workshop has now been integrated into the Institute’s on-going training curriculum.
“We really appreciated the time and dedication shown by MTD…”
“I would like to express my appreciation for the Sales Management Programme MTD Sales Training delivered for us. Our trainer was brilliant and it was our great pleasure to have such proactive trainer who extended significant constructive input to the participants during the training sessions.
We really appreciated the time and dedication shown by MTD, especially from your Training Manager who put in a great deal of effort to coordinate the training and ensure that the programme ran smoothly and was successful.
We hope this training programme will pave the way for future cooperation between our two companies.“
Zeinab Abdel Razek, Head of International Cooperation
Telephone Selling Masterclass
Started in 1996, Just Go are a business offering the best value coaching holidays in the U.K. and Europe many of their clients come back year after year. The imminent delivery of brochures to customers prompted them to get in touch with MTD
The coach holiday company wanted their telephone staff to both maximize the call and ensure they gave staff the best experience coupled with the inclusion of “added sales” in the form of optional excursions, travel insurances etc
Firstly we contacted the business as mystery telephone shoppers to identify how the leads were handled currently.
From our findings we developed a one day programme to enhance the skills of the team both in handling up enquiries and identifying needs along with ensuring clients were fully aware of all options before they went on holiday.
The sessions focused on questioning skills and generating interest in the add on areas.
“Our insurance sales have rocketed…”
“From our point of view all of the directors, management and staff found the sessions to be very professional, highly entertaining and enormously productive. Our insurance sales have rocketed and the reservations staff have quickly adapted to a new way of speaking to clients”
From the Directors of Just Go
Retail Sales Training
Showroom Sales Skills Programme
Porcelanosa Group, founded in 1972, is Europe ‘s leading ceramic tile, bathroom and kitchen manufacturers offering a wide range of products including showers, bathroom suites, whirlpool baths, floor and wall tiles and bathroom accessories
Porcelanosa has operated in the UK for almost twenty years, and over the last three years has invested over £50million in an expansion of its showroom and distribution network across the country.
This expansion has naturally led to the employment of more sales people across the UK in order to provide Porcelanosa customers with the highest standards of attention and service commensurate with the company’s products and philosophy.
To meet the demands of growth whilst offering a consistent and recognisable approach to advising customers and maximising sales results the need to promote and maintain high standards of Professional Showroom Sales Skills was evident across each of the operating companies.
Industry leading standards of performance were required from all sales personnel, including showroom managers and staff. These standards would have to be supported with high degrees of sales skills and knowledge so that consistency and effectiveness would be achieved through strongly motivated and professional sales people.
Amongst others, MTD were invited to explore potential training solutions to satisfy these needs. Drawing on their extensive experience in retail sales; considerable time and energy was invested in researching the customer experience, the knowledge and skill base of the people, and their current sales approaches.
Informed by this research a pilot Showroom Sales Skills Workshop was devised which was attended by representatives from all levels of the business.
The outcomes were very positive as the workshop focused on the crucial knowledge and skill areas in a way that engaged and motivated delegates to consistently build strong and profitable customer relationships. Coupled with the engaging and practical style of MTD’s workshop leader, the MTD solution was unanimously selected.
To ensure maximum impact, final workshop design was further enhanced through face to face interviews with staff at a variety of locations. This enabled MTD to deeply appreciate the situation at the critical customer interface, fine-tune the workshop and maximise its value. Small, yet highly significant adjustments were included that ensured total relevance and efficacy of the programme. To provide the closest possible focus a range of 33 skill competencies in seven groups were identified and measured as a start point for the workshops.
The challenge now was to implement the package across the whole of the UK in the shortest possible time. A full schedule to roll out the workshops to 160 people from 26 locations was drawn up between Porcelanosa and MTD which was immediately implemented. The complete UK and Ireland programme was delivered at key sites over an eight week period.
Delegates found the training was stimulating, inspirational and practical. They were able to absorb and utilise the material in ways that helped them develop their skills, abilities and confidence; this meant more success in dealing with customers!
Results included some delegates immediately increasing their sales figures by over 60%, an increase in conversions and a much improved approach to managing the elongated sales process.
Delegates found the content, style and delivery of the workshop were of a very high standard. This enabled them to readily understand how they can meet their objectives.
“Engaging, fun and easy to follow…”
“MTD were extremely helpful. They knew how to train the ability to pitch to all different ages and backgrounds within our showrooms. The programme was engaging, fun and easy to follow. Our showrooms immediately saw an uplift in sales following the training and we are eager to keep the momentum going via the showroom managers”
On behalf of the Porcelanosa Team
District Sales Manager Programme
Claire’s Accessories identified the requirement for all of their District Sales Managers across 350 locations in the UK to be able to coach and develop their Branch Managers to improve sales in each of their stores.
A program was required to train and develop their District Sales Managers in the art of coaching and staff development.
A 2 day “Coaching For Managers” programme was designed and delivered that covered coaching models, learning styles, management styles, body language, tonality, inflection, how to conduct one to ones and how to deal with under-performers and over-achievers. These courses were delivered over an 8 month period.
Now all of their branch managers throughout their stores nationwide are performing at a much higher sales level due to the enhancement in their personal and professional development.
“Just a brilliant, engaging experience…”
“Working with MTD was just a brilliant, engaging experience. The workshops were practical and focused on providing our District Sales Managers with the skills to be in turn, able to coach their Branch Managers. They really listened to what we needed and over-delivered on the promises. Would highlight recommend MTD without hesitation they did a fantastic job”
Gillian Ince, Head of Learning & Development
Retail Sales Skills & Store Manager Train The Trainer
Blue Banana operate a chain of retail stores specialising in supplying a range of alternative clothing and services with appeal to late teens and early twenties, Blue Banana brings modern diversity coupled with real professionalism to the high streets and malls of Britain . The blending of bold marketing and effective retail skills is the key to success for the group, whose high street presence is complemented by a strong internet presence.
With many young graduates employed in senior managerial and supervisory roles, the company benefits from their enthusiasm and energy. This gels with its target customers, but can be short on specific sales and management skills, leaving opportunities unmet and limiting staff and business potential.
Blue Banana’s Managing Director wanted to see a much higher of level retail sales and management skills applied in the business, and sought a training provider that could both appreciate the uniqueness of the situation and quickly deliver an effective intervention. It was critical that the provider could relate to the kind of people in the business, and present quality material that would challenge and empower delegates to deliver better and more consistent performance.
We were immediately able to appreciate the requirements of Blue Banana due to our own extensive retail and commercial experience. A tailored two-day programme was designed to focus on both aspects of the need, and which could be delivered in a way that engaged the delegates with its value and style.
With our practical and engaging manner, our trainers were quickly able to connect with the delegates. Our workshops inspired them with a number of relevant and intriguing models and techniques illustrated by examples from our own experience.
Crucially, an agreed ‘Expectation Regime’ was initiated that facilitated learning and practical application by delegates that they could apply with their own personal style for maximum impact.
At a time when retail store sales are in decline, the results of the training were outstanding.
“Sales are up in all stores, with most showing double figure growth year on year – one of them is up by a massive 25%!”
“The training has managed to empower our people in a way that has boosted confidence and overall abilities across the team. Our expansion programme can be pursued with confidence, and standards throughout the company are being pushed upward, supported by the professionalism, energy and enthusiasm that is now on tap across the company. Sales are up in all stores, with most showing double figure growth year on year – one of them is up by a massive 25%!”
Managing Director, Blue Banana
Car Dealership Best Practices
Worcester Car Sales Ltd is a holding company for “T Wall Garages” (a leading Ford and Vauxhall dealership) and “Clarkes of Kidderminster” (a locally renowned Seat, Kia and Suzuki dealership) – both dealerships are privately owned as a family run business that has been serving members of the local community since 1953.
Worcester Car Sales had reached a stage whereby they felt the company would benefit from their entire workforce receiving professional sales training. The felt that their staff needed core skills training in the following areas:
Telephone skills and techniques for both inbound and outbound calls,
Communication skills training for email, SMS and live chat with customers
A recap of general sales training techniques
A reinforcement of a key business message regarding updating customer records on their internal system to help build rapport offer a personal service to their customers
We provided a training solution that was designed around their exact needs and requirements as discussed above. The course itself was delivered over 3 days and included all sales staff and senior managers.
The solution we provided was different to what they had experienced before, as it was designed:
Without the use of PowerPoint presentations and delivered within an interactive learning environment
In a much more conversational format compared to their traditional classroom ‘Tell’ format training
To challenge sales staffs current ways of thinking to make the experience much more customer centric
To tackle negative mindsets around speaking on the telephone and allowed staff to understand the experience they give customers when they use the telephone
To empower staff to provide feedback on what they would change if they were the owner of Worcester Car Sales Ltd
Feedback & Outcomes
The feedback from the training was positive and the further comments from the delegates suggested that they enjoyed the more conversational and less formal/classroom format for the delivery. Delegates found that the course was pitched at the right level, and relevant to the breadth and variety of job roles. Delegates were impressed by the trainer’s style of presentation and found Paul to be very helpful and easy to connect with.
Each of the delegates also gave detailed feedback on the working environment and highlighted difficulties in their role, which the senior managers and directors will now be able to act upon to improve the overall motivation and satisfaction of their team.
“The training was delivered with a fresh approach and in a relaxed but professional manner…”
“The training was delivered with a fresh approach and in a relaxed but professional manner by MTD and the feedback from the staff has been extremely positive. Paul must be a big asset to your training team, as nothing was too much trouble for him, and I appreciated the time your trainer spent with me beforehand; tailoring the course to suit our specific needs. I must also commend the service we received from your Training Team – everyone we dealt with was very friendly and helpful. When our company is looking for any further training you will be my first port of call.”
Frances Sanders, Group Sales & Marketing Manager
Lidgate’s butchers is a prestigious establishment in London’s fashionable Holland Park. A really unique business, Lidgate’s has been in business for over 150 years, operating from the same site for over 100 years. The owner, David Lidgate is the fourth generation of his family to run the business and tutors his sons carefully in the long standing relationships they have with their suppliers as carefully as the art of butchery.
Lidgate’s were an organic butcher before anyone else. Actually, Lidgate’s stocked organic meat before there was any alternative and have never seen the reason to change. Quality is paramount. As a result, many of the celebrities in the area such as Richard Branson and Will Carling purchase their meat from this historic family business.
Customer Service is set at a Gold Standard in this business and our role was to support the staff in opening the range of products to the attention of the clientele. The expertise in the staff was really impressive. The key was how we tailor our approach to individual customers with unique needs and interests.
We injected a “Selling through Service” programme that represented a win/win for the business and its customers. After careful consultation, we identified that many customers “stick to what they know.” Therefore, we created the confidence and commitment in the team to explore customer tastes and talk through different cuts, cooking techniques and international cuisine that represented a “fit” for the customer’s preferences, special occasions and favourite celebrity chefs!
Taking this customer-centric approach was a classic case of building rapport, asking intelligent and insightful questions to build engagement, interest and customer loyalty. With 150 years of business, our goal is to inject the skills and confidence to secure the next 150 years of success for Lidgate the Butchers.
As a dividend of the Team’s commitment to try new skills with long standing customers, they have broadened the range of products that customers enjoy and used this success to support the independent organic farmers that supply their business. This has a compound effect in increased revenue at key seasonal times such as Christmas and Easter that just goes to show, if you look after your customers, your customers will look after you!
Our in-house training courses and programmes have won many awards.
They are always practical, engaging and fun providing techniques that work!
The Learning Awards Best External Training Solution
For the excellent results and ROI that we achieved for an external training programme.
HR Distinction Awards Best Supplier-Led Collaboration
Finalists for developing a creative and innovative solution that created outstanding benefits.
CIPD Best HR/L&D Supplier
We won this coveted award for a customised training solution and for the outstanding ROI it achieved.
Personnel Today Best HR Supplier Partnership
We won this prestigious award for the quality of our HR supplier partnerships.
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You will be asked questions about your sales technique, your products and services knowledge, the sales process, your sales strategy, how you prospect and everything else that makes up an effective sales professional.
You’ll receive a personalised 19-page report with some recommendations on what you need to improve.
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Working With MTD
We’re incredibly easy to work with. Here’s some further information
about what to expect and how we will work together to make it happen
Sales Training Programme Design
We will work with you to design a programme that is unique to your organisation and to what you sell.
Understanding your sales process and people is vitally important if we are to get buy-in from your sales teams.
A sales training programme is a journey where your sales teams will learn new skills, brush up on their existing ones and will have the opportunity to practice in a safe environment as well as embedding their skills back at work.
All we do is designed and created to work in the real world. So no matter whether your sale is a transactional one or a strategic and complex sell, we have dedicated, specialist trainers who understand what it takes to be successful in your industry.
What You Can Expect…
A good listening to so we understand your requirements
Involvement in the design of the programme
Ways to help get the buy-in of your key stakeholders
Engaging, personalised content and programme design
Hand selected trainers who are right for your culture
On-going tools and resources to help embed the learning
Unrivalled account management from the team at MTD
Programme KPI’s and on-going measurements
Flexibility during the programme to change direction
Practical and proven delivery – Feefo ratings of 96%
We’ve trained over 9,000 different clients from hundreds of different industries.
Some of those clients include…
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MTD continually push the boundaries and standards within the sales industry
MTD Sales Training are always at the forefront of the latest sales strategies and techniques and have a proven track record in improving bottom line sales performance. The ISM are proud to be a partner as MTD continually push the boundaries and standards within the sales industry to the greater good of the sales profession as a whole.
Head of Sales The Institute of Sales Management
All of our in-house, bespoke courses and programmes are CPD Certified.
After we have developed the material for your programme it will go through the CPD Certification process.
What this means is that your sales team will receive a CPD Certificate for your specific course/programme.
All of this is completed with no additional cost.
What Is The Process?
We design and deliver bespoke, in-house sales training programmes for your sales team.
The beauty of our programmes is that we can get to understand about your business before we deliver the training.
We will also learn about what you sell and how you sell it to make sure that what we deliver is really specific to your industry and desired outcomes.
All you need to do is provide us with your requirements by clicking here or call us on 0333 320 2883 and we will prepare a proposal for you along with the costs and what each of your sales team will receive in terms of post course support (That really sets us apart from our competition)
Have You Got Any Training Requirements or Questions?
Our L&D and Training Team are here waiting to help you.