Thursday, July 9th, 2020

Latest courses for students and apprentices

Never before have there been so many options for students, apprentices and aspiring sales professionals to study and gain valuable qualifications and commercial experience. Academic sales programmes are available to those anticipating a sales career either as university and college courses for undergraduate students on leaving school or at postgraduate level. Postgraduate options (often aimed at more experienced individuals) include… 


Friday, May 22nd, 2020

Sales and the COVID crisis

We asked leading academics, professional bodies and consultants for their views on how sales leaders can best respond to the COVID-19 crisis. Unprecedented is a word we hear being bandied about a lot since the emergence of the COVID-19 virus. Nevertheless, the situation we all face is indeed unprecedented, and the world will never be exactly the same again, even… 


Friday, December 13th, 2019

Pushing boundaries

SAP’s Manal Siddiqui discusses cricket, qualification and his career. Manal Siddiqui has an infectious enthusiasm for cricket and work, these probably being the two things he loves most in the world, aside from his family. Indeed, when pressed, the former under-19 UAE international cricketer jokes: “Cricket is my first love, you know; that’s what I keep telling my wife, ‘You… 


Friday, December 13th, 2019

Transformation is emotional

David Norris explains how participation in the Leading Sales Transformation Masters programme is reinforcing an ethos of continuous improvement at industrial giant SKF. Like most companies, bearings, seals, lubrication and rotating equipment systems specialists SKF operates an annual performance review system. At an individual review, David Norris, Sales Director United Kingdom & Ireland, presented his manager with an outline development… 


Friday, December 13th, 2019

A story of epic endurance

Barry Gray is preparing for the last great polar challenge. Here he talks mind-set and leadership. As Barry “Baz” Gray prepares to follow in the footsteps of his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton, he has a sense of history and his potential place amongst the pantheon of polar explorers. “For me it’s about doing something that’s never been done,” the former… 


Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Courage and curiosity

Nilgün Atasoy’s wide experience, open mindset and empathetic approach have opened doors in her career. Nilgün Atasoy specialises in expanding horizons. From her multicultural upbringing to her progression in the traditionally male-dominated technology sector, to her trailblazing role as one of SAP’s first female salespeople in the Middle East and a pioneering woman sales manager in Eastern Europe, she has… 


Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Blazing the trail for women sales leaders in technology

Dutch ICT Woman of the Year, Monic van Aarle is a sales director working with a diverse range of SAP’s customers in the Netherlands. Monic van Aarle has been working at SAP for 15 years and in sales for a total of 37 years – which stacks up to a significant amount of experience. Starting her career in marketing, she… 


Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Sales enablement, AI and other hot topics

As the business world is increasingly disrupted by digital, sales enablement is coming of age. Is this relatively new discipline the key to competitive success for sales organisations? A variety of sales enablement hot topics were on the agenda at Miller Heiman’s 2018 Sales Enablement Summit at the Nobu Hotel in London on 8 November. Not least was the fact… 


Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

GST focuses on disruption and resilience

Consalia graduates and keynote speakers came together to discuss strategies to thrive in today’s disruptive business environment. As the business environment becomes ever more uncertain, with constantly accelerating change and increasing market disruption, both organisations and individuals need to become more resilient. But what kind of toll does this disruption take and how can we become more resilient? These were… 


Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

SPIN Selling

In this series of articles we look at some of the most popular sales methodologies. What’s the difference between a methodology and a process? In sales, the methodology is the application of general – possibly universal – principles to the way we approach a component of the sales cycle albeit that it may also be contextual. A process, in contrast,… 


Monday, September 24th, 2018

Relentless change: can sales enablement keep up?

This article extracts some of the key points from a talk at this year’s Sales Educators’ Academy Conference at Aston Business School in Birmingham, and the debate that followed. The presentation on strategic sales enablement in the face of unrelenting change was given by Robert Racine, VP, Global Sales Enablement at Wipro. Racine ran a central sales enablement function today… 


Monday, September 24th, 2018

Social selling – five key concepts

Social selling is still about conversations. But you will need to update your sales model. All of us in sales are well aware that the way people buy has changed. Salespeople are no longer part of the buying process “by right”. Thanks to the Internet, buyers are better informed and more autonomous than ever before. Somehow we have to be… 


Friday, May 18th, 2018

Challenged to transform

We talk a lot about transformation but how often does training involve genuine transformation? In the case of global software and services giant SAP there was an urgent need for a thorough transformation in the way the organisation sold, driven by major disruption in the market caused by the migration of IT systems away from an on-premises model onto the… 


Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Technology set to stamp out the tedium

Is artificial intelligence set to free salespeople from the most tedious aspects of their jobs? We talked to Miller Heiman president and CEO Byron Matthews. It will come as no surprise that, today, salespeople spend only around a third of their time on core selling activities in front of a customer trying to understand their needs, according to Byron Matthews,… 


Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Selling in a digital age

Digital is set to disrupt every aspect of life including business. So what’s on the horizon for sales and what’s already here? One day in the not too far distant future, a wave of technological innovation will transform society: for instance, brain-computer interfaces will replace keyboards; there will be intention-decoding algorithms; communications devices will be embedded in humans; and we… 


Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Learn and earn

Can the forthcoming apprenticeship programme for B2B sales catalyse a new era of professionalism? If anything underlines why we so desperately need the new Level 6 Degree Apprenticeship, it is the sustained effort a dedicated group of sales leaders and educationalists have had to put into educating government about business-to-business sales as a career and to convince the “powers that… 


Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Collaborating to change

Some 18 months ago, BT Global Services set out on a major programme of sales and marketing transformation. We talk to Chris Blundell about the story so far. There was a time when Chris Blundell spent his time driving from customer to customer in a yellow van – back in the day Blundell was a telecom engineer. Now, however, his… 


Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Sales talent: the final profit frontier – part 2

Managing sales talent effectively through robust hiring and development processes is only half the story; we need to align these daily processes with company strategy… and we should be developing sales talent far earlier. Hiring and developing salespeople is costly – there is absolutely no doubt about that. According to a recent blog by Chally Group , while a low… 


Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Sales talent: the final profit frontier – part 1

Hiring, developing and retaining salespeople have been something of a dark art. It’s often expensive and inefficient, but new talent-management techniques are bringing us into the 21st century. Skilled professionals have credibility with customers, and you can’t afford to compromise the credibility of your brand by sending second-best into the field Dr Beth Rogers In their 2015 Harvard Business Review… 


Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Views from the top

We asked three fi nalists in the…