This is the time of year at Microsoft when employees put a bit of focus on where they want their career to go. For me, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my career in sales enablement. I have to admit that I didn’t plan on this as a career, and I’ve done a variety of jobs that weren’t specifically called that, but when I look back I can see that I’ve been focused on sales in one way or another for almost 20 years.
So, I decided to give back to the sales community with this presentation:
The meat of the content is really on slide 2, which I repeat here. This is how I approach sales enablement and what I suggest the role should encompass. I use things like a mission statement and call out the goals and deliverables as a way to keep myself and my team on track.
Mission of Sales Enablement: Positively impact revenue through the creation of sales content, management of lead generation, and effective on-boarding and on-going training of sales employees on the products/solutions, sales processes, sales skills and related industry knowledge. [yes, a thorough sales enablement program cuts across marketing, operations, product, and sales]
Goals: (1) The sales force is empowered to competently and competitively sell products & solutions so they can exceed their sales quota, (2) the sales process is well understood and followed, and (3) qualified leads are getting into the sales pipeline
Plans and deliverables to achieve the goals:
Measures of Success: Overall employee satisfaction of the training, content and leads, delivered on budget & per the established rhythms, increased adoption of the sales process from lead generation to close, and increased sales revenue per sales employee.
If you have other ideas for sales enablement, please contact me via Twitter @BrianGroth.