Cold callers are faced with challenges every day. In our previous blog (Part 1), we suggested tips that cold callers can use to manage their well-being: leveraging training to be as prepared as possible, focusing on learning opportunities as they make calls (continuous improvement), and understanding what they can control and what they cannot control.
Other aspects of cold calling success are tied to environmental factors – in particular, with whom and where we work.
In my experience, I’ve learned that it’s most helpful to work in a TEAM environment. This way you’re surrounded by others who are doing the same thing and facing the same challenges. You can get support from your team, and you can celebrate wins with your team. You can learn from the experiences of other team members, and you can share what you’ve learned as well. You’re looking for a team that loves what they do. Whether you are working virtually or in an office with the rest of your team members present, leverage the opportunity to share and exchange experiences and ideas.
Another aspect of environment is the type of organization you work for. Ideally, you should work for an organization that understands and VALUES THE SALES FUNCTION. I’ve found that organizations that value sales tend to be more successful in their missions. Clearly, as revenue generators, you have high value to the organization. Your skills are critical. An organization that values sales will reward achieving the objective and won’t penalize a salesperson for factors that are beyond their scope. For example, my sales team is responsible for setting appointments and they are rewarded for this accomplishment. They are not penalized if the appointment needs to be changed or cancelled because we value the fact that they have achieved their objective.
Working in a team environment in an organization that values the sales function will set you up for success and you can anticipate having many more GOOD SELLING days than bad selling days.
And what’s a good selling day? At the end of a good day you’ve had wonderful conversations, helped build relationships that will lead to potential revenue, learned something in the process either from team members or from your own experiences, and shared what you’ve learned with others to strengthen your team.
Cold calling is our sweet spot. We LOVE creating the plan, building selling skills, and making cold calls. If you need help creating an environment that is supportive for an effective cold calling team or want to add cold calling to your sales mix, call us at 908.879.2911.