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Examples of Role-based Sales Training

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Ken Cross, Director of Sales Enablement Solutions13 April 2022Blog

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There is a well-known quote, which holds its likely origins from an ancient African proverb: “it takes a village to raise a child”. The same can be said for “raising” an opportunity; from your business development team identifying and qualifying leads, to your account team working to grow existing accounts – everyone within the sales organisation has different roles that are critical to keeping your village running smoothly.

While everyone within your sales organisation needs to have a fundamental understanding of how to apply critical sales skills (for example, who doesn’t need the ability to be conversational, adaptable, and apply critical thinking?), other areas of skill and professional development are very targeted based on the seller’s roles within the sales village, err team. This is where Role-Based Training comes to life.

Defining Role-based Training & It’s Benefits

Role-Based Training is a term used to describe training aligned with the needs of specific roles and with a focus on practical, day-to-day application.

Many sellers possess a natural desire to engage in training that is directly related to the functions they perform in their day-to-day. In fact, a 2016 study by Udemy showed that “44% of respondents cite a lack of learning opportunities as a reason they left their last job.” Role-based training can be a powerful way of protecting the high investments you have made within your sales organisation, especially considering the high cost of employee turnover.

Additionally, it is important to consider time out of the field when it comes to training. By using a Role-Based focused training, you can maximise the efficiency of the time your sellers spend on training, to ensure they are not taken out of the field for training that is not relevant to their specific role.

Building Complementary Skills Across the Team with Role-based Training

While foundational skills will always hold value for all members of your sales organisation, other teams may require varying levels of training on specific topics.

For example, you can use a scale, which is based on the level of training required:

  • Exposure: a general understanding of the core principles of the training concept
  • Foundational: foundational understanding of the training concept and knowing how it is applied to real-world situations
  • Proficient: proven experience in the application of the trained concept in real-world situations
  • Mastery: mastery in the application of the learned concept, whereby they can train, coach, and mentor their peers

Using this scale as an example, we can now take common sales roles and make assumptions, based on typically job functions, on the level of training focus required:

chart showing examples of role-based sales competency curriculum

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Examples of Role-based Sales Training

Let’s explore each of these example roles in a little more detail.

Account Manager Training

In most organisations, the Account Manager’s role is to act as a liaison between your company and your customers. Account Managers tackle the day-to-day needs and concerns of their clients and have a strong focus on account growth and development, by way of account planning.

Looking at our chart, above, note that account managers require mastery in concepts such as:

These areas of focus will serve your account managers well as they tackle the day-to-day needs of customers, but also have a strong focus on protecting and growing accounts.

Learn how building account management skills helps to identify opportunities for growth in existing accounts by downloading the white paper, Growing into the White Space with Strategic Account Planning

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