014. Tool Up: How to Select, Implement, and Manage Software so Your Technology Works for You
Instructor: Anne Patterson
Level of Complexity: Foundational
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Today’s Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) has an unprecedented selection of software solutions. And cloud-based hosting has virtually exploded the number of options. But with the plethora of alternatives comes the challenge: how to select the solution that best fits your company’s needs? And once selected, how to implement – without bleeding the organization’s budget and bandwidth? And once implemented, how to leverage to move the needle on operational performance? In this workshop, three topic areas will be covered: (1) Software selection: Know what you need: clearly define your must-haves and nice-to-haves BEFORE you start looking for solutions. [A sample needs analysis template will be provided to students.] Where to look? What to look for? Cloud vs server? 2) Implementation: The recipe for success, from team structure and accountabilities to phased implementation options, including remote vs in-person implementations. (3) After Go-Live: Making the software deliver on its promise. How to measure success. How to leverage the tools and resources for continuous improvement.
As a sales professional, you know that it’s harder to sell in tough times―whether it’s a recession, industry-wide challenge, or global pandemic. You may also have noticed that some salespeople and managers not only survive but thrive through tough times. How do they do it? What do they do to thrive through adversity?
Paul Reilly explains it all in Selling Through Tough Times: Customers buy differently in tough times, so salespeople need to sell differently in tough times. In this eye-opening and indispensable guide, he shows how to develop the right mindset and adapt your skills to prevail in even the most challenging selling climate. His plan includes both immediate, hands-on action plans (including six Daily Mental Flex activities) as well as longer-range strategies to ensure you (and your team) never get caught on the back foot again.
While the principles of selling are constant, Reilly demonstrates how changing your tactics in tough times will not only help you through current difficulties but help you emerge stronger. You’ll discover how to redefine value in customer terms, reposition products and services, and how employ different persuasion tactics. You’ll also learn how to select and pursue the right opportunities, win more deals, and―crucially―protect profit by embracing the “tough timers” mental attitude.
Tough times are inevitable and often unpredictable. But in Selling Through Tough Times, you’ll find the tools and mindset you need to power through them―and come out on top.
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