Getting The Most Out of Sales Meetings
By Rich Ahlgren
As a professional, there are a lot of things you will have to do that are not as fun as you would have hoped. And, as a professional, you will be required to attend many, many meetings. And if you are in sales, guess what? Those will be sales meetings. And let's be honest - those can be dreadfully boring sometimes even though they do not have to be! Sales meetings should be about leaving everyone in attendance edified, inspired, and rejuvenated. Sadly though, many of those planning meetings do just the opposite. So what can be done differently?
Think of how your sales meetings would be if your company decided to have the next sales meeting in an exotic location, like Hawaii or Tonga? Or, what if the meeting was held in majestic New York City or Historic Boston? Imagine how excited and enthusiastic you would be attending a meeting in a fantastic location. Usually when sales meetings are held in different locations, the meeting coordinators and planners leave valuable time so you and everyone else at the meeting can explore the location and have some fun down time. That means you may be able to go snorkeling or sightseeing as you get inspired in the meetings.
Now, let's get to the actual meeting itself. A good meeting (whether it be sales, planning, or corporate) is interactive, interesting, and engaging. It needs to cover the crucial topics, but in a way that everyone can understand, grow from, and be excited about. And sometimes that is the hardest part. But then again, being in an exciting location can really help with the achieving of that goal.
So, even though you may not be in charge of planning the next meeting, it couldn't hurt discussing this with your boss. You never know; your boss may put you on the committee so you can help plan it and make sure it is a stable success, a meeting that everyone will talk about for years to come. Sales meetings should not be about checking a task off of an ever-growing list; it should be about the experience. It is a learning as well as a growing experience. It is also about getting on the same page with upper management and getting to know other employees that you may not have met previously. It also can bring to light those who are destined to unite with upper management later on down the road. So, with that in mind, consider speaking with your boss about revolutionizing the next sales meeting and show them you care about the success of your company.
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