SKO = Inspiration + Alignment + Education
- by Elay Cohen
- December 16, 2015
- Sales Kickoffs
SalesHood - Sales Enablement Platform
For many, January is “Sales Kick Off” (SKO) season. We all want to make the most of our events. We’re investing a ton of money and resources to elevate our sales team results. It’s important to be clear on SKO goals, expectations, and outcomes. Writing a vision statement for your SKO event is a great thing to do and highly recommended.
I’m also a big believer in finding ways to build culture and connectivity with teams pre, during, and post SKO events. There should be a plan to leverage the days or weeks between the end of the year and the actual SKO event for folks to do some pre-work. Have you thought about asking everyone attending your event to record, before they show up, a short sixty second video? Here are a few questions you can ask?
What are your top 2016 sales goals?
What do we have to do to achieve greatness in 2016?
What’s your best deal win story and how did we win?
How have we created value for our customers?
What’s your most compelling customer story?
How will you crush the competition in 2016?
I promise the answers to these questions will light up your event when you show video highlights during your keynotes. There is nothing better than giving everyone a voice and video storytelling is the way to scale it. We continue to see innovative, forward thinking companies and leaders use video storytelling to prioritize, crowdsource, and share deal wins, customer stories, and winning objections. Imagine what would happen to your culture if everyone on your team recorded a short sixty second video and watched ten of their peers? The creativity we’re seeing is so inspiring. Besides the benefits of culture building, engagement, and connecting people, there are many quantifiable benefits too. Deal win videos result in faster time to ramp and deals closing faster. Customer story videos are great to drive deal urgency and build a culture of storytelling. Competitive objection videos result in higher in win rates. Here’s a SKO checklist to use for your planning purposes:
Have a great start to your year and good luck with your SKO events.
Elay Cohen is the author of SalesHood: How Winning Sales Managers Inspire Sales Teams to Succeed and the co-founder of SalesHood, a SaaS sales enablement platform and community for sales professionals. Elay is the former Senior Vice President of Sales Productivity at Salesforce. Recognized as the company's "2011 Top Executive", and credited for creating and executing all of Salesforce's sales productivity programs that accelerated its growth from $300M to $3B+ in revenue. The sales training and sales support innovations delivered over these years by Elay and his team to thousands of sales reps resulted in unprecedented hypergrowth. He also created the Partner Relationship Management (PRM) category.
Based on my experience leading Sales Productivity at Salesforce, accelerating revenue from $300M to $3B, we’ve packaged our proven methodology into SalesHood, helping client after client achieve record breaking revenue growth.
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