Episode #280 – Paula White

How Detailed Planning Can Empower Your Sales Territory Planning

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Paula White is a champion for stand-alone digital sales channels. Her passion for Digital Selling over 30 years has gained her experience in a variety of industries including travel, veterinary and health care.

To you, is territory sales planning as simple as, “I’ve got a territory, so my main goal is grow the client base within my territory”? If so, this episode’s guest, Paula White, says you could be missing the practical details that will enable you to do just that. Paula is a returning guest on this episode of Sales Reinvented and provides a significant bit of insight into how intentional and detailed planning, broken down into bite-sized pieces can help you grow sales volume within your territory.

Learn how detailed planning can empower your #sales territory planning, from guest Paula White (@pswhite00) on this episode of #SalesReinvented. @SalesReinvented #Selling #SalesTipsClick To Tweet

 

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:19] Paula White: Champion of stand-alone digital sales channels
  • [0:43] The underrated activity of territory sales planning
  • [1:18] How planning fits into day to day activity and the benefits of doing so
  • [3:28] Intentionality includes a “leave-behind”
  • [5:11] The power of a 30, 60, 90 day plan for every salesperson
  • [6:05] A summary of Paula’s quarterly plan, broken down into 30, 60, 90 day intervals
  • [6:55] Paula’s top 3 territorial planning DOs and DON’Ts
  • [9:22] Lesson-Learned: A favorite territory planning story from Paula

Paula’s number one ingredient for sales territory planning: Quarterly snapshots

When Paula thinks about her sales territory, she doesn’t allow herself to view it as a huge, nebulous whole that has to be grown over the course of a fiscal year. She breaks it down into possibilities, by quarter. This enables her to work with manageable groupings of existing clients and potential clients without being overwhelmed… and she does this on a quarterly basis.

When asked what that quarterly plan consists of, Paula says that in her approach she’s identifying who she’s going to target each month within the quarter. The rhythm that works for her is to focus on target customers or prospects during month one, what she calls “bottom customers” during month two (those who perhaps do a lower volume of business or have made minor purchases to date) and then her “middle customers” during month three. One of the things Paula likes about this approach is that it allows her to fit seasonal targets into her planning in a practical manner.

Great territory #sales professionals are intentional about how they will grow their territories. Sales professional Paula White (@pswhite00) shares on this episode of #SalesReinvented. @SalesReinvented #Selling #SalesTipsClick To Tweet

 

Great territory sales professionals are intentional

As you hear Paula speak about her approach to planning for her sales territory, one thing becomes evident: she’s intentional. She sets goals and integrates the steps she’ll have to take in order to reach those goals into her day to day planning. This plan guides her preparation for appointments and calls and even helps her stay on track during those calls. It also enables her to create what she refers to as a “leave-behind” for each appointment — a review of everything discussed during the call for the prospect or customer to review once the call is over. This kind of intentionality increases your confidence as a seller but more importantly, enables you to serve prospects and customers in a professional manner.

30, 60, 90-day planning is essential for territorial sales

Paula integrates intentionality with her quarterly planning by breaking each quarter down into further blocks. She creates 30, 60, and 90 day plans for herself, much like a new salesperson may be required to do as they onboard with a sales organization. She says it’s a discipline that serves veteran sellers as well as newcomers. In these smaller plans, Paula writes down who she wants to meet with, what she hopes to accomplish, how she wants to get those things done, in detail, and more. At the end of these 30, 60, 90 day blocks, she evaluates by asking a number of questions…

  • How did she do at hitting her goals?
  • What prevented success?
  • What didn’t go according to plan?
  • How can she optimize her opportunities during the next 30 days?

Paula’s top 3 dos and don’ts for territorial sales planning

To sum up Paula’s perspective on planning for success in territorial sales, she offers three “DOs” and three “DON’Ts”:

DOs

  • Be intentional and specific
  • Create a 30, 60, 90 day plan
  • Keep a smile on your face (positivity empowers your planning and production)

DON’Ts

  • Waste your time by creating a plan but not following it
  • Assume everything will be fantastic. You have to course-correct as you go
  • Get down on yourself. Sales is tough and requires perseverance and confidence
Paula White (@pswhite00) shares her top 3 DOs and DON’Ts for territorial #sales planning on this episode of #SalesReinvented. @SalesReinvented #Selling #SalesTipsClick To Tweet

 

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More About Paula White

Are there any books on or including Territory Sales Planning that you recommend? Not specifically on Territory planning – but a great book to remind us to shift, course correct, and plan – would be:  Who Moved My Cheese, By Spencer Johnson M.D.

In the field of Territory Sales Planning – Who do you most admire and why? There are so many great ideas, templates and finding the right one is important – but if I had to choose one:  Michael Hyatt, he has a fabulous planner.

Are there any aspects of your own Territory Sales Planning skills that you are working on improving at the moment? Why yes, I am working to improve my patience. Starting my own business, sales planning has become a part of my every day and taking little bites of the elephant is somewhat challenging – that I have to go back to the basics.

Hobbies, Interests? Travel, Concerts, and Music

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