Accelerate Podcast with Andy Paul
September 19, 2017

#569 Should you become a Certified Sales Professional? With Willis Turner.

Willis Turner, President and CEO of SMEI, Sales and Marketing Executives International, Inc., joins me on this episode of #Accelerate!

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[3:54] Willis says the single biggest challenge facing sales reps today is taking time out to sharpen the saw and keep up-to-date on the newest technologies and education.

[4:51] Organizations want sales reps to educate themselves. There is a trend toward self-directed learning, investing their own time and money. A sales professional is in charge of their own career.

[6:29] Work is becoming more flexible and outcome-oriented. Individuals need to keep up with industry education. Sales may be going in a direction of independence, as manufacturers’ reps often are today.

[8:31] SMEI was founded as a nonprofit in 1935. They follow their founding principles of career advancement support by certification for people in the sales and marketing profession and provide career readiness support for college graduates.

[10:25] SMEI offers four certifications by testing: CSE for sales managers, SCPS for salespeople, CME for marketing managers and SCPM for people working in the marketing department. Certification is a validation of individual producers.

[13:28] Certifications test for knowledge, not competence. There are pre-requisites which imply competence. To be certified you need experience in the field. A certification starts with a detailed job analysis and a bank of tests.

[17:22] Andy would like to see basic sales skills covered in sales courses at the university level, to prepare graduates for professional selling and sales management. Willis adds his list of theories and topics that should be taught academically.

[20:00] SMEI continues to update the certifications, based on their detailed job analyses, which are refreshed every four to five years. The core competencies include principles which are not trendy, as well as technologies, which are developing.

[21:50] Customers who are certified themselves in some discipline are the first to notice the value of a sales certification. This drives demand.

[25:34] Hiring managers could add certifications to job postings to help mitigate the risks of hiring salespeople. SMEI issues digital badges as part of the certification. The badges plug into LinkedIn profiles and at career centers.

[31:07] Willis explains the cost for individual certifications, including an online exam prep course, and annual renewals.

[32:19] Willis has not seen any movements toward government regulation of sales. He would like to see self-regulation by peers. People taking the certification recognize why they lost certain deals in the past.

Don't Miss Out!

My practical and actionable strategies to help you sell more.

Actionable insights from the experts on my top-rated podcast, Accelerate!

It's all in my weekly summary of what you need to know now:

The Weekly Sales Fix.

Delivered just for you.

(And...for the thousands who already subscribe. Join them!)

We'll keep your information private. And you can unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit
SHARE THIS:
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someone

Click to tweet: Should salespeople obtain professional certifications? With @WillisTurner on #accelerate! http://bit.ly/569SNL

Subscribe to Accelerate on iTunes Subscribe to Accelerate on Stitcher Subscribe to the Weekly Sales Fix

Contact Willis Turner

Contact Willis:

Twitter: @WillisTurner

 

Sponsors

Free Resources

@realAndyPaul on Twitter

Accelerate.fm/accelerate

Andy@AndyPaul.com Submit a question by email or dictate your question as a voice message on AndyPaul.com. If Andy uses your question on Frontline Fridays, you will win a free half-hour coaching session with Andy! This is a $250 value!

Accelerate on iTunes Please leave a review and subscribe!

SMEI.org

About Andy

Andy is the host of the top-rated 6-day per week podcast, Accelerate!, the go-to resource for the best sales advice online. He is the author of Amp Up Your Sales: Powerful Strategies That Move Customers To Make Fast, Favorable Decisions. Amp Up Your Sales is on HubSpot's list of the 20 Top Rated Sales Books of All Time. He is also the author of Zero-Time Selling: 10 Essential Steps to Accelerate Every Company’s Sales (which won Top Sales World's award as one of the Top 3 Sales & Marketing books of 2011.)

No Comments Yet

You can be the first to comment!

Leave a Reply