Most salespeople respect boundaries and defined territories but human nature can get the best of people and lines are crossed. Sometimes areas have not been well-assigned. When that happens, what should you do? How should you handle it in a civilized manner? In this episode, we provide the answers to these questions.
When you are working with a client or a potential client, make your presence known. Don’t reach out to just one individual in the organization, reach out to multiple individuals who are at multiple levels. Talk to their director of sales, their HR rep, the VP of sales, and if you’re able, talk to their executive. As much as possible, have three conversations or interactions with these people so the company identifies you as the rep for the products you represent. Make sure that you are indispensable to the client and provide value.
To maximize your interactions use the technology that’s available to you and omnichannel to connect with the people in your target organization. For example, there’s LinkedIn, email, and more. Just make sure you’re reaching out and show your interest in working with them.
When you see somebody in your deal or pipeline, it’s important you don’t make a scene. Stay calm and take deep breaths. Bad things happen when you let your emotions get the best of you. Don’t give your client, that team member, or your boss any opportunity to see you as unprofessional. The person who’s level-headed wins the battle.
Understand the rules
Make sure you know your company’s policy when it comes to pursuing opportunities and working in the boundaries of your territory. It keeps you in line and it keeps you accountable for respecting someone else’s territory. You want to know the rules before you play the game.
Approach the teammate calmly
When it comes to approaching a teammate about encroaching a territory, be level-headed, and investigate what their reasons might be. Perhaps they don’t know how the company policy works, so educate them. But if that teammate does know the rules, your approach will tell them you are serious and professional. Clarify the status and solve the problem head-on. If the management allows such a situation to happen multiple times consider another organization with better morale. If you’re finding this happens to you repeatedly, it’s time to put your foot down and have a serious conversation so it doesn’t occur again.
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