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Framework for a Sales Rep Mentoring a New BDR or SDR in the First Few Weeks on the Job 

Posted by Ali Powell on Jul 28, 2015 2:23:31 PM

I have always worked with BDRs here at HubSpot. A BDR at HubSpot is the position a person would take early on in their career (for the most part) to begin a career in sales. I started at HubSpot as a BDR (one of the 1st ones, there were 2 of us actually and we are both still here!) 5 years ago as of August! Thought I would share some of my secrets to "managing" or mentoring or teaching a new BDR that has come onto your sales team. This is going to be more specific to a software sales process but I hope it helps sales reps and sales teams in other industries as well. 

1st week Mentoring and Training a new BDR or a new SDR as a sales rep 

  •  Obviously introduce yourself to them. Take the BDR for coffee or lunch to get to know them. I would suggest just starting those conversations very broadly and getting to know each other. You will want to ask about each others backgrounds, why you do what you do and what you want to do in the role. Make this conversation the foundation for the beginning of your relationship with each other. 
  • One of the first things you should do is open up a Google Doc with the BDR and the sales rep. That will help leave the lines of communication open. Ask the BDR to share questions on here from things they are learning as they get started in the new job. You as the sales rep can then comment here on the questions they have. I would share this document with the manager of the BDR as well if you are not the end manager. This will allow everyone to be on the same page for 1-1s later on as you start to have them. 
  • Set boundaries at the beginning with the BDR. Explain to the BDR how you want to work with them and what you expect of them in return. 
  • Explain how your day works so they understand what you do and how you would like to support them. 
  • Learn about how your BDR likes to learn and how fast or slow they go at learning new things. Match your speed to them. 
  • Make sure you know what their schedule is like and what the training team has them doing that week, month, etc. Make sure you as a sales rep mentoring and teaching them know what your company is teaching them. Add to the training with your own twists and tricks but make sure you let your training team do their job. 

Make sure that you think about what this person wants to learn and make sure you keep communication open as they get going on their new job. BDRs are like sponges. They typically want to learn a ton and are enthusiastic to get going. It is your job as a sales rep to teach them everything you know and help them to do their job the best way they possibly can early on.

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Topics: sales prospecting, women in sales, more women in tech, more women in sales, sales reps, bdr, bdr tips, sdr, today's great sales rep, SDR tips, how to manage a bdr, how to mentor a bdr

The Call for More Sales Reps Writing Sales Content on What They Learn on the Job

Posted by Ali Powell on Jul 14, 2015 11:36:00 AM

I was speaking with Leslie Ye here at HubSpot yesteray about our sales blog.

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Topics: sales tips, sales prospecting, sales process, today's sales rep, timely sales process, sales women, smart sales process, bdr tips, sdr, smart sales rep, today's great sales rep, SDR tips, sales content, sales blogs, #salesrep

Why & How Senior Women Sales Reps Should Mentor the "Newbie" Sales Ladies at Your Company

Posted by Ali Powell on Jun 11, 2015 2:26:00 PM

The growth of your company is dependent on hiring sales reps who are going to do a great job at bringing on lots of quality customers. As we all know there are women and men sales reps. Since I am a woman working in sales I am going to try and talk about my experience in how mentoring and teaching younger, newer sales reps (who are women) can help your company employ more women sales reps as well as retain them.

More senior women sales reps at tech companies need to know why it is so important to teach and guide your newbie women sales reps as they work their way through the training process and up the chain as a sales rep at your company. 

The growth of your organization should be something you naturally care about. As a woman working in tech and especially as a woman working in sales it is my duty to encourage more women to want to work in sales in the tech space. I love what I do and I think more women would find joy in being in sales in tech. It is my goal to empower, educate and teach the younger generation of women what it is like to be a woman working in sales in the tech and software space. I hope that my lessons will help more women see why working as a sales women in tech is awesome and can lead to a rewarding career that can really change your life. 

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Topics: smart sales process, sales mentorship, newbie sales reps, helping other sales reps, smart sales rep, today's great sales rep, the figure it out factor, sales training

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