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  1. How can you measure ROI on your sales training?

    Sales training is a highly effective way to improve team performance and boost overall results. However, when it comes to quantifying its impact it’s far less simple to do than with more numbers based and easier to attribute investments. Measuring the ROI on sales training is challenging, mostly because calculating the return is quite a difficult job. There are a number of reasons for this:

    • Return on sales training is not instant. It may take some time to appear and, depending on the length of the sales cycle, the actual return could only materialise several months in the future.
    • The impact of sales training is often felt right across the business. Pinpointing the direct return of sales training is not that easy as the return could be disparate. You’ll often find that the results of sales training are broad and everyone, from the CEO down will want to take the credit for it.
    • We frequently simply use the wrong metrics. When you’re looking to measure ROI on anything the first instinct is often to look at increased sales revenue as the right metric to work with. At first glance this does seem to make sense – the initial investment was financial and so the return should be identifiable in that way too. However, the issue there is that an increase in revenue could be the result of many factors – not just training – and so any measurements you try to make relating to sales training may not be accurate.

    Metrics: the options

    So, if sales revenue isn’t an option when it comes to measuring ROI on sales training what else can you use? There are two other potential metrics that could provide accurate and actionable insights into the impact that sales training is having. The first of these is sales activities. This could be anything from making sales calls and attending training, to accounts plans that are completed. Unfortunately, in the same way as measuring a business result like revenue, attempting to use sales activities to calculate ROI can be a bit of a stretch.

    The second metric that is likely to have a much greater impact is sales objectives. This would cover any goal that you’re setting for a sales team, whether that’s close rates, customer retention or the acquisition of new customers. It’s here that you will often be able to see the most obvious correlation between investment made in sales training and results.

    Why does the sales objective make more sense?

    There is a far more direct correlation between training and the sales objective – and it can be better quantified. For example, you might look into investing in training to generate more new customer acquisitions. Although acquiring new customers may also contribute to other metrics such as business results like revenue, there is a direct and measurable link between a training programme designed to increase new acquisitions and the number of acquisitions that you make. So, if you invest in training for the purpose of a sales objective such as this, by looking at whether that objective was achieved (and how) you will find it much easier to measure the ROI.

    Training is increasingly a crucial way for businesses to evolve and drive up returns of all types – if you’d like more information on the training options we offer please get in touch with a member of the PTP team today.

  2. What type of Management Training is the best fit for you?

    At PTP we offer a range of interactive and practical management courses that are designed specifically for the client. Our courses run with a maximum attendance of 10 delegates although the average class is around 4-5 delegates. However, for larger groups we also offer tailor-made courses depending on the type of training required. But which one is right for you?

    Public Courses

    All of our courses can be run as a public course. What is great about the public courses is that we run them in 7 different UK cities, meaning, if you require training in London, we can offer you a choice of over 80 management courses in the heart of London. Each of our venues are of exceptional quality with lunch and refreshments provided. However, if you’re looking for more of a tailored course for you, we would recommend choosing a more bespoke option.

    In-House Tailored Training

    Each and every one of our courses can be tailored to the exact needs of you and your company, making it perfect for your team to really benefit from the training. We deliver our tailored training in-house at your offices, or we can organise a venue for you to make your employees feel more valued. As part of this package, the trainer will call you in advance of the course and discuss your needs so that the course is tailored for you.


    Alongside our public course, we also offer a U-Choose service that is unique and flexible to you. As long as you book for a minimum of 2 delegates on any of our courses, we give you the power to choose the date and location on which you would like the course delivered. We will then promote the course and venue you have chosen and we guarantee we will run the course even if we don’t sell any additional places, which makes it perfectly tailored to you.

    One-To-One Training

    Finally, we offer an affordable training service on a 1-to-1 basis for any of our 200+ courses. When you book a 1-to-1 training programme you will get a telephone conference of up to 1 hour prior to the on-site session, a half day on site coaching session and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

    To find out more or to book a place on one of our courses or to book your own, visit our website here.

  3. How could encouraging the personal development of staff through training reduce your business costs?

    It may seem overwhelming investing both time and money into professional development and training, however, your investing will ultimately save your business money in the long run. When you provide your employees with opportunities to excel and further the development of their professional skills, what you are creating is a positive company culture. Business’ are more likely to thrive when employees feel valued, as they feel more confident in their career and the skills that they have to offer.

    Retaining employees

    Many companies today foster a culture of high turnover, recruiting employees for short periods. According to research the average cost of each new employee costs 30-50% of their salary[1]. When you have a business with a high turnover with employees seeking new jobs as they feel their career is stagnant, this can lead to high ongoing recruitment costs.

    Many employees desire to develop their skills, but fail to cope with the costs and sourcing of training independently. When employers take the cost and responsibility on themselves, employees feel happier and are encouraged to collaborate more to see the business grow.

    Fostering leadership skills

    It is easier to identify strong leadership skills in some employees over others, but when your staff are doing small jobs on a day to day basis, you can sometimes fail to see their potential, as they haven’t been given opportunities to excel. Investing into professional training, you offer your employees the opportunities they’re seeking to best utilize the skills they have. This brings value internally to your business, which can then be rewarded to promote greater employee satisfaction.

    When your employees feel they have opportunities to prosper and move up the career ladder, they’re more likely to stay long term, whilst developing their skills will also bring greater capabilities into your company.


    It is also likely that employees have ideas for making processes more efficient and other creative ideas that need nurturing. If an employee was to share these insights, they would have to feel valued and invested in by the company, and secure in knowing they’ll be with the business long enough the see their ideas come to fruition. Innovation is realised the most when employees are confidently collaborating together. Professional training can introduce a philosophy of teamwork and collaboration that, when supported, becomes a natural component of an organisation.

    To find out more about the training programmes we offer, and which may benefit your staff and meet your current requirements, get in touch with one of our team today on 01509 889632.

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  4. How could customer care training improve your customer services?

    Customer service has a big impact on every business – 78% of consumers have abandoned a transaction or relationship if they have had a bad experience[1]. Plus, it takes 12 positive experiences to make up for just one negative customer service experience. So, investing in being able to deliver great customer service is always going to be a good idea. There are many different ways to give your customer services a boost and customer care training provides a lot of opportunities for improvement.

    The improvements you could make with customer care training

    Better customer engagement

    If your staff have been properly trained then they understand not just how to give the customer what they need but also how to engage them further. So, a query could become a business lead or a satisfied customer may go on to become a brand ambassador and recommend your business to someone else. Customer care training gives your team the skills to go out and engage with your customers, and potential customers, above and beyond the basics.

    Knowing where the boundaries lie

    Customer service conversations are not personal conversations and most people understand the clear difference between the two. However, not everything is black and white and it can be difficult for staff to make the right decisions and distinctions if they haven’t had any training. If you’re investing in customer care training then you create a benchmark of behaviour across the board.

    Converting complaints into a positive customer experience

    Complaints handling is one of the most important elements of customer service. It’s not just about avoiding escalation or trying to ensure that the business doesn’t get a bad review. Complaints actually represent an opportunity to turn a bad experience into a positive one – as long as your staff have the right training. With customer care training you can convert those negative contacts to a positive outcome so that customers are more likely to return and to speak highly of your brand.

    Giving staff confidence

    Being the bridge between customers and a company can feel like a difficult position at times. Handling awkward or angry customers, dealing with queries you may not know the answer to and trying to ensure that all your interactions are in line with brand values is a challenge. Customer care training gives staff confidence. They will have the tools to deal with difficult situations and will feel well prepared when it comes to conveying what the business they’re working for is all about.

    Upgrading to outstanding

    A large proportion of consumers feel like they receive only average customer care, even from the big brands. So, improving customer services represents a real opportunity to distinguish your business in the market. Customer care training provides the opportunity to upgrade your customer services from ‘average’ to ‘outstanding’ to make your business more competitive as a result.

    If you’d like to know more about how customer care training can support excellent customer service please get in touch by calling the PTP team on 01509889632.

    [1] Source: American Express Survey, 2011

In-House Training with PTP

PTP stands for Practical Training for Professionals and our aim is to make our training as practical as possible so delegates can return to the workplace with skills they can implement immediately. PTP now delivers training to over 40% of the FTSE 100.

What you get for your money

What is 1-to-1 training?

1-to-1 training can be based on any of the 100 plus courses that PTP provides, it includes an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site one to one training session at your premises with one of PTP's expert trainers and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

You have the option of a line manager being involved in both telephone conferences, the second telephone conference which can be for feedback and action planning is generally scheduled during the on-site visit.

Who does 1-to-1 training suit?

Individuals taking on a new challenge or responsibilities. Professionals who want a trusted "sounding board" and thinking partner. Executives or managers who want to enhance their leadership effectiveness to achieve organizational and career success. Executives and professionals wanting to compete successfully but still retain balance in their life. Individuals who want to understand their blind spots so that they don't stand in their own way on their path to success. Executives and Professionals who want to improve their interpersonal skills so as to be more effective with bosses, peers, subordinates, or people in general. How much does 1-to-1 training cost?

A 1-to-1 training session costs from as little as £400 + VAT and will include an initial telephone conference of up to 1 hour, a 1/2 day (3.5 hours) on-site training at your premises and then a further telephone conference call of up to an hour within 2 weeks of the on-site visit.

What is U-Choose?

Choose from any of the 150 plus courses that PTP provides, and choose from 1 of our 50 plus UK wide training venues. You must book for 2 or more delegates and at least 4 weeks in advance, but that’s it, the course you want where you want it. The reason we ask for a minimum of 4 weeks notice is to enable us to market the course you have scheduled to other companies and organisations. However, if we fail to sell any additional places we guarantee to run the course just for you.

How much does U-Choose Training cost?

U-choose costs the same as our normal open courses i.e. the normal delegate rate. This includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, framed certification and comprehensive training notes. A U-Choose booking can only be confirmed once we receive payment which can be made via credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. Payment is due at least 4 weeks before the date you request. Please note to be eligible for U-Choose you must book a minimum of 2 delegates on the same course & date.