Many training providers focus on their content, not on your purpose. They think about what people will learn not how they will apply it month in, month out on the job to deliver the results you want. It’s important to make sure your supplier really understands the results you want to achieve.
Your industry sector
How specialist are they in your sector or do they bring helpful perspectives from other sectors? Do they have relevant clients and references? How knowledgeably do they discuss the key trends and drivers in your market? Can they talk your industry talk? What insights and observations do they bring? Will their knowledge make them credible to your sales team? If their view on tailoring to your sector is only to add in a case study or two, they may not resonate with your team.
Your sales channels to market
Do they understand the complexities and nuances of selling in your sector? Particularly if you work with a channel or distribution model, do they have experience of training salespeople who work through a reseller channel? How do they achieve success for companies with your go to market model?
Your business goals and challenges?
To what extent are they interested in your bigger picture – the wider priorities and goals that are driving your revenue model? Can they grasp the link between business goals and training needs? How well are they able to analyse the challenges you’re facing and offer their own assessments? How do they map your sales training needs to these wider goals and challenges? What examples of similar work can they offer?
The answers to these areas will tell you how much interest the provider has in aligning to your specific business and your needs versus a more generic approach. You will be able to decide how credible they would be with your sales team and how well they would be able to align to your business.