As effective as Masterful Praisings are in reinforcing good behavior, reprimands are as effective at curtailing bad behavior.

We call em, you guessed it…”Masterful Reprimands”.

Although they are basically concept, just on opposite ends of the spectrum, there are big differences in the approach.

For your “veteran” salespeople, this tactic is particularly effective in changing ingrained bad habits and behaviors. How many of these guys have you got?
My guess is quite a few. Old dog, new tricks, seen it all before…you know the kind.

For your newer or new salespeople, this should be used sparingly due to the fact that most mistakes made by new salespeople are made due to lack of experience, knowledge or familiarity of policies and procedures…or just plain naiveté.

If the salesperson has been doing their job for some time and they know how to do it well and they make a mistake, be quick to respond. As fast as you are with Masterful Praising, be just as fast for Masterful Reprimands.

1.As soon as you learn of the mistake, call or visit the salesperson personally
2.Confirm the facts – ask the salesperson about the situation and listen to them tell the entire story. Ask questions to create understanding
3.Look them right in the eye and tell them what they did wrong.
4.Tell them how you feel about it: “This makes me extremely upset because…”
5.Let what you say to them sink in – pause for effect. Let it hurt. The longer you pause, the better.
6.Look them clearly in the eye and tell them how competent they are. Tell the salesperson the only reason you’re so upset with them is because you have so much respect for them. Tell them: “this is so unlike you”
Do it right after the mistake. This tells the salesperson that you are on top of things and that they will not get away with sloppiness.

Unlike masterful-praisings, NEVER miss a reprimand. This sets the tone; you are not going to miss a thing. By missing a masterful-reprimand, you lose respect and control – it undermines your ability to lead because it says to them that mistakes WILL be tolerated. This sends the wrong message and creates more work for you down the line. Do it now. Yes its hard – it really stinks to do it – but don’t delay. And don’t miss any masterful-reprimands.

Author's Bio: 

To get immediate FREE access to your choice of sales management training at The Sales Management Mastery Academy. Get your own free sales manager training course – you can actually choose which one you want.
Free courses include: “How to Motivate Your Sales Reps to Peak Performance”, “How to Turn Around Your Underperformers in 30 Days” and “How To Hire A Sales Superstar”…plus you’ll get dozens of free tools and resources to turn sales managers into top-performing sales managers. Get it today.