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Business Development

What Are The Programmes All About?

These programmes focus on the key aspects of the business developer's role, from identifying new clients, influencing and persuasion skills to gaining a commitment from the prospect/client. The results are increased business and greater confidence in being able to win work from the competition. We also focus on business planning and strategic objectives within the programme that build a sustainable pipeline.

Who Are The Programmes Designed For?

These courses are aimed at anyone who needs to influence others in order to develop new business as part of their overall role.

What are the course objectives?

  • Personal improvement that is both concrete and measurable
  • Stronger influencing skills and increased business from new and existing clients
  • Increasing the delegate's effectiveness in dealing with client
  • Greater ability to influence prospective clients in a positive manner

What Is our Approach?

These programmes will encourage the delegates take an in-depth look at themselves and make them very conscious of their own sales skills and the impact they create on others. It is this aspect that provides the mental stimulation and challenges the minds of the delegates.

The content of our business development skills programmes is very practical and is based on real business development situations.

Delegates are motivated and encouraged by the fact that they can immediately apply the skills which have been discussed in the programme, in their live environment.

The sessions are very interactive with the course director working in a facilitation role….aiding and steering the learning.

​What Elements Are Covered?

When a course is designed it is likely that some or all of the following subjects form the core to the programme, with additional topics being added to ensure fulfilment of the training requirements.

Investigating the meaning of 'Business Development

  • Understanding what business development is all about

How do we work with concrete objectives?

  • How can they be used to help increase sales?

Improving our methods of communication

  • Overview of what constitutes effective communication
  • More attentive listening skills (exercise)

Quality prospecting methods

  • Review of best practice...Quality vs. Quantity

How to make better use of the telephone to create differentiation generate interest from prospects

Appointment making on the telephone (exercise)

Working through preparation on a business development call

  • How well do we prepare and what should we prepare?

Understanding other people better…character types (in depth analysis)

  • Knowing how to customise our ‘pitch’ according to the person
  • Recognising the need to modify our style and behaviour

Making that important first contact:

  • Being different from the rest' (exercise)

Improving our presentation skills to a group

  • Looking at the influencing and persuasion elements of presentations and how to ‘create an edge’ over our competitors (exercise)

Making the sale / extracting the brief:

  • Being more effective in front of clients/prospects

Application of the learning to our own services

  • Tailored exercise to the client's products/services(exercise)

How to create a strong and positive attitude with our clients

  • Looking at the art of influencing others

Handling client objections

  • Communicating to clients under difficult circumstances and showing self-control when under pressure (exercise)

Understanding the reasons why people buy and linking them to our products/services
Improved questioning techniques

  • In-depth examination of their ability to ask quality questions (exercise)

Influencing more effectively on a one-to-one basis

  • How do we influence individuals? (exercise)

The ‘sales presentation’ to the decision making group

  • Looking at what other factors come in to play (exercise)

Negotiation skills

  • Identifying the key principles of negotiation
  • Searching for variables
  • Recognising the impact of deadlines

The close and greater self-assurance

  • Reviewing the delegates’ ability to 'close' or gain commitment to the next move

Elements of Business Planning Content

What is 'Business Planning and why is it important in the day-to-day role

  • ​Discussion and investigation as to how to strategically plan your business either horizontally or vertically

Strategic market analysis

  • How to segment your market, understand it true worth and realistic potential for short, medium and long-term penetration

Competitor landscape

  • Investigation into your competitors strengths and weaknesses and how you can differentiate

Objectives & Strategy

  • Strategic business planning, setting objectives and strategy tools

Critical Success Factors

  • Customer profiling, DMU & DMP, value chain, measurement

Operational Planning

  • 5M model for change, operational changes to run a vertical or horizontal strategy

Marketing & Sales

  • Marketing and sales deployment, strategy and planning


  • Action plans, the conductor role, presentations to stakeholders


How Long Do The Programmes Last?

The duration of a course is typically four to seven days and is determined by the client's specific training requirements. After any initial exploratory meetings, company familiarisation or skills audits, Inspire me can advise on the programme's duration.

What Do The Delegates Have To Do?

Prior to the programme delegates are asked to consider their personal objective(s) for attending the course. There is also some pre-work to get the delegates into the mind-set of analysing their business.

At the end of each training session, the delegates will be given various assignments, depending on the content of the programme, to complete in preparation for the next session. Before every session the delegates will be required to prepare a written report back on their experiences of implementing their namecard decisions and the results obtained.

If this sounds like the type of programme that can make a difference with your team, please contact us about our senior leadership and motivation programmes.



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​As a training business partner we enjoy forming relationships with the various stakeholders who are involved in the delegates learning cycle.

None more important than the line-manager of the delegates being trained.


Inspire me understands how to modify behaviour in people and deliver permanent changes in behavioural skills.

This is achieved through our unusual training methodology and working closely with the client at all levels.