Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 16

MEMBERINTERVIEWS

Supporting &
Cultivating the Field
■ By Tim Sosbe

I

n many ways, the field sales trainer role is about support. Supporting your business, supporting your clients and
supporting one another. Fortunately, LTEN members are the supportive type, happy to share their wisdom, lessons
learned and best practices with one another.
For this article, several LTEN members shared their thoughts on how organizations train their field trainers, how
field sales training is connected to and supported by the home office training team and what advice they'd give field
sales people interested in building a training career. Naturally, the advice and the processes differ from company to
company, even when the end goal is the same.

Thomas Hood

Mark Wilson

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At Bayer HealthCare, field
sales trainers have two phases of
training, said omas Hood,
deputy director, field sales
leadership development,
pharmaceuticals. Each of the
phases are four days long.
"Phase I focuses on coaching,
facilitation skills and emotional
Dasha Persaud
intelligence," Hood said. "Phase
II focuses on executive presence
and virtual facilitation skills."
At ResMed, said Mark
Wilson, senior director of
ResMed's Global Learning
Center, field sales trainers are
selected annually through a
nomination process.
"We have one field trainer per
region,
" Wilson said. "Many
Melissa Lowe
times the field trainers are renominated by their regional manager, so we
have a mix of experience on the field
training team. We call them regional sales
trainers, or RSTs."
Dasha Persaud, associate training
manager for Astellas Pharmaceuticals U.S.,
said the Astellas process has two assigned
certified field trainers (CFTs) who take on
the development role for a two-year period,
part of a possible path into management or

training. e CFTs go through three days of
training to standardize and establish
effective coaching behaviors and techniques,
that includes workshops and distance
learning.
"CFTs also receive a clear overview of the
company's performance, direction and
brand strategy for the upcoming year from
marketing and senior leadership in relation
to their role and responsibilities toward the
company's vision," Persaud said, adding that
the process also includes role-plays and
calibration training.
Spectranetics holds two in-person
development meetings a year, covering
topics including skill and competency
development, coaching fundamentals,
master facilitation and emotional
intelligence, said Melissa Lowe, senior
manager, VI sales enablement & learning.
About 75 percent of the meeting is
dedicated to development, with the rest
covering process, policy, corporate culture
and team-building.
"at sounds a little unconventional and
there's a reason for that," Lowe said. "I've
designed it for them to be developed as
leaders, coaches and mentors. If they're
going to be the face connecting with the
new hire, I not only need them to say
everything correctly about the products and

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017

LTEN Focus on Training Magazine
Opening Statement: A Thank You Letter to Field Trainers
Table of Contents
Directions: Unsung Heroes!
Guest Editor: Striking a Balance
Front of the Room: The Privilege of Field Trainers
Perspectives: Building Your Bench
The 46th LTEN Annual Conference: Supporting Field Trainers
Supporting & Cultivating the Field
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Ensuring Success
Bayer's Evolving Development for Field Sales Trainers
Amping Up the Role of Field Sales Trainers
Influence & Impact Others
The Missing Ingredient for Field Skills Trainer Programs
The Evolving Role of the Field Trainer
Ad Index
Focus Contacts
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Intro
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - LTEN Focus on Training Magazine
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Cover2
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Opening Statement: A Thank You Letter to Field Trainers
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 4
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Table of Contents
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 6
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Directions: Unsung Heroes!
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 8
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Guest Editor: Striking a Balance
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 10
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Front of the Room: The Privilege of Field Trainers
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 12
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Perspectives: Building Your Bench
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - The 46th LTEN Annual Conference: Supporting Field Trainers
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 15
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Supporting & Cultivating the Field
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 17
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Rock, Paper, Scissors: Ensuring Success
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 19
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 20
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 21
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 22
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Bayer's Evolving Development for Field Sales Trainers
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 24
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 25
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 26
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 27
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Amping Up the Role of Field Sales Trainers
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 29
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 30
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 31
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Influence & Impact Others
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 33
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - The Missing Ingredient for Field Skills Trainer Programs
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 35
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 36
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - The Evolving Role of the Field Trainer
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 38
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - 39
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Ad Index
Focus Supplement 2 - Summer 2017 - Focus Contacts
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