While you would love to turn up at work every day with an attitude ready to conquer the world, it’s not always the reality.
Sales is a tough profession, and at some point or the other, you and your team are bound to experience periods of low energy, motivation and productivity.
Motivation is believed to be one of the most important characteristics any sales agent can have. It’s a skill that must be practiced, nurtured and supported.
A study conducted by the North-Western University revealed that when salespeople are at their top physical and mental capability, sales rise by 6%. This may not sound like a lot but it converts to a yearly revenue of more than $500 billion.
The study also went on to reveal some interesting facts about how motivational videos can have a great impact on your business’ success.
When either you or your sales team could do with a little extra motivation, take a look at some of these powerful motivational videos.
Inspire your sales teams with these top 10 videos
Sales motivational videos help energize employees and boost their productivity. Here’s a rundown of our top picks:
1. Sundar Pichai
If you were to make a list of the most influential people in Silicon Valley, it would be incomplete without Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and Alphabet. Sundar Pichai’s inspiring speech on how Silicon Valley is not just a place is truly iconic. In his speech, Sundar tells all aspiring professionals to “try different things, take risks in life and to follow their dreams”. This video will inspire you to set out on your journey and not buckle down in the face of failure, no matter how it seems in the beginning.
He shares how he overcame many challenges during his journey from India as an immigrant to becoming the CEO of the most powerful tech companies in the world.
2. Steve Jobs
Without a doubt, Steve Jobs was one of the most successful business people of our time. He was an inventor, a designer, a visionary and a pioneer of the personal computer era. In this motivational speech, he talks about what makes salespeople tick, a passion for what they do. He says that if you don’t love what you do and you are not passionate about it, then you might just give up along the way.
According to him, successful people love what they do so they can persevere at it when things get tough.
3. The Pursuit of Happyness: Will Smith
The Pursuit of Happyness is a movie based on the inspiring real-life story of entrepreneur Chris Gardner. The movie features Will Smith as a struggling salesman, a man with financial difficulties who tries everything in his stead to give his son a better life. It is an incredibly moving story of hope, pain and adventure. In this short video, Christopher teaches his son that he should chase after his dreams, protect them and not let anyone talk him out of them.
4. The Iron lady of Pakistan – Muniba Mazari
It is so easy to forget our blessings but Muniba Mazari, a paraplegic artist, model and motivational speaker, reminds us to be thankful for what we have. In this powerfully moving video, she recounts the devastating car accident that left her paralyzed and bedridden for nearly two years and wheelchair-bound for the rest of her life. Through all the turmoil, Muniba describes how she listed out each of her fears and overcame each one of them one at a time. She reminds us to be kind to ourselves and only then can we be kind to others. This is an inspiring story of grit and survival despite all the hardships that life brings with it.
5. Winning is a mentality – Michael Jordan
In this inspiring video, Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time talks about how he gets an edge over his opponents in the rarest of ways. His opponents yearn for his friendship and respect, even as he gets on a ruthless mission to destroy them at the game.
The Michael Jordans of the sales industry are those people who have developed that kind of a rare gift – the ability to gain the trust of their prospects while possessing a killer instinct to close deals. Michael Jordan is the best example of what the perfect salesperson mentality should be.
6. How great leaders inspire action
It’s essential that your sales reps see themselves as good leaders. You may ask why? Well, for starters, the hallmark of a great leader is – the ability to positively influence actions and bring forth the desired outcome from others. To put it simply, this is the true essence of sales.
‘How great leaders inspire action’ by Simon Sinek is considered by many as the ultimate Ted Talk and for good reason. Salespeople must believe in themselves in order to inspire sales. That said, your sales reps should also believe in what you believe in, if they don’t, they can never achieve what you want them to. Watching this video is sure to create that realization.
7. Just do it – Shia LaBeouf
When you or your team is fighting the Monday morning blues, play this short and fun motivational video from Shia LaBeouf. His message is quite simple – ‘Don’t give up, just do it’. It’s a message that all sales agents need to hear from time to time. His funny act sets this video apart from other renditions of this simple yet important message.
8. If you have never failed, then you have never lived
For a sales rep who is under a lot of stress, a deal not going through can feel like a blow to the stomach. They may start to doubt their skills and wonder if they were really cut out for sales at all. This video is a powerful antidote to that feeling by giving so many examples of people who have failed but went on to overcome defeat, failure and a host of other setbacks. These are people who have had a strong desire to succeed, chase after their dreams and choose to never give up. They did not let the opinions of others get to them. Instead, they counted on their own instincts and drive, saw failure as a thing to embrace, a stepping stone to where they wanted to go.
9. Any given Sunday
You may not have time to spare for a two-hour movie, but you sure can give this famous speech from the 1999 football movie – ‘Any given Sunday’, a listen. Al Pacino plays the role of a football coach who motivates his team to give their all to win the football match. This video will motivate sales teams to put their best foot forward in pursuit of the team goal.
10. Denzel Washington – Don’t give up
You may have come across the clip from Denzel Washington’s commencement speech at Harvard University. Denzel was not born into success, he had to overcome adversity to become what he is today. His inspiring speech will remind you that no one is perfect. Failure is not something that you wish for or desire. There will be times when all your hard work does not yield any fruit. That doesn’t mean you should give up. Instead, you have got to learn from those failures and choose to move forward. Take a look at this video for a powerful dose of motivation.
Keep your sales reps motivated
These motivating videos are a sure-fire way to refresh your sales team before the start of a week or month. Play these videos out for them to make sure they stay inspired throughout the day. If you’re looking for some fun ways to keep your teams engaged and motivated, then sign up on Unomok — the platform that makes selling fun for your reps.