The professionalism is built on the concrete initiatives and practicality stemming out from the relevant textbook concepts. Reiterating this idea, the team from ViganaJyothiInstitute of Management, Hyderabad’s Salesforce made headlines just a few days back by winning the title of YUVA 2016. Ala Karthikeya, G SaiJanardhanRao, K Sai Vijay, and RamprasadVarun were the members onboard this team.
When asked about their strategy and the winning formula, they explained by saying “We made sure the team had a balance between people who actually were good at sales, ones who can relate the textbook concepts to the process and ones who could present well. There wasn’t any room for emotions here. It was completely professional. It was rather a co-incidence that we thought of each other’s names when the contest was announced.”
They explained the Yuva Challenge as a sales activity offering a first-hand experience to the management students from leading b-schools. They were given a task to sell a bundle of ITC products within three hours including the handing over of money to the employee of ITC present on the campus. And, this was just the beginning as more was to follow.
“After this, we had to make a PowerPoint presentation of the learning and experiences and send a soft copy of the same to the company. Based on the quality of Presentations, 4 Top teams were shortlisted and we had to face IPE-Hyderabad in the final presentation round on campus” told Ala Karthikeya from the VJIM team.
The products allotted to every group were almost similar so the competition was about planning a strategy that clicked on time and gave the winners an edge over the competitors. In this regard, VJIM students truly displayed an innovative streak that they learnt from their on-campus training. They opted for outbound sales. Although the sales at the end of the day were low, yet they leveraged their experience to present their achievements in a unique manner.
When asked about the most interesting part of this challenge, Karthikeya said “Being a 100% outbound sale, the challenge was to convince prospects whom we never met or interacted with. Not just for once, but make sure, he will get converted into a loyal ITC customer, nothing but the Basic rule of sales like communication and patience.”
Throughout this rigorous sales challenge, they shared some light moments as well. They credited the success of this challenge to their mentor Prof. K Suresh who guided them in preparing an excellent PowerPoint Presentation.
When asked about the takeaway of this activity, they unanimously shared their views by stating “We learnt the importance of good communication, making the right choices and presenting the learning in a unique way. In all these endeavors, what we learnt at VJIM truly paid off.”