Franklin Covey Co.’s Sales Performance Practice Named to Selling Power Magazine’s 2014 Top 20 Sales Training Companies List

  Franklin Covey Co.’s Sales Performance Practice Named to Selling Power
  Magazine’s 2014 Top 20 Sales Training Companies List

 Franklin Covey Recognized as Industry Leader for Excelling in Helping Sales
                  Leaders Improve Performance of Sales Teams

Business Wire

SALT LAKE CITY -- August 6, 2014

Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE:FC) today announced that the Franklin Covey Sales
Performance Practice has been named to Selling Power magazine’s 2014 Top 20
Sales Training Companies List for excelling in helping sales leaders improve
the performance of their sales teams.

Two considerations on the current state of business-to-business (B2B) selling
that influenced the selection process for the 2014 Top 20 Sales Training
Companies list are:

  *B2B buyers start their purchasing journey, not by contacting companies,
    but by going online to research products, watch demos, and get pricing
    information. Some B2B sales and marketing experts estimate that 92 percent
    of B2B buyers begin the purchasing journey by first conducting online
  *Buyers tend to trust their peers on social networks more than they trust
    brands. As buyers move to social media for referrals and feedback, sales
    organizations are left out of the loop. According to IDG Connect, 86
    percent of B2B IT buyers are currently using social networks as part of
    their purchasing-decision process.

The dual influences of online research and social networks have created
various challenges for sales teams. According to Selling Power publisher and
founder Gerhard Gschwandtner, sales training is a vital component in adapting
to these changes in buyer behavior.

“A great sales-training program continues to be a staple of success for sales
organizations,” says Gschwandtner. “Now more than ever, sales leaders must
make sure that salespeople are properly prepared to meet the expectations of
today’s socially and digitally connected buyer. Our list of the 2014 Top 20
Sales Training Companies serves as a guidepost for sales leaders who are
looking for the training program that best fits their needs.”

“We are honored to be named to Selling Power magazine’s  top 20 sales training
companies,” said Bob Whitman, CEO, Franklin Covey Co. “As an industry leader,
we assist a list of blue-chip clients to dramatically improve and sustain
their sales performance. We offer world-class sales and leadership training
content along with a strong portfolio of enterprise solutions, to ensure
lasting sales transformation. We also provide a variety of training delivery
approaches, which include the mindset, toolset and skillset to help clients
succeed in today’s competitive selling environment. And, most importantly, we
become our clients’ most trusted advisor as we help them achieve outstanding
sales results every day.”

In honoring Franklin Covey and the other top sales training companies on the
list, Selling Power considered the following four main criteria in selecting
the top sales training companies:

  *Depth and breadth of training offered
  *Innovative offerings (specific training courses or methodology) or
    delivery methods
  *Ability to customize offerings
  *Strength of client satisfaction

Selling Power editors say the firms included on the 2014 Top 20 Sales Training
Companies list have “demonstrated an excellent awareness of the skills and
tools required to succeed and remain competitive in today’s selling

Franklin Covey, as well as each sales training company featured on this year’s
list, offers sales organizations the following benefits:

  *Provides a consultative experience
  *Quantifies results with metrics
  *Offers customization and post-training support
  *Has a documented track record of ROI and customer satisfaction

“We are thrilled to be recognized as an industry leader in sales performance
training as one of Selling Power magazine’s Top 20 Sales Training Companies,”
saidRandy Illig, Practice Leader, Franklin Covey Sales Performance Practice.
“We help sales leaders and their teams build their consultative selling skills
by utilizing our consulting, training, and coaching offerings. Through a
process of assessment, development, execution and measurement, we develop
strong, trusting relationships with our clients by helping them reach their
goals and improve their sales results. Then, in turn, they do the same for
their clients.”

In March of 2013, Franklin Covey acquired the sales transformation company,
NinetyFive 5, as a strategic addition to Franklin Covey’s Sales Performance
Practice. The Sales Enablement Consulting and Coaching Execution System, which
includes a subscription-based online tool set, sales coaching, and both live
and virtual training, has been a powerful addition to Franklin Covey.

The Franklin Covey Sales Performance Practice specializes in sales training,
consulting, coaching and shows clients how to dramatically improve sales by
becoming totally client-centered. It helps clients execute consultative
selling skills and build capabilities around pipeline growth, rigorous
qualification, negotiation, closing, effective sales planning and process,
sales leadership and sales management.

About Franklin Covey Co.

Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is a global company specializing in performance
improvement. We help organizations achieve results that require a change in
human behavior. Our expertise is in seven areas: leadership, execution,
productivity, trust, sales performance, customer loyalty and education.
Franklin Covey clients have included 90 percent of the Fortune 100, more than
75 percent of the Fortune 500, thousands of small- and mid-sized businesses,
as well as numerous government and educational institutions. Franklin Covey
has more than 100 offices providing professional services in over 150
countries. For more information, visit

About Selling Power

In addition toSelling Powermagazine, the leading periodical forsales
managers andsales VPssince 1981, Selling Power Inc.produces the Sales
Management Digest and Daily Boost of Positivity online newsletters, as well as
a five-minute video series featuring interviews with top executives. Selling
Power is a regular media sponsor of theSales 2.0 Conference.


Franklin Covey Co.
Debra Lund, 801-244-4474
Jane Seegmiller, 801-318-3604
Selling Power
Larissa Gschwandtner, 713-874-0898
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