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Ms. D'Agostino

Monika D'Agostino

Chief Consultative Sales Officer, Consultative Sales Academy

Monika D'Agostino is a key business analyst with international expertise, specializing in consultative selling and elevating the reputation of sales and its practitioners. She was born in Vienna, Austria and moved to the states in 1994 where she quickly embraced the fast-paced business environment without losing sight of her European roots and remembering that in the end it is people who matter. Her career started in public relations and after a couple of years co-managing a PR agency in New York she stumbled upon the sales profession, selling PR measurement to top marketing people. Her lack of sales experience actually served as an advantage and since then Monika's sales experience has been a fun and rewarding journey. Ms. D'Agostino's passion is sales and helping companies understand that embracing solution selling will not only help their reputation, but also provide a safe and sound environment for sales and customer service reps to be successful. Recently, her company The Consultative Sales Academy where she acts as the Chief Consultative Sales officer launched the Consultative Sales Certification Program to help sales and client facing people embrace, utilize and optimize a consultative sales approach. Her main expertise lies in helping companies break into new markets, industries and identifying decision makers for their service offering. Due to her heritage, she brings a lot of international knowledge to her portfolio, which is important to companies who want to spread their wings internationally. The business environment in Europe is still fundamentally different to that in the US and knowing the cultural nuances is crucial to the success of a project. Ms. D'Agostino’s approach is very strategic and bottom-line oriented. Even when she brings public relations into the mix, she makes sure that it is not self serving but contributes to the end result and the bottom line. Goals will be identified and the results will show an increase in business, understanding your market better, and/or expanding your service offering. Ms. D'Agostino was recently featured in the Sales Excellence Magazine and in The Measurement Standard.

Ms. D'Agostino can be contacted at 203-299-1645 or monikad@consultativesales.net

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.