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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 March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.