I am an analyst in a government agency which is tasked to provide strategic support to other agencies. Recently, a new boss and skip level decided our team was dysfunctional (it was) and that it will be restructured from the ground up. As such, a job that was about 70/30 analysis and liaison, respectively, has been re-scoped to 20/80 of the same.
In this case, liaison means convincing other agencies that my team can provide a valuable service and promoting a two-way exchange of information. Unfortunately, when I go out to meet with potential partners, I not only have to sell our service, but I also have to overcome two years of ill will that was built by a bad boss.
While Mark and Mike's casts have helped me embrace my inner social butterfly, I'm also thinking about asking for sales training. Does this seem like a good idea? If so, any recommendations?