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more than 370 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $16 billion in product sales.




Events | Seminars & Webinars | Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive

PTDA keeps you abreast of changes, trends and new developments in the industry and helps you build the essential skills of your team through seminars, webinars and programs that cover topics of interest to distributors and manufacturers in the power transmission/motion control industry.

VITAL Planning REGIMENS for Sales Professionals (April 10, 2017)
Six planning disciplines that will assure success for sales professionals!
In this very practical webinar, you will equip yourself with the direction and proven tools essential for accomplishing these six vital planning disciplines. These activities are time management investments that assure short and long-term sales success. Download the worksheet and develop your own detailed prescription for each regimen including details of specific actions and intervals (per day, week, etc). As a sales professional, individually defining, owning and executing these regimens will perpetuate long-term success and results in your selling.
Download the presentation (3.2 MB PDF)
Download the webinar video (100 MB MP4)
Tool 1.1a Regimens Personal Worksheet (Word)
Tool 1.1a Regimens Instructions (Word)
Tool 3.1E Account Strategic Planning Tool Template (Excel)

How to Structure a Winning Sales Organization (February 10, 2017)

This webinar will help sales leaders establish structure in their sales team and help sales professionals take ownership of their territory responsibilities. Join Don Buttrey, president of Sales Professional Training Inc., as he shares the structure, tools and disciplines required to win in today's economy. 

Download the presentation (3.6 MB PDF)     

Download the webinar video (50 MB WMV)   
Tool 1.1 Personal Disciplines Check List ​

Tool 3.1E Account Strategic Planning Tool Template (Excel)

Tool 4.1 Sell Pre Call Planning Offense Tool (Word)


Market Forecast  (December 9, 2016)

To assist members in interpreting and understanding the PTDA Market Forecast Report data, PTDA provides two webinars annually as a PTDA Member Advantage at no charge. The PTDA Market Forecast webinar is facilitated by the Institute for Trend Research to help you apply the market trend data in your business planning. 
Download the presentation (4.5 MB PDF)                
Download the webinar video (55 MB WMV)

I Have the Data But What Does It Mean? (October 4, 2016)

Maximize sales and profits with PTDA's Sales History & Outlook Report (SHOR) and PTDA Business Index. Learn how to interpret and apply market trend data presented in these PTDA reports facilitated by economist Connor Lokar of the Institute for Trend Research, (home of Industry Summit perennial favorite Alan Beaulieu). Walk through the survey process and learn as Lokar explains how to interpret each report's graphs and trend analysis so you can determine where opportunities are rising and where risk is building in order to modify your forecasts and business plans accordingly.

Download the webinar video (41 MB WMV)

What's Your Competitive Edge? The Answer Lies in Your Sales Process (June 17, 2016)

Most companies’ competitive edge is not what they think it is. In fact, in most cases it's the same as your competitors’. This high-energy presentation will challenge executives, sales managers, branch managers, and salespeople to get out of your comfort zones about how to approach the sales process. Real sales-focused discussions and exercises will concentrate on how to implement winning processes in the "front end" of your sales cycle , a key area of competitive edge tha tmany companies tend to neglect. This webinar will answer:
  • What are the internal areas my team can focus on to give us a competitive edge?
  • Where are the gaps in my company’s sales processes?
  • Which sales KPIs should I focus on for growth?
This webinar was designed for distribution and manufacturing executives tasked with improving sales process ROI and topline results, those with sales and market management responsibility, and salespeople who want to expand their skillsets to include deeper best practices in sales and sales management.

Brian Gardner, founder of SalesProcess360, a strategy, coaching, and speaking company focused on helping industrial sales companies gain a competitive edge. Gardner has spent more than 25 years in sales and sales management in the industrial market. He has developed a series of sales process tools to encourage distributors, reps and manufacturers to think more critically about the sales process.

Download the presentation (6.6 MB PDF)
Download the webinar video (40 MB WMV)

Market Forecast (June 3 2016)

To assist PTDA members in interpreting and understanding the PTDA Market Forecast Report data, PTDA provides two webinars annually as a PTDA Member Advantage at no charge. The PTDA Market Forecast webinar is facilitated by the Institute for Trend Research to help you apply the market trend data in your business planning.

Download the presentation (6.6 MB PDF)
Download the webinar video (40 MB WMV)


Transforming Industrial Distribution Sales Teams to Thrive in a New Economy (April 29, 2016)

Industrial Distribution Sales organizations must transform themselves to expand their level of value provided if they are to maintain and grow their role as a part of the customers' supply alternatives. Industry research documents that buyer expecations are increasing and the necessity for delivering signifcant and meaningful contributions to the customers' buisness results is a priority.

This webinar, presented by Dan Weinfurter, CEO of GrowthPlay, will present findings and insights into the impact of these changes and the potential of these influences to drive modifications throughout the supply channels served by distributors. Dan will share insights from interviews with wholesaler-distributors addressing transformational questions such as:

  • Will my customers survive the ongoing changes in their market?

  • Will my business still be viable in 5 years?

  • What must change for my company to remain relevant?

  • How will we add value?

  • What will my people need to provide for our customers?
  • What skills and capabilities will differentiate?
Download the presentation (1.2 MB PDF)
Download the research summary (1.0 MB PDF)
Download the recording (25 MB WMV)

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: The Business Solution (April 8, 2016)

Additive manufacturing/3D printing may be doing more to disrupt headlines than business models…or so you may initially think. This session is for an audience who is curious to know what the reality of the AM / 3DP landscape is currently and how (or if) the power transmission distribution industry should acknowledge, include or ignore this trend in their future strategic planning. Presented by Tim Shinbara, Vice President - Manufacturing Technology for AMT. Tim is responsible for activities related to research and development, standards, and review of manufacturing technology needs

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Download the webinar recording (89.5 MB WMV)

Beyond the High Cost of Turnover (February 26, 2016)

Presenter Bruce Sevy, Managing Director of GrowthPlay, an integrated sales effectiveness service provider that helps organizations drive profitable revenue growth, believes that while additing up costs sassociated with turnover is interesting, it misses the important point. Contrary to conventional wisdom, not all turnover carries a high cost. In fact, unthinking efforts to reduce turnover may actually be adding rather than reducing costs and weakening rather than enhancing organizational performance. Turnover is like cholesterol. There are two types: bad turnover and good turnover. And just like cholesterol, while your organization’s total turnover number is important, it doesn’t tell the whole story. The key to real organizational health lies in managing the ratio of good to bad turnover.

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Motivate Your Sales Team to Make Things Happen! (January  29, 2016)
Some distributor sales teams hope things will happen while the best sales teams make things happen. In this fast paced webinar Gary Moore will draw on his 40 years of distributor experience to present distributor strategies to create a “make things happen” sales team environment. The following strategies will be discussed:

  • conducting  individual sales planning interviews (including a template for these plans);
  • adopting a company wide sales process model;
  • creating sales proposals that sell, not just quote;
  • introducing a Sales Excellence Recognition Structure;
  • conducting “customer events” to put customers and salespeople together in positive sales environments;
  • adopting a Customer Service Strategy

Mr. Moore will then dive deeper into specific tactics that apply to either “slow times” or “hesitant customers." 
Download the presentation (2.3 MB PDF)
Download the webinar video (32 MB WMV)
Annual Sales Person Planner handout


Market Forecast (December  11, 2015)

To assist PTDA members in interpreting and understanding the PTDA Market Forecast Report data, PTDA provides two webinars annually as a PTDA Member Advantage at no charge. The PTDA Market Forecast webinar is facilitated by the Institute for Trend Research to help you apply the market trend data in your business planning.
Download the presentation (2.8 MB PDF)
Download the webinar video (40 MB WMV)

Counterfeit Bearings: What You Need to Know (June 5, 2015)

Counterfeit bearings have been deemed the single most important issue facing the global bearing industry. They pose a danger to operations, finances and human lives. Additionally, a faulty, counterfeit bearing may have legal consequences for you as a buyer and/or distributor. Attend this webinar to understand what you need to know about counterfeit bearings and protect your business.

As a result of participating in this webinar, you will:

  • Comprehend just how extensive the counterfeit network really is and the impact it has on the supply chain.
  • Be able to differentiate between some of the characteristics of genuine, trademarked bearings versus counterfeit bearings.
  • Understand why using authorized distributors is important.

This webinar is presented by Antun Peakovic, Associate General Counsel, IP from Schaeffler Group USA Inc. and Chair of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association’s (ABMA) Anti-Counterfeiting Committee and Theresa Orr, Assistant General Counsel from NSK Americas, Inc. and member of the ABMA.  
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Download the webinar video (75 MB WMV)

(For Distributors) Getting Your Membership ROI (May 15,2015)

Learn about the top ten benefits of distributor membership in PTDA.


(For Manufacturers) Getting Your Membership ROI (May 22, 2015)

Learn about the top ten benefits of distributor membership in PTDA.

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Download the webinar video (29 MB WMV)

Family Business Succession: How to Navigate the Transitional Maze (May 8, 2015)

Who’s going to take over your business when you or your current generation retires? This is the underlying question every family business must face. Succession planning is a critical component to doing business if you want to remain competitive in an ever-changing world as well as ensure the health and future of your company. Family businesses in particular face a unique set of challenges when planning for succession. Join Deb Houden,Ph.D., a consultant with the Family Business Consulting Group, Inc., as she discusses the importance of succession planning, ideas on how to overcome challenges unique to family businesses and key steps  to begin developing your succession plan today.Whether you have a succession plan you are unhappy with or you don’t have one at all, this webinar is for you.  
In this webinar presentation, you will:

  • learn why succession planning is important.
  • identify typical problems and concerns family businesses face and how to address.
  • establish a timeline to develop your succession plan.
  • identify who to involve in your planning process.
  • develop measures to evaluate your overall succession plan.

How E-Commerce is Changing Industrial Channels in a Click-to-Buy World (April 10, 2015)

Learn about the fast-changing world of e-commerce in industrial distribution markets. Long-time distribution industry analyst Lindsay Konzak will look at how the largest companies have integrated e-commerce into their sales and marketing strategies. She’ll present stats on how the industry as a whole has shifted, and provide insight on how distributors are building business models to adapt to changes in how customers want to buy. Lindsay’s knowledge of the impact of e-commerce on the industry draws from her nearly nine years as Editor of Modern Distribution Management, where she provided in-depth analysis of trends affecting distributors across sectors. She is now President of 3 Aspens Media (3aspensmedia.com), which partners with businesses to develop marketing and research-driven content in line with their growth strategies. She has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business.

Download the presentation (2.7 MB PDF)
Download the webinar video (44 MB WMV)

Market Forecast (March 27, 2015)

To assist PTDA members in interpreting and understanding the PTDA Market Forecast Report data, PTDA provides two webinars annually as a PTDA Member Advantage at no charge. The PTDA Market Forecast webinar is facilitated by the Institute for Trend Research to help you apply the market trend data in your business planning.

Download the presentation (2.1 MB PDF) 
Download the webinar video (2.2 MB WMV)

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes Made During a Crisis ( January 29, 2015)

Disaster events can range from the devastating (hurricane) to the tedious (a burst water pipe). But both events have the equal ability to negatively impact your business and even put you out of business. Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place? Perhaps you’ve delayed putting together your plan because you’re overwhelmed and not sure where to start. Mark Norton, Director of Continuity Planning of Agility Recovery, a former division of General Electric, will share with you  key lessons learned from literally hundreds of disaster events, both large and small, and point out the most common mistakes and how to prevent them.  Drawing upon hundreds of recoveries over the past few years, this presentation will address  the decisions made, the plans not followed, and the panic-induced mistakes, providing tips to help you avoid those and lead your organization through a crisis.
This one-hour webinar will cover the 10 main areas of mistakes and why they present a risk to your organization. 

  • Reliance on a Single Point of Failure
  • Failure to Properly Prepare Employees
  • Too Much Focus on IT Recovery Only
  • Failure to Properly/Sufficiently Insure
  • Over-Reliance on 3rd Party Information
  • Failure to Anticipate Costs of Recovery
  • Failure to Analyze Supply Chain Disruption
  • Failure to Assess the Impact to Customers
  • Failure to Properly Manage Recovery
  • Failure to Test Your Plan

 Learn how to mitigate these mistakes and protect your company!

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Download the webinar video (31MB WMV)

Platinum Negotiations Techniques (November 7, 2014)

Do you know when to persuade and when to negotiate? Learn the most effective techniques of negotiations.
Presented by Tim Paulsen, the author of Negotiations Biggest Losers and Platinum Negotiations, this one hour webinar addresses such topics as:

  • What negotiations is and isn’t
  • Persuade or negotiate?
  • Key areas of platinum negotiation techniques – e.g. golden rule?
  • The negotiation 80/20 guideline
  • Free lessons from the best negotiators in the world
  • The negotiator’s checklist
  • Negotiation Jujitsu – how to disarm your opponent
  • Learn from negotiation’s biggest losers
  • Win/Win? Not all the time

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Download the webinar video (36 MB WMV)