The Selling Quote for the Month
“To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.”
It’s time to for salespeople to get lazy. How? You follow this proverb. The next time you have to develop a sales strategy why not talk with someone who has already experienced your situation or one similar? You don’t have to spend countless hours developing a strategy that might not work. Instead, listen to someone who has executed a strategy successfully. You may have to adapt it to your style. Then go do it. You just might find out that you learn something new, you make your selling much easier and you become even more successful in your selling.
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The Selling Ideas for this Month
Your Selling Strategy
At some point in your career you’re going to want a raise, change jobs or enhance your existing job. That’s when you have to formulate your selling strategy. Your selling strategy for this sale is just like your strategy for other sales.
What do you do when you get push back? A professional wanted to move into a different position at his company. His boss didn’t want to lose him because he was good at his job. The professional scheduled a meeting with his manager to discuss the career move. At the meeting, the manager said the professional would be good at the job and would support the move. Then nothing happened for months. When the professional asked the manager for an update, the reply was, “I’m working on it.” When you get non-answers or no action, your manager is dodging you. With customers, it is the same.
Action step. Anytime you get no action, you know it is time for you to take charge. Stop asking your manager (or customer) to take action. You take action. In this case, a more senior manager was visiting the office. This professional realized that he had to meet with him. The professional set up another meeting with his manager. The objective was to get out in the open the reasons the move was going nowhere and to take charge of getting the meeting with the senior manager.
The professional said, “I know in previous meetings you said you supported the move. What is keeping it from going forward?” That forced the manager to say that he was unsure that the senior manager would support the move. The sales professional said, “Ok. I know that the senior manager will be in our office next week. I would like us to meet. Since I know you are busy, I will arrange to get on his calendar.” By taking charge, the manager was now out of the loop for taking action. By indicating the manager was busy, the professional had a legitimate reason to take action that allowed the manager to save face. The professional could take charge.
Prepare. The professional prepared just like any sales call for the meeting with the senior manager. He considered the senior manager’s goals and objectives to develop the strategy. He would sell his new job as helping the senior manager achieve his objectives. To make the decision easier and less risky, the professional demonstrated that this promotion decision conformed to company policy. He included his sales manager in the meeting so his manager would not feel excluded. He also included him because the professional believed that the manager would support him in the meeting.
When you are in any sales situation, you must remember that there are always people issues at stake. Excluding people can breed anger which can hurt your sale in the long run.
The outcome. The professional arranged the meeting. He stated his reasons for meeting. His minimum objective for this meeting was to uncover any objections that the senior manager would have. He started the meeting by saying, “My manager supports this move and we wanted to discuss with you the best way to get this to happen. What are your thoughts?” That would uncover any concerns. There were none. The sales professional got a timeline with specific actions that would happen to ensure he could move into the new position.
In any sales call, you are more likely to get the results you want when you and your customer agree on what actions need to occur and the timeline for them to occur.
Your sales strategy is key for your sales success. With thoughtful planning and execution, you can be sure to get your next sale whether your career or something else is the product.
Best wishes for your selling success!
1. Which of my prospects is stalled in my sales cycle?
2. What action will you take to move the sales process forward with this prospect?
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