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Harry Maziar, Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist, Story Selling

TSE 1068: Nothing Happens Until Somebody Sells Something

Harry Maziar, Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist, Story Selling

Selling is honorable, and we should be proud of the work we do because nothing happens until somebody sells something.

Today Harry Mazier talks to us about the importance of selling and how every organization must practice the fundamentals of selling in order to do it well.  It begins by understanding the importance of being a sales professional.

Relationships

The short attention span of today’s buyers means that there will always be room for relationships in selling.

It’s perhaps the best sales lesson you’ll ever hear.

Necessity

It sounds basic to say that nothing happens until someone sells something, but it’s true that if we don’t sell, we won’t eat.

Sales is the lubricant of our economy.

It doesn’t matter how good your manufacturing is, how precise your accounting is, how deep your R&D is, everything begins when someone convinces a prospect to say, “Yes, I’ll take some.”

When the deal closes, the gears begin moving and everything takes off from that point of agreement.

Failure

Fear of failure prevents people from selling. You might drive past a prospect’s business 12 times and always find a reason not to stop: no parking places, it’s too early, or it’s too late.

To get past that reluctance, you must suck it up and knock on the doors. Then, once you get in front of that customer, you must know what you’re talking about.

Emerson said that nothing great was ever accomplished without enthusiasm. You must be enthusiastic and excited. If you’re not excited about what you’re doing, do something else.

Be smart. Don’t tell them how much you know. Tell them how much they need to know to get where you want them to get. Selling is convincing someone else to agree with your opinion.

But don’t overstay your welcome by speaking too much.

There’s a story that Samson slew 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass, but twice that many sales are killed every day with the same implement.

Resource

Your role is to provide the necessary information and be convincing. The best salespeople don’t sell, they help people buy.

Selling is instructional and informational. Be a friend and a resource to your customer. Sales is an honorable profession that has taken a lot of hits — many of them self-inflicted.

Salespeople are a resource to our economy and they really are helpful to customers. People choose sales for a variety of reasons like interactions with people and independence. Of course, income opportunities are part of it as well.

Negative view

For a long time, sales was perceived as little more than one person taking unfair advantage of another. Salespeople have lived through that era and have established themselves as a resource rather than an impediment.

Avoid being self-deprecating. Don’t refer to yourself as “just a salesman.” Sell with integrity every day so you can improve and help your customers.

Don’t put artificial limits on your own success or settle for good enough instead of good.

Stories

Relevant stories can help sellers sell. Rudyard Kipling said that if history was taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

People love stories, so rather than giving facts, features, and benefits, incorporate a story into your sales presentation. Do it consistently and do it as well as you can.

Read and listen and stay attuned to the people around you. Harry recorded countless anecdotes in preparation for writing his book, Story Selling: Sage Advice and Common Sense About Sales and Success.

If you don’t use a story to provide proof, selling will be more difficult. But the story won’t stand on its own. You must give your very best effort.

Stories aren’t the answer alone. You must support it with your work and effort. Do the best you can every day.

Remember the 10 powerful 2-letter words: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” You can find excuses and blame, but ultimately it depends on you.

Sellers

Don’t think you’re not in sales. Everyone is in sales from the moment they get out of bed in the morning. You are persuading or influences, negotiating or communicating.

Don’t run from it. Embrace it and learn to be better. Grow by failing.

It’s not how often you get knocked down; it’s how many times you get back up. Get back up and learn what’s effective and learn to communicate.

Be true to yourself and embrace the opportunities you have as a salesperson.

“Selling From The Heart” episode resources

You can connect with Harry at harrymazier@gmail.com or at (404) 853-1063.

Grab a copy of his book, Story Selling: Sage Advice and Common Sense About Sales and Success

This episode is brought to you by the TSE Certified Sales Training Program. I developed this training course because I struggled early on as a seller. Once I had the chance to go through my own training, I noticed a hockey-stick improvement in my performance.

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New Salespeople Training, The Sales Evangelist, Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist Podcast

TSE 890: TSE Hustler’s League-“It’s About The Inches”

New Salespeople Training, The Sales Evangelist, Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist PodcastThere’s always room for improvement. It’s why you listen to podcasts like this one. Sometimes successful sellers get so focused on the big stuff that they lose sight of the fundamentals. In sales, though, it’s about the inches.

On today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League, we’ll review sales fundamentals that can help you close more deals.

Use your prospect’s name

People love it when you use their names, mainly because people like to do business with those they know, like, and trust. Names go a long way.

Use your prospect’s name in the first call. Try to use his name more than once during the call if you can.

Make sure, though, that you’re saying the name properly, and use the name the person goes by. Don’t shorten it unless you know that’s the name he goes by.

Sometimes you won’t have a name for the prospect, and it’s ok to do a little research. Perhaps call the company to find out the best person to talk to.

Don’t spend hours doing research to find a name, but if you have a dream 100, use a name if you can.

Send a recap email

After you finish a conversation with the prospect, send a recap email to remind her what you talked about.

It enables the prospect to remember what the conversation was about and it will help her prepare for the next meeting.

Thank her for her time, and send a calendar invitation to the next conversation. You can also list next steps to help the prospect anticipate how the next conversation should go.

Personalize the message

If you can recall something personal about the prospect, you can use it in your messaging, and it goes a long way to show him that you’re listening.

Bring up the prospect’s business. If his business is mentioned in a magazine, bring it up. If he receives an award or a certification, mention it. It shows that you’re conscious of what he’s doing and you’re keeping up with his company.

People appreciate a pat on the back. When a past client congratulated me on the upcoming launch of my new podcast, it meant a lot to me because it’s something I’m excited about.

Make sure, though, that the event or article you refer to is something good.

Use Google alerts to receive updates about your clients. Focus on the small details.

When you pay attention to the small things, it makes your prospect confident that you’ll also pay attention to the large details when you’re working together.

Small details often make the biggest difference; it’s about the inches.

“It’s About The Inches”

The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League is an online group coaching program that will connect you with sellers from all industries all over the world. We’re accepting applications for our next semester this fall, and we’d love for you to join us.

Check out our Facebook page, The Sales Evangelizers, for a taste of what our online coaching community is like.

Grab your free excerpt of the book, Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen from our sponsors at Wiley. It’s a fantastic way to learn what buyers are thinking and how to sell the way they want to buy.

Also, check out the Video Jungle podcast to discover how to use video to take your sales to another level.

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Donald Kelly, Sales Basics, Sales Fundamentals, The Sales Evangelist

TSE 875: TSE Hustler’s League-“Overlooked Basics”

Donald Kelly, Sales Basics, Sales Fundamentals, The Sales Evangelist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales requires a predictable process, but too often sales professionals deviate from the established path. They improvise and eliminate steps, and lose sight of the overlooked basics.

On today’s episode of The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League, we discuss why it’s important to do the fundamental things that help you close earlier.

Otherwise, you’ll find yourself lacking qualified prospects and closings, and in sales turmoil.

Address objections early.

Identify the objections you’re hearing often and address them as quickly as possible.

If, for example, your prospect fears jumping into unknown territory, address the objection by offering referrals at an appropriate point in the process. Although you wouldn’t want to inundate your current customers with prospects seeking referrals, it might help you move beyond the objections.

Think about the objections you repeatedly hear and address them accordingly.

Understand timing.

Sales professionals often make assumptions on behalf of their prospects about what their closing schedule looks like.

Very often, misalignment on time periods creates difficulties.

Instead of allowing those misunderstandings to fester, ask your prospect what their schedule looks like. The prospect won’t be offended that you asked.

Bring up the issue of timing early in the conversation. Ask “What is your timeframe?” Then ask, “Any particular reason you’re looking at that timeframe?”

Don’t take objections personally.

Aside from the common objections, you’ll still get random objections that indicate your prospect isn’t ready to buy.

This is why it’s so important to qualify your prospects early in the process. If you skip over that step, you’ll wind up with prospects that aren’t ready to buy.

I made the mistake of assuming once that because a prospect initiated the phone call with me, he must be ready to buy. I ignored the warnings that I should still qualify him, and ultimately I lost out.

Find the customer who is the right fit for your organization.

“Overlooked Basics” episode resources

The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League is an online group coaching program that will connect you with sellers from all industries all over the world. We’re accepting applications for our next semester this fall, and we’d love for you to join us.

Check out our Facebook page, The Sales Evangelizers, for a taste of what our online coaching community is like.

Grab your free excerpt of the book, Stop Selling & Start Leading: How to Make Extraordinary Sales Happen from our sponsors at Wiley. It’s a fantastic way to learn what buyers are thinking and how to sell the way they want to buy.

Also, check out the Video Jungle podcast to discover how to use video to take your sales to another level.

Leave us a review wherever you consume this content and share it with someone else who might benefit from our message. If you haven’t already done so, subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss a single episode.

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Relationship Selling, Sales Basic, Donald Kelly, The Sales Evangelist

TSE 827: Sales Basic 101…Keep The Relationship Going

Relationship Selling, Sales Basic, Donald Kelly, The Sales EvangelistYou don’t want your customer to feel duped. If you spend months working your sales cycle only to disappear after your customer commits to the purchase, she will likely feel like you only cared about the money. You must continue the relationship.

Today on The Sales Evangelist, we’re going to talk about the steps you can take to make sure that your customer doesn’t feel like you only cared about the sale.

Continue the relationship.

I understand the need to keep your pipeline fed. The numbers game says that the more doors you knock on, the more opportunities you have to close a deal.

I want you to understand the need to move your prospect into a role as a client who is a happy, raving fan. I want you to understand the long-term approach.

Especially in industries with long sales cycles, you develop a certain level of intimacy with your prospects. You know about her family, about her work situation, about many issues that are personal for her.

Now imagine that she has paid for your product, and she’s ready to start finding solutions and implementing the product, and you’re completely gone.

The truth is that everyone must focus on their area of expertise. The implementation team doesn’t want you micromanaging their part of the puzzle.

So how can you help your new customer transition to the next department without feeling forgotten?

Take small actions.

1.  Prepare your new customer for the next step in the cycle. If the implementation team will take over and help them begin using your product, prepare her for what that might look like.

Give her a map of what to expect over the next few weeks.

2.  Send some sort of acknowledgement as a “thank you” for the business. If your industry allows it, consider sending a gift of appreciation.

Let her know how much you appreciate her business.

3. During the on-boarding process, check in on a regular basis. Perhaps call once a week just to make sure that everything is going as expected.

Ask if there’s anything you can do to help move the process along.

4.  Move the conversation from email to something else. If you continue your relationship on LinkedIn, you can provide a recommendation for your customer and she may just return the favor.

5. Do something nice for your customer “just because.” If you see a book that makes you think of her, send it with a note.

Besides, if you have an opportunity to upset or upgrade later, you want her to know that you’re still around.

Episode resources

Salespeople can be leaders instead of being subservient. Our friends at Wiley  have provided a free excerpt of the book Stop Selling & Start Leading which provides a blueprint to help sales professionals lead in the way that customers prefer. Read an excerpt of the book here.

After you’ve tried some of the ideas here, I’d love to hear how they worked for you. Email me and let me know what your results were.

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Donald Kelly, Lazy Selling, The Sales Evangelist Podcast, sales basics

TSE 809: Sales From The Street-“My Creative Lazy Ideas”

Sometimes the sales basics feel mundane.

Sometimes we burn ourselves out making phone calls and sending emails, and we feel like we’re spinning our wheels. Without regard for how effective it is, we want to try something different.

On today’s episode of Sales From The Street, I share my own experience with burnout and the hard lessons I learned from it. I was looking for an easy way out and avoiding the things I knew I needed to do.

Don’t abandon sales basics.

In college, I worked in an IT training company that offered training classes. I was tired of making phone calls and sending emails and I wanted to try something new like guerrilla marketing.

I assumed the marketing department was the problem, and I figured there was a better way to get our company name out there.

After doing lots of research, I launched ideas for computers at bus stations, as well as A-frame signs and banners; and I got very few leads.

It turns out the problem wasn’t the phone calls themselves. The problem was that my phone calls weren’t effective.

I didn’t speak the language of the decision-makers I was contacting. I didn’t understand my ideal customer, and I didn’t know how to differentiate.

When I finally sat down with the technicians to understand what the clients liked about the training and the problems they were trying to solve, I had a better understanding.

Be consistent, AND creative.

I would never suggest that you shouldn’t try new things. Do research in your off-time to discover what others in your industry are doing. Put your own spin on it and tweak it until you get it right.

When you’re consistent at something and you improve and tweak it, you’ll see results.

Make sure you budget your time effectively. Call your prospects when they are most likely to be available. I was calling home phone numbers in the middle of the day when most people were likely to be gone.

Over time, I learned what worked and I gained decent clients and I acquired good experience.

Try unique things that tie to your industry. Understand how to help your prospects and recognize them as humans.

Episode resources

People often tell us to fail quickly and then move on, but what if we don’t have to fail at all? What if you could get a jumpstart by learning from other people’s challenges?

Doesn’t it make sense to figure out where other people went wrong so you can avoid repeating their mistakes?

The Sales Evangelist Hustler’s League is a group coaching program that offers training sessions every week, and a chance to hear from sales professionals from other industries. We offer group accountability and an exchange of ideas.

We’d love for you to check it out, and we’d be honored to have you join us.

The April semester will focus on building value so you can see better results and close more deals.

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