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Consistency Is Key

If you’re persistent, you can get anything. But if you’re CONSISTENT, you’ll keep it

Match Match Lead

When someone tells you they need to "think about it," or "now's not a great time," or they "have to check with someone else..." those are all excuses they come up with. Basically they want to say, "I"M JUST NOT 100% CONVINCED!"

Which is fine, not everyone has to be, it's your job to get them there. Match Match Lead, is one style on how to do that.

Sell, Don’t Tell

All too often I hear sales people TELLING a prospect about their product or service instead of SELLING them on why what they're offering is a perfect fit for their business. Selling doesn't come in until the presentation, during the fact-find you should be finding out as mush information as possible so when you present your idea, you're presenting a solution (in a persuasive way) that's going to solve the one, two or three issues they said they were having.

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The Future Of Sales Meetings

As territories expand and as businesses grow, I personally find myself doing a lot more meetings over the phone and video conference. One of the most important things we have is our time, and what we do with the time we have to be the most productive. If I can save myself from driving an hour to and from a meeting, still hold it via video conference AND have a few extra hours to get things done, I consider that a huge win. As we move more and more toward this model too and working from home more, we’ll eliminate need for actual offices, saving money for the business. We can essentially work from anywhere in the world too and still be productive. Excited to see what the future has in store!

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Pick Up The Phone

I don’t know if it’s just me or what I’m seeing, but I feel like Sales Professionals are scared to get on the phone nowadays. Everything is emailed or they look for different ways to get in the door to a prospect. Don’t get me wrong, try everything you possibly can, but the numbers don’t lie, nothing beats the “tried and true” Cold Call. Whenever there’s an issue or I’m trying to schedule a meeting, or I’m moving a deal forward, I pick up the phone and make the call. If I don’t get them, THEN I follow up my voicemail with an email so I’m hitting them on both fronts, but you should never lead with the email. Have the prospect hear the excitement in your voice, use the right tone to get THEM excited too and move the sale forward. Don’t be afraid of the phone, but if you are, the best thing to do is just dive in and start making calls because the more and more you do it, the easier it becomes.

Source: Salesforce

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Never Stop Improving

One of the best ways to improve is to constantly be learning. Invest in yourself, read, learn as much as you can, and become the best "YOU" YOU can be.

Here's a few books I'm currently reading to better MYself: @tcaponi 's #TheTransparencySale , @stephanpaternot 's #AVeryPublicOffering , & @jeffreygitomer 's #TheLittleRedBookOfSelling

WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING THIS MONTH?? COMMENT BELOW!!

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Don’t Just Have a Plan, Have The RIGHT Plan

EVERYBODY has a plan, an idea, a direction they know they want to head but then something hit them they weren't expecting and what happens??? Their world gets rocked, they get shook'd and they don't know what to do. Expect the worst, prepare for THAT, and be ready for it when it comes. Instead of telling yourself why a deal will close, tell yourself all the reasons why it WON'T. This way you can work around those reasons in your presentation and be ready for the objections when they come. Have a plan, but make sure you're preparing the RIGHT way, not just the easy way.

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In Sales, Start At The End And Work Backwards

Always begin with the end in mind. Start every call with what you want to get out of it, start every meeting with your goal and get them to envision their life with your product/service. Then it’s just a matter of working TOGETHER to get there.

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Almost 50% Of Sales Professionals Out There Don’t Ask For The Business

This stat baffles me every time I hear it. HOW!?How are you in sales and not asking for the business!? No one out there is going to just beg you for your product or service. You have to SELL them on it and then close them. A good way to ask without seeming pushy is to say, “Is there any reason you wouldn’t move forward with this/me?” And if they object then you have to overcome something. But if they say “No,” then slide the paperwork in front of them and say, “Okay great, sign here!”

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Closing Strategy: Helicopter View

Even though we all try to keep things simple and not make it too complicated for the prospect to buy from us, sometimes you can't help it when things slip out of your control. Here's what you do to take control back and simplify the sale.

Above All Else, Perservere

The easiest thing to do is to just give up when something’s difficult. But nothing worth having comes easy...So NEVER give in, NEVER give up, NEVER take “no” for an answer, NEVER settle, and ALWAYS try one more time. If you do that you’ll always come out on top in the long run. GO KILL IT!!

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Whats Your Morning Ritual?

I like to start my day working out, and here's why a morning ritual is important to me:

  • Starts your day on a positive step

  • You'll continue the positive momentum throughout the day

  • Accomplishing one task in the morning, no matter how big or small, will leave you with a sense of accomplishment that you'll want to keep up as the day goes on

  • When you think you look good (because you worked out ;) ) you tend to feel good and others will recognize the positive vibes you put off

  • Working out releases endorphins which puts you in a good mood

  • When you wake up and do something you feel like you're getting ahead of others, which is something you should always be striving to do!

Better Yourself

You should always be looking to better yourself and that starts with who you associate with. I’m not saying cut all ties with your friends if they aren’t going places, but start hanging out with successful people who are (or are headed in the direction) of where you want to be in life. Over time you’ll naturally move in that direction too.

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Be Your Own Support System

It’s good to have a support system, but don’t be so reliant on other people that you NEED them to pick you up when you’re in a slump. Be your own support system, how confidence and better yourself everyday so you have the right mindset to overcome any obstacle. Go FREAAAAAKING KILL IT today, and end the week strong!

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Win Or Learn, There’s No Losing

View every lost opportunity as a chance to learn. Learn from mistakes, learn from the process and you’ll be that much better prepared for next time. Just don’t make the same mistake twice.

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Sell The Next Step

No matter what part of the sales process your in, trying to book time with the decision maker, booking the presentation or setting the closing meeting you're just trying to sell the next step, not your product or service.

Even if you're trying to confirm if someone qualifies for your services, you're still only trying to do that. Don't rush the sales process and use the time you have throughout to build credibility, trust and rapport so by the time you do get to the close your sale is set up. This way it’s not such a big awkward moment, you’ve already established yourself enough as an expert that’d they’d be foolish to not buy from you.

Don't get me wrong, there will always be times this process skips a few steps or people want to just buy right away, and when that happens JUMP ON IT! But more often than not you have to follow the tried and true method.

Sales is fast paced, it's five seconds to buy a minute to buy five minutes to buy a meeting to get a close.

Make sure you're focused on your goal and keep moving them one step closer to the end-zone!

Handling Objections: The Objection Wheel

One of the many ways to overcome a prospects objections is something called the “Objection Wheel.” Let me walk you through it:

  1. Confirm the reasons for their objection. State your understanding of the objection and use cushioning statements like “I understand” and “It makes sense why you have that concern.”

  2. Ask questions to clarify what their true objection is so you know what you have to sell against. Sometimes the objection you hear is actually a cover for a hidden objection. To draw out hidden objections and to confirm the specific reasons, ask questions like:

    • “Outside of this concern, is there anything else we should discuss?”

    • “Suppose this isn’t a concern, is there anything else that would prevent you from making this decision?”

  3. Once you’ve isolated the objection, respond. Your response should specifically address and resolve the reason for their objection. Be clear, be concise, and be compelling.

  4. Finally, after you’ve presented your response, close on it! Get agreement that your response addressed the prospect’s concern. If it doesn’t, the process starts all over again.

You may not always need to go through the entire wheel to respond to an objection. You may only need to clarify, listen, and respond. The benefit of the wheel is that it forces you to probe a little deeper for reasons and hidden objections while buying you some time to think about your response. Just make sure you don’t overuse it and have it come across as too “sales-y.”

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Every Interaction Is Your Opportunity To Move The Sale Down The Field

In a sales, every phone call, every meeting, every single meeting is your opportunity to move your prospect down the field and one step closer to closing. Doesn’t matter how small of a step forward you take, just keep pushing towards that goal. And don’t waste time talking about your weekend or things that have nothing to do with the sale, then your in “out of bounds” territory and it’s hard to remain in control.

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Work as many deals into the “red zone” as possible and have 3-4 deals in there for every one you want to close (know your closing ratios over time to adjust this up or down). Eventually things will start to close. Make sure your constantly bringing new opportunities on the field so there’s a consistent flow of activity and you never have a dip in your productivity. Now go kill it this week and make some money!

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The Harder You Work The Luckier You’ll Get

There is no such thing as “lucky.” The ones who you view as lucky work harder than you to get there. Sorry to break it to you, but that’s the harsh reality. If you don’t like it, GET TO WORK❗️ Then you too will find that the harder you work, the luckier you’ll get 😉👌🏼. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and stay safe out there.