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How To Coach Yourself To Make Telephone Sales Calls

 

How to Coach Yourself To Make Telephone Sales Calls is very similar to how to coach yourself to do exercise.

I am very disciplined about doing some form of exercise every day of my life but this morning I really did not feel like it.  Thoughts ran through my head like “Have a day off”, “You deserve a rest”, “One day off won’t matter”.

Then the self motivational voice kicked in with the reasons why I should go to the gym even if I did not feel like it. “You know you will have much more energy after going”,   “You will feel so good,” “Your brain will function so much better and you will get twice as much done when you get back.” I listened to that voice and I am so glad I went. That’s what inspired me to write these tips to you straight afterwards.

The process of self coaching is  not too different when selling.  It’s easier to sit back and send a few emails instead of picking up a phone to talk to someone. To get yourself to make the calls you will need to give yourself a few reasons why you would do that.

Ask your self motivational voice to come forward and remind you of the reasons why you would make the calls rather than send emails. It could be :-

“I know that making the calls is the one thing that eventuates in sales more than anything”

“Making the calls keeps me in a job because it gets results”

“I know connecting with people in a two way conversation is going to develop a relationship far better than  pushing my stuff at them in an email.

“Once I get going, set myself a goal of how long I am going to call for, how many sales I want and keep focused, I will be rewarded”.

If you are more motivated by fear, then you might choose to think
“I must prospect every day or my business will die”

Remember self discipline is very important if you want to be a great sales person.  If the above self motivational thoughts don’t fit for you, start working on your own and bring them into your life when you don’t feel like making those calls.

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12 Ways To Improve Sales Performance

“Oh Gosh”, I hear you cry, “it’s the end of the financial year again. What am I going to need to do to improve sales performance in the next financial year?” You could start by asking yourself 2 profound questions like:-

“Which of my behaviours must I change to become a better salesperson?”

“Which of our company’s sales strategies need to change to get more business?”

Well, if you don’t know the answer to either of those you could get me to come in and review your current strategies online and offline to come up with a plan for you. Have a free 15 minute chat with me on 02 9427 3479 this week. Afternoons are best to reach me this week.

12 Ways to Improve Sales Performance

Give yourself a mark out of 10  for each of these statements:

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Motivation For Sales People – Complimentary Gift For Your Success in 2017

“Motivating Your Mind, Inspiring Your Spirit” is a very special e-book that has been compiled from the generosity of nearly 80 Australian, New Zealand, European, South African, Canadian, American, Asian and United Arab Emirates based authors, industry experts, Company Directors and business owners – including me!
I am on page 20.

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The 2017 e-book contributors have over 1800 years of business experience and 3000 years of people experience. Some younger, others more experienced, yet all are exceptionally talented, intelligent and gifted in their areas of expertise. This is the third year I have been invited to contribute and you will find my chapter on page

Contributors are invited based on their immeasurable value as topic experts and character attributes that have been on display over many years.

I know you will deeply appreciate their knowledge, their spirit of collegiality and time they have invested in this excellent e-book.

This e-book was created for the authors’ combined global readers to enjoy. We trust the stories, tips, insights and case studies can benefit you in your business, professional or personal education level.

You can share it with colleagues, business contacts, friends or those you feel will enjoy the IQ and EQ stories to enhance their 2017.

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Cold Calling – How Do You Make It Work?

Cold Calling Is Dead?

Cold calling – “Is it really dead?” I am frequently asked this question, and my answer is a resounding “NO”. However, processes have changed and cold calling is simply practiced in a slightly different way than it used to be.

My trainings have always advocated techniques to make a cold call a warm call by starting with :

  • A referral
  • Something you know about them, e.g.  I understand you have ……. is that correct?
  • Commenting on an action they made that you saw
  • Noticing a comment they made on social media
  • Having a connection with them on linked in
  • Commenting on an article they wrote in Google News

There is so much information about companies now online, that there is no excuse not to find out something of interest about your prospect before you call.

What Is The Most Popular Way To Get Leads Nowadays?

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Telesales Coaching Call Live Critique

Here is a Telesales Coaching Call I did with a customer and it’s part of my CD series “Telesales Coaching Calls Live”. I have copied the transcript of my critique below if you would prefer to read it than listen to it on Track 3.

For trainers who are reading this, I suggest you get your staff to listen and then ask them to critique the call themselves. You will then have my critique in the transcript to add to the coaching.

I hope you get some “ahas…” from these. Here you go:

 

For the whole series of coaching calls click here for more information

Telesales Coaching Call Critique (Transcript of the call)

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Better Words For Sales Conversations

1. Never use the word “BUT” to counter an objection in Sales Conversations

This one little word is often used when responding to an objection and it can spoil everything else you say. “But” negates everything you say before it so disagreement is all the customer hears in sales conversations.

If a customer comes up with an objection, acknowledge it and follow with the word “and” not “but“.

Customer: This software sounds like it would take a long time to install.

Salesperson: Yes, it does take a long time to install and that challenge is taken care of by our own expert consultants who set the whole thing up for you as part of the service.

Customer: It’s very expensive

Salesperson: I understand you thinking that and that’s why I would like to include a free service contract in the price for you for 5 years. How does that sound?

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Why Some Appointments No-Show?

Why do some Appointments no-show? I have had a couple of interesting in-house consulting and training jobs just recently. In both, the telephone sales team were cold calling to make appointments for the salesperson. The first company were making appointments for a face to face sales presentation and the second were making appointments for a teleconference by phone.

First Scenario

In the first scenario, the telemarketers were saying they wanted to make an appointment for a sales consultant to say “Hi and drop off some samples”.  Was that a compelling reason for anyone to feel they had to keep an appointment?  If the prospect had something important to do at the time set, I am sure they would have felt it unnecessary to keep the appointment. After all, the sales consultant could just leave samples at reception.

Second Scenario

In the second scenario, the prospect was not turning up for the teleconference call,. I believe this was  because the telemarketer, on the initial cold call,had not given enough compelling reasons for the prospect to make sure he kept the appointment;  He had not created enough pain for them telling them what they were missing out on if they did not attend. In some cases, he had not reconfirmed the appointment the day before  or even given the prospect a number they could call in case they had to reschedule. There is considerable cost in having salespeople scheduled to do presentations to prospects. It is beyond my comprehension why Managers are not watching what is going on with their telesales team. Perhaps the telesales team needs to be rewarded for making the appointment only when the appointment shows up?

Third Scenario

Today I had a call from someone wanting to make an appointment with me to help me with my IT.  He told me he wanted an appointment so he could spend just 15 minutes telling me what his company could do for small business owners.  What the heck would I waste 15 minutes of my time when I already have IT help? He never told me once what he could do for me which was all I was interested in . He just talked about him and his company without asking me a single question. Then at the end,to add insult to injury, he asked me what the name of my company was! Didn’t he know whom he was calling? Why do Managers waste their time employing people like this without training them?

Ten Ways To Ensure Appointments Show Up

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Building rapport

Building Rapport Technique For Sales Success

This building rapport technique requires you to listen for your customer’s language patterns. This is a challenging skill to acquire but if you can start to be aware of your own communication style and that of others, you will quickly become a great rapport builder. When we use our customer’s preferred language style, we become like them, and we all know that people buy from people they know like and trust.

We communicate in 3 ways but we generally have a preference for one or a combination of 2 of the following ways.

1. Building Rapport Technique with Auditory People

These people communicate through their ears.  They use  language like “I hear what you are saying, Tell me more about it”, “Explain to me how it works”, “It sounds good”, “That rings a bell, “I hear what you are saying”.

2. Building Rapport Technique with Visual People

These people communicate through their eyes. They use language like “I see what you mean”“Can you show me how to do that”, “It looks like I will be going ahead with that appointment” , “I see what you mean”.

3. Building Rapport Technique with Kinaesthetic People

These people communicate through their feelings. They use language like,  “I get the feeling this is not the right product for us”, “I would have to experience it to get to grips with what it is about”, “I need to grasp the concept”,  “How do you feel about that?”.

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Great Questions On A Telephone Sales Call

Great Questions On A Telephone Sales Call

Why Ask Questions?

It is important to ask great questions on a telephone sales call to build rapport early. That way  you find out people’s needs before you start telling them what you have to offer.  Ideally they should begin with What, Why, Where, When, How, Which and Who so that the customer has to expand on what they want and they cannot answer “no”. They should create pain with the customer or give them pleasure because those are the two reasons people want your services.

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Calling Inactive Customers Creates Sales

Inactive customers are people who may have bought only once from you or placed a small order. Never think they are not worth calling. It is a vital sales strategy to stay in touch with these customers as well as with your existing customers because you will be able to make more sales from them. Here’s how …

Maybe at the moment inactive customers might not justify a face to face call but you can certainly pick up a phone to stay in touch. You might be afraid to call them because they might tell you that they have gone to another supplier or they had a bad experience with you.

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