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Sell Smarter: “No” is just the beginning.

The following is an excerpt from The Sell Smarter Collection.

“No” is just the beginning.

Sometimes we have the perfect sales meeting. We seemingly hit every hurdle in stride and deftly handle objections before they are even brought up. With meetings like this, we are so on our game, there is no way we can lose. We are Superman, Rambo and Gordon Gecko rolled into one.

As great as you know you are though, I am here to let some air out of your tires. If you got absolutely no objections and they just hopped in the boat, it was probably less than half sales skill and mostly the fact that they just wanted to buy.

Don’t get me wrong. After nearly twenty years selling the same market-driven product, I have been through my fair share of muffin markets.

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Business Sales Tips

Sell Smarter: Don’t forget to close.

The following is an excerpt from The Sell Smarter Collection.

Don’t forget to close

Would you ever consider working a full week then tell your boss to just keep the paycheck? Of course you wouldn’t. Occasionally, as salespeople, we do just this. We prospect, we set appointments, we pitch, and then we set a follow-up, all without closing. Just like working that forty-hour week, going through the entire sales process without actually asking for the business is one of the dumbest things we do to get in our own way as sales folks, yet we do it every day.

Not closing comes from a few places. All of which can be addressed and tweaked in your game.

One such place not closing comes from is not recognizing when the client is ready. This can be a tough one. Very rarely does the prospect ask us “So… what’s the next step from here?”.

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Sell Smarter: There is no perfect time.

Sell Smarter

The following is an excerpt from The Sell Smarter Collection.

There is no perfect time.

One other way we get in our own way is waiting for the perfect time to call a client and even worse, the perfect time to close.

No one wants to look like they are just sitting by the phone waiting for your call. How often do you call on a prospect that is just “hanging out”? They want to sound busy. Think about all the times you catch someone who is on a conference call, in a meeting or “just walking into a meeting”. Let’s just agree to something here. One, if you are ON a conference call, you aren’t putting it on hold to take a random sales call. Two, if you are in a meeting, you aren’t calling time-out to take a call on your cell. And three, look at your watch the next time you say you are walking into a meeting. We know meetings don’t start promptly at 11:18 am these days.

With that little rant out of the way, never wait around for the perfect time to call. Does the following sound familiar?

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