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Outstanding Sales Framework!
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2015
Great framework summarized as follows:
1. Pre-call planning:
a. Pre-determine your principal call objective. Data gathering and relationship building are necessary but not sufficient. Strong objectives must advance the sale.
b. Do your homework in order to minimize fact-gathering questions
c. “Before the call, write down at least three potential problems which the buyer may have and which your products or services can solve.”
a. In a large sales, first impressions do not matter all that much.
b. Especially with senior people, do not dwell much on nonbusiness areas if at all
c. Avoid talking about your products and services until late in the call
d. Just establish who you are, why you are there, and gain permission to ask question.
3. Investigating (by asking open-ended or closed-ended questions)
a. Situation: Ask a very limited number of fact-finding questions. Just enough to setup/uncover a problem. For instance, “What system/process are you using at present?”
b. Problem: “The purpose of Problem Questions is to uncover Implied Needs.”
c. Implication: The purpose of Implication Questions is to increase the size of the problem in the customer’s mind. For instance, “If x is happening, could that lead to an even worse y?”
d. Need-payoff: Need-payoff questions are positive, solution-centered questions designed to have the customer express an Explicit Need. “How would you find (related benefit) useful?” Note: “The worst point to ask a Need-payoff Question is when the customer raises a need you can’t meet.”
4. Demonstrating capability:
a. “Make Benefits showing how your product/service meets Explicit Needs which have been expressed.”
b. “Benefits… involve showing how you can meet an Explicit Need… Unless the customer first says, ‘I want it,’ you can’t give a Benefit.”
c. “In larger sales, Features have a negative effect when used early in the call and a neutral effect when used later.”
5. Obtaining commitment
a. “Larger sales contain a number of intermediate steps that we call Advances.”
b. Use a very limited number of closing questions on only after ___’
c. “Sellers who were most effective… would… ask the buyer whether there were any further… concerns that needed to be addressed.”
d. “Successful salespeople pull the threads together by summarizing key points [especially benefits] of the discussion before moving to the commitment.”
e. Suggest as a next step “the highest realistic commitment that the customer is able to give.”
Other great tidbits:
- “Successful sellers concentrate on objection prevention, not on objection handling.”
- “In a multi-call sale, the most important discussions and deliberations go on when the seller isn’t present.”
- In large sales, costs to the buyer include money, effort, and reputation
- “The most important lessons come from the way you review the calls you make. … Ask … Did I achieve my objectives? What would I do differently?”
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