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Sales Training Seminars: Show and Tell

Wouldn’t it be great if all you had to do to close a sale was show up for your appointment, present your proposal, collect a signed contract with a very good profit margin, and be home in time for the evening news? This pipe dream might come true if it weren’t for that awkward little detail known as sales negotiation. To close a great deal, you need more than a great proposal; you must also be a skillful negotiator who understands that negotiation is about more than getting what you want. In our powerful training class, The Salesman As Negotiator, we will help you gain the skills you need to close great deals and build great customer relationships while you do it.

Show and Tell

Do you look for ways to involve your customer during your presentation or do you just babble on hoping you might say something that will generate a sale? Regrettably, unsuccessful salespeople display poor listening skills and have a tendency to talk too much. They use a “show and tell” sales presentation style that can quickly turn a customer off and cause them to mentally shut down. On the other hand, by developing your listening skills and finding ways to keep your customer actively involved in your presentation, you will dramatically increase your sales effectiveness and close more sales!

Several years ago, I heard an interesting story about a safety glass salesman named Bill Johnson. Bill was the top producer in his company and consistently outsold the other salespeople by a significant margin. One day the owner of the company congratulated Bill for setting a new quarterly sales record. The owner was curious about Bill’s outstanding accomplishment and asked him what he felt was the secret of his success. Bill replied that he was selling the way he had been trained to sell but that he had added something to his presentation. He stated that during his sales presentation he used a hammer to strike the safety glass several times to demonstrate the glasses strength and durability. Excitedly, the owner asked Bill if he would be willing to teach his hammer technique to the other salespeople at the next company training meeting.

Thanks to Bill’s training, the company shattered its previous monthly record for safety glass sales! The owner was extremely pleased, but noticed that Bill’s sales had also increased dramatically and he continued to maintain his production lead over the rest of the sales force. Surprised that Bill’s production was still significantly higher than the rest of the sales force; he asked Bill if he had discovered any new techniques. Bill replied that he had made a minor change to his presentation that really made a major difference in his sales effectiveness. “I still use the hammer technique,” Bill said, “except now when I get to the part where I demonstrate the strength of the glass, I hand the hammer to my customer and let them hit the glass!”

By handing the hammer to his customer, Bill discovered the secret of successful selling. He took his sales career to the next level by finding a way to keep his customer actively involved during his presentation. Are you keeping your customers actively involved? If not, learn from Bill and discover a way to put the hammer in your customer’s hand!

- by John Boe

"Maintain Great Customer Relationships"

Consulting Sales and Training Quote
"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed
is more important than any other one thing."
Abraham Lincoln

Suggested Reading:

Body Language in Negotiations and Sales
by Jacqueline A. Rankin

Sales Negotiation Skills That Sell
by Robert E. Kellar

Effective Motor Carrier Sales Through Negotiation
by Paul Preston, Sales &. American Trucking Association

Selling Through Negotiation: The Handbook of Sales Negotiation
by Homer B. Smith

Manual of Sales Negotiation
by John Lidstone

Sales negotiation strategies
by Mack Hanan

The Handbook of Professional Selling and Sales Negotiation
by Simon Adams

Developing Negotiation Skills in Sales Personnel
by David A. Stumm

Major Account Sales Strategy
by Neil Rackham

Proactive Sales Management: How to Lead, Motivate, and Stay Ahead of the Game
by William Skip Miller

Sales Management
by Robert J. Calvin

Problems and Materials on the Sale and Lease of Goods
by Douglas J Whaley

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