My weekly blog allows me to share insights
of what is coming and examples of what is working...
I hope you enjoy them. 

Process for Selling Intangibles

Selling intangible outcomes like appointments is different from selling tangible outcomes, like sofas or chairs. Selling an intangible requires a process of introducing the concept when you first realize that it will be the intended outcome of the sales interaction. This is because it is CLEAR that the customer cannot buy today – based on the answers to your questions that were intended to determine that (not your assumptions).

At that point, introduce the concept: “Since we can only accompl…

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Organized for Appointments

The Greek poet Archilochus said: “We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training”. The same is true for our level of structure and organization.

If we are really intending to manage our actions in time and achieve our targeted outcomes by successfully making and executing appointments, we need to be structured to do that.

And that means to be organized by having appointments IN YOUR CALENDAR as one-hour placeholders, using the repeat function on yo…

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Intended Outcomes

My program, “Sell it or Schedule it”™, is called that because the ONLY outcomes of a selling interaction is to close the sale or to arrange another contact time…in order to close the sale. To either write it up today because the customer is far enough along in their buying process to be able to confidently decide…or they aren’t! In the case of the latter, an appointment will ‘forward’ or ‘advance’ the sale so that you can close it at the next contact.

Anything else isn’t an outcome, but a step …

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Q2 2021

For sales associates and leaders everywhere

 

Q1 2021 is now behind us. If you hit your quarterly goal, congratulations! If you missed it, check your performance statistics and you will find what was insufficient that kept you from  hitting your target.

The obvious challenges most retail and trade showrooms are facing right now are supply chain shortages and insufferable lead times. This is what the remainder of the year will look like, so it’s critical that we manage what we can control.

If the motivation for the customer/client is to get something quickly, then that is an objective and objection to manage early in the conversation. Either you have product in stock that will approximate what is in their imagination or they are open enough (to other style and price) to recalibrate their vision so that they can use what is available. This conversation is complex and requires connection with the buyer and confidence on the part of the seller…and yet, it’s factual and is happening elsewhere with product shortages and backorders.

For sales leaders, this is the training and coaching that your team needs. Please don’t expect them to just know how to do this. They don’t.

For sales associates, be ready for this without buying into the customer’s despair. Familiarize yourself with what you do have available or incoming and be prepared to expand their thinking with sketching the space to discuss it from a holistic perspective – versus from the specific solutions that they came in asking for. That solution is unlikely to be satisfied by you or your nearest competitors, so learning how to manage it is essential, because it’s not going away any time soon.

The beauty is that sales are strong and demand remains high. And we know that once they do one room, they will do others.


Now, go practice this conversation with a co-worker so that you are comfortable with it.

Then, go sell something.

oxo

Jody