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176. Button Up the Sale Before You Leave
December 05, 2015

Submit your articles to AMAZINES.COM ">Button Up the Sale Before You Leave I've been selling for more than 50 years, and I've learnt a lot about closing and negotiation techniques but I've not heard too much about button up techniques in that time. Yet in my opinion, being able to button up has to be as important as making the Sale - and in the hands of most of the Professionals I know, the button up process can take as long as the Sale itself. At other times longer. Yet the button up is perhaps the most neglected process in selling. In simple terms, the button up is the post sel... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

177. Eight Ways to Improve Listening Skills
December 05, 2015

There is a lot that has been written about listening skills, and rightfully so, yet far too many sellers cannot grasp the whole concept of listening whenever they are in a sales call, or deep into their presentation. They seem to think that the more they talk, the more the prospect will listen. Yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Prospects want their say, and to the surprise of many sellers, they are more entitled to have their say than is the seller – but that message seems to fall on more deaf ears than any other. 1. Stop Talking A good seller has 2 ears and one mou... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

178. Get a Clear Picture of Who You Want to be
December 05, 2015

It is important for every salesperson get a clear idea of the person they want to be, the kind of life they want to lead, and career they want to create for themselves. To do this you will need to get a firm understanding of where your future is heading by reading your goal plan as many times a day as you need to and to spend at least a good 10 to 20 minutes once or twice a day visualising yourself after you have achieved your goals. As you visualise on your goals, think of the different ways that you could practice the qualities that you are developing in your personality, your new life... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

179. Do you Currently Use the "SMART" PLAN?
December 05, 2015

This plan has been used for years by the majority of the executives I know. It stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Is your sales and marketing plan based on that template? If not, why not? If you use it, it will help you fine-tune your thoughts and make your overall objectives both measurable and accountable. This is how it works: (i) Specific. Whatever you set out to do, if you don't have a specific plan based on a series of other specific plans - you won't have a viable or workable plan. (ii) Measurable. You need to be able to measure... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

180. Business Owners are as Busy as Professional Sellers
December 05, 2015

Have you ever thought that your selling period at the moment has been hard simply because your prospects really busy and preoccupied. It’s really not that they are not interested in selling you, or that they do not want to know about what you have to offer or are they avoiding the enjoyment the benefits your product or service might provide them with. Most times it’s none of these things – because most times they are so overwhelmed with their work they honestly find it difficult to make the time you need to see them available to you. Just think about it for a minute. You have something ... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

181. Alternative Questioning Close
December 05, 2015

The Alternative Question Close provides the prospect with a choice of either one of two points a buying decision can be made on. As an example, you may ask whether they would like it in Red or prefer it in Blue. When an answer is given, you have a Close, so simply bring the sale to an end . This Close can also be used to sell items that your prospect may not have considered he or she needed. If selling a computer, ask whether your prospect would also like an extended warranty. If they say ,"Yes", ask if he would prefer a 3 year warranty or a 5 year warranty. Ideally, follow on w... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

182. If It Sounds Too Good to be True . . .
December 05, 2015

One of the biggest hurdles I needed to overcome in my early selling career was that I couldn't work out an effective way to counter the, "It sounds too good to be true" objection. Over time, I became even more of a mess when I read in an article written by a marketing 'expert', stating, "Anything that sounds too good to be true, usually is". This bothered me for quite a time, until a former sales manager and friend of mine, John Abbott, gave me the answer I needed to hear, just after I sold a few machines for his company. He simply told me, I got that objection only because my existin... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

183. Cost Verses Investment
December 05, 2015

It is a known fact, that even before you get to your appointment there have been quite a number of costs incurred. And it doesn't matter whether those costs are paid by the salesperson, or whether those costs are paid by your company, there is an investment cost. These may include a combination of time, telephone, transportation, advertising, brochures, mail, business cards, out of pocket prospecting expenses and a host of other expenses just keeping the office going. The job of the salesperson is to recoup all of these and a lot more in order to stay on the profit side of the ledg... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

184. Good Qualifying Really Enhances Your Selling
December 05, 2015

process. Many of us have learned to qualify on a ‘needs basis’ at either the beginning of the presentation, or prior to the presentation. However, I know many salespeople who will qualify the prospect further into the presentation to ensure that the prospect is still willing to commit to a solution to any challenges they may be facing. Whenever a salesperson embarks on a selling process, there are several steps that the seller should undertake before the formal presentation. We have all been in anywhere from a department store, to a little boutique shop where someone has walked ... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

185. Do You Invent Excuses when you Don't Do as Well as Expected?
December 05, 2015

The excuses made by sellers as to why they don't sell can at times be as inventive, while at other times it can be considered to be ludicrous. I'm continually told that, "Friday is not a good selling day," "You can't make calls before a holiday," "Seasons make a difference to results," "Larger companies only see people on Mondays," and so on. Each time I hear anything of this nature quoted, I simply ask "Why?" So allow me the indulgence to pass on a story of two shoe salesmen sent out on a special assignment to Papua New Guinea, just after the Second World War. After a week the f... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

186. Change Your Presentation and Close More
December 05, 2015

In today’s modern selling world far too many processes the salesperson is encourage to follow are designed in a way that is “mean to suit everyone” in the vast majority of situations they may need to sell to. In other words, ideal presentations that have been put together as a joint venture between two department heads, probably the sales manager and the marketing manager. It goes without saying that both are highly skilled, possibly highly qualified and generally very skilled in managing people. However, they may have been well versed and “street smart” while they were “out there” on... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

187. Enthusiasm
December 05, 2015

Enthusiasm Professional salespeople are generally saddened that so many of their peers in sales need others (in fact - in the main- are dependant on others) to arouse and supply the enthusiasm that they need in order to be able to sell successfully. They depend on their Companies, their Sales Managers, other Salespeople and even their Friends and Families to propel them out of their doldrums into varying heights of enthusiasm. What they don't understand, is that you can't sell successfully unless that enthusiasm is directed from within. External enthusiasm is only temporary and is ... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

188. Do You React or Do You Respond?
December 04, 2015

In every area of life and in every situation we are left with one of two choices. We can either react - or we can respond. Where each one of us is today is a direct result of the choices we had made in times past. It is a known fact that life is structured in such a way that each of us is then given the opportunity to live out those choices. And at that opportunity we can again either react or respond. So let us now analyse those two choices:- Most would agree that when one reacts, he or she doesn't weigh up the facts, acts entirely on emotion without taking into account the conse... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

189. Ten Powerful Sales Tips you can Use Immediately
December 04, 2015

Sales tips and techniques can be powerful selling tool, but the salesperson should make sure they are used in both an ethical manner and in the spirit of good helpful business practice. 1. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. As we read this, it seems to the ethical salesperson like a proclamation of the obvious. But it’s more than that because far too often too many sellers for some reason tend to ignore this fundamental principle. At least in this instance, this headline is crucial and should not be treated as lip-service alone. Prospects will immediately fell ... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

190. Closed Ended Questions
December 04, 2015

A close-ended question is a question that obliges a prospect to take a position during the course of sale and allows the seller to get specific answers that help move a step closer toward closing the sale. Questions such as, ? "Do you like what I'm showing you?" ? "Does this make sense to you, so far?" ? "Is it something you’d like to get started on right away?" These are the type of questions you would use when you want to get clear answers and bring the sales process to a close. Start your close-ended questions with a Verb: Close-ended questions allow the salesp... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

191. Don't Just Fall in Love with your Idea - Follow it Through
December 04, 2015

Don’t Just Fall in Love with your Idea – Follow it Through The trouble with so many people today, is that they catch onto an idea, any idea that seems good at the time, then run with it without proper consideration or planning. This relates to all people in every walk of life. It doesn't matter whether you're a salesperson with a new idea to build your existing territory; a successful executive planning for your retirement years; a home-maker with a new way of bringing up your children; a mechanic with a more streamlined concept for fuel-injection; a budding writer with the script... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

192. Everything You Do Should be Professional
December 04, 2015

A professional is a total professional in everything they do. In fact, the way they walk, sit, talk, and act has an immediate impact on prospects and peers alike. However, what they do is simple. The majority of others know the rules but don't apply them. So here are some hints to follow: 1. The professional ensures that what he or she projects is total professionalism, to do this, he or she:- • Are relaxed • Act with total confidence • Talk as if they are successful. (even when they are having a bad day) and the talk is always about success. • Always sit up s... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

193. Do You Sell Without Written Goals or Lists?
December 04, 2015

Have you ever watched a hen after its head had been cut off? If not it's a sight to behold. Even though its brain had been dismembered from the body, the nerve ends take over, and this hen will run aimlessly around the back yard for many minutes before it falls over lifeless. Sometime ago, when this thought returned to me, my initial thought was that it had been over 30 years since I last witnessed this event. But then, I realised it had only been a matter of days since I had the misfortune of seeing it again. This time, not with a hen, but with a live human being masquerading as someone ... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

194. Are You Really Making Money in Direct Sales?
December 04, 2015

Estimates suggest that there would far more than two million people actively involved in sales, either directly or indirectly, in Australia – that is either directly or indirectly in a country 24 million people. Unfortunately, unless they are drawing a weekly wage, many of those who work on commission only survive by sheer persistence – and few of those consistently earn at the income levels promised during recruitment events. So what are they doing wrong that keeps them at that level? Too many rely on Personality. More often than not too many who take up sales are encouraged by well meani... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

195. Ensure You Always Listen - Especially if they Lower Their Voice
December 04, 2015

I’ve yet to meet a salesperson that doesn’t want an easier way to sell. Most want to be in on sales “secrets” as well. In fact, most people I have ever trained in seminars hang out for these “secrets” and the reason I know that, is because these are the things they ask for the most. So when someone whispers some information in your ear? You pay close attention don’t you? The same applies when you are selling. You need to be particularly aware of what the prospect or customer say’s to you - especially when they lower their voice, or whisper so as to not be heard by others close by. ... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

196. Break Down Their Defence Barriers
December 04, 2015

When you initially meet a potential client, the first thing you must do is establish rapport. The faster you can make this happen, the more sales you'll make. It's as simple as that. Now, some of what you read may seem a little awkward at first. That's OK-it's because it's not natural to you...yet. The purpose here is to help you internalize critical sales skills to the point where they just flow out of you when you need them to. In time, you'll get so you don't even have to think about how to act and what to say, because it's become a natural part of you. The only way to accomplish th... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

197. Grow, Change, Duplicate and Reinvent Yourself
December 04, 2015

Isn't that what life's all about anyway? To grow, change, duplicate and re-invent, doesn't mean you should rethink your life and change a great idea. But it does mean you can improve it with the resources and technology around you, as well as the other resources available to you. To grow is to have a defined dream, a vision and a realistic goal. Until you grow, you won't change. And until you change you won't duplicate yourself. And then, until you duplicate yourself, you won't be able to re-invent yourself, because you won't have a template from which to work from. Here are... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

198. Do You Discount or do You Negotiate?
December 04, 2015

The true art of Salesmanship is not to haggle on price, but to sell on quality. Another factor is discounts have no place in professional selling and never will have. 1. Professionals Give Top Service Would you trust a doctor who discounts to get your business be it for his/her services, or major or minor operations? Of course not, professionals charge competitive rates and don't give discounts. In place of a rock bottom price a professional gives what his prospect wants above all - top quality service. And you'll never buy top quality service at a cut price. 2. Professionals... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

199. Check-List Selling Really Works
December 04, 2015

Too many salespeople regularly show up unprepared for sales calls to prospects and even existing customers. Some do it constantly and then wonder why their customers avoid them on return calls, while others drop off in their sales volume relative to their prior preparation – yet have no idea why their sales are suffering. them. Being un-prepared, or even under-prepared is an easy trap to fall into. There will always be too many distractions, and way too many interruptions that take them away from their real focus. It’s how the salesperson handles these time consuming issues that can ei... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

200. 30 Thing High Achieving Sales Professionals Usually Do
December 04, 2015

30 Thing High Achieving Sales Professionals Usually Do Many salespeople go through their entire sales career without being exposed to what those at the top of the selling profession do that sets those high achievers so far apart in their income and the results they achieve that seem unfathomable to those who sell at average, or just above average income levels. Yet in most cases the difference between the two is generally minimal and that minimal level can be the difference in incomes of 2, 3, 5 or 10 times, or more, of what the average or the above average earn. To explore some of ... (read more)

Author: Peter Collins

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