Tag Archives: Prospecting

How Not to Prospect for New Business!

Sometimes people in selling roles do the most incredible things.  You only have to watch any episode of The Apprentice where ideas/products/services are being pitched and within a couple of minutes maximum you’re subjected to toe-curling cringe-worthy errors and ‘must … Continue reading

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How to Ensure ‘Beginning With The End In Mind’ Works For You, Not Against You

One of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People is: Begin with the end in mind. In other words, do things in a way that will give you the best opportunity of achieving your desired outcome. And whilst Covey … Continue reading

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“If you you’re so interested in doing business with me, why do you insist on talking about yourself?”

There’s an adage in selling that says, “People are interested in people who are interested in them”. And so it is with prospects; it’s a basic of selling.

Many salespeople seem to forget this though and spend the first period of a sales conversation with a prospect talking about themselves, their company and their product/service. In some cases they mistakenly believe that is what salespeople should do; in others it is because they don’t feel it is right to ask for someone’s time and then to go and ask questions. The truth is that only poor salespeople go and do all of the talking, whereas by asking questions of the prospect they would be engaging in that basic of selling, as questions show that we’re interested. Continue reading

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How To Sell Your Way Through Tough Times (Part 1 of 2)

Doom and gloom!   It’s often the message given regarding the economy in the newspapers and on the television and when it is, if you are not careful it may be what you’ll end up thinking too.  Before you go into … Continue reading

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“A Hunting We Will Go … A Hunting We Will Go”

A hunting we will go! A hunting we will go! Oooh … errrmmm … I don’t know (where) A hunting we will go!   Hunting for additional business can often be daunting for salespeople. The thought of trying to get … Continue reading

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