Posts Tagged ‘communication skills’
When Prospects Go from Hot to Cold: Where You Went Wrong
When’s the last time an interested prospect did a 180 and went from hot to cold seemingly out of the blue? Did you make up a story in your mind of what happened? Maybe the prospect gave you a reason but you suspected there might be more going on. Below is some coaching for sales…Read More
How To Say No: 3 Simple Ways
How to say no … are you good at saying no? Do you struggle to give a clear no even when that’s what you really want to tell someone? Learning how to say no effectively is one of the best things you can do to free up time in your schedule. Clients often ask me…Read More
How To Make People Buy: Do You Possess The Skill?
Do you possess the skill of how to make people buy? In case you answered “no” to this question, do you wish you possessed the skill of how to make people buy? What would you be willing to do or pay for such skill? The idea that in the selling process you can “make” people…Read More
Language Patterns: What You Don’t Know
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who acted “as if” they already knew your opinion on a subject matter? Do you find being in a conversation with someone who constantly tells you what you know and how you feel annoying? Most of us would probably say, “Heck ya, people like that are annoying.” Language…Read More
Phrases To Avoid When Telling Stories
Phrases to Avoid When Telling Stories: How often do you tell stories in your business? For many people, storytelling is a key skill in the art of effective selling. Learning how and when to tell stories has been instrumental in my success over the years. It’s a skill that I now encourage and work on with…Read More
Sales Snob: Are You Inadvertently Talking Down To Clients?
Are you being a sales snob? Is there anything worse than someone who wants to sell you something coming off as condescending or a sales snob? Let’s face it; nobody appreciates being talked down to. It’s a huge rapport breaker. And, if you’re anything like me, people who come off as condescending have zero chance of…Read More
Why Handing Out Sales Literature Doesn’t Work
Sales Literature: When’s the last time you were walking somewhere, and someone forced a piece of paper into your hand? Did you gladly accept it, take it and throw it away the first chance you got? Or, did you refuse to take it? For those who’ve been to Vegas and walked down the strip you…Read More
Not interested. Or could it be something else?
Have you ever had a client who’s expressed interest in your product/service, and then they drop off the face of the earth, never to be heard from again as if they’re not interested? Do you assume they’re not interested? How many times do you follow up before you make the decision to move on? Recently…Read More
You’ve Got The Look: It’s All In The Eyes
When’s the last time you heard, “The eyes are the window to the soul?” What would be your guess as to how many songs have been sung about the eyes? Here’s just a few that come to mind: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” – Franke Valle “I Only Have Eyes For You,” –…Read More
What’s The Value Of Doing Favors For Clients
How many times this month have you found yourself doing favors for a client? Doing favors could be making an exception to your normal policies/procedures, offering a discount, tailoring a program, or doing something extra for the client. Did you specifically let your client know they received a favor? Notice, the question is did you…Read More
How To Respond To Questions While Creating Curiosity
Do you know how to respond to questions while creating curiosity? Where would you rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on your level of curiosity? (1 being “not curious by nature,” 10 being “I gotta know more!”)? Year’s ago, I learned a communication technique that involved using the phrase, “I’m curious.” After…Read More
Client Preference: Take What’s Offered
Have you ever had an interaction with someone where you felt compelled to share the story with others afterward? Last week, I was contacted by a salesperson, and the communication between us was so interesting that I’m sharing it in hopes you find some useful tips to apply to your client interactions. It’s such a…Read More
“Just Kidding”: Is It A Rapport Breaker?
When someone makes a negative comment to you and then follows up with, “Just Kidding,” do you believe them? Do you ever wonder if some part of what they said when they said “just kidding,” they actually meant? I was in the audience at an event recently, and the speaker singled out a person in…Read More
What Goes Around… Comes Around
How long has it been since you either said or heard said: “What goes around… comes around?” Consider this phrase “what goes around…comes around,” and how you might use it to impact your business/sales in a positive way. For instance, let’s take referrals. Have you ever given a referral to someone only to have them…Read More
My Name’s Not “Dear”: In Business Nicknames Aren’t Cute
Nicknames aren’t cute in the business world and won’t build your rapport. Rapport is like a bank account. You’re either making a deposit, or you are making a withdrawal in each client interaction. Do all that you can to build up your rapport “bank” balance to keep the relationship strong and moving forward. We all know…Read More
Slinging Mud: Are You Muddying The Water?
Are you muddying the water in sales? Many salespeople are. Here is what Nikki Rausch, your sales maven has to say about it. Imagine you’re thirsty. All you can think about is a nice refreshing glass of water. You’re craving it; you know how good it’s going taste when you get your first sip. Now…Read More