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Professional Basic Selling Skills Prepared by : Ahmed Sami المعلومات بالداخل موثوق بها لأنها مراجعه و معتمده من Certified from Pharmacists_coffee magazine.

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1 Professional Basic Selling Skills Prepared by : Ahmed Sami المعلومات بالداخل موثوق بها لأنها مراجعه و معتمده من Certified from Pharmacists_coffee magazine

2 Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to : -Understand the meaning of the sales call. -Practice sales call planning. -Identify buying motives. -Practice sales call planning. -Implement different approaches and presentation techniques. -Transform features into benefits that satisfy partners needs. -Sharpen questioning techniques. -Handle customers responses and resistances. -Develop various types of closes. -Use visual aids. -Utilize observation skills. -Practice how to sell to a busy customer ( short call ).

3 Objectives To sharpen the skills, abilities & behavior in selling for participants in order to sell better & improve professionalism.

4 What is selling? Personal or Impersonal Based on WIN – WIN situation Personal : Face to Face communication. Impersonal : Involve no face to face communication. - Act of persuading another person. - Process of inducing & assisting. Selling a situation of persuasion

5 Need / Motive Need Creation or Uncover Need Satisfaction Motive Is what causes people to act

6 Features / Benefits Specifications of a product or service. Features: Benefits: Value to the customer. Customer always buy Benefits

7 Buying Motives To buy = To satisfy a need. We know 6 buying motives which are EQUAL IMPORTANCE. To find out buying motives, ASK QUESTIONS. Let customer buy for HIS reasons, not yours!

8 Buying Motives Possession Experience Recognition 1- Making a Gain 2- Avoiding a Loss 3- Having pleasure, enjoyment, comfort,convenience 4- Avoiding pain, worries, problems 5- Boosting self-satisfaction, pride 6- Gaining social approval, prestige

9 Steps of a Sales Cycle Before the call 1- Prospecting. 2- preparation. During the call 1- Approach 2- Presentation 3- Responses 4- Close Post call 1- Analyze

10 Before the call Prospecting Qualifying, classifying / categorizing them

11 Before the call Preparation First part : Setting your objectives What do you want to sell? S M A R T Objective Specific Ambitious Measurable Realistic Timely limited

12 Before the call Preparation Second part : Planning the call Prepare : 1- Approach 2- Questions to uncover needs & verify assumptions 3- Benefits to satisfy needs 4- Responses to possible reactions 5- Use of visual aid 6- Ways of closing / gaining commitment Plan your work then work your plan

13 During the call 1- Approach 2- Presentation Probing ( Open & closed ) Reinforcing 3- Customer Responses 4- Closing

14 Approach ( Opening ) What is Approach ? Skill of capturing the customers attention & focusing on the sales call. Why ? Secure access Gain attention Create positive interest Parts ? 1- Greeting / Introduction 2- Techniques Address buyers needs Step 1 : Identify a known or presumed customer need Step 2 : Propose a feature & benefit that satisfy this need 3- Ask a questions Why Questioning in Approach? 1- To gain attention 2- Brings customer into presentation 3- To confront the customer with a topic of his interest

15 Presentation -The purpose of this step : To satisfy the customers needs / buying motives with the features & benefits of our proposal ( product ). -Built on : Positive Two-Way communication.

16 Presentation First step of presentation : -To uncover customers need by Effective use of QUESTIONS Second step of presentation : -To start matching product BENEFITS with customers NEED / WISHES in order (Reinforcing) -To find the decisive BUYING MOTIVE

17 Presentation We help the customer to make a buying decision ! We know: The feature of our product ( What it is/has ). We define: As many BENEFITS of our product as needed or as enough ( 6 buying motives! ) ( What it can do ). We look for: The customers BUYING MOTIVE and match our benefit with his need.

18 What is probing? Probing is the skill of questioning To uncover customer needs & concerns

19 Type of Probes Open probe : A question that invites as extended explanation. Closed probe : A question that can be answered in a single word, often YES or NO Never start with closed probe

20 Forms of probes FormObjectiveConstruction Open-ended -Find/Clarify needs. -Check assumptions. -Obtain information in breadth. -Demonstrate interest. Who Which Where When What How Careful with: WHY Closed-ended -Get precise, quick response/decision. -Ask for information. -Give information. Yes / No I Do not know Benefit-Tag -Present one benefit matching a need. -Obtain decision if benefit appeals. Closed-ended questions following one benefit

21 Probing Strategy With non communicative customer With communicative customer Customer signals Selling Skills

22 Sequence of Questioning Open-Ended Questions Closed-Ended Questions Benefit of Tag Questions Close,Ask for order/Commitment If answer is NO ask another open- Ended Question Here you should know enough Questioning phase discover customer needs/buying motives Presentation phase, Check if specific benefit meets

23 Correlation Sales Success/ % of Questions Versus Statements % Sales Success Average Most sales reps Ideal for most successful sales calls! % Questions (versus statements) Ideal composition of a conversation 80% questions 20% statements

24 Reinforcing Reinforcing is: The skill of satisfying customer needs with product features & benefits. Reinforcing firmly establishes you as a problem-solver and shows the customer why your product is needed.

25 Reinforcing What are the signals that tell you when to reinforce? -A clear need stated by the customer in his own words. -Confirmation by the customer of a presumed need that was first expressed by you in a closed probe.

26 Reinforcing Steps of Reinforcing : Step 1: Paraphrase the customer need -Express direct agreement -Restate the customer need Step 2: Propose a feature and benefit that satisfy this need.

27 Customer Responses 1- Positive customer responses. 2- Positive / Negative customer responses. 3- Negative responses.

28 Positive customer responses A)Prospects voice inflections and positive comments. Sellers reaction: Praise and show approval for Nice comment / answer Examples: -Im very glad you mentioned this. -Im very pleased to hear that.

29 Positive customer responses B) Statements which show hesitation Using terms or starting statements like: - I suppose that… - I probably should… - I hardly believe that… - May be… - Perhaps.. - It seems... These statements are not rejections of your proposal. They only express hesitation, doubts,misgivings,but are also signs to keep selling; the prospect wants to know more about your product/proposal. Perhaps move on to another benefit. Sellers reaction: Isolates doubt by questioning, then eliminate it and change to another benefit / advantage.

30 Positive customer responses C) Prospect continues talking, but makes statements not appealing to you That means he is talking without dissatisfaction. If the prospect is still talking about the product, he has some interest in it. Statements that do not directly state a dislike or a disapproval of your proposal or product, should be considered positive. Sellers reaction Let the prospect talk, then point out another benefit; might also be an opportunity to close.

31 Positive customer responses D) Non-verbal customer behavior -If he is looking at your visual aid, sample, plan. -Keep an eye on body language, whether it expresses rejection, inquisitiveness, approval. -He will often signal interest through body language while being verbally skeptical. Or - He makes a verbal positive statement and signals disinterest through body language.

32 Positive / Negative Customer response Statements with a positive and negative aspect Examples: -Yes, but… -I agree although… -I like that, however… -Its an excellent product, but… Sellers reaction: Pick up on the positive only use it, just ignore the negative portion!

33 Negative response There is four types of customer resistance: -Misconceptions. -Real objections. -Lack of interest. -Skepticism.

34 Negative response Definition MisconceptionsAn incorrect negative assumption about your product due to a lack of information or misinformation. Real ObjectionsLegitimate shortcoming or disadvantage of your product. Lack of interestDisinterest in your product because of satisfaction with a competitor product. SkepticismDisbelief that your product can provide the stated benefits.

35 Strategies for dealing with resistance ResistanceUsually occurs.. General Strategy Misconceptions AnytimeProvide correct information. Real Objections AnytimeReduce shortcomings and emphasizes benefits. Lack of interest At the beginning of the call, after your initial open probe. Turn an area of dissatisfaction with a competitor product into an area of need for your product. Skepticism Directly after a benefit statement Offer proof.

36 Misconception A misconception is a customers incorrect negative assumption about your product or company, due to a lack of correct information. Strategy for dealing with Misconceptions: Step 1: Probe to clarify the customers concern. Step 2: Tactfully provide the correct information to resolve the misconception. Step 3: Emphasize the positive information you have provided.

37 Real objection A real objection is resistance based on a legitimate shortcoming or disadvantage of your product. Strategy for dealing with real objections: Shift the balance in favor of your product benefits. Step 1: Probe to clarify the customers concern. Step 2: Acknowledge the customers concern. Step 3: Reduce the impact of the shortcoming on the customer. Step 4: Emphasize the benefits of the product.

38 Lack of interest Lack of interest in your product is almost always due to satisfaction with a competing product. Strategy for dealing with lack of interest: -Use series of closed probe to uncover areas of customer need. -Selling against the competition. -Turn an area of dissatisfaction with the competing product into an area of need for your product. -When you uncover a customer need your product can satisfy, you reinforce it.

39 Skepticism Skepticism is disbelief that your product can really provide a benefit that you say it can. Strategy for dealing with skepticism Step 1: Emphasize the benefit in question. Step 2: Prove the benefit. Step 3: Explain the benefit.

40 Typical buying signals -Yes, I like your product … -I think I could use it … -It sounds good to me … -Who else is using it … -I may need to order 100 packs. -How about delivery. -Its easy to apply. -Do I have to decide at once. -How much does it cost …

41 Closing ( Gaining Commitment ) Its the skill of obtaining the customers agreement to act by asking a closed ended question. Type of requests: Trial Use: to get the customer to use the product on a trial basis. Continued-Use: to get the customer to continue using the product at the same level. Extended-Use: to get the customer to use more of the product.

42 Types of closes 1- Direct close. How many packs of this product do you need this month? 2- Either /or close. Do you want red or blue one? 3- Step-by-step close. Help the customer to decide. 4- Summery close. Review by summery the accepted benefits only ( Dont add anything new ) 5- Incentive close. If you order now, you'll get additional 5% discount

43 Six Prerequisites before closing 1- prospect completely understood your offer. 2- Real buying motive found out and addressed. 3- Customer has confidence in you & company. 4- A well prepared close. 5- The right timing. 6- Customer has the authority to buy. Win-Win Situation

44 Post call analysis Main objectives of post-call analysis : -To initiate action / follow through on promises. -To make a personal evaluation of your sales call. -To help you in your prospecting. -Set sales call objectives for your next call.

45 Visual Aid We remember 10% of what we hear We remember 20% of what we see We remember of what we see & hear simultaneously 65%

46 Visual Aid

47 When using a visual aid: -I-Illustrate one point only. -R-Relate to prospects needs. -K-Keep control of visuals. -M-Make it coincide with what you say/want to stress. Keep it clean & ready for use.

48 The Short Call Purpose: To male maximum use of limited time with the customer. Constraints: A time-pressured customer will want information, not conversation.

49 The Short Call Strategy: 1- Present product features & benefits to meet known or presumed needs; 2- Ask for action as soon as possible; 3- Attempt to expand the length of the call whenever possible.

50 Practical steps for Short Call Introduce yourself Customer gives a time limit signal Open the call Present additional features & benefits Ask for action

51 Building Rapport Keys to success : Project competence, confidence, interest Methods : -Offer service. -Be responsive to needs. -Fulfill promises promptly. -Be courteous and professional.

52 Bridging What is Bridging? The skill of managing the sales conversation by making a smooth transition between subjects. Principles of Bridging: Avoid abrupt transitions, and bridge smoothly and naturally from one subject to the next.

53 Putting it all together The 10 Golden Rules of Successful Selling 1- The successful salesperson is not a Good or Fast talker the opposite is true – he is a good listener. 2- The good salesperson does not sell to anybody; he first finds and qualifies the right prospect. 3- The good salesperson does not go into a call blindfold"; he is carefully prepares the call by setting objectives and planning his strategy. 4- The good salesperson looks for dialogue right from the start and therefore begins with an approach and question. 5- The good salesperson does not present the product or services until he has learnt what the prospects needs and buying motives are.

54 Putting it all together The 10 Golden Rules of Successful Selling 6- The good salesperson presents only those features and benefits of his product or services that relate to the prospects needs. 7- If the prospect raises an" objection the good salesperson does not view it as resistance but rather as an opportunity to respond to the prospects needs in more detail. If it is a real concern, he accepts it, deals with real concerns, satisfies the customers need, responds by picking up on anything positive. 8- The successful salesperson tries to close whenever he hears a buying signals indicating that the prospect could be ready to buy. 9- The good salesperson knows that the post call review is already the start of the next call. 10- All in all, the professional sales persons goal is not to sell, but to help his prospect buy and to arrive together with him at a Win-Win situation.

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