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1 Critical Selling Skills for Small Businesses Innovative Selling Skills that Pay-off in Increased Sales and Satisfied Customers

2 Session 2 Critical Selling Skills for Small Businesses 1

3 Presentation Skills - The Basics 2 Be concise Modulate your voice, appropriate posture, use gestures, walk around, be enthusiastic! 4 to 5 bullets/slides – don’t read, no sentences Include case studies, stories, references Avoid the obvious, avoid clichés

4 Online Presentations Be concise Modulate your voice Be enthusiastic! Use video if applicable 3

5 Presentation Skills - The Basics 4 Get to the ‘meat” of presentation quickly Check equipment beforehand Turn off cell phone Sense of humor helps, smile, have fun Know roles of participants, have someone preview and critique presentation

6 Presentation Skills - The Basics 5 Address priorities of decision maker/s first Audience involvement – what do they think Use support people as needed, i.e. technicians, must know roles beforehand Pacing Practice!

7 Presentation Skills - Flow 6 Overview of your company Restate needs and current situation – prioritize Reiterate buying criteria Focus on key, unique functions and benefits – avoid “laundry” lists

8 Presentation Skills - Flow 7 Reiterate benefits in different ways throughout presentation Keep some benefits in reserve, if needed Discuss investment and payback Next steps, trial close Control!

9 Objection Handling 8 Use up front selling to diffuse objections Be quiet and listen, don’t overreact Acknowledge, don’t agree - ask questions if objection is unclear, get at real concern Agree on minor objections – establishes credibility

10 Objection Handling 9 Respond - don’t over complicate, answer directly, use analogies if appropriate Go back to major benefits, put objection in perspective, see “Big picture” Confirm –is customer okay?

11 Follow-up and Closing 10 Use combination of and telephone Use contact management software, i.e. ACT Consequences of not moving forward, time line Something new each time – scheduling issues, price change, product enhancement Frequency of follow up - persistent but not annoying

12 Follow-up and Closing 11 Keep in touch - send appropriate articles, events that may affect them, i.e. competition, industry info, webinars Don’t assume – constantly reinforce benefits Ask for the order after outstanding issues have been addressed “Are you okay?”

13 Follow-up and Closing Do not send proposal too early – pace deal Coach - what is happening? Negotiate face to face 12

14 Proposals Customize within standardization Concise – minimize boilerplate Video or audio summary 13

15 Identifying Problem Areas Marketing Product or Service Sales Skills Lack of Focus A combination of 14

16 Identifying Problem Areas Customer Feedback Surveys Won/Lost Analysis  Third Party Evaluations  Focus Groups 15

17 Sales Skills? Prospects qualified, fit target market, budget Decisionmaker involvement Closing ratio Overcoming objections Deal breakers Drop off points in sales process 16

18 Marketing? Lack of feedback from salespeople Lack of qualified leads Lack of branding Not measuring results Marketing activities not synergized 17

19 Product or Service Product does not function properly Lack of functionality; incompatible with other products Services don’t delivery what’s promised Poor execution Non competitive pricing 18

20 Customer Service Not responsive Not courteous Caught in phone transfer hell Issues not resolved 19

21 Customer Service First Call Resolution People Remember How Issue is Resolved Your Value Added! 20

22 Customer Service RESULT! No referrals No repeat business Lousy reputation 21

23 A Combination of Outside consultant – another set of eyes Create a roadmap of potential problem areas – prioritize with milestones, test interview people from departments involved 22

24 In Summary It’s You! It’s Your Company! It’s Your Solution! 23

25 Contact Information Larry Matte SCORE - 24


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