Great products can attract business, but it’s your attitude that determines whether a customer buys from you. If you don’t believe you can close the sale, you’ve already lost the battle.
We often get asked to help entrepreneurs and business owners with their sales technique, as many believe that only salespeople can sell. We’re here to tell you that this is not the case.
Anyone can sell. The only difference between you and ‘salespeople’ is attitude.
Preparing your business’ attitude for sales
First things first, are you talking to the right people? Building a pipeline of warm contacts to have a conversation with is much easier than cold calling.
If you focus on marketing and promoting your business to the right people, you’ll find your sales calls become a conversation with like-minded people rather than a hard sell.
Need help in creating a simple marketing strategy that works? Read our 3 simple steps to an effective marketing strategy.
Always allocate time for marketing and sales
When business is good and you’re busy doing the stuff you love, the first thing to drop is usually marketing and sales. Neglecting these core functions can have a potentially devastating impact on your sales pipeline and cash flow if you’re not careful. So, even if you hate sales, make sure you set time aside to prepare for the future.
Preparing your own attitude for sales
Many people, even if they’ve got a warm lead, still find it challenging to sell. More often than not, your attitude towards the sale is the key to success.
If you find selling difficult, here are some tips to help you get into the right frame of mind and increase sales:
In addition to your standard meeting preparation: researching the company, familiarising yourself with the contact and planning the best route, how many of you mentally prepare yourself?
Every sale starts with you, not your client. Time is precious; if the prospect wasn’t interested in what you had to say, they wouldn’t be meeting with you. Don’t waste everyone’s time by leaving the office and telling yourself you can’t close the sale.
Before you leave for the meeting, remind yourself that you will win the business. Keep pushing out any thoughts that contradict this and reinforce a positive attitude.
During the meeting
There are very few people who like to be sold to. So, why are you so worried about selling? If you know how your offering will solve their problem, then engage in a conversation rather than selling to them. The best way to ‘sell’ is to tell a story, not directly selling to people.
To help maintain a positive attitude, use pro-active language such as “when you do this with me, you will get this result” and “by working together, we’ll be able to solve this problem”.
After the meeting
Hopefully, your attitude during the meeting was enough to win them over, and you get a yes right away. If they need time to think it over, arrange a time to follow up.
Don’t let all your effort and that positive attitude go to waste. Always follow up sales meetings, even if you ‘think’ it isn’t going ahead. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Most customer relationship management systems (CRMs) or email clients, such as Outlook, allow you to set follow up reminders. You can even save pre-written email templates to help speed up the process. If you don’t have a CRM system in place, why not check out the free version of Hubspot?
Maintaining a positive attitude
Regardless of if things work out or not, remember to keep your positive attitude.
A positive, friendly and relaxed attitude to sales will help you build a sustainable relationship with your prospective clients. Your service might not be what the client needs right now. However, by maintaining a positive attitude, you’re more likely to be remembered when it is.
If you need help preparing for sales meetings, getting the most from your CRM system and improving your overall sales process, please get in touch. If you’re new to ETC, why not contact us for a free new business review? We’ll spend two hours with you, giving you professional coaching and will leave you with actions for immediate implementation.