Just because you know your product doesn't mean you can sell it
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Sales Tips you'll learn in The Sales Podcast...
- Former Marine turned sales trainer
- Grew up poor so he had to sell to have money for hot dogs with his buddies
- Was a bookie since 7th grade
- Talked his best friend's dad into building a wrestling ring in his back yard
- Got into his college of his dreams but because they were poor he joined the Marines
- Took one company to Inc 58 status (from $1 million to $11 million in two years)
- Grew Compendium and sold it to Oracle
- Got too big for his own britches
- Sought out to raise venture capital
- Raised $1 million for a B2C app
- It failed and it crushed him
- Didn't pay himself for two years
- The companies he interviewed all wanted a "good VP of Sales" but they were dreamers
- They thought they could raise money
- They thought they could bypass the basics of sales training
- He hit up five companies to train them and all five took him up on it
- 10 years ago he had a Sandler trainer who gave him a sales process
- He landed his five clients before he had the Sandler franchise
- His sweet spot is technology companies with 2-10 sales people in technology
- There has been an explosion of software tech companies...but not sales people
- So they pay a lot of money to recruit these people
- Or they recruit young college kids and try to train them
- Product knowledge does not equal sales ability
- Most companies are under-selling because you're focusing on features vs the pain of the customer
- Stats show that content is free but only if the prospect knows the right questions to ask
- When prospects meet a professional salesperson they know it because they ask questions the prospect can't answer
- Give use cases
- Negative Reverse Selling
- Be skeptical
- Talk you out of buying from me
- Buyers will let a professional salesperson lead if you have a process
- Buyers don't know how to buy
- Consumers are always wary of snake oil salesman
- Technology companies all have a big button "Request a Demo"
- Professional salespeople know they must learn something about them to do a proper demo
- Consumers think they want a demo
- How do you treat a competitor?
- What do you say about competitors?
- How do you negate a competitor without talking bad about them?
- Turn on your video and have your prospects see you and you need to see them
- Match their body language
- Watch your tonality so you don't come across as condescending
- Use your words carefully
- Play the role of the dummy
- Most sales managers believe they were hired to be a trainer but they don't have time
- Product knowledge
- Deal cycles
- Sales reps are more open with an outside professional sales trainer
- Most sales managers don't believe they need help
- Usually the CEO of the company hires professional sales trainers
- You need to understand your buyer profile
- Acceptable clients
- Typical clients
- Ideal clients
- Why would you tell each one "no"?
- Tell the prospect that "at the end of this conversation I may have to tell you 'no.' Is that okay?"
- Own why you would tell a prospect "no"
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- Visit Jim Brown's sales training home on the web
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- Get his Sales Tuners Roadmap
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