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6 Ways to Solve Who Cares Syndrome in Sales
Patricia Fripp - Persuasive Presentation Expert Patricia Fripp - Persuasive Presentation Expert
San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Patricia Fripp Sales Presentation Skills Expert
 6 Ways to Solve "Who Cares" Syndrome in Sales

You might not want to think your prospect is sitting there during your sales presentation, thinking "Who cares? What's in it for me or our company?" I hate to tell you...many of them are.

Selling isn't about you or your products, it's about how the prospect will benefit. To be persuasive, you need to appeal to the other person's rational self-interest. People make decisions for their reasons not yours. Here's a quick reminder list to help them make those decisions in your favor.

• Forget your company history or industry jargon, which might be the biggest "who cares" of all. You have heard the expression "A confused mind always says no." Here is a Frippicism, "A bored mind gets distracted and cuts your meeting short." Use a phrase like, "Based on 15 years of helping clients of your size business I have learned..." or "With the last five clients in your industry I have found…" and you can work that information into your presentation without belaboring the point.

• Simplify and clarify how your prospects can benefit from your product or service. At the beginning of the relationship, when you are discovering if they have a need, or how much opportunity is there for you to help, they need to do most of the talking.

• Take notes on what they say. When appropriate, feed back their words in your conversation and then in your proposal. Our prospects never disagree with themselves!

• The key to connection is conversation, and the secret of conversation is to ask questions. The quality of the information you receive depends on the quality of your questions.

• In your presentations, even if you know your discovery questions backwards and forwards, write them down. If you are part of a team, collaborate with your team mates and add to your list, since it's easier to be creative with a couple of minds working on the challenge.

• Depending on what you are selling, it may be a good idea to start asking a prospect what is working. This way you are getting your prospect talking, learning more, and putting them in a good mood.

Above all, keep your sales questioning conversational—it's not an interrogation. Whenever possible, answer the prospect in a way that brings in your past experience with other clients like them, but keep the focus on getting the information to understand how they can benefit from a relationship with you.

Now that we've discussed the importance of questions, what exactly should you ask? We'll discuss that in the next issue.

If you find what you have read useful and want to put it into action why not attend the Patricia Fripp Powerful, Persuasive Sales Presentation Coaching Camp. It is Tuesday and Wednesday, June 25-26, 2013 in Las Vegas.

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