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Non-Negotiables In Your Sales Presentations

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Non-Negotiables in Your Sales Presentations

or Every Customer, Every Time

Non-negotiables – what you do for every customer, every time, and why that is so important in your sales process. To your success, and your sanity.

You may not even recognize that you already have your own non-negotiables that you use in your sales presentations, but you do. Think about that. Because once you recognize your non-negotiables, you will be able to keep your client presentation “fresh” every time, while making sure you always fit in those non-negotiables in your sales presentations.

Non-negotiables are the things I do or say every time with every client.

There are two reasons I do this. 

👉🏻 Number one is because I want to know my clients are getting the best possible, consistent information from me.

👉🏻 And number two is, I hate to say this, but to cover my butt. How many of you have heard “Well, Nancy told us that , or “Nancy said this”. I’m talking here about what happens after the sale and during the delivery of your product or service, when you might not be in the room. 

I never promise things I can’t deliver. I increase the delivery time (or stretch it out) so that when it does arrive before the promise day, they love me. 

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For example, when someone asks for a “ballpark” quote, I always put a little high, so when they get the actual quote for me, it’s lower than the number in their head and they’re happy. I guess you could call this “wiggle room”

I was taught to give your customer more than they expected. Better delivery, better benefits, better quality, better pricing. And the “wiggle room” helps me to do this without backing me into a corner. And it’s a great way to make the client happy, and get referrals.

Certain non-negotiables I used in my sales presentations —

Always give the customer what they asked for and told you they wanted when they meet you. Whether it’s a review of their files, a piece of literature you’ve promised them, … whatever they originally requested.

Do what I promised them within the time frame you promised, or call them to let them know that you haven’t forgotten, but you don’t have any answer yet. (that goes a long way).

Give the same sales presentation to every customer, every time.

You can reword the questions a little, and tailor it to the customer’s needs, but once you find what that is, make sure you explain all the benefits of your company, how they can use what they are buying from me to accomplish their goals, pricing, payment plans… Every customer, every time. 

You can keep it fresh while still covering what you need to.

I’m in no surprises kind of girl, and I actually say that to my customers. “Once you do this, I want to help you set everything up so there are no surprises”. And I will go to the ends of the Earth to make their experience the best possible experience for them.

I make sure I give them all of the information they need to complete as well. I even call it homework! Just like on my podcast. 

Giving homework in your sales presentations makes them interactive.

It keeps them thinking about me, and gives me a reason to contact them after the sale. “Have you completed your homework I gave you the last time we met?” “Do you need any help getting that information?”

Now, don’t ask them to write an essay or anything. Just something simple to help you help them better, and to reinforce that what they are creating with me is important, to both of you.

Non-negotiables keep yourpresentation, or demonstration, consistent. They allow you to come across as knowledgeable and an expert as what you do. Because you are.

And if someone comes back later and says you never told me that or you never told me this, you will know in your heart what you really did and said. Because it’s what you do every time!

Another way to do this is by having an agenda for each meeting.

This allows the customer to know what to expect from your meeting and keeps you on task, while making sure you give the same information, consistently, every time.

The art comes in saying it every time with the enthusiasm as if you were saying it for the first time.

The more you practice this, the better you will get at it, and the more “fun” you will be able to add in. Yes I actually have something I call the “game show portion of my presentation”. 

It sounds crazy, right? But it’s fun, I learn about the customers, and they learn a little bit about themselves. We laugh and have a good time, and they buy.

How To Create An Effective Sales Presentation
How To Create An Effective Sales Presentation

Another non-negotiable to have in your sales presentations,

Actually three more —

✔︎ be engaging, 

✔︎ interactive, 

✔︎ and entertaining. 

That’s why people call it “the art of sales”.

If you do it right, it’s an art.

I’m not saying you won’t ever sell without doing those things, because trust me sometimes people sell despite themselves.

But if you want to sell consistently, month after month, follow me…

What “non-negotiables” do you practice? Do they lead you closer to your sale, or down a bunny trail where the customer leaves informed and entertained, but not one step closer to a sale?

Which leads me to my next non-negotiable. Always ask for the sale. 

Three times at least. 

Your sales presentation should be peppered with “mini close” questions.

● Which product do you think would work best for you, this one or that one? 

● Which one do you like better, this one or that one? 

● What would you  like a price on, this one or that one? Which color do you like, this one or that one? 

Get the idea? Have them whittle their choices down until they’ve made the decision just by answering your questions.

And my last non-negotiable today,

when all else fails because they can’t possibly make the decision today – set the next appointment. “I understand you need a little time to sleep on this. Can you come back Friday at 10? Or would 2 be better?”

Let them know the next step! It seems so simple, but if you don’t tell them, they may not know. 

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How to Become a Sales Influencer in 7 Simple Steps

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How to Become a Sales Influencer in 7 Simple Steps.

Sales is about influencing others to make a decision to buy what you are offering. This needs to be very intentional on your part. Set your intention and carry it through using this simple 7-step process.

But before we start, let’s look at my intention statement. The one I just stated for this blog post. I do that for almost every article. 

In my mind, I already know the outcome of each article. To teach you one technique or new skill every article. That’s my secret to staying on topic, not adding too much fluff (unless it’s intentional) and sharing that technique or skill with you in as simple and as easy a way for you to understand as possible. 

That’s my intention. To influence you to take the new technique or skill and use it to increase your sales. To influence you, not manipulate you. There’s a big difference.

When you influence someone, you are showing them why your solution will work and is the best possible solution for them.

That is why it is so important to spend time with your prospect and learn about them. How can you give a  stranger a good solution if you don’t know what they are  trying to achieve? The level of importance that this outcome is to them? Or how emotionally attached they are to the outcome?

Sales Influencers don’t manipulate.

When you influence people, you guide them through a journey, learn about them and their needs. You help them close the gap of where they are now and where they wish to be. And you help them achieve their outcome as quickly as possible. 

Boom. Not to be glib, but sale made.

Yes, I am proudly and unapologetically a sales influencer. I find and create solutions for problems.

Sales Influencers Don’t Manipulate

So today, I am going to share with you the 7 steps to become an influential salesperson. If you would like to know more about becoming an intentional salesperson, which is the mindset you need to be an influential salesperson, check out this article, too.

Okay, so we know you must have the mindset of being intentional. Both in your sales presentations, and in the intentional mindset that you are going to make a sale, right?

Now you’re ready to talk about how to be an influential salesperson – let’s go with the seven simple steps: oh, and one more thing, do these in order. Don’t skip any of them. No shortcuts.

The 7 steps to become an Sales Influencer.

One – Be Fearless.

Don’t be afraid to ask those sometimes difficult questions that you need to ask to close the gap between where your prospect is and where they want to be. You are not being nosey – you really need to know this so you can help them.

And don’t be afraid to say that – “I know it seems like I’m asking you quite a few questions, and you are probably wondering why”. Expose that elephant in the room. It’s okay – and it’s probably what they’re thinking anyway.

Expose the elephant, expose the objections. 

Earn their trust. Here is my go-to trust-builder statement for you to use and tweak. You’re welcome. 

After I listen to them for a few minutes I say “I’ve been working with my company for about 11 years, and I’ve helped many people with exactly what you are explaining to me. But because every situation is a little different and unique, I’d like to ask you a few more questions about you, is that okay?”

Another way to address that elephant in the room before it even appears. Trust-building statement and permission to ask questions.

Two – then, Create the Need. 

Repeat back to them the need you have just uncovered by asking your possibly difficult questions. Confirm that you understand where they are, confirm the problem, and confirm where they want to be. 

Listen to the tone in their voices – what part do they seem more excited about when they speak? Where they show excitement is where their emotion is. 

Three – Show Them The Way.

Present your solution to their problem. Include emotional points and facts. People buy based on emotions and justify their decisions with facts.

Four – Create Urgency.

One of the difficult questions you should ask in Step One is, “When are you looking to make a change?” or, “When are you looking to have this done by?”. Now, take their answer and repeat it back to them in Step 4.

“If you are looking to have this done by ___________, you will need to take the next step by________. “

You don’t need to say what the next step is. In fact, most people will ask you what the next step is which leads to …

Five – Help Them Feel Involved.

Allow them to feel involved in the decision-making process and in control of their decisions. One way to keep them involved and interact with you is …

Six – Gain the commitment.

As you go through this conversation with them. I say conversation, not sales presentation, because a sales presentation, in my opinion, is really better explained as a conversation, don’t you agree?

Each conversation, when you have your prospect interacting with you and involved, is really just a series of mini – closes, where you are asking questions, confirming their answers, pivoting where necessary, and gaining mini – commitments. So that when you get to the end of the conversation, you’re both already in perfect agreement.

Another way to keep things interactive is to have your prospects take notes with a pen as you are talking. Say to them, “You might want to write this down” or “You might want to take a picture of this”, if you are giving them a demonstration. Get them writing and interactive.

This works really well when you show them a dollar figure of a proposal, too. Give them a pen and let them interact.

 My final step on how to be an influential salesperson is …

Seven – Show Them R-E-S-P-E-C-T.

Through this series of steps, you are learning about your prospect. You may not like everything they tell you, and you may even find their ideas, how do I say this gently… Stupid.

But, they have a right to their opinions, no matter how much you disagree.  With their ideas, opinions, and answers to your questions, they are giving you the framework of what you have to work with. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide if you can work with what they are giving you.

Actually, if I can determine this early on, before I even offer them a solution – it’s even better. Because the last thing you want to do is offer them a solution and have them take your expertise to a competitor, right?

So, if in steps 1 and 2 you are realizing that, for whatever reason, you and your company are just not a good fit, be ready to walk away.

Apologize, explain that you don’t feel you’re the best fit for them, and let them walk – respectfully and nicely.

You can say, “We have some really great options that I think would work for you, but based on the information you’ve given me, I don’t feel we’re a good fit at this time”.

This will either allow them to leave, or become more interactive and possibly more reasonable. And allow you to help them by offering a solution and making a sale.

The 7 Steps to Becoming a Sales Influencer
The 7 Steps to Becoming a Sales Influencer

To review: How to Become a Sales Influencer in 7 Simple Steps

  • Be Fearless
  • Create the Need
  • Show Them The Way
  • Create Urgency
  • Earn Their Trust
  • Gain Their Commitment
  • Show Them Respect

 Until we meet again, go out and start being a sales influencer, and happy selling!

Just For Fun –

As I was writing this article, I found myself singing songs related to each of the 7 steps. Corny, yes. But just because it’s a blog about sales doesn’t mean it has to be boring.

Here are the song’s that came to mind:

Step 1 – Roar, Katy Perry

Step 2 – I’m So Excited, The Pointer Sisters

Step 3 – We Can Work It Out, The Beatles

Step 4 – Whatever It Takes, Imagine Dragons

Step 5 – Just What I Needed, The Cars

Step 6 – Sandy, Bruce Springstein

Step 7 – R-E-S-P-E-C-T by Aretha Franklin, of course!

Let me know a good song for step 2 in the comments below. Thanks for playing!

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The Forgetting Curve

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The Forgetting Curve Theory

Do you ever let your customers try to do your job for you?

How long have you been doing your job? You have probably have been there for at least 6 months. Getting product training, learning how to write a contract, learning all about your company, right?

Some of you may even have years of experience with the same company… You could probably even teach the company training program.

Yet, when you meet with a prospect, and they are not the actual decision-maker, you go on to share with that person all of the benefits of your products and services, and how it can help their company.

You may even spend 30 to 40 minutes with that person. Only to send them on their way to share what you just shared with them, with the decision maker.

And yes, they are doing your job.

Selling your company to their company – and, it’s not their job.

You are expecting, or hoping, that someone can take all of the information you just gave them and effectively present it.

Meanwhile…

You are the one with the sales skills and the experience.

You are the one that can answer objections, and maybe even address them before your prospect raises them.

You have the experience, the training and the knowledge.

But you are asking your prospect to take the information that you give them, in just 45 minutes, and do your job. Asking them to explain all of the value and benefits, and do the job of selling for you.

That would be like your company asking you on the first day of your new job, to meet with a prospect and make a sale.

That sounds crazy, right? But we do it all the time.

Whether the decision maker is someone else in the company, or a spouse or child, if all the decision-makers are not in the room, your chances of making the sale through this third-party are significantly reduced compared to if you were making the presentation.

And today I’m going to share with you the reason why this is a true…

The Forgetting Curve.

It’s a real thing! And it was discovered by the same person that discovered the learning curve, Herman Ebbinghaus, a German psychologist around 1885.

The Forgetting Curve is the steady decline in the retention rate when you are not being continually exposed to the information.

Ebbinghaus says that in the forgetting curve – while you are learning something, you have 100% retention. 20 minutes later, you only remember 58% of what you just learned 20 minutes ago.

After 1 hour it’s down to 44%. After nine hours, it’s down to 36%. After 24 hours it’s down to 34%. After 6 days it’s down to 25%. And after a month, it’s only 21%!

From a salesperson’s perspective this affects us in two ways.

The Forgetting Curve in the steady decline in your retention rate when you are not being continually exposed to the information.

1- Our own training and learning.

According to the chart, 60% of the information we learn is lost within one day after we are trained. And 80% within 30 days. How do we ever even remember anything?

The best way to reinforce our learning is by doing and putting it into action.

Because the more you do something, the more likely you will be to remember it in the future.

Another way to improve attention is to

Break down the learning into even smaller parts.

and work on each smaller activity during the week until it’s completed.

Take into consideration how we learn –

The more senses that we can engage why we are learning, the more likely we are to retain the information.

So if you are listening to a class and writing notes, two senses are involved. Throw in a visual slide presentation – that’s three senses. And video is known to improve retention, too.

On top of taking notes, I need to go through later on and highlight the important things. I am then much more likely to remember those things. So don’t just take notes, go back and review them within 24 hours and you will retain more of it.

And when you’re learning under a stressful circumstance, forget it! Because stress will lower retention even more.

So, the first way this forgetting curve affects you as a salesperson is your own personal learning. Can you guess what the second one is? Let’s think for a minute …

2- Your prospects and customers are not immune.

You can see that when you are asking a prospect to do your job for you, to present your product or service to the decision maker, even just one day after your meeting, they have lost about 70% of what you shared with them the day before.

In a perfect world, we would be allowed or invited to directly share our expertise with the decision maker. Try to always ask if this is possible.

But we all know that we do not live in a perfect sales world. As sales people, we have to learn to adapt. You can help your prospects retain the information we need for them to retain so that they can present our information effectively.

Help your customers remember more of your conversation

Here are some ways that you can help them:

1 – Write it down for them. Even better, give them a worksheet where is she can take their own notes on. Maybe you can create an outline where they can add in their own notes. 

2 – Send reminder emails one time a day to review and bring yourself, and your information back to the forefront of their mind.

3 – Mix in a reminder phone call. “I’m calling because you told me how important this is to your company.”

 One more thing before I go, the more you revisit what you’ve learned, the more it you will remember it. So if you learn something on Tuesday, and look your notes over two times in the next week, you remember about 80% of what you learned instead of 20%.

If you go over your notes three times, you’ll remember 90% of what you’ve learned … even a month after you learned it.

This next part is for your kids, or you, if you’re taking classes. The more you review your notes, the less you will have to study before a test. You will retain more for longer, compared to cramming and trying to learn or relearn material right before a test.

So make you life easier. Teach your prospects, and your kids, good retention skills early on. 

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Value Selling vs. Benefit Selling – Is there a Difference?

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Value selling vs. benefit selling – is there a difference between value selling and benefit selling, or are they the same thing?  Someone asked me that last week, and I thought it would make a great topic to share with you.

Value selling.

Many sales people think it is giving someone the most they can give a customer – more services, or benefits, more products … for the least amount of money. 

Actually, it’s showing your prospect the impact your products or services will have for them or their business, compared to how much it will cost them. Even going so far as to showing them how much it can cost them to not use your product or service.

Benefit selling.

Telling prospects the benefits of using your product or services, and how it will help them. 

So, to answer the question of value selling vs. benefit selling, is there a difference? – you can use the benefits to help create the value, but you first have to know and understand your prospects’ goals before you just start presenting benefits.

Your products or services may have some great benefits that your prospect could care less about! They want to know how what you are offering fits into their ideas and goals. And every prospect is different. 

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Now that you know what value selling is, I’m going to share with you

8 tips on how to sell based on value vs selling based on price.

You can check out this article from Brian Tracy for more information about this topic.

1. Ask questions to find out what is important to them.

Don’t just assume that what would be important to you will be important to them, because it may not be important to them. So find out what’s important to them and give it to them.

Take your time, have a conversation with your prospect. Let them talk and you listen. Are they looking for something to save them time, increase their productivity levels? Find out their needs and fit your product or Services into their goals. Use their words and terminology.

2. Talk about what you know to show your expertise to earn your prospects trust, not to show off how smart you are.  

Keep it simple and meet them where they are. And ask them their experience with other companies like yours. What did they like? Where did the other salesperson fail them, and how?

3. Use stories and testimonials from your happy customers to help overcome their fears about making the wrong decision.

4. Be an educator – earn their trust and help solve their problems.

5. Highlight the benefits of your products or services.

This is where you show them how the benefits work, once you have learned about them, Then highlight the benefits of your product or services. Use the benefits that you have learned that would be important to your prospect.

If you know your competitors, and you should, you can explain to your prospects the things that your product or service will do – that your competitors’ will not do, without even mentioning the competitors name or bad-mouthing them. 

Use your competitors inadequacies to show the superiority of what you are offering.

If and when your prospect talks to your competitor again, they will ask if they can do what you promised you can do, which of course you already know, they can’t. 

Your prospects will notice this difference and it will be  important to them. 

I always like when my prospects talk to me after they have met with my competitor first. For one, if they are now talking to me, there’s a reason they did not buy from my competitor. I just have to find out what that reason is. Maybe the competitor was missing an important thing the prospect needed, or maybe they just didn’t trust them. 

When I can determine the reason and give them what they want and earn their trust, price may not even become an issue. 

You can see why it is so important to find out what is important to your prospect. Take the time and have a conversation and listen. 

Have I said that before? Yes, and I am sure I will say it again.

6. Emotions.

You can use stories here about how buying your product or service tremendously helped someone else. You can talk about how much money it’s saved them, or how and help them stand out from their competitors. Show your prospect how you can help them achieve their goals.

Unless you have asked the right questions and taken the time to listen, how will you even know what their goals are?

Buyers make decision based on emotions, and justify their decisions with facts.

If you geek out about stuff like that, here is an article by Gerald Zaltman, a Harvard Business Professor that you might like.

7. Add a bit of humor.

Ask the prospect what their savings would be by not buying what you are offering. They will probably laugh and repeat the dollar amount of your offer. For example, “Well, I’ll save $5,000!”. You can laugh with them and then say, “Seriously, how much more will it cost you in time, productivity (whatever they say was important to them) to not make this decision?”

Get them to think about the cost of their indecision.

8. Discounts.

How could we have a conversation about value without talking about — discounts? Include your prospects in “earning” their discounts. 

For example, are they part of an affiliate program that company you offer a discount to? 

Are they buying in quantity where they can “earn” a discount by buying more?  

Do you have a referral program where you can offer your prospect a discount if they give you a referral?

Find creative ways for your prospects to participate in the amount of their discount. 

Remember, value selling vs. benefit selling, is there a difference? – you can use benefits to help create the value, but you first have to know and understand your prospects’ goals so that you will show them only the benefits that will serve them.

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