Sales Pitches

“Why Aren’t You Selling Us the Other Stuff We Need?”

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I just finished interviewing a very smart customer for one of my clients. He’s a high-level manager in a tech company, a buyer of my client’s business services. 

During the interview, he explained how there were always two forces working against my client’s services: the comparable cost of accomplishing the same services in-house, and the fact that this customer is constantly pitched by competitive firms. 

Please stop selling me! Can't we just talk?

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I answered the phone. The salesman was a little nervous. “I’m new at this,” he said, as I corrected the way he said my first name. I wasn’t bothered by him not pronouncing my name correctly, although it’s usually the last name that people butcher. 

The biggest lie in business

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Share: The Biggest Lie When you read the latest books about how people buy, you find that they all tend to have the same fatal flaw. In each book, even though the authors are describing today's savvy customer, the salesperson is still portrayed as having more knowledge than the customer. He is described as the main player who acts as a guide to the customer's buying process - as if the customer were ignorant and needed the salesperson's help.

This is completely untrue. Now more than ever.

Why I HATE Sales Scripts

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Sales ScriptsTwo people. On the phone, having a conversation. That's what people use phones for - to have conversations.

What happens in a conversation? One person says something. The other person listens, understands (or asks a question to make sure he understands), then responds appropriately.

The conversation moves from point A to point B because BOTH people are talking - and listening.

Now let's apply this to sales calls.

Yes, it is possible for a salesperson to have a conversation with a potential customer. But only if the salesperson:

How to differentiate yourself

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I have just finished interviewing about 25 top execs running system integrator companies. Some are doing well, some aren’t. But one thing they all had in common: a desire to differentiate themselves, and no clue as to how to do it.


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