Conference Article Round Up
will be covering the Syndicate Conference with CEO Rich Ord attending sessions
and sending in reports.
Tidal Wave Sale
In a sales interaction with a prospective client, I offered several solutions
to his particular situation. I had asked him several questions, and upon determining
his needs, presented a variety of different answers...
Presentations, The Finish Line
After days or weeks of preparation, after a strong presentation, don't drop the
ball as you near the finish line. How you follow up after your sales presentation
will help you get across the line. Within one day, call to thank the...
You A Chicken?
There are many traits/habits required to be a successful sales person. Determination.
Creativity. Negotiation. Superior customer service. Risk taking. Integrity. You
know the one trait that isn't required?
To Determine Your Customer's Value
This literally can be the most profitable thing you'll ever do for your business
and that is to understand exploiting the actual value of your customer. It's been
called the Marginal Net Worth and the Lifetime Value...
Life Cycle Contact Relationship Management
Technology and communication advancement has opened the corridor to new markets,
providing for a cost effective approach to expanding your customer base while
building new relationships...
A painfully uncomfortable sales scenario is the team call with a senior that does
not go well. Whether the senior has been blindsided or the salesperson just wasn't
prepared, a bad call with a senior not only hurts the client relationship, but
also internal credibility.
Before you make your next call with a senior (or a colleague), take steps to make
sure the call is a win for everybody involved.
* Begin with Expectations - and start with your client. Ask your client what specific
issues he/she would like the senior to address. This is especially important if
the client suggests the meeting, but it is equally important if you have initiated
the senior visit. Not only ask the question, "What kinds of things maybe you want
Bill to address?", but drill down and take notes so you can be very specific when
you brief your senior.
* Develop a concise (1 page) e-mail for the senior that includes:
- Background - keep it very brief.
- Who is client, business data, length of relationship, any high points or bumps
on the road, role of the client, personal insights
- Issues/topics of priority interest to the client
- Current business with the client
- Future business (sold, not begun)
- Any issues or problems that are outstanding
- Client objectives
- Opportunities to expand relationships you want the senior to promote
*Thanks to the Senior
# The e-mail does not take the place of a brief dialogue. Set a time to speak
with the senior to clarify roles, his/her objective, set your call strategy -
who will do what (Ideally you will lead open, position senior close) and logistics.
Find out what else he/she needs. Remember clients don't want hello calls - they
want to know the senior is fully briefed on the relationship and ready to add
* Set a time to debrief the call with the senior and ask for feedback.
* Call your client to reinforce how happy your senior was to meet him/her. Use
the call to get feedback on the meeting, promote your agenda, etc.
* Ask your senior to also leave a voice mail for the client, thank the client
for the meeting, and summarize his/her key points to highlight with the client
in a 40 second voice mail.
* Keep your senior posted through e-mail, voice mails.
Be judicious in how you use senior resources. When you make seniors look good,
you will look great in your client's eyes and the senior's and by preparing seniors
fully, you will get a disproportionate amount of their time!
Linda Richardson: President and CEO of Richardson, training consultants to corporations,
banks, and investment banks globally. Richardson has 110 professionals, 15 regional
offices in the United States, and presence in London, Australia, Singapore, Latin
America, and Asia. Clients of Richardson include KPMG, Federal Express, General
Mills, Tiffany & Co., Dell Computer, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Citibank, Chubb Group
of Insurance Companies, and Kinko’s. Visit http://www.Richardson.com.