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Phone Phobia…

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23rd February 2017 0 comments

I was at Adrian Malpass’s great GlosBiz breakfast this morning. Next to me was a local business owner who told me that there was one big thing holding his business back; he hated following prospects up by phone.

It’s such a common problem, I thought a tip or two might be helpful for you too.

Simple Steps

The reason most people hate follow up is that they don’t have a plan! Most people aren’t really sure what they want to get out of the call. That leads to subconscious pressure to make a sale. That’s a sure thing to kill off any chance of a natural and relaxed conversation! For services business, making a follow up call and hoping to make a sale is a pretty rubbish idea. So change it!

Winning a Client is a Process NOT an Event

Once you truly get your head round that, you are already on a better footing. The goal of a follow up call is simply just to move one more step through the process of winning a client. An early step is always to see if you and the prospective client have a good personal and commercial fit.

When you know what you are moving towards, it’s not hard to design the conversation in advance and plan what I call rollover points. Those are the moments when you shift and direct the conversation so it doesn’t drift and fizzle out. My method is sort of halfway between a plan and a script.

The idea is to give you a sequence of events during the call. You create a little bespoke flow chart that’s a visual cue to keep you on track while you are on the phone. Less tacky than a script and yet you aren’t adrift on the open ocean of uncertainly either. You have a little virtual hand to hold while you are on the call. The results and increased confidence of having a plan can be truly transformational. Learning the PROCESS of selling professionally is the single biggest skill anyone can have to change the course of your business life.

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3 Strongest Leadership Trends for 2017

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