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Diary Of A Sales Leader – Accountability To The Sales Process

October 22, 2015

A sales process. Do you have one? Do you need one? (the answer is an unequivocal yes).

Do you hold your team accountable to it? (the answer is mostly No!!)

In my work with clients we spend roughly 20% designing a world class sales process and 80% enforcing the sales process. The use of enforcing is deliberate because it is all about accountability.

Clearly the reason for having a sales process is to generate More Sales. More Consistently. In Less Time. It’s that simple and it works. The research clearly proves that those with a dynamic sales process outperform those without by up to 50%. That is the best reason in the world to hold yourself and your team accountable to the process.

What is accountability?

It is what I refer to as the weekly sales pipeline audit.

It’s simple and effective..

  1. Check the opportunity stage
  2. Check if there is a next action scheduled
  3. Check that the next action is aligned to the sales process
  4. Check that all previous actions were aligned to the sales process

For example let’s assume your opportunity is at 50% stage and this is your proposal or quotation stage.

A dynamic sales process will ensure that in order to justify this rating your sales person will have confirmed a number of steps with your buyer

  • They are the Key Decision Maker
  • All of the stakeholders are known
  • There is a clear need we can address
  • There is a clear Value Proposition and Business Case agreed
  • The impact of our solution has been agreed and where possible is measurable
  • All known objections / barriers have been identified
  • The competition have been identified
  • The solution aligns with an organisational priority or goal

Accountability means that if these steps have not been confirmed the sales process is not being followed correctly.

Now as a leader you get to coach, align and hold accountable those who don’t play by the rules..

Being a sales leader can be tough. Having a team without accountability is so much tougher.

Best regards;

Ronan

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How To Coach Sales People – Diary Of A Sales Leader

August 18, 2015

When I first became a sales coach I recognised a critical step for all who manage sales teams. You must apply measures and metrics first in order to identify a coaching programme for your team.

When I trained as an Executive Coach this was the part I struggled with most. How do I baseline client performance? How do I measure improvement? How do I show a demonstrable ROI for our work together? How do I help people improve and learn? 

There are two parts to the sales coaching process. The qualitative and the quantitative. In this article I will focus on how you can leverage the quantitative to improve the qualitative.

Sales Coaching By Numbers

As a sales coach it is much easier to do this and I call it sales coaching by numbers. I say it is easier but the first challenge is to find the numbers you can measure performance with. In my experience working with hundreds of SME’s in Ireland and the UK a common challenge is that there are no real numbers to begin with.

Step One Analyse the sales numbers

If you are dealing with an inside sales team then analyse performance. Let’s take an example. John makes 100 outbound calls and connects with 15 decision makers (15%) and sets up 2 demonstrations (2%).

Comparing John’s performance to Alison who is also on the team you can quickly see a difference in performance. Alison connects with 30 decision makers (30%) and sets up 4 Demonstrations (4%).

As a COACH you want to help John improve his performance. As a COACH you know that allowing John to find solutions himself will greatly improve any coaching conversation you have. So you need a framework or a conversational model.

Step Two- Use COACH

At Insthinktive we developed a very simple coaching conversation model… COACH

Clarify ;

What is the real challenge or issue? Dig deep to get to the heart of the issue?

Options;

What solutions are available to solve this challenge or issue? Ask for at least three options.

Action;

What is the option that is most likely to succeed. And why? What is the next action?

Critique;

What are the limitations of this option? What are the barriers to success? What can get in the way of progress? What resources will you need?

Hold Accountable;

What have we agreed? The problem. The Option and the Action. Who will do what, and by when? When do we touch base on progress?

Using COACH as a model for the coaching conversation here is an example conversation flow

Clarify

Coach; John I’ve noticed that your connection rates are lower on average than the team’s are you aware of that? You have a 15% connection rate and our best performer is averaging 30%.

John “Yes I’m not sure why though. I’m making the calls but finding it hard to get through”

Coach;What do you think the challenge is yourself?

John “I’m not getting through to the right people, maybe I’m not clear on who I should be talking to”.

Coach;Who are the key people you should be targeting?

John “I guess if I look at some of the other team they have had success by starting with the most senior people in an organisation. I’ve always focused on trying to get to talk to the end users”.

Coach;Is that it or is there something else?

John “No I think that is the main challenge, I guess I am a little intimidated by focusing at Director level, they are harder to talk to”.

Coach;Okay so you may be targeting the wrong people and it is due to a lack of confidence that you will succeed if you go higher?

Options

Coach;So if you are going to change this what are your options?

John Well firstly I need to get the names of the actual Decision Makers.

Secondly I need to work on a script that gives me confidence to talk to these people. And one that gets me past the gatekeepers.

Coach;What else?

John “I could talk to other team members and see what they are doing that is working better and learn”.

Action

Coach; OK so what actions do you need to take?

John “I need to assess my contact list and research LinkedIn to research the names of those I really need to be speaking to”.

Coach; And?

John “I need to develop a new script or approach for my calls. I think it is best to talk to some other team members first and get some insights”.

Critique

Coach; Ok that sounds great but what could stop this from happening?

John “Time. I’m so busy making calls that I don’t have the time to research more”.

Coach; Is that really the issue or is it a case of not prioritising properly?

John “Maybe I need to just block some time out weekly to make sure it gets done. I can also invest in a couple of coffees and spend some time with the other team members to get a feel for how they work” .

Hold Accountable

Coach; Ok so let’s get specific, if we could agree a 30 day improvement goal for you. What would be realistic as a connection rate 30 days from now assuming you have completed the actions agreed?

John “I think I could improve from 15% to 20% in 30 days. No I am sure I could”.

Coach; Ok how can I help you with this? What support do you need from me?

John “Maybe you could help me a little with identifying the right people and building a list”.

Also I would appreciate your feedback on my scripts/call maps.

Coach; No problem so when should we touch base and review progress?

John “How about in one week. By then I’ll have my actions completed and I should be seeing some results”.

Now I know paper doesn’t refuse ink, and this conversation flow may look a little too simplistic, but do not succumb to this thought. Try COACH yourself. Focus on asking the questions only. Avoid giving answers. Use the numbers as your guide to begin the conversation and just see how the conversation can be steered towards a really engaging coaching conversation.

Key Takeaways

Use sales coaching through numbers as your starting point for developing coaching programmes for your team. Use the COACH conversation model and you have a simple and effective way to transform a conversation.

Call Ronan on 086 7732201

coachronan@insthinktive.com

Selling Micro Moments – Effectiveness One

August 13, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Superpowers. Really?

August 6, 2015

As a Sales Leader you are constantly striving to get the best out of your team and yourself. But do you really have any “Superpowers”? Really?

This is a relatively new term to me and maybe because it’s origins are from US based organisations and I’m just a repressed Irish cynic, it makes me a little uncomfortable.

When I read the job descriptions for sales people these days some of them read like nobody from this planet could fill these positions. Organisations are no longer looking for sales people, they want rock stars.. They want sales people with Superpowers.

Here is my challenge. I have never met anyone with Superpowers. I’m pretty sure I don’t have any. Am I mixing in the wrong circles? Am I deficient in some way? Or are we creating levels of expectations that are simply unrealistic?

When I put on my COACH hat what I see everyday are people who have unrealistic expectations of what they think they should/could be. They fail to recognise their innate talents and strengths (not superpowers). These expectations actually serve as a barrier for many of them. They don’t motivate them, they don’t empower them. They stifle them. They hold them back.

When we look for people with “Superpowers” are we sending out the wrong message? Are we creating expectations that sales people simply can’t live up to?

Yes we want people to develop strengths and be the best that they can be in their sales roles.

Yes we want top performers.

Yes we want winners.

But do you need Superpowers to achieve any of these goals. Do you need to be a Rock Star?

Or can you be normal and develop into a top performer with a great team, coach and sales process?

For me the answer is yes, yes and yes. Lionel Messi may indeed have a Superpower, (however I suspect it his relentless practice and discipline that have contributed more to his success than his “Superpower”).

Ask Roy Keane if he has a “Superpower” I suspect he might laugh at you.

Let’s not strive for Superpowers. Let’s strive for something a little more meaningful. Be great, be real, be you.

Best regards;

Ronan

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July 10, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – I have a Sales Process, we use a CRM

June 30, 2015

If only I could get €1 for every time I hear this. It would pay for my holiday every year..

Those of you who work with me or know will also know I am a keen advocate of CRM systems. I see them as a powerful sales enablement tool. But of themselves they do not constitute a sales process. In fact before you implement a CRM system you need to map out your sales process. And before you map out your sales process you have to map out your buyer’s process.
Are you all processed out? I’m not surprised but if you have a CRM that does not mean you have a sales process. And if you think you do you may need to rethink your approach.

The Sales Process Simplified
Let’s try to simplify what I believe to be a sales process. Here is what it is not…
It is not YOUR process. You can’t determine what your sales process is. Your customer does. How?
Well your customer and how they buy is the building block to every sales process. When you understand how they buy, you can understand how you should sell to them.
Does your CRM system understand how your customer buys? No. Actually a better question is to ask yourself “do you truly understand how your customer buys or procures”.

PROCURES
Here is a simple model for a buying process. Now the first thing to remember is that it is only a model. It is rare that you can find a one size fits all approach. And procurement like most business processes is rarely linear.
Problem Definition
Research Solutions
Onboard Potential Partner
Clarify Preferences
Understanding Impacts
ROI Evaluations
Satisfaction and Evaluation

P – Problem Definition;

This is the critical point in the Buyer’s process. A problem has arisen. A challenge needs to be overcome. Your key action is to determine what the key triggers are for buyer’s that suddenly drive them to source a solution.
For example you may be a technology organisation and you find that a key trigger for your buyers is a strategic decision to reduce costs and improve organisation responsiveness by eliminating administration personnel and introducing more technology.

R – Research Solutions
Here your prospects begin to research the marketplace for options. And their first port of call will be Google. Do you provide enough information on your website to guide your prospect to the next stage? Are you capturing information on who is viewing your website and what they are reading or downloading?
O – Onboard Potential Partner
In this stage the buyer is looking to talk to potential partners/suppliers. If they reach out to you how do you respond? Remember that 78% of sales go to the first respondent. Remember too that 40% of web leads are NOT responded to…and in 48 hours they will have forgotten they ever contacted you in the first place.
C – Clarify Preferences
At this stage of the process your buyer is now narrowing their focus on a few potential partners/suppliers. And drawing up a more detailed specification of requirements and goals. How do you ensure you are part of this process?
U – Understanding impacts
A logical extension of the Clarify Preferences is to understand the impact a decision to use your product or service will have on the business. Remember impact is determined by the client not you.
R – ROI Evaluations
Remember that throughout the buying process there can be a committee of stakeholders involved. Typically ROI analysis takes place later in the buying process and it will involve Finance and Procurement. But be mindful that ROI and what is valued is determined by your prospect. And if there are a committee of decision makers they may have very different definitions of ROI to them.
E is Engage And Entrust
This is the supplier selection phase. The use of Entrust is deliberate. All of the analysis and evaluation will count for nothing if you are not trusted and seen as a trusted advisor. Remember trusted advisors are 69% more likely to succeed. How do you position yourself as a trusted advisor?
S – Satisfaction and Evaluation
In this phase you have won the business and you are delivering your product or service. What will your buyer actions be to measure performance? How will you engage with them and ensure you deliver to their expectations?

Now simply by just reviewing these phases I hope you have come to the realisation that you may have a sales process that is simply not fit for purpose.
That’s okay because over 90% of organisations don’t have one either. But herein lies the opportunity for you to leave your competition behind.

Design Your Sales Process Around PROCURES

So put the CRM system aside for some time and get back to basics. How can you design a sales process that matches how your prospect PROCURES?

Here’s what I suggest.
Get out your whiteboard or buy some SmartWallPaint (they are a client and deserve a plug) do the following
R – Research Solutions
Write down the triggers that cause your prospects to realise they have a problem and need to get it solved. What content or steps can you create/take to ensure that you are on their radar?

O – Onboard Potential Partner
How do you ensure that you are selected as a potential partner?

C – Clarify Preferences
What steps can you take to help prospects draw up a specification with you?

U – Understanding impacts
What content can you create to educate your prospects through this stage?

R – ROI Evaluations
What evidence can you produce to substantiate your claims that you deliver value for money?

E is Engage And Entrust
What do you do throughout the engagement process that positions you as trusted advisors?

S – Satisfaction and Evaluation
What will you do to ensure great execution and customer service is delivered?

Brainstorm ideas for content creation and nurturing steps to move your prospects through each phase.
Remember to that you are likely to be dealing with multiple stakeholders/decision makers. Make sure you have content that nurtures all.

Hopefully by now you have realised that the CRM is NOT the sales process. When you have all the above done you are ready to leverage your CRM. But that’s another story. Keep watching and I’ll show you how.

More Sales. More Consistently. In Less Time.

Contact Ronan at coachronan@insthinktive.com or 086 7732201

Ice Cube Testimonial

June 29, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Targets Good, Performance Goals Better

June 15, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Process First, Decision Maker Second

May 26, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Key Account Mapping Best Practice

May 19, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – 7 Behaviours That Alienate Your Team

May 7, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Focus One

May 5, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Do You Need Big Goals?

April 30, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Know Your Lifetime Value

April 28, 2015

Diary Of A Sales Leader – Become A Blockhead

April 25, 2015

I’m a Blockhead and I’m proud……

When I was 23 years old I moved to London and from the comfort of an FMCG sales role, where my clients were already in place, and my journey plan was done for me.

To a role that had few customers, a lot of potential and no structure.

I was Mr Reactive. I had a notepad and a head full of ideas, thoughts and problems.

I had no system. No process for dealing with all of the stuff I needed to do daily.

Inevitably for me the consequence was that I found myself focusing on the easy low value tasks.. They were quick to deal with and I felt a sense of accomplishment ……. for about 10 minutes.

But I failed to do the High Priority tasks… Like

– Planning
– Preparation
– Prospecting

I had great intentions, but lousy habits.

So how did I overcome this? I became a Blockhead…

I developed the daily and weekly habit of making appointments with myself.

For example I knew that prospecting was important…..in fact the most important task… but it never got done…..

My solution?

I blocked out times on Wednesdays and Thursdays to do just that – prospect

I simply started with one 90 minute block of time for those two days.

And it had an immediate impact.

Yes it did lead to more sales for me but the impact that mattered most to me was

– I felt a sense of purpose again

– I felt a greater level of control over my own destiny. I was determining my success as a salesman and I wasn’t getting hassled to do it!!

– I felt like I was claiming back my week

Oh and I can’t actually forget just how much time it actually saved me

– Travel time
– Preparation time
– Panic time..

Making appointments with myself weekly became my non-negotiable.

And it can become yours too.

This is about you as the Sales Leader taking charge of your business, and your time.

Become A Blockhead;

Block book time weekly for your 3 to 4 Priorities. Put it in your diary as time for YOU. And stick to YOUR schedule.

Let everyone in your team know this is your strategic time.

Your Entrepreneurial time. Your sales development time

And stick to your appointments with yourself.

This will be challenging.Because if you are generally not selfish enough with your time you will give away freely.

That’s good for others and bad for you.

So now you need to change that habit.

Be selfish.

Yes selfish and be proud that you have become a little bit more selfish over the one thing in life you cannot store…. time.

Start small initially. One appointment with yourself the first couple of weeks is enough. Then gradually add other appointments.. Y

ou’ll get better results because you will develop the new habit slowly. And effectively.

How long did it take to develop this discipline?

Honestly I am still working on this every week. And expect to be doing so for the rest of my working life.

But when I hit a roadblock I always get on track, by focusing on the huge benefits being a blockhead can deliver…

Key Takeaway

Take your NO.1 sales priority (I’d guess for most it is prospecting) and schedule in an appointment with yourself to do it next week.

Ask someone you trust to hold you accountable to that appointment. Treat it at the same level of importance you would a Management Meeting or a New Client Meeting.

Because in short it is as important as these…

Simple but not easy….

Diary Of A Sales Leader -10 things Sales Leaders do before they start their day

April 23, 2015

Here are some simple and really things you can do before you go to the office, or make your first sales call…

Now I know you are like everyone else and that there never seems to be enough time to get everything done.. It is the single greatest challenge sales leaders face too.

Well you know what, you’ll never get everything done and that’s ok… nobody ever does.. And that’s a key point. Yes be focused and yes use some of the tactics below to help you do that…

But NO, don’t stress about what you haven’t been doing.. it’s wasted energy and if you are like me and everyone I work with that energy can be put to much better uses …… like getting more sales in..

Now Research has shown that the most effective leaders are simply better prepared. Preparation saves valuable time.

You know this but life tends to get in the way and we spend less time preparing and more time doing… But that needs to change and here are some simple things to make your new daily non-negotiables

So before you rush headlong in to the office, and the interruptions and endless emails. Why not take some time out over a coffee before you go to the office or your first call and do some of these simple things

1)   Write down your quarterly priorities and goals

Yes write your Top 3 priorities and goals out briefly. Or if I’m honest I no longer write them, I simply review them daily. This is a simple and effective way to reinforce what truly matters. What must be done first and always.

2)   Review your tasks for today, and prioritise

Often the simple things are the most effective.

Write or review your tasks (if you really want to save time you’ll leverage a time management tool like Things) Quickly isolate the most important tasks and give them priority. You’ll start your day with these.

3)   Schedule time in your day for the top 3 tasks

It is pretty pointless deciding what the your priorities and then not taking out your diary and scheduling the time to actually do this.

This really is the most effective strategy I’ve ever learned. Plan time there and then for completing your Top 3. Simply open your calendar and schedule an appointment with yourself.

4)   Send agendas for all meetings the next day

Most busy sales leaders complain about the number of non-sales related meetings that they have to attend. Not only are they unproductive, they can be extremely boring and repetitive. And often there is no time between meetings to sort out your thoughts.

In order to tackle this, write out your own agendas and send them in advance. Signal the priorities you want to focus on. And put strict timelines on meeting start and finish times.

Now I know you are going to say yeah but Ronan these meetings never stick to the time allocated, stuff happens, people start talking and inevitably they overrun. I just don’t buy this anymore. You can’t afford to stay neutral on this subject. You have to voice your opinions and you have to be prepared to challenge this mindset that ” the meeting finishes when it finishes”..

Meetings are about decision making and they overrun mostly because people come under prepared. As a sales leader you can directly influence this but it requires a lot of discipline.

For example even in sales meetings before you get in to the meat and bones of your discussions you can simply say

“Louise it’s 2pm now, shall we try to wrap this meeting up at around 2.50pm? we can spend 10 minutes agreeing any actions we need to focus on and be finished by 3pm. Does that work for you? ”  

5)   Cancel all non essential meetings that day

If you are scheduled to attend a meeting, that has no fixed purpose. No stated agenda, and no set times. Ask yourself do you really need to attend it? Be focused, and think Top 3 priorities.

Will you generate a better result for your and your business, by cancelling the meeting and focusing on value creating activities, like spending time with your team or your customers and prospects?

6)   Make a list of the most important calls you need to make that day  

I find this to be a very useful action. Now if you are a highly effective sales leader you’ll be using a CRM tool, and your calls will be mapped out for you. But remember your day isn’t also about business. Schedule time to make calls to your spouse, your partner etc. They can often be the most important ones to make..

7)   Plan your breaks for the day  

Research proves that working in 90 minute blocks and taking a break, boosts productivity by up to 70%. Your brain simply needs the break. So take two minutes and schedule in some well needed breaks. Yes get out your diary and put in the times you intend to take 10 minutes out for a walk or a break..

8)   Sort out all of your paperwork  

If you are attending meetings then chances are you’ll need documents. If you are like us at insthinktive, you probably travel paperless. However even PDF’s need to be sorted and collated in advance of your meetings.

Take the time to sort everything so you can focus on the sales meeting, and not trying to locate an important document your client or prospect needs to see.

9)   Respond to all emails that require less than a minute of your time  

You’ve already made great strides, and you haven’t even got to your office or first sales meeting yet.

Well become super effective. Scan your emails for 15 minutes. Sort the important from the not so important. Deal with those emails that take less than a minute in quick succession.

Those that require more thought simply leave them aside for more consideration later in your day..

This is a great tactic because you don’t want to use up all of your energy getting bogged down in administration. Leaving that until later in the day allows you more time to focus on what’s really important.

10) Resolve to focus on solutions throughout your day  

Finally, relax and enjoy your coffee, knowing that you are way ahead of the field. This is a great opportunity to get your mindset right

Simply take a few minutes and focus on having a great day. Focus on the solutions, not the problems that lie ahead. Focus on ensuring you maintain your positive energy throughout the day.   It’s your day, you decide whether it will be a good one or not…

Key Takeaway;

Take one or two ideas from these 10 (not all 10…!!! take it slowly) , and make them your new daily non-negotiables. ( And Remember to track your progress. What impact are these small changes having on your effectiveness that day. Do more of these, and start eliminating a couple of habits that are getting in the way of your day. (

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Here’s a short 3 minute video on building Rapport in the sales presentation.

Rapport Building using PRESENT

Testimonial – Uniphar

I engaged Ronan to undertake a complete review of my sales team, develop a training programme to fill in those gaps identified during the review. He then delivered individualised personal development plans for the team. His insight and drive delivered over a six month, period truly remarkable results. It made my job easier…… I would have no hesitation in recommending Ronan to anybody. He is a true professional

Robert Saunders – Sales Director Uniphar Wholesale

Testimonial – ESRI Ireland

I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ronan Kilroy as Executive Coach for the last two years. The coaching is very extensive and far reaching covering modules such as Increasing your Effectiveness, Growing your Business, Zero Based Thinking and Leadership as well as extensive work on DISC Profiling.

Joanne McLaughlin – ESRI Ireland

Testimonial – ESRI Ireland

Ronan has incredible insight and natural abilities around how human beings can get the best out of themselves by focussing on a number of key psychological habits and traits. I can safely say that Ronan’s work with me has been life changing, never mind career changing, and I am now delivering the results that I want to deliver for myself

Michael Byrne – ESRI Ireland

Testimonial – CPL

I would thoroughly recommend working with Ronan. He offers powerful insights and his coaching style is very engaging and beneficial. His approach would suit all professionals who are interested in deepening their business skills

Judith Moffatt – Director CPL

Testimonial – Global Tax Reclaim

Ronan has been a huge influence to me in recent months. He has given me the guidance and focus to take our sales process in a new and more successful direction. His knowledge and techniques are second to none

Darren Byrne – Global Tax Reclaim

Testimonial – Celuplast

The workshop was excellent. It was interactive, and relevant..

Brian Lynch – Celuplast

Testimonial – Entropic

The workshop really helps to get the owners ideas to the rest of the team. It creates a vocabulary to allow us to communicate better as a team.

Michael Geraghty – Entropic Limite

Testimonial Cavan Box

The workshop was excellent. I particularly liked how the “theory” was always related back to realities for our industry

Peter Cassidy – Cavan Box

Testimonial Abcon Industrial Products

The workshop was excellent. What I particularly found valuable were the measurable tools and interactive nature of the workshop.

Raymond Maguire – Abcon Industrial Products

I’m not in to buying problems

July 31, 2014

Here’s a link to my latest linkedIn post..

https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140731104724-26413312-i-m-not-in-to-buying-problems?trk=mp-edit-rr-posts

Best regards;
Ronan 

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Needing a different lens

July 17, 2014

Maybe it is an overused metaphor, but as a keen amateur photographer I understand the value of changing lenses to gain a different perspective. I also see the value in altering the “aperture” to narrow my focus (and allowing me to blur the background out) , or indeed broaden my focus and let more of the scene come in to focus.

So ok you have all the lenses but the question is how often to you change them, to gain a different perspective?

Joe was a classic example of this. Joe is a successful entrepreneur, and such he recognised the necessity to maintain his energy levels. He was overweight and out of shape. He lacked energy and he simply hated the way he felt and looked. So he took action and hired a fitness coach.

Joe is a man of action and so he committed and he did see results. He felt more energetic, but even after a year of continuous training every time he looked at himself in the mirror, he could never see the progress. He remained deeply entrenched in a negative view of how he looked. And despite continuing with the training, he was getting more and more frustrated by his perceived lack of progress.

You see Joe only focused on what wasn’t quite perfect yet. He simply couldn’t see the progress he was making. That is until one day whilst in a training session he was standing in front of a mirror doing some bicep curls.

What was unusual this day was that he was much closer to the mirror, which had the effect of “cutting off his head” from view. In other words he could only see his body from the neck down.

And something was different, dramatically different. When he couldn’t see his own face, he saw a physique he didn’t recognise. One that was toned up. One that looked fit, one that looked exactly like the one he had worked so hard for. Joe had a very powerful moment of personal insight. And it changed his perspective on himself forever. He was simply using the wrong lens. The wrong viewpoint.

In my experience this is often what we do in our daily roles as leaders and sales leaders. We get so caught up in what doesn’t work, what doesn’t look right, what is going wrong, that we lose the ability to simply “change the lens” and hence our viewpoint.

Rarely is a problem viewed with a different lens as big as we viewed it originally. When we remove our “personal maps” and views of the world. When we challenge our own filters that block our ability to see things as they really are, like Joe did accidentally, we gain insights. We see something that changes our perspective. And that can be the nudge we need to move forward again.

Getting stuck is normal, and  often a simple nudge is all we need.

If you don’t feel you have a different lens, no problem. Talk to someone. But you are not looking for advice, you are looking for perspective. That can come from the most unlikely of sources. My 6 year old and 8 year old sons have lenses on life that just fill me with wonder. I can’t buy these, but I can learn from them..

Simple but not easy….

Best regards;
Ronan 

Best regards;
Ronan 

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You Need Your Script, but You Aren’t A Parrot

July 3, 2014

Insthinktive Influencing
 
You Need Your Script, but You Aren’t A Parrot
 
Scripting is essential to your success. Carefully chosen structure and words will always improve results. You have a limited time to connect and build rapport and your script will enable this more easily. 
 
You aren’t a Parrot though. You must rehearse your script. You’ll never read it. Never. 
 
You’ll rehearse to the extent that is just a natural sounding conversation you are engaging in. If you sound scripted you’re going to have resistance. 
 
Find the words you feel you are comfortable with. Be natural.
 
A memorised call will always outperform a spontaneous approach. 
 
Practice, Practice and Practice more. There is no substitute for this. 
 
-Try recording your script to see how it sounds
 
-Ensure that you always leave the space for others to respond and feel included
 
-Always anticipate the 4 main objections, Price, Time, Relationships and Need. They are guaranteed to come, so are therefore easy to be prepared for. The top Salespeople love objections because they know they can be overcome them. 
 
 
Example
 
“We already have a supplier” 
 
“Great, so you are 100% happy with the prices, the service and the quality you are getting, and see no room for improvement”?
 
Now before you go we’ve tried this and it didn’t work (Your objection!! to doing it). We say “OK you’ve tried it but have you tried enough until it did work”?
 
Excuses are just that, excuses. They rarely have foundation in real action. In other words you are looking for the perfect script. The one that works 100% of the time. The NO FAIL script. And it doesn’t exist. 
 
 
This is a numbers game we live in. This is all about improving your odds.If by handling this objection this way you improve your conversion rate by 1% you have a really tangible end result of a €1,000 sale. So you must persevere. 
 
You are just trying to create an opportunity to continue the conversation. And this is only achieved through great preparation. Script enables this and give you great confidence. 
 
Some Useful Tips;
 
-Be sincere and warm
 
-Be brief
 
-Highlight 3 to 4 key results you can deliver to the prospect
 
-Leave space for them to interact
 
-Ask lots of questions
 
Example
 
“Hello Mr X, this is John here from the Y Hotel in Dublin. Have you ever visited us before? 
When was the last time you were in Dublin? 
Recently we sent you an invitation, did you receive it? 
Are you the person who makes conference decisions in your company, or is it someone else?
 
Do you plan to take us up on our special offer now, or do you plan to request more information. 
(Watch the language here. It is quite directive and eliminates the “are you thinking about”. Do you plan..)
 
As you probably read, we are offering businesses who book a conference in our hotel during September an amazing 25% off for groups of 20 or more. We are also offering complementary coffees for the groups daily. 
Are you holding a conference this year? Where do you normally hold your conferences. 
 
How many normally attend your conferences? 
I think you may be interested in saving money and having a first class facility available for this conference?
 
And just to remind you we are offering 25% off, complementary coffees, plus we include all conference equipment such as projectors etc. 
When would you like to make arrangements to book? 
 
 
This is a well scripted conversation. And the emphasis is on conversation. Note the positive language and the numerous questions. Is it perfect?  No. But you can perfect your own message and try above all else to achieve a balance that is non threatening but also achieves the goal of making the sale (or getting the appointment).
 
 
Failed scripts mean failed calls. 
 
Ensure loads of personality, great structure, plenty of space. Simple and to the point. 
 
You’ve only got 15 to 20 seconds to make an impression. 
 
 
How Do You Keep Motivated? 
 
-Have competitions
 
-Reward yourselves for the activity and the results
 
-Ask for our insthinktive call motivation sheet 
 
-Focus on the end results. The new clients. 
 
-Focus on having fun, they are just people after all
 
-Enjoy the fact that you are getting instant feedback from your marketing 
 
-Take regular breaks, work for 90 minutes then change scene. Listen to some music. Grab a coffee. Take a walk. 
 
-Focus on the results your product or service can deliver
 
-Experiment with different words and scripts 
 
-Have daily goals
 
 
 
Key Takeaways
 
– Using the phone is a low cost and effective strategy 
 
– Create simple scripts that engage prospects and open up the conversation
 
 
 
Simple, but not easy…..
 
Next session; Sales is a long game
 

Networking On The Phone

June 25, 2014

Insthinktive Influencing
 
Networking On The Phone 
 
Telephone marketing is a phenomenally powerful marketing tool. It is a much maligned strategy but that in our opinion is driven by a lack of understanding about how, and when to use this tool. 
 
 
A telephone call is the most immediate strategy we know for getting through to prospects.
 
It is a lot more personal than a letter or an advert. It is also a much lower cost than direct mail, flyers, marketing brochures and advertising. 
 
You can literally get an unlimited calls package with your mobile phone company for less than €50 per month. That’s the most cost effective marketing strategy I know for the results you can get.
 
You’ll also know that using the phone in conjunction with a direct mail is the smartest way to leverage the strengths of both. And we strongly encourage that you have a simple system of follow up on the phone, post direct mails being posted. Leave a week to follow up and then call. 
 
 
Removing The Negatives
 
OK let’s get the negatives out of the way. Yes using the phone isn’t among the easiest of strategies. It requires a level of determination and a positive attitude to overcome the inevitable rejections. That is if you see them as rejections. Don’t. 
 
From a mindset perspective you must focus on the end results. Let’s take a quick look here at the potential. 
 
Let’s assume that you need to make 100 calls to generate an order. Now we work with clients whose average order values in the main exceed €1,000. What’s your average order value? Let’s use the average of €1,000.
 
So for every 100 calls you generate €1,000 in sales revenue. 
 
Assuming the average call takes you roughly 3 minutes. Remember you probably will only connect with on average 30% of those you call. And the actual conversations will vary in length but as an average 3 minutes is workable. 
 
 
300 minutes is 5 hours of concentrated work. Now you are a business owner or a full time sales person and you work at least 50 hours per week. 
 
So based on these rough numbers if you made 1,000 calls it would take you 50 hours in time, and generate you €10,000 in new sales in a working week. 
 
That’s working on a 1% conversion rate of sales to calls. That’s a €500,000 business annually. 
 
Where would you get that sort of result for 50 hours of your time a week? 
 
Clearly you aren’t going to be on the phone 10 hours a day but you can leverage others to be. Personally we wouldn’t recommend any more than  3 to 4 hours a day as an average. 
 
It’s tough work, but very rewarding. 
 
Your goal will always to be to improve  your conversion rates, by improving your scripts, your approaches, your words, and your direct mails. You will test and measure consistently to improve your results. 
 
 
Repetition is the key
 
One call is never enough. You must apply my “follow UP” strategy to increase the number of touches you’ll need over time. Some will buy now. Others need time to build our trust and hence the follow up.
 
 
Simple, but not easy…..
 
Next session; You Need Your Script, but You Aren’t A Parrot