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  • Permission to Proceed

    Guest Post By: Dave Brown

    Screen-Shot-2016-04-26-at-10.17.31-AMThis is something that is overlooked quite a bit. It’s one that I take the time to really look at this when I’m helping other people grow in prospecting.

    You know when you’re having that rocky conversation with someone at first. You haven’t had a chance to set up that cadence. You may be talking over each other, or have long awkward pauses, it’s really just no fun at all. Are you looking for a solution for that? Here it is…

    Ask for permission to proceed!

    Literally, you ask them to grant you permission to proceed in the conversation on your phone call. Right up front, after you’ve done the names and connected, and you’re about to give the prospecting buying atmosphere, you have to have this question in there. It’s basically asking for a specified amount of time, and you get them to confirm they are able to give you that time so they are open and receptive with you.

    Example, “Hey John, this is Dave, I’ve been doing some work with Beth over at Zee Company. They’ve been doing a lot of great things, so I just wanted to run this by you. It’s a good one, do you have a few minutes?”

    Connect with the names, ask to run something by them, confirm some time, then go right in to your prospecting and buying atmosphere.

    Some more ways to ask, “Can you talk for 3 minutes? Did I catch you at a good time to run something by you? Do you have like 97 seconds for this? Are you ready for my audition?”

    Whatever it may be, get creative, just ask for that time. It may be 5 minutes, it may be 2, but let them grant you permission to proceed. Don’t look by this, and when they try to speed you up, that is when you ask to confirm a few minutes. Come up with your special way to get prospects to allow you to spend time with them.

    The more you prospect the more you realize the short term hurt turns in to the long term easy. It’s going to hurt a little each day while you are prospecting, but it will get better as you constantly do it and turn it in to a long term easy.

    Go get it today! Set some appointments and prospect your heart out!

    Comment here, tweet me, or connect with me on Linkedin and let me know!

     

    Dave Brown is a senior partner and executive level coach at Southwestern Consulting and author of the upcoming book Painless Prospecting. Dave was a record breaking salesman for Southwestern Advantage, knocking on over 50,000 doors before the age of 25. He has spoken and trained over 100,000 sales professionals across the globe with Southwestern Consulting.


  • Your Forward 40

    Guest Post By: Dave Brown

    This is a technique you can use forever. This is how I’ve become a prospecting genius and what I have learned to master over the years. The Forward 40.

    When it gets time to make those calls, and you don’t know who to call, your momentum gets squashed. To keep things from falling apart, make sure you stay in a positive mindset and always allow yourself to continue to grow. It can be done with one 15 minute day-defining task!

    Focus on getting YOUR FORWARD 40.

    What is this? It’s the 40 people you make a note of to call the next day. At the end of the day, plan your day with those 40 people you need to contact or see the next day.  That list will be the first 40 people you will reach out to. Put it in a spreadsheet or write it down, so when you get up to start your day your mind is already aware of who you’ll be talking to and what it will be about.

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    Now, don’t be thinking 40 is just way too many. Say you only get to 10 of those calls and were really successful, you already have 30 for the next day on your list. There’s an upside! Say you’re even more brilliant and do get to all 40, wrap up that day by making another list of 40 people, and continue that momentum and positivity in prospecting the next day. Set yourself up for success! This is an incredible way to keep your head in the right place and get to as many people as possible.

    Your prospecting nugget for today:

    With prospecting, every day you have a choice, to either make an excuse or find a way.

    The best of us will find a way. So many excuses exist that try to keep us from finding a way. When you have your Forward 40 in gear, you will not have an excuse. Find a way, go get on that phone, get to prospecting, and go be as great as you know you can be!

    Dave Brown is a senior partner and executive level coach at Southwestern Consulting and author of the upcoming book Painless Prospecting. Dave was a record-breaking salesman for Southwestern Advantage, knocking on over 50,000 doors before the age of 25. He has spoken and trained over 100,000 sales professionals across the globe with Southwestern Consulting.


  • THREE REASONS WHY YOU DON’T GET REFERRALS AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT

    Guest Post By: Emmie Brown

    Anyone reading this would agree that referrals are a good thing. Referrals that trickle in because someone heard about you from one of your clients don’t come often enough.

    There are 3 reasons why you don’t get enough referrals:

    1. You don’t ask
    2. You ask passively
    3. You ask incorrectly

    Here is a list of common reasons given for why you didn’t ask for referrals:

    “I shouldn’t have to ask. If I do a good job, people will refer me.”

    “I don’t want to come across as pushy or salesy.”

    “I ran out of time before my next appointment.”

    “I’ll ask later. I need to earn their trust first.”

    “If I ask, I will look like I need the business. I want to look successful.”

    They are all rationalizations- rational sounding lies believed to be true. The truth is professionals make time to ask for referrals and they do it in a way that the client actually gets excited to help them.

    YOU MUST ASK FOR REFERRALS!

    Some people ask but are fearful. Fear causes you to ask passively or ask with trepidation: “I really appreciate referrals. If you think of anyone who would benefit from what I do, please connect them to me.” You mention that you like referrals. You don’t ask for them directly. You don’t get them.

    YOU MUST EXPECT TO ACTUALLY COLLECT REFERRALS WHEN YOU ASK!

    Others don’t ask for referrals correctly. You ask, “Do you know of anyone who. . .” You actually set yourself up to get “I can’t think of anyone right now, but I will let you know if I do.”

    Other objections you get when they ask poorly include:

    • I need to think about it.” “Can you call me next week?” “I’ll get back to you.”
    • The “Hermit” objection: “I don’t know anyone.”
    •  “Sure you can call him, but just don’t use my name.” “Let me talk to  him first.” “I’ll have him call you.”
    • “I don’t give referrals.”

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    YOU HAVE TO ASK FOR REFERRALS THE RIGHT WAY!

    Here are just a few tips that we teach at Southwestern Consulting:

    • Always ask “who do you know who . . . “ instead of  “do you know anyone who. . . ” or “is there anyone who. . .?”
    • Pause after you ask to allow them time to think. Break eye contact. And, look down at your paper ready to write.
    • Use memory joggers. For example, there are certain life events that trigger people to think about insurance. Anyone who is getting married, buying a new house, buying a new car, having a kid, retiring, or changing jobs is a great prospect. Ask who they know in each of these categories.

    The number one way to get referrals is to give someone any opportunity to give them to you. If you are not asking, start there. Then, work on your attitude. You must expect to collect names and numbers. Next, use the above techniques. You will be amazed by how many referrals you get!

     

    Emmie Brown is an executive level coach and an expert in the Psychology of Scripting. Emmie started her career with The Southwestern Company as a student intern at the University of North Carolina. She continued to work with Southwestern over the next 10 years as a top producing sales manager until joining Southwestern Consulting in 2009. Emmie has spent the last 4 years traveling the country as a professional sales trainer, executive coach and business consultant with Southwestern Consulting and the Success Starts Now! conference series. She is also the author of the audio series Talk Less, Sell More and a breakout presenter at the Success Starts Now! sales training conference.


  • 7 Ways to Remember Names

    Guest Post By: Rory Vaden

    You’re in the grocery store and you bump into a familiar face. They enthusiastically say “Hey ______ [insert your name here] how’s a going?!” You turn and look at them and have a moment of bewildered dread as you quickly recognize their face but it dawns on you that you have forgotten their name.

    You try to play it off cool like you remember them and you so obviously know who they are that it doesn’t even make sense to use their name. Or perhaps you give them a “hey man” or an “oh, hi!” or even a “hey there champ.”

    Unprofessional. Uncaring. Inconsiderate. Take your pick. There is nothing that feels good about forgetting people’s names and it most certainly doesn’t forward your personal or professional relationships. Needless to say there are a lot of reasons why it’s important to remember people’s names and there is certainly room for a deep study of the brain and the psychology of why we forget.

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  • Navigate Handshakes

    Guest Post By: Dustin Hillis

    When it comes to identifying people’s natural buying behavior styles, one of the best ways to identify someone’s style is by taking note of how they walk, move and shake hands.

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    Visual: Arnold Schwarzenegger has just entered the room, straight off of the movie Terminator.  He is coming straight at you!

    Fighters pump their arms and move their feet quickly.  It almost looks like a fast-speed, militant-style walk headed toward you.

    Once they get to you, they’ll often shake your hand in one of two ways.

    1. They’ll extend their hand in a tomahawk chop motion.

    -OR-

    1. They’ll extend their hand in a javelin-jab motion.

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  • Former NBA All Star Mark Eaton & Southwestern Consulting™ Team Up!

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    Southwestern Consulting™ and Accelerent invite you to join us on the evening of September 18th for an exciting networking event with Former NBA All Star, Mark Eaton, of the Utah Jazz.

    This is going to be an excellent opportunity to meet a dynamic group of Nashville Business Professionals, talk shop AND basketball!

    Register For This FREE Event Now – before the September 12th deadline!

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  • Featured ImageLinkedIn Cheat Sheet

    We really liked this straightforward infographic outlining the power of LinkedIn for business networking and marketing.  Unlike Facebook or Twitter, LinkedIn was originally created for business – incorporating the powerful elements of social media with traditional business tools.  If you are not currently using LinkedIn, this outline created by Mindflash.com has some great information for both the novice and veteran.


  • NINJA NETWORKING

    This is one of my favorite subjects to coach clients on. It is really fun talking about networking.  It is an art, and most people do not do it correctly.  I really do believe that networking can be huge for all sales professionals. 

    Networking meetings are a great place to start.  Begin with a Google search on “networking (insert your local area)” and search for a sight that has links to different networking events in the area.  Go to the calendars of the various groups and match that up with your schedule, so that you are going to at least 4-8 a month, some in the morning (breakfasts with a guest speaker) and some at night  (the social happy hour types) so you are meeting all different kinds of people.

    This is how to not work a room at a networking function.  You will see others doing this:

    1. Grouping with people they already know
    2. Spending too long talking to people who are trying to sell to them
    3. Talking too much when they find someone who is interested
    4. Passing out their business card to everyone without collecting information

     
    Instead, what you should do is:

    1. Move quickly through the room searching for prospects.  (like “speed dating”)
    2. Have a ‘Wow How’ statement that explains what you do.  (make sure it is one line only and gets them to ask  “Wow! How do you do that?”)
    3. Share only enough information with them about what you do to keep them interested.  (when they ask “What is that?” respond with a story of how you helped someone that sells a benefit)
    4. Collect information.  (get whatever information that you need – qualify)
    5.  Aim for finding as many prospects as possible that you can call later to set an appointment.

     
    Ok, so about Wow How Statements.  They are basically an elevator pitch that makes people say, “Wow, that’s cool. How do you do that?”

    At a networking meeting, when someone asks you what you do for a living you don’t want to say, “I sell insurance.”  They think about how they already know many insurance agents and they want to run the other way.  Here are some points to consider:

    When coming up with your ‘wow-how’ think about the following:

    What makes me unique?  What is your USP?  (unique selling proposition)  
    What makes me different from everyone else in my industry?
    What is my goal in this industry?
    What am I exceptionally good at?
    Why do people work with me over someone else?
    What is funny or interesting about me, my company or my industry?

    So, you need to come up with answers to these questions, be ready to use them, and get out there in the community and network!

    Your Partner in Success,

    Emmie Young

    Professional Sales Trainer
    Southwestern Consulting
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