Once upon a time, there was a sales person who should have been in a different line of work. At a trade show, they were standing in the aisle and as prospects walked by would ask, “You wouldn’t be interested in buying a web site, would you?”
Every answer was a resounding “No!”
This sales person, and many others like them, lacked the confidence to be convincing in their introductory pitch. That’s a sign of either poor training or the need to choose a different occupation. It was later discovered that the sales representative had clients who had never been asked to pay for the work being done on their website. More later.
A sales person must have a thorough knowledge of the product and/or services he/she is offering. With the wisdom comes belief in the product or service’s ability to meet the needs of the consumer. That implies the sales person also understands what those needs are and how the company they represent can fulfill those needs.
Other elements that generate confidence in a sales person:
Empathy – Merely rattling off a sales pitch to a prospective customer is likely to turn off the potential purchaser. People, in general, do not like to be sold, so the sales person who fails to ask questions or show concern for the prospect is bound to be viewed as pushy. Some will get the sale through persistence. Without listening, though, the chances of that sale falling through increase exponentially.
Presentation – The empathetic sales rep presents information to the prospective customer in a manner that appeals to what they hear the prospect saying. Yes, some elements of the presentation need to be canned and rehearsed so they come out of the rep’s mouth with confidence, but the knowledge of how the product or service can be of value to the consumer is more important.
Closing Skills – One of the primary reasons that sales people fail is they lack the confidence to ask for the money, and close the sale. Part of this involves being sensitive to the prospect. If you can sense that the person in front of you is ready to make the buy, ask for the sale. If you’ve dealt with all the objections, make it official and get the consumer on the way to enjoying the product or service you’ve convinced them is worth purchasing.
Back to our website sales person: It was obvious they were not cut out to be in sales, so she was let go. A week or so later, she came back in and expressed her gratitude for being fired. Why? She said it was the best thing that ever happened to her because it made her realize she wasn’t cut out to be in sales. She found a job in technical support, which made her happy.
Do your sales people have confidence in marketing your products and/or services?