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Do You Dare Throw Away The Script And Start A Conversation!

12/13/2017, 10:10am EST
By Steve Cali

Personality Sells

Stop the sales pitch and start talking and listening to your customer. “It’s an amazing feeling, says Helen Robinson, when you feel the rapport, that mutual trust you’re building with the customer.”

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My first experience in sales was in telemarketing. I was so scared that to this day I can’t remember what I was selling. The sales trainer told me to read the script and all would be fine. I found a nice secluded corner desk where no one would hear me and dialed my first lead. I introduced myself and started to read the script I was given. I thought I was doing fine until the gentleman asked me a question. “You can’t do this to me; my trainer didn’t say anything about questions; there are no questions in the script!” Of course I didn’t voice this out loud; I just broke out in a sweat, lost my place in the script and felt my throat closing.” Since he had no idea who I was, thank heaven, I just hung up the phone. Silly wasn’t I?

At that moment I decided I needed a new mindset. The person on the other end doesn’t know me. The only reason they will speak to me is because I sound warm, friendly and polite and if I ask a question, even a simple one, I will wait for an answer. Have you experienced the caller who asks how you are today and doesn’t wait for an answer just starts reading some words on a piece of paper?

Wouldn’t it be nice to build up that trust and create a customer for yourself and the company you work for? You don’t need a script. You should learn all you can about your company, the product or service you’re selling before you pick up that phone. Try to be relaxed and get you’re customer in the same mood.

Here’s one of my best examples of listening and I think one of my favorite moments on the phone. A business owner called asking for some information to be sent to him. I tried to get some information about his operation to start a conversation but that’s all I could get was a yes or no answer. From the name of his business I realized he owned many pretzel concessions that were located in movie theaters, etc. I was listening to his tone and it seemed to me that he wasn’t unfriendly, perhaps just shy or had a really bad day. He proceeded to give me his name, address and in the middle of this information, I asked, “Do they come with mustard?” The long silence was deafening. I said, “The pretzels, do they come with mustard?” He started to laugh and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I knew he would become a customer and he did. I looked forward to calling him for reorders and I really think he liked hearing from me. The moral of the story, believe in what you’re selling, know your product and enjoy talking to your prospects. Relax and the orders will come.

Steve Cali
President
MarketingDirectors.ca

Mississauga Gazette
9-6975 Medowvale Town Centre Circle
Suite 404 Mississauga, Ontario  L5N2V7
289.997.6545
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Steve Cali
President
MarketingDirectors.ca

Mississauga Gazette
9-6975 Medowvale Town Centre Circle
Suite 404 Mississauga, Ontario  L5N2V7
289.997.6545
www.MississaugaGazette.com

Mississauga Gazette, A Mississauga Newspaper. This article written by Steve Cali

Mississauga Gazette - Mississauga's Other Newspaper

Mississauga Gazette - News - Editorials - Entertainment - Mississauga Business Listings - Brampton Business Listings

Steve Cali - Marketing and Business - Mississauga Gazette a Mississauga Newspaper - Marketing And Business In Mississauga and Peel Region

My first experience in sales was in telemarketing. I was so scared that to this day I can’t remember what I was selling. The sales trainer told me to read the script and all would be fine. I found a nice secluded corner desk where no one would hear me and dialed my first lead. I introduced myself and started to read the script I was given. I thought I was doing fine until the gentleman asked me a question. “You can’t do this to me; my trainer didn’t say anything about questions; there are no questions in the script!” Of course I didn’t voice this out loud; I just broke out in a sweat, lost my place in the script and felt my throat closing.” Since he had no idea who I was, thank heaven, I just hung up the phone. Silly wasn’t I?

At that moment I decided I needed a new mindset. The person on the other end doesn’t know me. The only reason they will speak to me is because I sound warm, friendly and polite and if I ask a question, even a simple one, I will wait for an answer. Have you experienced the caller who asks how you are today and doesn’t wait for an answer just starts reading some words on a piece of paper?

Wouldn’t it be nice to build up that trust and create a customer for yourself and the company you work for? You don’t need a script. You should learn all you can about your company, the product or service you’re selling before you pick up that phone. Try to be relaxed and get you’re customer in the same mood.

Here’s one of my best examples of listening and I think one of my favorite moments on the phone. A business owner called asking for some information to be sent to him. I tried to get some information about his operation to start a conversation but that’s all I could get was a yes or no answer. From the name of his business I realized he owned many pretzel concessions that were located in movie theaters, etc. I was listening to his tone and it seemed to me that he wasn’t unfriendly, perhaps just shy or had a really bad day. He proceeded to give me his name, address and in the middle of this information, I asked, “Do they come with mustard?” The long silence was deafening. I said, “The pretzels, do they come with mustard?” He started to laugh and I breathed a huge sigh of relief. I knew he would become a customer and he did. I looked forward to calling him for reorders and I really think he liked hearing from me. The moral of the story, believe in what you’re selling, know your product and enjoy talking to your prospects. Relax and the orders will come.

Steve Cali
President
MarketingDirectors.ca

Mississauga Gazette
9-6975 Medowvale Town Centre Circle
Suite 404 Mississauga, Ontario  L5N2V7
289.997.6545
www.MississaugaGazette.com

Mississauga Gazette, A Mississauga Newspaper. This article written by Steve Cali

Mississauga Gazette - Mississauga's Other Newspaper

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