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A sign that says "How Much?"

Imagine the following scenario.  After a few meetings with a prospect during which you examined his current situation and analyzed his needs and future goals, you developed and presented a four-step approach for what you believed to be the best fit solution to meeting his challenge.  The investment necessary to obtain and implement your solution is $12,800.  The prospect, while impressed with your solution, commented, “That’s a bit more than we expected to spend.  We were hoping that we would be looking at something around $10,000.”  

What would you do?

Cartoon of board room "Of course we'll make a decision..."

A major frustration for salespeople is dealing with prospects that can’t seem to make a decision.  Perhaps the biggest of those frustrations is struggling with prospects who indicate the desire to make a decision (and to do so by a certain date), but when the date rolls around, they invariably need more time. How many times have prospects told you, “I need more time to make a decision”?  Too many? In those situations, it’s easy to blame the prospect for being indecisive, uncommitted, and a procrastinator. But, does the prospect deserve all of the blame?  Shouldn’t some of it fall on your shoulders?  Perhaps, the major share? 

Time is running out

Are your salespeople on track for hitting their sales goals? If they are: Congratulations…to you and to them. If they are not: What are you going to do about it? The clock is ticking. How are you going to motivate your salespeople (or at least those whose numbers aren’t up to par) to pick up the pace…to knuckle down and do what needs to be done before time runs out?

Referral network

When someone hands you a business card and says, “you should call this person”, it's not really a referral. Without more information, it is more like they're sending you on a cold call. Cold calling is way down the list of favorite prospecting activities for most salespeople, and sometimes that frustration can spill over to referrals.

Sales Secrets folder

If your selling process ends with a close, you're doing it all wrong. "What!?! That makes no sense," I can hear you saying. "Closing is the ultimate success." All true. But you can close more (how does 80% sound?), see fewer clients and, best of all, make even fewer presentations. In the process, you'll feel more essential to your clients, more motivated, and more in control.

Man pointing at clock with text "Time For Change"

You stand in front of your sales team and announce a shift in workplace policies, or privately mention that a client wants to go in another direction with their account. Immediately, your salespeople cringe.

Salespeople whispering

Managers who fail to control gossip can lose their best performers. 

A good sales meeting generates ideas

Sales meetings can help you win more business, but if not handled well they can cost you time in front of prospects. 

Sandler Enterprise Selling helps sales reps manage accounts with the KARE method.

Understanding the importance of various accounts helps sellers sort customers and prepare for the next appropriate step in a relationship with the client.