Imagine a national sales meeting where there is no pre-conference agenda, no planned speakers or breakouts, yet there are several pertinent presentations and everyone's needs are met. Does this sound like a riddle? It's not. It's an "Un-Conference", a forum where every participant has an opportunity to share and gain in a collaborative, efficient, real time, dynamic and even organized setting.
Much like the days of starting with the “product pitch” are long gone, so are the days of starting client conversations with a firing line of questions. Yet, it happens every day. Well-intentioned salespeople use a myriad of questions to uncover needs designed so they can position value. On the other side of the table – frustration, impatience and perceived irrelevance to the client’s business situation.
19 members of the Sandvik Coromant sales departments from eight countries and nine different time zones were awarded Consultative Sales Certification (CSC) in a virtual graduation ceremony on May 16th, 2014. "This was not just an online meeting, but an actual graduation ceremony with presentations from students, faculty and awarding of diplomas," said Jeff Arnold, Executive Director of The Sales Association who delivered the commencement address during the event.
"This training has changed my approach with customers. They aren't just clients, or a sale, or a referral, they are everyday people like each of us. I think I had it in my head before that since I was a floater, I didn't have the opportunity to connect with clients as much as those personal bankers stationed in one location. However, my new approach has, I think, really helped me to achieve a personal level with the customers. I know this because now when I visit a branch, the clients will chat with me and recognize me more so than they would have in the past."
- Bethany P., Personal Banker
"Since the class I find myself asking a lot more open-ended questions. I have found that by doing this I am better able to serve my customers and really figure out their needs. Before the class, I was very uncomfortable with stalls and objections; however, now I feel much more confident. I have achieved over 300% of goals for new relationships and new deposit dollars."
- James S., New Accounts Representative
|It is very difficult for most people to see, hear and feel what you are presenting at one time. Appeal to your customer's preferred communication style.|