Let me set the scene for you: You go to a great networking event. You leave the room feeling fired up. You met some great people, and you can’t wait to talk to them again.
But then you go back to your office. Maybe you booked a meeting directly after the event, or maybe your day just gets away from you. And as you’re unloading your portfolio or taking off your jacket at the end of the day, you see those four business cards. What happens next is a tale we’re all familiar with.
In the world of sales, there are few things more important to your success than being able to execute a proposal meeting effectively. The trouble is, there are a lot of ways to fall short of that goal.
If you’ve ever found yourself sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic when you’re supposed to be at the client’s office in five minutes, or standing over a copier praying for it to stop making that grinding noise and spit out your papers already, you’re doing it wrong. Thankfully, there’s an easy fix.
I’m gonna be honest with you: A lot of salespeople are bad at prospecting. If that statement stung a little or hit too close to home, I’d like to say I’m sorry. But I’m not.
Every day that you choose not to prospect, you’re delaying your future income. There, I said it. If you aren’t putting in the effort to create and implement an organized prospecting schedule, you are losing. This is non-negotiable.
Here’s the good news, however: creating a schedule is quick and easy. Let’s get down to it.
Since as far back as I can remember, I have been in love with writing. It’s one of my favorite methods of expression. But I have encountered so many people throughout my career for whom writing is practically a punishment.
Here’s the thing: Being capable of generating strong written communication makes you more employable. Regardless of your industry or field, you should be working every day to improve and nurture your writing skills. And it’s a lot easier to do than you might imagine.
One of the most overlooked assets of any great producer is their strategic partnerships. And the most valuable connections are what I call Power Referral Partners—people who do business with your ideal clients.
While you might feel like you’re doing just fine on your own, the amount of business you are missing out on by not forming and nurturing these sorts of relationships is likely staggering. So where can you find these people? And how can you properly leverage these relationships to boost your business?
A lot of salespeople struggle to master follow-up techniques. But I’m here to tell you, leaving a message for a prospect that says, “I’m just calling to touch base,” or “I’m just circling back with you,” is pretty lame.
Seriously, let’s all agree to do away with these clichés. You need a real reason to follow up with someone, and there are so many ways to do it both creatively and effectively.