This is a valuable foundation course that is highly structured, interactive and focuses on bringing out the best of our delegates in a supportive environment. Most people possess the ability to sell and negotiate and our trainers use their 20 years of selling and training experience to increase the confidence and competence of potential sales ‘superstars’.
In today’s challenging times highly productive and motivated sales staff are key to business survival. More and more managers are tasked with improving sales performance and training staff how to sell more. If you want to get more customers buying your products and services your sales team must be able to use productive selling techniques; sales closing skills; be confident in answering objections; even down to dealing with difficult customers.
Selling on the telephone is very different from face-to-face sales and a telesales team require a specific set of skills and techniques if they are to be successful. It is not enough just to give them a contact list and tell them to ‘get on with it’. Successful results in telephone sales is a by product of successful telesales training.
Communication is a two way process
Information is a one-way process
Four important factors of Telephone Customer Service.
Customer service is essential in tele-selling.
No one likes to be sold something by someone with the ‘gift of the gab’. They may come across as flippant and uncaring. We like to feel that the sales person cares about our needs and is looking to satisfy them with their products. Our customers pay extra attention to the four factors below, to compensate for not being able to see what’s going on:
- promptness – How quickly we can resolve the customer’s current problem; managing the customer’s expectations by giving deadlines of delivery and ease of service.
- courtesy – Being polite and treating the caller as a valued customer; giving reasons for all actions/instructions and using courtesy language; please, thank you etc.
- organisation – Having sufficient product knowledge to deal effectively with the customer’s questions and queries or complaint.
- helpfulness – Showing a willingness to deal with/resolve any issues the customer voices. To quickly produce actions that satisfy not confuse. A pleasant, helpful tone of voice of voice is very important to show the customer that you wish to help them.
PLANNING THE CALL – THE FIRST CALL
Call planning prior to the sales call is more than halfway to achieving a satisfactory outcome. Never attempt to phone a client for the first time until you have spent time preparing what you are likely to say and how you will deal with them.
When preparing for sales, if you ask yourself; “What do I want and how will I get it?” and “What do they need and what can I offer to still get what I want?”, you’ll have a great basis for your plan and strategy. The questions below are designed to give you a working checklist prior to making the phone call. Using them will prepare you for your negotiations and increase your chances of success.
PLANNING THE CALL – CALL BACKS
You’ve called the customer, presented your sales strategy, sent them some sales information and now you’re calling them back in the hope of completing the sale. Most call backs are wasted because no planning or strategy was used for the call-back.
If you’re only strategy is to call and say, “Hi, did you get the information I sent to you?” then you run the risk of not closing the sale at all. You must have something to say to the customer on every call; bland statements or closed questions will not get you far. Forming a mental strategy allows you to take and to keep control when you are speaking to the customer. The strategy focuses around having answers to the following before you call the customer:
PLANNING THE WHOLE CALL – STRATEGIC
- Your objective
- Target Customer
- The Offer
(The introduction verifies you have reached the right contact and provides the customer with your name, your company name, and the purpose of the call. Try to gain the customer’s interest with an attention-grabbing statement of purpose.)
(Questions help transition from the introduction to the recommendation. Use open-ended questions to keep the conversation moving, determine needs, and involve the customer in the call.)
(Explain what you are presenting and how it benefits the customer. Remember, customers buy benefits, not features. Tell the customer how your product or service makes life easier/ cuts costs/ increases revenue etc.)
(Anticipate possible customer responses or objections. These help you respond quickly and move on to the close. Include as many potential objections as possible. If necessary, list them on a separate page.)
(Finish the call by asking for the order—whether that is a purchase or a meeting. Use one of many sales techniques, such as: assume the customer wants to order, offer alternative ways to say yes; or just be direct.)
(Ensure you fulfil on the promises made and ensure both parties understand what they have agreed who will do what and what time scales have been established.)
Who will benefit from the course?
This course is designed to give new salespeople the confidence to appoint, present to and close potential customers. Delegate numbers are limited to no more than six to allow an environment where the maximum learning can be achieved. We use a combination of learning methods but place emphasis on role-play reinforcement of real life situations based on products and services relevant to the delegate’s organisation.