Opening the Sales Meeting [Sales Process Part 4 of 9]
You have made a connection with your sales prospect, and you are ready to start selling… But, hold on. Let’s first open the sales process formally, so we all know where we are. This is the Sales Opening.
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Sales and Selling Skills
This video is part of course module 8.4.1
Program 8: Managing Customers and Clients
Course 4: Sales / Selling Skills
Section 1: The Sales Process
Other videos that describe the Sales Process:
🎬 The Sales Process https://youtu.be/iPZNem-Xguw
🎬 Sales Prospecting https://youtu.be/m7bQ4wNeZmo
🎬 Pre-Sales Activities https://youtu.be/lEBsFG_jqnU
🎬 Rapport Building https://youtu.be/aJqduxW2MA4
🎬 Diagnosing the Need https://youtu.be/pAsYVf4E3to
🎬 Presenting Solutions https://youtu.be/xf-mhhbL2tk
🎬 Handling Objections https://youtu.be/S6JFm46Gfso
🎬 Seeking Commitment https://youtu.be/1D1-VC9Ccjk
🎬 After Sales Activities https://youtu.be/3qrrlXwDjJI
The sales opening sets the scene and allows both parties to share an understanding of why you have come together, what you are here to do, and the broad process and timing.
One of the most important questions you can ask at this stage is ‘how much time do you have?’
What you need to cover in the sales opening:
Offer to introduce yourself formally.
There are two levels of introduction:
1. the lightweight ‘I’m Mike, from Management Courses’ that sets up rapport building (the previous video), and
2. the more detailed (but concise) introduction you will use in this opening stage, to establish your credibility. You should have prepared this in advance. Keep it tight, and relevant to this meeting.
– suggest an objective for the meeting and seek agreement from your prospect, or
– ask them what they hope to get from the meeting.
Either way, once you are agreed, be prepared to ensure that your process will be able to deliver it.
– Set out how you would like to conduct the meeting, or
– Ask them how they would like to structure the meeting
From this, lay out an agenda and clarify the timings. Also, ask about their authority: ‘are you in a position to make a decision today, or are there further stages in the process for you?’
This is your transition into the next stage of the sales process, the Diagnosis Stage. You may say something like, ‘I’d like to get started by finding out…’ and then you can start asking your questions, and pass the talking baton over to your prospect.
Plan your own personal introductions:
1. A lightweight version (1 MC CPD Point)
2. A more detailed version (2 MC CPD Points)
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There are many books that introduce sales and selling. These are the ones I have, and can recommend:
📖 To Sell Is Human https://geni.us/L2EQmt
📖 The Only Sales Guide You’ll Ever Need https://geni.us/AEAVD5
📖 The New Strategic Selling https://geni.us/Zt2Z9n3
📖 SPIN Selling https://geni.us/Ir5xu
📖 The Psychology of Selling https://geni.us/AjR8AA
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00:00 – Are you ready to start selling? Not so fast, tiger.
00:26 – Setting the scene for your meeting
00:47 – How much time do you have?
02:05 – The other purpose for the opening to your meeting
02:50 – Introduction
03:30 – Objectives
04:14 – Process
05:06 – Transition
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