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Be Prepared And Find Your Internal Champ

Hi Champ!

There are a few things you need to do and consider to prepare for a face to face meeting:

  • Set clear goals for what you want to accomplish in the meeting.
  • Anticipate potential concerns from the client.
  • Check to make sure you are completely prepared by researching the prospect personally and professionally on social media and news sources.
  • Listen more than you talk. Prepare your questions beforehand.
  • Bring support staff with you.
  • Use and respect the clients’ format.
  • Always follow through.
  • Ask for what you need and seal the deal.
  • Simplify your prospects life.
  • Find ways to boost your credibility.
  • Build and nurture relationships.
  • Learn from “no” if you get one. Find out what didn’t work so you know how to change it for the next time.

 

These are all important things to do both before and during the sales process. With confidence behind your company and product you will catch that big fish.  As you move forward from first meetings to more in...

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Who’s Your Champ?

Uncategorized Mar 10, 2019

Hi Champ!

In the last post we talked about making first contact with your prospective big fish and how to make a positive first impression. Today we’re going to talk about a key component outlined in our book Sell Like A Champ that will help you land the big fish.  Knowing your preferred behavior style and having high levels of EQ will help you understand the personality of your prospective big fish.  Higher levels of EQ help you understand if and when modifications are needed to build trust and rapport quickly.  Or, if you are not the right fit, match the right salesperson to the big fish.

You need to:

  1. Know Yourself (You must know your own preferred communication style)
  2. Profile your salespeople’s personalities and behavioral styles.
  3. Match the right salesperson or modify your communication and behavioral style to your target fish.
  4. Know where you are in the sales process.

 

Where are YOU and the Prospect in the Sales Process?

 

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The Perfect Bait

 

Hi Champ!

In the last post we talked about how to learn about your big fish and prepare for the first contact you’ll make with them. This first contact is essential to your success. You need to instill confidence in them. They need to know you can fulfill exactly what you are offering on time, at a good price and at the quality you promise.

Today we’ll actually go through an approach and how to make that perfect first impression. Before you put together your approach plan, you need to choose with big fish you’re going after. Take a look at your notes and the research you’ve done about prospective fish. Then decide which one will bring the greatest return with the highest probability of success to start out with.

There are a series of things to go through in choosing which fish to start with. They are:

  • Your Value Position or Brand Promise
  • Compile Your Ideal Target List
  • Select the Best Target

 

Position Your Business

You need to position your...

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Untangle the Red Tape

Hi Champ!

In the last post we talked about how to bring the big-company mindset into your business and your team. This will help you overcome the mental obstacles that will keep you from being successful. Now, that you’ve learned how to overcome that, we’re going to talk about who your fish is. It’s important to know about the fish you are looking for before you put a plan together. We’re also going to take a moment to talk about the potential “red tape” you may encounter along the way.

The most important thing to know about your fish is their purchasing habits and procedures. There are four main things you need to work on in order to be successful:

  1. Responsibilities: You need to know who has influence over purchasing, who does the actual buying and who can kill a deal if they want.
  2. Get on Their List: You need to know how to get on their list of people to buy from. Your name needs to not only be on the list, but at the top of it and in as many...
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Be One with the Fish

Uncategorized Jan 21, 2019

Hi Champ!

In the last post we started our series on catching big clients, or “fish”, that will sustain your business over the long run. Today we’re going to take that a step further by talking about how to understand and think like a big fish company and how that can help you plan your approach and find success.

Before you can start the process of landing big clients, you have to make sure your entire team is onboard with your approach and vision. There are six keys to finding big client success. They are:

  1. Confidence, first impressions matter. You must remember you have one shot to land a big client. If you make a mistake, they aren’t going to consider you again. Never give them a reason to doubt your abilities.  Do not over promise and under deliver.
  2. Customer Focus. Your prospects must always feel like they are your first priority. Returns calls and emails immediately and find solutions to their problems or questions as quickly as possible.
  3. Flexible:...
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Are You On The Right Path?

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2019

Hi Champ!

There are a number of factors to take into consideration when prepping yourself and your company to approach the largest clients you’ll ever work with.

Today we’re going to start with a brief look at the three paths every business faces and show you which one is the path to success. Then we’ll talk about the mindset it takes to attract the big fish.

There are three major paths a business can take:

  • Safe Speed
  • Shooting Star
  • Springboard

 

Safe Speed

Most business owners end up working themselves into the ground without much reward or success. This is what happens when you fool yourself into thinking you will find quick success if you keep doing what you are doing. You may also find yourself following this path when you are afraid of change.  You have lots of minnows or one strong client that dominates your time causing you to do more for less so you don’t lose them.

Shooting Star

This describes a business that shoots to the top so fast you...

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Are You In The 1%

HI Champ!

The Rule of 1% is simply defined as adding to your customer service one percent at a time. Before you can do this you must have your consistency perfected or it will never work. This one percent may seem small, but if you approach the vision for your company with baby steps, you will find a huge increase over a solid chunk of time. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.

Avoid doing too much at one or you’ll set yourself up for failure. Think of the confidence you and your employees will have when you improve one percent each week. By the end of a year, you’ll have improved more than 50%!

While, rules and standards are necessary for growth, always be flexible with your best customers. Most retailers only allow a set number of items into a dressing room to reduce the risk of shoplifting, but it generally restricts the large percentage of people who are not stealing from you. Flexibility is the key to what you deliver to your customers and consistency is...

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Delivering Service + 1

 

Hi champ!

In the last post we talked about how to figure out what your customers want out of a positive shopping experience. Today we’ll talk about the concept of Deliver +1 and how this concept can take your customer service to the next level. I've decided to split up this post so the next one will cover the 1% Rule.

Consistency is the key to any great customer service experience. If you want to take your satisfied customers to Raving Fan status, you have to go above and beyond the average customer service experience.

There are three ways to develop consistency:

1. Avoid offering too many customer service options.

We sometimes get so caught up in giving customers what they want, we get away from our original vision. Instead, stay true to your vision and offer one or two solid customer service techniques that will set you apart from the competition.

You need to fine tune the current systems you are using before you can add anything to the mix. There’s nothing...

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Another Secret Revealed

Hi Champ!

In the last post we talked about the first secret to building a solid customer service plan and how to decide what your vision is.

Today we’ll talk about the second secret in taking your satisfied customers to raving fans. You must know what your customers want. Know who your customers are and you will know better how to serve them. Demographics are really important here. An upper-class woman in her 30’s is going to have completely different expectations than a working class man in his 50’s.

There are four main areas you need to consider and plan when figuring out what your customers want:

  • Listen to Your Customers
  • Ask Your Customers Sincerely
  • Offer More than Just a Product/Service
  • Know When to Ignore Them


These are all important when deciding what your customers want out of their buying experience.

Listen to Your Customers

You need to listen to both what they say and what they don’t say. Customers may say they want one thing and really mean...

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Shhh... I Have a Secret Love for Customer Service

Customer service is a pretty hot topic and can make or break your business. Consumers have little patience for lousy customer service and easily get tired of waiting in long lines, trying to get a live person on the line, going through an interrogation to return something or trying to communicate through a language barrier.

If you provide them with a simple, efficient, pleasant experience they will revisit your business over and over. More importantly, they will tell everyone they know!  Customer advocacy or word or mouth is still the number one way to grow a business.

There are three secrets to good customer service, the first one we’re going to conquer is knowing exactly what YOU want for your business reputation.

You are the captain of the ship and the visionary for the future of your business, so you need to have a clearly defined plan for your business and that includes customer service. There are three main goals you need to consider:

  1. It needs to be easy for your...
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