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Don’t Waste Time Selling

The real winners in today’s competitive business world are those people who can capture the imagination of their clients very quickly and persuade them to want to continue the discussion.

“To be successful, it’s no longer good enough just to be competent. You have to stir the brain cells – and the hearts – of your intended audience” Harvard Business Press 2002 (yes, it’s a ten year old reference but it’s still true today).

Keep your sales story as brief as you can. The more detail you add, the more you are in danger of diluting its impact. The detail might justify the story but it won’t attract people to it in the first place. Or make it memorable; it can have the opposite effect.

 ‘Less is more’ is phrase that my art teacher used a lot. He wanted his students to use the minimum amount of paint and the fewest number of brush strokes to create the desired impression.  Most of us added too much colour and detail, thinking that every extra splash of colour would improve the final painting. It never did. In some cases, the blank canvas gave a better impression than the ‘final’ painting.

Adding too much detail to your sales story can be worse than saying nothing. I know – I’ve been there, done that and got an entire wardrobe of ‘T’ shirts. So brevity is the key.

Whatever your religion (or non-religion) I’m sure you’ll agree that The Lord’s Prayer has had a great impact on many parts of the world – and yet it is only sixty-six words long. The European Commission report into market forces affecting the price of cabbages is over sixty-six thousand words.  There could be lots of valid detail in this document (oh yeah?) but it’s unlikely to be one thousand times more memorable than the Lord’s Prayer.

 So if we want our message to have an impact, it must be brief and to the point. Once you’ve made a good impact and earned the extra time to tell your story in more detail, you must tell it in a compelling and persuasive manner, and give value for every minute  that you take.  

You can find out more from my ‘elevator pitch kindle books and ebooks. Spend a moment at http://www.kindlebooksplus.co.uk

And as this blog has been about brevity, I’ll shut up now.


Selling? – Then learn from the ‘half-way doctor’

If a doctor started the consultation by telling you the ‘features’, ‘advantages’ and ‘benefits’ of a new pill, you would get worried.  If you mentioned that you had a headache and, immediately, the Doctor said, “I’ve got just the pill for you”, you would probably run for the door.  Medical people at every level, have ‘diagnosis’ as the focus of the consultation; they will ask about your symptoms (pain etc), your lifestyle (drink, smoke, exercise), your worries and stress factors – and so on.  The medical people tell me that ‘understanding the patient completely’ enables the doctor to offer the best diagnosis  – and subsequently (and ‘subsequently’ is a key word), propose the best ‘solution’ to the problem.   Doctors, like sales people, have to learn to resist the urge to produce a solution before they have the complete picture and the priorities agreed by the ‘patient’.   If you think about it, not to do so could be fatal!  A sales person selling an inappropriate solution is a bad situation, but a doctor ‘selling’ the wrong medication would be catastrophic.

I have done simulated patient exercises with Doctors purely on getting a good ‘history’ and making a ‘differential diagnosis’ (diagnosis alternatives). Good consultative selling is similar.  The complete diagnosis (with priorities) is made before any mention of a solution and without prejudging what the solution should be.  I am no doctor, of course, so keep your clothes on; I don’t have the medical knowledge to make a competent diagnosis. But it’s that lack of knowledge inhibiting the urge to offer solutions that makes me very good at getting a good overview of all the problem symptoms.  I am an excellent half-way doctor’

Want to hear my full ‘learn from the half-way doctor’ motivational pitch?  Email me at wdfreeman@ymail.com. My stethoscope is always ready.

Start using Kindle to ramp up your income

I’ve had one ‘physical book’ published and, boy, what an effort that was.  My ‘two minute message’ book earned me a bit of money and enhanced my reputation as an ‘elevator pitch’ guru. Since then I’ve written ten ebooks (for kindle and other devices), which has given me a lot more money and was a darned sight easier. The smallest of these ‘books’ is about four A4 pages (so we’re not talking blockbusters); it costs a few pence to buy and has more than doubled my website hits. That was the idea.

You might be the next J.K.Rowling with a fortune earning novel up your sleeve. Or you might be more like me: You got some expertise and knowledge and you want to use it to earn enough to pay for your next big family holiday (and the one after that).

Leaving aside your blockbuster novel, there may be other things you long to get distributed; your family history, your poetry anthology, your ‘how to’ booklet, your hobby experiences, your book of cartoons (I’ve done that!), your ‘ten ways of …’ your travel advice, your promotional pamphlet – and so on.

You could also write a business article or booklet to promote your expertise and attract interested visitors to your website.

Think about offering ‘instruction and training’ messages – anywhere, anytime via kindle or smartphone. I’m starting to offer versions of my top-level sales training programmes on kindle (or ipad, iphone, android etc). This is getting practical tips and information to sales people at their time and point of need.

You might want to do the same for your hobby, be it photography, wedding planning, travel, gardening, artistic skills. Your kindle ‘book’ can be about your hobby or passion.  You can see my range of offerings at http://www.kindlebooksplus.co.uk

Is it easyto do? Short answer is ‘yes’. Get your word document (of good content) sorted and I’ll tell you how.  Click the website for more information.

Get writing.