How to Handle: “We’re happy with who we’re using…”

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Here is a sample taken right from Power Phone Scripts that teaches you how to deal with an objection you probably get often: “We’ve already got a supplier for that.”

Variations are things like:

“I’m happy with who were using”

OR

“We’ve been doing business with our current supplier for a long time…”

AND

“My (brother/relative/friend) handles that…”

While all these objections or stalls may seem insurmountable, they aren’t! All you have to do is be prepared for them with a proven script and rebuttal. And you’ll find those below. Let’s start with:

Objection: “I’ve been doing business with my current supplier for a long time…”

Rebuttal:

“How long has that been?”

Layering question:

“And has it been that long since you’ve compared prices and services with another provider?”

OR

“You know, a lot has changed in that time; it sounds like this would be a good time to at least get another opinion/quote of services just so you know that you’re not only still getting the best deal and service, but also so you’ll know who to reach out to should you need additional help.

“Could I at least do a no cost/no obligation comparison quote for you?”

If your prospect says yes, then there’s an opportunity here and you’ve uncovered it.

How to Handle, “My supplier is my friend/brother/long term relationship, etc.”

This is, at first glance, a seemingly difficult objection to overcome—and sometimes, if it’s true, won’t be overcome right away. There are, however, ways to position yourself to earn some of the business either now, or to be the preferred vendor they reach out to when they consider making a change. 

The way to do this effectively is to be prepared with proven scripts.  Let’s take it one at a time:

Objection: “My supplier is my friend.”

“I understand, I also do business with people I consider friends as well.  Tell me, how long have you been doing business with him/her/them?”

Layering question:

“And who were you doing business with prior to them?”

Layer:

“And when was the last time you did a comparison with another provider?”

[If never or a long time]

“Well then, it’s a good idea to at least get another opinion/quote of services just so you know that you’re not only still getting the best deal and service, but also so you’ll know who to reach out to should you need additional help. 

“Could I at least do a no cost/no obligation comparison quote for you?”

If your prospect says yes, then there’s an opportunity here and you’ve uncovered it. 

If they say no, then simply use the “Next in Line Script,” found in Power Phone Scripts.


Objection: “My supplier is my brother/relative.”

 As above, your first job is to question and explore this objection. 

Use:

“Hey that’s great.  As you know, doing business with relatives can have its upside and downside, how’s your experience been?”

[If great]

“That’s good to hear.  Just out of curiosity, how long have you been doing business with them?”

Layer:

“And who did you use before that?”

Layer:

“And what did you like about doing business with a non-relative that you miss now?”

[Regardless of what they say, Layer]:

“Well then, it’s a good idea to at least get another opinion/quote of services just so you know that you’re not only getting the best deal and service, but also so you’ll know who to reach out to should you need additional help.  Could I at least do a no cost/no obligation comparison quote for you?”

If your prospect says yes, then there’s an opportunity here and you’ve uncovered it. 

If they say no, then simply use the “Next in Line Script.”

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A Reminder to Isolate the Objection

Want to make dealing with objections easier?

Then remember to always use the powerful technique of isolating the objection instead of answering it…

I can’t tell you how many recordings I listen to each week where sales reps are still struggling to deal with objections because they insist on trying to overcome them.

It’s a lot of work.

Not only that, but after you’ve given your response, have you ever found that your prospect just comes up with another objection?

Example: Your prospect says that it costs too much.

You then say that you can drop the price. (A bad answer in and of itself, but not the subject of this blog post.)

Your prospect then says that they have to talk to their boss…

You see how this goes.

If you want to stop working so hard, and if you want to know what the real objection is, then isolate the objection instead of trying to overcome it!

Here’s how:

Prospect says, “It costs too much.”

You reply with, “I understand. Let me ask you this: If the price was more in alignment with what you wanted to pay, is this something you would take advantage of?”

Simple.

Your prospect then either says “yes,” and now you can negotiate price, or, they say, “well, I have to talk to…” and you now know that price isn’t the objection at all.

Another example of isolating the price objection:

Prospect says, “It costs too much.”

You reply with, “In addition to cost, what else is making you hesitate today?”

You get the idea.

The bottom line here is that you want to know what else is stopping your prospect from moving forward. 

And you want to do this before you go charging off and chasing their “smokescreen” objection.

One last thing: You may have heard of this technique before, but when was the last time you used it?

If your answer is “not recently,” then pull yourself together, and start using this each and every time you get an objection.

You’ll be amazed at how much more successful you are at closing sales.

And how much easier it is as well.


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How to Handle the Email: “We’re Going to Hold Off for Now”

When following up with a prospect after delivering a presentation, does this kind of email sound familiar?

“Thanks for contacting me, but I’ve checked with the powers that be, and we’re just not going to do anything until (Fall, 2020, OR next year, 2021, OR maybe even 2022).”

Disappointing, isn’t it?

There is one burning question that should be at the top of your mind:

What is behind this stall?

Remember a truth in sales: Behind every stall or objection, there often lies the real objection. Stalls like the email above are often called, “smokescreens,” because they hide that real objection.

The first thing you need to do is get behind that smokescreen and find out if your prospect is even sold first.

In other words, you should be thinking to yourself, “Well, when that times comes, were you impressed enough with what I presented to you that you’d either recommend this to “the powers that be,” or would you be inclined to move forward with it yourself?”

Now remember: I said: This is what you should be thinking.

Your next step after you get an email like this is to either:

A) Get them on the phone and ask them, or

B) Structure an email response which gets them to reveal this.

Why? Because if they aren’t sold, and this is just a smokescreen, then you’ll get nowhere using any other approach.

Here’s your script for this:

By Phone: (Note: Call the prospect 5 to 7 times without leaving a voice mail. Your goal is to catch them live on picking up the phone if possible):

“Hi ________, this is _______ _______ with ________, how are you doing?”

[Listen to their response here. Are they receptive to you?]

“I got your email and no worries! The timing has to be right, of course….

“Quick question: Just out of curiosity, when things do get back to normal for you, based on everything we went over—you know, on what you know about what we offer—did we sound like the solution you think would work for you?”

OR

“Did the “powers that be” give you an indication of that they thought about our service?”

Again: You must get buy in first to see if they are even interested in your service/product.

By Email: (If you can’t reach them by phone, then use this):

Hi…

Thank you so much for getting back with me!

No worries on timing—I completely understand.

Quick question: What were your thoughts on the presentation itself and what we offered?

In other words, when things do get back to normal, would you be recommending us to the powers that be?”

Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

Signed….

Finally: Remember, even in this time of Covid-19 when stalls are coming to us fast and furiously, you must stick to sales fundamentals.

These responses will help you do just that.


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Stalls During Covid-19—How to Handle Them

“We’re just not doing anything right now….”

“We’re ‘on hold’ until things settle down.”

“We’re not spending any money right now.”

These are common stalls that you get all the time, but now it seems harder to overcome them.

Why is that?

It’s because salespeople are now buying into them.

And why not? It makes sense, doesn’t it? People are losing their jobs, working from home, business is down…

Seems like the end of the world, doesn’t it?

Well, it isn’t. It’s temporary, and guess what? Companies and people are still buying. You probably wrote a sale just last week, and the top producers in your office are still writing business.

True story: I was walking in my neighborhood the other day, and a home went on sale—you know, the sign in the front yard, etc.

Less than a week later, there was a red “sold” sign on it. That was quick.

So, what do you do to overcome the stalls at the beginning of this article?

You go back to basics: you acknowledge them, and then go around them to either earn the right to have a conversation, or to qualify the prospect. Use these scripts:

“We’re just not doing anything right now….”

Response:

“I totally understand. How are you doing with the whole Covid-19 situation?”

[Listen & build rapport]

“I’m with you—very different times indeed! A lot of other companies I’m speaking to are going through the same thing.

“And some of them have come up with some really interesting ways of handling this. Tell you what I’d like to do: Let’s set up a 10-minute call, and I’ll share some of those solutions with you and let you know what we’re doing to help them.

“Don’t worry: I won’t try to sell you anything…just give you some information. Does that sound fair?”

“We’re ‘on hold’ until things settle down.”

Response:

“Right?! I know just what you mean.

“Let me ask you this: When things settle down and you get back into the office, and back to doing business again, what does your ideal vendor look like?”

OR

“Right?! I know just what you mean.

“Here’s the good news: we’re on hold here, too. But we are still having lots of conversations and letting people know what’s available to them once this clears up.

“If you’re open to this, all I’d like to do is quickly show you the things we’re doing to help companies prepare for re-opening—would you find that valuable?”

“We’re not spending any money right now.”

Response:

“I totally get that—things are tight all over!

“The good news is that it doesn’t cost anything to have a conversation with us, and we even have some amazing deals going on as a result of what’s going on right now.

“And don’t worry: I’m not going to try to sell you anything you can’t afford; instead, I’ll just let you know what some of the options are so when you are ready to make a move, you’ll know the best option out there—fair enough?”

There you have it. Proven ways to try to get around these stalls and earn the right to have a conversation.

Try them, adapt them, have fun with them. They’ll work if you use them…


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Handling Covid-19 Stalls via Email

Do any of these email responses from prospects or customers sound familiar?

“Everything is on hold right now.”

“Due to the circumstances, we just don’t have the budget right now.”

“We’re not making any decisions right now.”

“This just isn’t a good time for us—I’m sure you can understand.”

What all these responses have in common is that they are just common stalls. Oh sure, the circumstances might be new (the Covid-19 pandemic is certainly new!), but in essence, these objections are the same kinds of stalls you usually get.

“Not a good time,” “Don’t have the budget,” “Not making decisions right now,” are responses you get during your normal sales process, aren’t they?

So, how should you handle these stalls now? Using the same best practice approach you should always be using: You should isolate these objections.

What do you really want to know given these stalls or objections? You want to know:

“If you did have the budget, is our product or service the one you would choose?” and,

“When the time is right to make these kinds of decisions again, would you seriously consider our solution?” and,

When circumstances change, are you interested enough in our solution to choose us?”

That’s how you should respond when you get these kinds of email stalls during this pandemic.

Of course, you’ll want to soften your response by showing empathy for what your prospect or client is going through.

Here are a couple of good, all purpose, email responses you can customize to each of the situations above:

Dear Prospect:

Thanks for your response and no worries about budget at this time.

We work with many companies like yours, and the timing must make sense—both budget wise as well as what your current needs are.

Quick question: Putting budget aside for a moment, I’m wondering if it makes sense to pursue our conversation in the future based on what you know about how we work?

In other words, if and when budget does become available, is our (product or solution) something you find enough value in to speak about another time?

Another example:

Dear Prospect,

Good to hear you’re keeping well.

I understand that things may be on hold for now but was wondering: How do you feel about what we covered in our demo last week?

Do you feel this had value for you?

Let me know so I can follow up appropriately.

Thanks…

As you can see by these sample responses, what we’re doing is side-stepping their objection or stall so you can determine whether or not they have a genuine interest in your product or service.

Until you know that, you’ll just be chasing your tail.

And that doesn’t feel good in any sales climate…


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  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

Overcoming Covid-19 Common Objections

I’d like to thank you, my readers, for your kind comments on my blog series: “Handling the Coronavirus Selling Environment.” I’ve received some useful pointers that I’ll continue to pass on to you all as well as answer some of your direct questions.

Several readers sent in COVID-19 specific objections and stalls they’ve received over the last two weeks, and I encourage you to send in any other questions or difficult selling situations you or your team come across. I’ll do my best to provide you with solutions to help you deal with them.

Here are some objections and situations that readers submitted to me last week, as well as comments and actions I suggest you take:

Objection: “I am so sorry – we are dealing with Coronavirus impacts to our business. It is best to reschedule this call. We have had school closures, illnesses, work from home concerns.”

Comment: This isn’t an objection, it’s the truth. And it’s happening to most companies right now. The good part is this prospect isn’t saying no, rather, he/she is saying, “It is best to reschedule this call.” That means there is still interest here.

What to do: Empathize—don’t pressure. As I wrote in my first blog article, now is the time to take your salesperson’s hat off and connect with people. Follow the word-for-word scripting I outline in that article to deal with this objection.

Objection: “Please remove me from your distribution list. We are in the middle of a pandemic and find your email as a firm completely out of touch.”

Comment: Examine if your email really is out of touch! Many sales reps and companies have not adapted to the current situation and are, instead, carrying on as if business is normal. That won’t work. You need to adapt to what is happening in the world right now.

What to do: Read and follow my blog article on “Covid-19 Email Responses to Use Now.”

Objection/stall: “Good morning! Can we follow up with this once things settle down with the COVID-19? {Prospect name} is really booked right now with very little down time. Thank you for understanding.”

Comment: What a nice, understanding, and respectful response to get from someone! This person isn’t saying no, they are saying not right this moment. You need to emphasize with them when you get them back on the phone….

What to do: Pick from these email responses…

Objection: “______, thanks for following up. I don’t think we’ll have bandwidth to discuss further for a while. We are still focusing on transitioning our workforce to remote work and other COVID issues. Thanks.”

Comment: Another honest and realistic response based on what this—and many other—prospects are dealing with. Again, don’t lose heart; they aren’t saying no, they’re saying not right now. Big difference!

What to do: I’d send this prospect an email saying something along the lines of, “I totally understand; I hope you are staying safe! Our company has already transitioned to working from home and I have some tips that may make it easier on you and on your team. If you’d like, I’d be willing to take 10 minutes and share those with you. Any interest?”

Anything like that is your best option right now.

Also: Read and use/adapt any of these email responses.

Objection: “______, I did receive it.  Thank you. For now, we are holding steady on current suppliers while we figure out how we work with this new virus situation.”

Comment: Again, pretty common—and understandable—response. Prospect isn’t saying no, they’re saying not now.

What to do: Try to re-engage by offering something of value. Something along the lines of, “Totally understand. Many companies are “waiting and seeing.” Meantime, I’ve had some really good conversations with my clients and they are getting pretty creative with ways of using this time.

“I’d be happy to share some of their strategies if you’re interested. Can we connect for 10 minutes next Tuesday? I think you’ll find it valuable to hear some of the things they’re doing.

Say about 10 am?”

Objection: “______, Thanks for reaching out, but this is possibly the worst time to connect given that we’re a health insurance nonprofit.”

Comment: You think? Health company and nonprofit? How can you be of service to them?

What to do: Send an email back letting them know that you totally understand and are thinking

about them and all your clients. Ask them what you can do right now to help them. Offer them some tips on working from home, on staying sane, on the latest YouTube video you saw on staying fit at home. Get creative. Connect. Empathize. Be real…

Ultimately, we’re all in this together, and your best strategy now is to just be yourself. Be interested in what other people are going through and strive more to connect right now and share solutions to working from home, on what your company is doing to conduct business, and how other clients and prospects are taking advantage of this time to come out strong once it passes. Which it will. Remind your prospects—and yourself—that this, too, shall pass.


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  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

Covid-19 Email Responses to Use Now

In my continuing blog series on how to handle the stalls, objections, and real-world situations in sales caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, below you’ll find some suggested email responses to situations you may be running into.

Couple of things to remember about this challenging time:

  1. Don’t pressure people right now. The challenges your prospects are going through are the same ones you are. If now isn’t a good time for them, respect that! Be concerned about how they are doing and ask them how they are getting along.
  2. Respect the time frames they are giving you—and then schedule a call “just to check in” at the time they suggest.
  3. Gently remind them this situation is temporary, and point to the progress countries like China, South Korea and Japan are making in reducing the spread of the virus.
  4. Suggest, again gently, that you will reach out again in the upcoming weeks…

Here are some emails you may be getting, and some suggested wording for your responses to them:

Email from Prospect #1:

Dear…

“I have no updates on your proposal because our offices are closed, and we are all working remotely. Frankly, this isn’t a top priority for us right now…”

Response:

“Thanks for getting back to me during these rough times! I hope you and your family are staying safe…

“I’ll check back in with you in a couple of weeks just to see how you’re getting along.

“Until then, be well!”

Email from Prospect #2:

Dear…

“Sorry about my lack of response, but it’s been crazy here!

“For the time being, we’ve decided to focus on our current market and aren’t going to be looking into different markets right now.

“While I really liked what you had to offer, our board has made the decision to wait on anything new until the coronavirus plays itself out.

“I will keep in touch as things change…”

Response:

“Thanks for keeping in touch with me. Yes, this is an unfolding and unfamiliar situation, so I completely understand your company’s decision to concentrate on the local market for the time being.

“Things will change, as you know—for example, China has already been able to stop the spread of this (as has South Korea), and I feel this will continue (hope so!).

“Let’s touch base in a couple of weeks just to compare notes. How does next Tuesday, April 7th sound to you?”

Email from Prospect #3:

“Dear…

“I have received your emails…

“We have looked into your company before—and other vendors like yours—and we just haven’t seen your type of solution working for us.

“In addition, we are in full crisis mode here, as you can imagine, so we aren’t considering anything new like this for now.

“Hope you understand.”

Response:

NOTE: The Red Flag that they have “looked into your company before” and “we just haven’t seen your type of solution working for us…”is something you need to weigh heavily in deciding whether or not this is a true fit for your company or service…

My response would be:

“Thanks for your email and I completely understand that these are crisis times. I hope you are coping well.

“I will check in with you next month just to assess how your company’s situation is progressing in general, and how you are doing personally.

“Meantime hang in there and wash your hands. (insert smile emoji if you like.)

Email from Prospect #4:

“Dear….

“This is a terrible time for people in our market to make any kind of buying decision as they have to travel to work with us. So, we aren’t interested at this time…”

Response:

“Thanks for your email and I hope you and your family are doing Okay.

“Interestingly, our market research shows us that people are going online these days even more than usual. I guess they have a lot of time on their hands at home. (insert smile emoji if you like.)

“Anyway, hopefully this situation will pass as governments get a handle of testing and quarantining their populations—much like China, South Korea, and Japan have done. The spread there has slowed considerably.

“As things begin getting back to normal, I’d love to reconnect with you to assess your plans for the third and fourth quarter. Would next month be a good time to reconnect?

“Let me know and be well…”

The thing to remember with all these emails is that you are acknowledging the situations they are dealing with (we all are dealing with), and yet you are also suggesting timeframes to get back in touch with them. In doing so, you remain in control of the sales situation.

As always, adapt these responses to your product, service, and company, and make sure to be empathetic yet do use the core selling skills that help you further the communication and the sale.

And stay safe out there!


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  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

Script to Deal with the Covid-19 Objection

“We’re just not doing anything until this virus situation is settled…”

Sound familiar? It should. You probably get this objection, or some version of it, every day now.

And for good reason. We’re all in unchartered territory now. Some of you reading this are working from home—a whole new challenge—some stores and companies are closing for now, and freeways as clear as they were in 1965 (see, it isn’t all doom and gloom.)

Anyway, how do you handle this objection when you’re prospecting? Here are some practical tips and a word-for-word way to handle this current objection:

First: Take your “salesman hat” off. Nobody wants to be pitched hard right now. Instead, what they want is to be listened to.

I always teach reps that one of the most important soft skills they can learn is to just talk to & listen to someone. Sales reps have a hard time with this, but now is the perfect time to practice this skill.

Second: It’s important to stress to prospects and clients that what we’re going through now is temporary. This will pass.

Third: This is the perfect time to evaluate (your product or service) and to be ready to make the move ahead of their competition. In other words, what they do now will either position them to be ahead of or behind the other companies in their market space.

And you can help them do that…

Here is your script to use while prospecting and setting demos:

Prospect: “We’re just not doing anything until this virus situation is settled…”

You: “I completely understand. We’ve never seen anything like this before, tell me, how are you dealing with it?”

[Hit MUTE. Let your prospect or client vent. They want to be heard right now—not pitched—and you will separate yourself from all the other desperate salespeople out there if you act as a trusted advisor right now. Share how you’re dealing with it as well.]

After they have gotten it all out:

“You know _________, we all know one thing for certain: While this is scary, and while we may have several weeks before things calm down, ultimately, it’s temporary. And that’s at least comforting—you know?”

[Get their buy in on this.]

“In the meantime, let me tell you what other companies I’m speaking with are doing. They are using this downtime to evaluate and compare services like ours so when the time comes to make a buying decision, they won’t lose any time to their competitors.

“What I’d suggest is that we schedule some time so I can show you what your options are and what other companies are leaning towards—are you at least open to that?”

NOTE: If you want to use a stronger tie down than, “are you at least open to that?” you can use any of the following:

“Let’s schedule something for later this week so I can show you…do you have your calendar open?”

OR

“In fact, if you have a few minutes right now, let me take you to our website…”

OR

“What time and day might be good for you later this week…?”

OR

“By the way, are you the right person to speak to about this?”

Regardless of which tie down you choose, now start qualifying and set an appointment for a demo.

As always, the best way to overcome any objection or stall is to be prepared for it in advance. Use/adapt/personalize this script so it works for you and your industry.

Additional help with rebuttals to the Covid-19 situation:

  1. Have other objections you would like scripts for? Send them to me: Mike@mrinsidesales.com and I’ll include them in next week’s blog.
  2. Make sure and pass the script above out to all your work mates and managers. If they haven’t joined my blog yet, they can sign up here.
  3. If you have found scripting or wording that is helping you, send it to me so I can share with others!

And finally, if you are a manager or company owner who has had to send your sales team to work from home, then now is the perfect time to give them access to my new on-demand inside sales training.

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“Can You Email That to Me?”

What’s the number one blow off/stall prospects use these days?

“Can you email that to me?”

They aren’t saying no, but they are still getting rid of you, aren’t they? And unfortunately, chasing down busy professionals—especially people who don’t want to be followed up with—will make reaching these prospects very frustrating…

The solution? Be prepared with a good script and a good strategy. The one I like most is to prepare an initial email in advance (it can be generic or it can include an initial quote of services) and have it ready to send at the touch of the send button.

And then when a prospect blows you off with, “Can you email that to me?” use the following script from the bestselling book of phone scripts: Power Phone Scripts:

“I’d be more than happy to do that—where would you like me to email that?” 

[Take their email down and then send your information right away.]

“O.K., it’s on the way to you. What I’d like to do right now is take just two minutes to get an idea of what’s important to you, and then I can direct you to that part of the information when you get around to it. Let me ask you:

“How do you get involved in ordering/handling/working with the XYZ?”

OR

“From a needs standpoint, how motivated is (your company/department/are you) to change/fix/replace/buy XYZ right now?”

OR

“What would you need to see in the information I just sent you for you to become interested in learning more?”  

If you follow this strategy, you’ll be ready to side step the email stall and get right back into qualifying. How great will that be?

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  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

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Join Our Next Training:

If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated