Less is More in Sales

Sales people like to talk; if you don’t believe me, just listen to a recording of one of your reps (or of yourself!).

This is a problem.

And that’s because when your mouth is open, your ears are closed.

And when your ears are closed, you learn nothing about your prospect’s buying motives, their possible objections, or whether or not they are buying into your pitch.

The solution is simple:

  • Cut your pitch in half (or a quarter)
  • Learn to use current, non-salesy tie downs
  • Ask questions frequently of your prospect
  • Find and use the MUTE button to fully listen to their responses

Also, learn to use layering questions when you get answers you either don’t fully understand, or when you get an answer that makes you want to know more about their process, decision making, budget, etc.

Why do sales reps talk so much? Many reasons: nervousness, not wanting to hear no, lack of training, etc.,

What’s the solution? A good, tight, non-salesy script.

And not only a script—but one that you and your team adheres to.

A good script—and script playbook—changes companies and careers.

On the other hand, if you continue to ad-lib and make your pitch up, then you will continue to struggle, talk past the close, introduce objections, and, worse, keep talking…and talking…and talking.

In sales, less talking and more questioning and more listening is the key to success.

This week, look at the script your company gave you when you began working there.

Rewrite it.

Shorten it.

Intersperse it with tons of questions and tie-downs and opportunities to engage and learn more about your prospects.

Doing so will not only make your job easier, but it will make you more successful as well.


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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

Qualifying: Before or After Your Presentation?

I was working with a new client this week, and I listened to a recording of their presentation and it went like this:

  1. Hello, how are you doing—brief rapport building
  2. Deep dive into their presentation—including features and benefits
  3. Qualifying to see what the client was most interested in.

How does this sound to you?

Is this the way your presentations go?

After we went through the call, I suggested it would be much more effective for the rep to know the client’s buying motives (his needs, wants, and wishes) before giving the presentation.

Here’s why:

  1. By knowing the buying motives before your pitch, you’ll be in a much better position to “speak to those buying motives” during your presentation.
  2. While tailoring your pitch to your prospect’s specific buying motives, you’ll also be able to stop after making a point, and, using tie-downs, check in to see how your presentation is going.
  3. Near the end of your presentation—right before discussing pricing—you’ll be able to use a trial close to see if your prospect is bought in. Something along the lines of: “So, based on what you’ve seen so far, does this sound like the solution you’ve been looking for?”

If you want to immediately improve your conversion rates, then make sure you understand—in advance—what your prospect’s buying motives (and potential objections) are.

Then, spend your presentation targeting those needs, and checking in often to see if you’re meeting them!


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Perfect for 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

Bigger Goals = Bigger Results

What do you expect to accomplish this year?

Think carefully, because nothing (in my experience) is more predictive of results than mindset.

Mindset determines the actions you take, how you deal with adversity, how much you use good selling skills (and how much you invest in them), and how you adapt to the changing conditions around you.

And a lot more!

Example: I’m working with a coaching/consulting organization right now that has many related companies in their portfolio. Each company is engaged in the same business, uses the same model of attracting and getting clients, and all have the same goal: to maximize their portfolio of clients and grow their business.

One of the companies does it the best, and it’s no secret why:

  • They aggressively market across all appropriate and available opportunities;
  • They have the largest staff of inside sales appointment setters (while the majority of the other companies don’t have any!);
  • They have specific, aggressive goals for the acquisition of business (and I mean, really big target revenue goals);
  • They invest in sales training for their team.

This top producing company has drilled into every employee at their firm the expectation of greatness, and they aggressively pursue that goal—and they attain it.

In other words: They think BIG, and they act BIG.

This week, review your own thoughts, feelings, expectations and goals. Compare them with what you would ideally like to accomplish.

Then think bigger.

Invest in books or audio books on goal setting, visualization, and the law of attraction. The Secret is a good place to start if you haven’t read it.

But know this: Thinking determines your results. If you haven’t yet achieved what you desire, then it’s up to you to change your thinking first.


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Perfect for 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

One Great Close You Should Be Using

How do you handle the following two big objections?

“Your price is too high.”

“I can get a better deal/rate/price using XYZ”

Arguably, these may be the two most frustrating objections sales reps get, and interestingly, there is one technique that works amazingly well—but few sales reps use it.

Instead, the vast majority of reps stumble when they get these objections, or worse: they lower their prices to try to compete.

The best way to handle this is to…

Isolate it! Just like you should do with most objections.

Here is the easiest way to do this:

Whenever you get either of the two objections above, simply respond with:

“In addition to price, what else is important to you?”

OR

“In addition to price, what else is holding you back today?”

Then hit that oh-so-important MUTE button, and let your prospect tell you how to sell them.

That’s it!

For those of you thinking this is too easy, I challenge you to use it for the next month each time you get this objection.

You’ll be amazed at what you hear—and how much further you can take your prospects…


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Perfect for 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

Ask for More to Get More

My sales numbers when through the roof when I changed one simple thing:

I asked for double or even triple the deal size at the end of each presentation.

Before this, I used to give my presentation and automatically default to the lowest deal size and be happy if I got it.

In fact, it was so bad that I even dropped the price to half the minimum amount, and I was happy if I got that!

What I didn’t realize at the time is that prospect’s often have a lot more budget than I think they do. In fact, once I started asking for larger deals—and companies and individuals started buying more—I was blown away by how easy it was!

In addition to getting larger deals, I also found it was easier to drop a prospect to a lower amount if I started high. Also, the amount I dropped them to was usually twice as much as I had been used to asking for to begin with!

It was a huge win/win.

As I coach sales reps these days and listen to how they ask for the sale, I’m reminded of myself because guess what? Most of them ask for the minimum amount, or the lowest priced package, or worse—they go below the lowest priced package and are happy when they get it.

The biggest problem with this way of selling isn’t just that they are taking thousands of dollars out of their company’s—and their own—pockets, but the worst thing is that they condition themselves to ask for, and get smaller sales.

And they do.

Take it from me (and all the top reps selling these days): The fastest way to double or triple your sales is to ask for more in the very beginning.

And the sooner you do, the sooner you’ll find prospects who say yes.

Do yourself a favor this month and starting at the top—rather than at the bottom—of your pricing sheet.

And watch as your income goes to the top as well!


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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

Master the Fundamentals to Succeed

I was training a group of new reps last week, listening to one of their calls, and we found that the rep was ad-libbing right from the beginning of the call. The best practice script, which we had provided him, was far, far away…

This ad-libbing approach led to all the common problems we’ve chronicled before:

  • He didn’t qualify the prospect for timeline, budget, decision making steps or even buying motives.
  • He pitched “at” the prospect and didn’t use tie-downs, and so didn’t get buy in.
  • He dived right into pricing packages without finding out which one best suited the prospect.
  • He immediately dropped the price—without even receiving a price objection!
  • And many more errors…

I tried to teach him (and the other new reps) that pitching without mastering the fundamentals is kind of like painting before you understand the fundamentals of art, composition, and perspective.

You might have a lot of natural talent, have a lot of good ideas, have a good sense of color, but if you don’t know, for example, the proper use of perspective, then your paintings will always be somewhat “off.”

They may make sense to you—but to others?

All the great masters first learn the fundamentals of their craft before they start building upon them with their own style.

And it’s the same in sales. First, you need to know the basics—the fundamentals that will give your pitch focus and structure, then you can adapt your creativity, your talent, and intuition to a selling situation.

And, by the way, this applies for more experienced reps as well. If you’re a “pro” and you’re not making your numbers, then it’s time for you to go back to basics as well.

What to do? Dig out the most current version of your script and scripted rebuttals, and use them again.

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Either way, sales reps—both newer and more experienced—will always benefit from a proven, best practice approach.

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Perfect for 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

“I Need to Think About It.”

If this objection frustrates you, then all that will end after you read this blog post.

First, remember: Most objections are smokescreens hiding the real reason a prospect isn’t moving forward.

Real objections can include things like:

  • They can get it cheaper somewhere else.
  • Their boss/spouse/purchasing won’t let them buy.
  • They like a different solution.
  • And many, many more reasons…

And “I want to think about it” is the perfect smokescreen.

Here’s one way I have successfully dealt with this and gotten the prospect to reveal what was really holding them back.

Pick one part of your offer (it could be the price, or the timeline for delivery, or the quality, or the guarantee, or the rate, whatever…) and say:

“That’s OK, and I’ve given you a lot to think about. Is it the price that you want to think about most?”

And then hit MUTE and listen to what your prospect reveals.

Often, they will tell you what it is, or they’ll tell you it’s something else.

And then you can deal with it!

If they say, “No,” then say, “OH?” and remain quiet—and listen to what they reveal.

Once you know what is really keeping your prospect from working with you, then you can deal with the real objection behind the smokescreen: “I want to think about it.”

Script this out for your product or service. Role play it in meetings. And then use it for a month and see what you find.

If you find the real objection even half the time, you’ll be that much closer to closing more sales!


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Unlimited License: One to 100 reps can attend for one low price!

Perfect for 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

How to Be a Leader

A boss says, “Go!”

A leader says, “Let’s Go!”

This quote sums up my management philosophy: A leader isn’t afraid of jumping into the trenches and showing their team exactly how to succeed in their job.

In sales, this means leading by example.

When I became a sales manager, I was already the top producer in the office (and this is how many managers are promoted), and it was easy and natural for me to jump on the phone and take over a call.

I enjoyed it!

And over the years, I found that this was the best way to train my reps—by modeling the closing skills and behaviors I wanted them to learn and practice.

What’s interesting in my training these days is that there are a good number of sales managers who resist this idea. They tell me that now they’re in management, they don’t “get on the phones” anymore.

Or, they tell me that it’s the job of the sales rep to make the calls—not them.

That’s a serious error.

Now, don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you do their work for them (they’d become dependent on you if you did), but rather, it’s important to show them how it’s done.

If you take over a call they are struggling with or start a call they think will be difficult (and you record it), then you will be able to provide them with an example of the right way to handle that situation.

And they’ll learn how to do it right going forward.

In addition, by not shying away from picking up the phone, you will be viewed as a leader—rather than a boss.

And that means people will respect you and want to follow you.

And this is what a leader does.

There are many other reasons for getting on the phone as well:

  • You’ll keep your skills sharp.
  • You’ll get the wonderful feeling that comes from closing a sale.
  • You’ll earn the respect from your reps.
  • You’ll help the company, and your team, make their numbers.

And many more.

So, ask yourself: How often do you pick up the phone and show your team how to do it?

If the answer is, “I can’t remember,” or “That’s not my job,” I urge you to think again.

Get on the phones, make a sale, and start leading your team to greatness.


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Unlimited License: One to 100 reps can attend for one low price!

Perfect for 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

Would You Spend $10.99 to Double Your Income This Year?

Tricky title, I know, but there is a tool out there (many, in fact) that will enable you to do this.

And this particular one is called TapeACall Pro.

As the name suggests, this is a phone recording app for your iPhone. This one has the best features, including recording incoming calls—and calls you’re already on—and more. (And if you’re an Android user, there are comparable apps for you too.)

So how can a recording app help you double your income?

If you use it regularly, you’ll begin hearing where you need to improve, and you’ll be able to implement new skills and techniques that can dramatically affect your results.

I know, because this is how I tripled my income one year!

As a sales trainer, I use this almost exclusively to help sales team improve their skills and double their sales as well.

Now there is one down side to this: that you won’t do it. It’s a simple technique, yes, but it only works if you’re willing to work it.

It’s a sad truth, but the majority of sales reps simply won’t take the time to do it regularly. They think it’s a hassle, or they don’t want to disclose they are recording, or it takes too much time out of their busy days or lives, etc.

And that’s too bad. Because it is the easy, proven, and most inexpensive way for you to truly improve.

If you’re committed to getting better and making a lot more sales this year, then try it for a week or two. Invest $10.99 in yourself and see what you find.

The results might be career changing…

(Disclaimer: Many states require that you disclose you’re on a recorded line (check your state’s regulations and follow them!). It’s a simple thing to do. Just say, “This is _____ _______ with XYZ on a recorded line—can you hear me OK?” (or follow your company’s required wording).


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Unlimited License: One to 100 reps can attend for one low price!

Perfect for 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

Pitch Your Product in Two Sentences

Less is more.

Instead of opening your calls like:

“Oh hi, this is _______ _______ with ________ and my company, XYZ, is a leader in national and international shipping and freight services with offices in the top metropolitan cities across the world. We offer one of the lowest overall freight charges on transportation, and also on packaging and supplies. We’re going to have a representative in your city next week and we’d love to stop by to share some information with you and learn more about your business to see how we can help save you money and time as well. Would you be available next Wednesday at 2pm or would Thursday at 4pm be better?”

I was worn out after the first sentence!

Rather than break down what’s wrong with this opening (how about everything?), I’m going to give you two rules for developing an effective elevator pitch and then some examples that you can plug your product or service into. 

Here are the two rules:

  1. Make it brief – one sentence is best, two short ones if absolutely necessary.
  2. Focus on the direct benefits to your specific type of customer.

Remember, this is an “elevator pitch” designed to inform and grab interest in a prospect during the time you’re in an elevator together (or during that crucial 20 seconds you’ve got on the phone). Try working with the examples below:

Elevator pitch example #1:

“ ________, we help small business owners save on average 20% on their shipping costs while also increasing their efficiency and tracking. To see how we can help you, I’d like to schedule a brief, 10-minute meeting next week…”

Elevator pitch example #2:

“ __________, we make inside sales teams as much as 33% more productive by providing them with a best practice approach that helps them cold call more effectively and close more qualified prospects. This means an immediate bump in revenue and profits often within the first 30 days…”

Elevator pitch example #3:

“ _______, the ABC company gives homeowners complete peace of mind by eliminating routine maintenance costs and insuring against unexpected expenses. I’ve got just two questions to see which of our plans might work for you….”

Elevator pitch example #4:

“ ________, our motto is: “A guaranteed comfortable night’s sleep or your money back.” Now, have you ever tried this luxury brand of mattress before?”

Elevator pitch example #5:

“ _________, at Tracks Advertising, our small business clients get the most comprehensive online exposure, the certified highest traffic and the most qualified leads in the industry—all at the guaranteed lowest rates. Where are you currently advertising online now?”

As you can see by the above elevator pitches, not only are they short and focused on the benefits to a specific customer “small business owner” or “homeowner,” but they often end with a qualifying question, “have you ever tried,” and “where are you currently advertising online now?”

By ending with a qualifying question, you are not only engaging your prospect, but you’re also learning about their buying motives and uncovering their level of interest as well.

Take some time now to develop your own, concise and compelling elevator pitch and then replace your monologue with a more effective opening. Your customers (and your bank account) will thank you for it!


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Unlimited License: One to 100 reps can attend for one low price!

Perfect for 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