Selling is no easy feat, no matter if you’re selling cookies or corporations. In my 3 years working at CorpNet, I’ve picked up a tip or two that have improved my sales skills. Let me share what I’ve learned with you!
1. Be a Good Listener
This is relevant if you sell face-to-face (or ear-to-ear if you make sales over the phone), since you interact with customers a lot more than a business would, say, selling candles online. Once you stop pushing your sales agenda and just sit back and listen, the interaction between you and the potential customer becomes human-driven. The customer feels heard, and if you pay attention, you can learn valuable things that can actually help you close the sale.
Here’s an example: I was on the phone with a contact that had questions about starting a business. In between us talking about LLCs and corporations, I found out she has a daughter that was headed to a big dance competition that weekend. At the end of our call, I wished her daughter good luck in the competition. She seemed a bit surprised that I’d said it. Not 10 minutes later, I had an online order from her. It’s the little details that can really pay off!
2. Be a Resource, Not a Seller
This is where sales and marketing really align. If you’re doing a good job in marketing your small business through your blog, social media, email, and the rest, people will buy from you. But it’s not about blasting a “buy our product now!” message, but rather becoming an industry thought leader and giving people valuable information about your field. If what you provide is genuinely helpful, they’ll connect the dots and buy from you because they trust you.