The two best pieces of advice acquired in recent times are these;
- Never sell yourself short.
- Concern yourself with the concepts you can add value to.
This statement of intent is a remarkably different and original introduction to a guide on developing essential business to business sales skills is deliberate. It wants you to focus on two important characteristics of the consummate and highly effective salesperson; confidence and pragmatism. Let the rest of this guide inspire you to reach to depths you never thought possible.
The best B2B sales process always has a long-term goal in mind. The highly successfully followed through plan is also the result of driving ambition which is kept in check with measurable objectives, usually done over shorter periods of time or on a quarterly basis. Proper development of those all-important sales skills will also succeed if there is motivation. Motivation, in turn, comes with the clear long-term goal in place.
A realistic approach to doing business
One of the best ways to improve on existing sales techniques, capabilities and skills (talent can also optimistically be added to the mix) is to be prepared to take a modest (but not pessimistic) and critical (but not overly-critical) assessment. An analytical approach is also required because aptitude-based assessments in this context also need to be compared with (financial, sales) results so that these can be improved on.
Correctly, one highly regarded sales principle has always targeted the end goal of closing. Simply put, making the sale and getting the business client to buy into the product offering or service. But many salespeople may have acknowledged that opportunities were lost by simply moving onto the next sales target. Businesses, by nature and in order to thrive, still need to grow organically and profitably. The sales focus should, in fact, always be on keeping the door or ledger open.
The most effective and highly successful salesmen have always taken care over their presentations and pride in their physical and emotional appearance. While that principle should remain in place, new business leads will potentially succeed when sales men and women craft impressive presentations and its delivery from their desks and without leaving their offices. This responds to the growing preference for clients choosing to take advantage of communicating across the internet rather than meeting in person.
This guide has focused on a few fundamental approaches that both new, inexperienced salespeople and older baby boomers could take to ensure longevity and ongoing success and financial security in the competitive arena of B2B sales demonstrations and results. It encourages you to take a holistic and introspective look at how you are currently performing and how you can radically overhaul your techniques in a subtle manner without rocking your company’s boat. If you have the confidence to take a new line, all that will matter is the exponential improvement seen in your company’s balance sheet next quarter.