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How To Handle Objections

Posted by Carole Mahoney  10/24/18 10:28 AM

Objections are one of those things that we all encounter as salespeople, within every conversation that we have. How we handle them varies. Few do it well. Even fewer are able to turn objections into value-add statements and questions.

And like most things in sales, handling objections takes a framework that you can customize to each conversation, and practice the hell out of until it becomes second nature.

Check out the video for how I coach salespeople to handle objections, or read the 4 part framework.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales questions, salespeople, #livesaleslab

Trust and Communication

Posted by Carole Mahoney  7/25/18 7:28 AM

The idea of being able to pick up on clues to someone else’s communication style and use that to adapt your communication style can seem insincere to some. Like you aren’t being true to who you really are.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales questions, salespeople, #livesaleslab

What Buyers Really Value

Posted by Carole Mahoney  6/21/18 4:51 PM

An entrepreneur sent in a great question recently. She asked; “Besides bringing value and educating the buyer, what do buyers appreciate most in a sales person these days?”

This is an important question, especially when you consider the topic of discounting.

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Topics: sales coaching, sales questions, salespeople, #livesaleslab

The Art and Science of Layered Sales Questions

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/27/17 1:30 PM

At this past week’s #livesaleslab we talked about asking questions. It came up in nearly every conversation we had in the past week with new coaching clients so it was hard to ignore. I have always called it drill down questions, but I like layered better because drill down seems forced, and layers are more gentle and natural. Like cake, or even onions. There we go- buyers are like onions. Like Shrek.

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Topics: sales techniques, sales coaching, sales questions, sales science

4 Things That Really Irk Me About Sales Processes

Posted by Carole Mahoney  1/11/17 6:05 PM

In case you didn’t know- I have not been one of those ‘lifelong’ salespeople. I disliked sales so much, that when I settled on what I wanted to learn in college, it was marketing because I wanted to learn how to use marketing to make salespeople obsolete. At least- based on what my perception of salespeople was. If you read Daniel Pink’s book, “To Sell Is Human”, you know that his research claims that 7 out of 10 people have a negative perspective of sales as manipulation, pushy, aggressive, etc. I was certainly one of the 7.

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Topics: sales process, sales questions

No Proposals Before You Close

Posted by Carole Mahoney  3/9/15 3:43 PM

How do you close the sale that has had a proposal out for a month now but which you still have no word on?

Not just close it using tricks, but how to do it right, and comfortably, to make sure it is profitable for both parties? This is especially important for professional services firms, like marketing agencies and others whose growth depends on their headcount. Setting the right expectation is crucial, and some rush into proposals and presentations before they have actually closed them.

Yes, close them before the proposal. Better yet, have them help you write the proposal!

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Topics: sales mindsets, sales questions

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