Written by Sean McPheat |
Last time, we discussed how your ‘elevator speech’ could be full of mistakes and not do what it’s supposed to do, i.e. open your conversation effectively with a prospect.
We covered six of those mistakes and why they shouldn’t be used early on in your discussions.
Here, we cover how the elevator speech should actually be the foundation for a great discussion.
This is naturally just an example, so take the principles and apply them to your own individual circumstances:
“Hi, Mr Prospect, it’s a real pleasure to meet you/talk to you”
This is called a softener, and it eases you and the prospect into the next part of the conversation.
“I’m Fred Smith with ABC Widgets. Our company works with businesses like yours in the xxx industry”
Here, you’re simply stating facts that cannot be disputed, and makes it immediately applicable to the prospect because you’re talking about their industry.
“I’m here because we are introducing a new concept within the industry and the CEO of XYZ International has been trying it out for a couple of moths now.
He’s seen a 15% drop in his overheads using this new concept and he’s agreed that I can present some of his overall results to other companies so they can see if similar or better results can be obtained”
This is talking the language of the prospect, because they are primarily concerned with the results of their business, rather than in buying a product or service.
“I’d be delighted to discuss with you what this new concept can do for your business,”
A short trial close at this point determines the interest of the prospect, and if you have done your homework previously, you will know what drives their business decisions and what challenges they are going through at the moment.
“OK, if it’s not convenient now, let me send some details through to your email and show you how we have helped others to increase productivity/decrease overheads/improve profits (whichever is right for this prospect) in their businesses”.
This is your secondary objective, as the prospect isn’t ready yet to accept your primary objective.
“Let me just confirm the details….”
This makes sure you have got everything right and you can ensure the prospect feels good about their decision.
Did you notice the six points that the salesperson made?
These points allow you and the prospect to work together to achieve a mutually-agreeable next step after your opening.
If you’ve touched the right pain points, there’s a good chance of moving forward in the conversation and starting to get solid answers from the prospect to the questions you have lined up.
Originally published: 22 September, 2016