5 Online Sales Meeting Mistakes To Avoid

Written by Sean McPheat | Linkedin thumb

Business woman having a video conference

Are you using online sales meetings throughout your sales process?

More and more companies are going down this route especially those that sell software, SAAS products and online services.

Sometimes it can save you a ton of time if you can jump on a video conference call with screen sharing capability. Do it correctly and it can work wonders for you. Do it wrong and it can completely ruin the sale!

Here are 5 mistakes to avoid at all costs!

Connecting & Technology Issues!

I absolutely hate it when at the start of an online meeting people can’t login to the session or they need to download some piece of java script for the session to work properly.

It ruins your opening and it’s then hard to recover from thereon in.

Be prepared and make sure everyone knows what they need to do to access the session beforehand.

There’s nothing worse that people logging in late and some have heard your message and some haven’t.

You just lose all momentum and it always seems to be the decision maker!

Close Down All Other Windows

One company was pitching me some software and we had a screen share on – his screen.

All of a sudden one of his mates Skyped him a message “Are we going out on the lash tonight? See if you can bunk off work early and say you’ve got a sales meeting somewhere”

If the ground could have swallowed him up!

The lesson? Close down all of your other applications!

You know that if you’ve got email open or some other application that the people on the call will be looking!

Manage Your Look & Environment

Be aware of your appearance.

Approach the meeting just as you would a face to face encounter.

And don’t forget chances are there will be a close up on your face too.

Watch out for what is directly behind you too. People are more forgiving if you’re working from home but if in the office not so.

When I work from home I work out of my home office and there’s lots of movie and sport memorabilia on the wall.

People love it and it’s a great rapport starter. If I’m on a call with a client, prospect or a supplier and I am taking it from home I let them know about it in advance.

Turn Your Mobile Off!

If I were meeting you face to face I would turn my mobile off so you need to do the same in a virtual meeting as well.

It’s just good manners.

There’s nothing worse than being interrupted to the Match of The Day theme music because you’ve forgotten to turn your mobile off.


Prepare For Online Meetings

Virtual meetings are different to face to face.

There is a knack and a technique to them that is different to face to face encounters.

It’s harder to read body language, people’s attention span is more difficult to maintain and you need to present information/demos in short, sharp chunks.

And talking of demos don’t just present your products and services in a one way monologue.

Instead find out the pain points and then tailor your demo/presentation to the areas that are most applicable to them.

If you’re looking for Online Sales Training solutions to help you deliver more impactful online sales presentations then our Sales Webinars can help. We run a LIVE webinar training event on how to hold interactive online meetings and webinars. So you can see it all in action as you learn the techniques. It’s not a case of do as we say, it’s a case of do as we do.

Happy Selling!


Sean McPheat

Sean McPheat
Managing Director

MTD Sales Training | Image at Bigstockphoto.com

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Originally published: 13 April, 2020

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