Prospecting, Mistakes You Need to Avoid Now

Mr. Inside Sales

What’s the biggest mistake sales reps make with prospecting or cold calling? Your prospecting will go a lot better if you do! Cold calling mistake #2: Don’t pitch your prospect—yet. The second biggest mistake sales reps make when prospecting is to immediately dump a pitch on someone as soon as they pick up the phone (think, commission breath). and allow your prospect to engage with you. They call with what a client of mine once called, “commission breath.”.

10 Key to Prospecting Success

The Sales Hunter

Ask salespeople what their number one issue is and you’ll probably hear, “getting good prospects.” So what does it take to successfully prospect? As I’ve worked with thousands of salespeople and written the book, High-Profit Prospecting, I have narrowed it down to what I like to call the “10 Keys to Prospecting”: Check out the video where I discuss these 10 keys: 1. Have a dedicated time on your calendar to prospect.

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How Do I Use Email to Prospect?

The Sales Hunter

You want to think that the email you just wrote is perfect and sending it out to 100 prospects will result in at least 90 meetings. If this is you, there’s no need for you to read any further; however, I suspect this is not your case, so let me share my techniques for using email to prospect. Watch my video to learn how to use email to prospect: Use email as simply one of your contacting tools. The subject line must be compelling and of interest to the prospect.

The Parallel Between Prospecting and Leading

The Sales Hunter

There is a major parallel between prospecting and leading. When prospecting, you have to make people see things that they might not otherwise see. Those good at prospecting do the same thing- they ask tough questions and create engaging conversations. Prospecting is About Helping Others: Are you willing to engage your prospect with non-superficial questions? Do you engage the prospect with your questions? Prospecting is about helping people.

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Understanding Your Prospect’s Buying Motives – Video Blog

MTD Sales Training

To sell to new prospects and clients you must understand their reasons for buying. Prospecting Buyer Types buying motivation why do people buyWhat is motivating them to make this purchase? What are they going to get from it? How will it benefit them? Why do. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Fake Prospects, Fake Buyers, Fake News

The Sales Hunter

The prospect agrees to take your meeting, and they even agree to your demo call. The solution lies not in being more forceful with how you close, but rather, being more open with how you prospect. Your goal is to build on the customer’s ego in the prospecting phase and not when you’re trying to close the deal. When you’re in the prospecting phase, the customer will comment more openly with you. If you don’t ask, why should the prospect tell you?

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Overcoming 10 Stalls That Prospects Use As Objections – Video Blog

MTD Sales Training

Sales Interactions closing techniques overcoming stalls what do do when your prospect stalls As sales people you will have faced many different types of objections during your sales interactions, and most of these will be easy for you to overcome now that you understand them. However, not. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

7 Ways to Prospect Better

The Sales Hunter

Recently, I was interviewed by Mark Di Somma about my new book, High-Profit Prospecting, and what it takes to be effective in sales today. Blog Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospectingHere are some highlights from our conversation: 1. Salespeople are increasingly frightened of being rejected. That’s why you see them opting for social media, email and other forms of communication that […].

10 Things You Can Do to Prospect Faster

The Sales Hunter

We all wish every lead turned into a great prospect and in less time. Here are 10 things you need to do to prospect faster: 1. Use this list to as a guide as you prospect. Block enough time in your calendar to both lead development phase and qualify the prospect. The number you want to focus on is your number of qualified prospects. The single biggest driver in accelerating prospecting is the ability to establish trust with the prospect.

10 Steps to Speed the Prospecting Process

The Sales Hunter

This is the first rule of prospecting. Too many people think if all they do is send out a bunch of emails or make a bunch of phone calls, prospects will suddenly appear. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospectingDon’t start what you can’t finish. Key is to never put more into your pipeline than you support with the right […].

How to Engage Cold Prospects

The Sales Hunter

How many times have you had what you thought was a great prospect go cold on you? We all have, and it’s frustrating to say the least when you’ve spent countless hours working hard to develop the prospect, knowing how much you can help them. Blog Prospecting cold prospects prospect prospecting

Your Sales & Prospecting Assessment

The Sales Hunter

Ask yourself the following 10 questions to help assess how you’re doing with prospecting and selling: What do I feel is the #1 reason holding me back from being more successful? What can I change in my day to give me more time to prospect? Ask yourself how you can improve at selling and prospecting today. Sales Motivation Blog. Mark Hunter is the author of High-Profit Prospecting: Powerful Strategies to Find the Best Leads and Drive Breakthrough Sales Results.

How to Turn Networking Into Prospecting

The Sales Hunter

If you’ve been following me for a long time, you know that I don’t consider networking the same as prospecting. Too many people go to a networking event but call it prospecting simply to avoid prospecting. Far too many prospecting events are nothing but a bunch of salespeople hanging out together trying to sell each other. The issue I have is that networking by nature operates on a different timetable than prospecting. Sales Motivation Blog.

Prospecting and The 10 Rules You Need to Follow

The Sales Hunter

You don’t just think about prospecting. Prospecting is something you do, and you do it daily. Watch this video : 10 Rules of Prospecting, to learn more! 1.The number of deals you have to close directly reflects the amount of time you spend prospecting. The prospects you close with next month and next quarter are the people you prospect with right now. Always have a dedicated time to prospect each day and each week. Sales Motivation Blog.

What Is Your Company’s Prospecting Culture?

The Sales Hunter

Quit blaming salespeople for bad prospecting habits when you as the sales manager are the one with the bad prospecting habits! If you want your team to focus on prospecting, you must make it a priority. Your role as a sales manager/leader is not to be the best prospecting person. Your job is to coach and support the job of your people when it comes to prospecting. Too many companies are missing on their plan because of a failure to properly prospect.

Overcoming the Fear of Prospecting

The Sales Hunter

To think you’re the only one who has a fear of prospecting would be a lie. I say there’s a third — having to prospect. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospectingThey say the two most dreaded things are public speaking and taxes. It’s OK if you feel that way. I too felt that way at one time. You’re probably thinking, […].

How To Find Out Valuable Information About Your Prospects – Video Blog

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When you first meet with a prospect, how much information do you normally get out of them? Questioning Skills getting the right information when prospecting prospecting questions understanding your prospectIf we’re being truthful, you normally don’t get enough information about them to really understand their. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Secrets to Prospecting: What the Top 1% Do to Prospect

The Sales Hunter

Let’s cut to the chase and put it on the table with regards to prospecting. You want to up your game, but you’re stuck for any number of reasons when it comes to prospecting. Blog Prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospectingIn my role I get to meet with thousands of salespeople every year, whether it be in my coaching program, a […].

How To Listen To Your Prospects Wants & Needs – Video Blog

MTD Sales Training

As a sales professional, improving and advancing your listening skills is one of the most important things you can do to help you prospect and sell more. Being able to listen to what your prospects. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Communication Skills being a good listener improve your listening skills listening skills

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What is Your Company’s Prospecting Culture?

The Sales Hunter

Quit blaming salespeople for bad prospecting habits when you the sales manager have prospecting habits that are just as bad! Culture starts at the top, and if you want your team focused on prospecting, you too must make it a priority. Your role as a sales manager/leader is not to be the best prospecting […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospecting

10 Ways to Prospect with Integrity

The Sales Hunter

When you prospect with integrity, you will get customers who have integrity. Today there are too many people using stupid tactics to prospect that lack integrity. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect sales prospectingThink about what the previous sentence means. Integrity is an asset that is undervalued and underappreciated in today’s business world, yet it means more than ever.

15 Ways To Know When Your Prospect Is Ready To Buy- Video Blog

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Getting a prospect to agree to an order does not have to be tricky. If you listen to what the prospect is saying there should be no problem in getting them to close the order. The prospect will. [[ This is a content summary only. Sales Presentations buyer's mindset prospectingVisit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Text Messaging for Prospecting?

The Sales Hunter

Blog Phone Sales Tips Professional Selling Skills Prospecting phone skills prospect prospecting sales prospecting text textingThe last few weeks I’ve had several requests from salespeople asking for my advice on text messaging and whether or not it should be used. Some people say you shouldn’t use it, while others say to use it. Here’s my response: I have nothing to lose and a customer to gain by texting someone. Boom! […].

Measuring Your Prospecting Process

The Sales Hunter

A topic many of my coaching clients ask me about is how to know if your prospecting process is working. The shortcut answer to the question is that I ask them what their sales are compared to the prospecting they do. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting prospect prospecting salesSounds simple, but the answer is far more complex and not easily answered despite […].

What Do I Do When a Prospect Goes Silent?

The Sales Hunter

You have the perfect prospect. Let’s shift gears now and talk about how you engage the prospect that will not respond. First, ask yourself: are you giving the prospect a reason to respond to you? Check out my ebook on prospecting “10 Reasons Most Prospecting Plans Fail”: 10 Reasons Most Prospecting Plans Fail eBook. Sales Motivation Blog. You know how you can help them. You have that initial phone call, and everything feels good.

Who Makes a Great Prospect? 4 Questions You Must Answer

The Sales Hunter

You cannot afford to waste your time with prospects that will not become your customers. All prospects are not the same. What I mean by this is that the prospects in their pipeline are only doing one thing: plugging things up. So, here’s the first question: is the prospect asking you great questions? Too many salespeople waste time with prospects who just want to learn something. Sales Motivation Blog.

Are You Even Ready to Prospect?

The Sales Hunter

How can you ever expect to achieve the results you need from prospecting if you aren’t prepared to prospect? Prospecting is tough enough, so you shouldn’t make it even harder on yourself. Watch this video to learn how you prepare to prospect to ensure you prospect effectively: The worst thing you can do is sit down, suddenly start making prospecting calls or sending out emails and expect results. Sales Motivation Blog.

Thinking About Prospecting is Not Prospecting. It’s Not.

The Sales Hunter

The argument I hear is, “I don’t have time to prospect due to everything else I have going on.” The argument is by the time you take care of all the existing customers, there’s no time left to do any prospecting. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospecting sales prospecting” Yes, I’ve even been guilty of saying it too.

Do You Have “Prospecting Paralysis?”

The Sales Hunter

Medical research shows 4 out of 5 salespeople suffer from the acute disease “prospecting paralysis.” Breakthrough research now shows the disease is curable, even in those who feel they suffer from “terminal prospecting paralysis.” Blog Professional Selling Skills Sales Development Training Sales Motivation goals prospect prospecting quarter sales sales prospecting webinar

Set Yourself Up for Successful Prospecting: Truths 41-50

The Sales Hunter

This is where prospecting has to come in. I want you to be successful, so my last 10 truths are to help you have success in your prospecting. When you put all of the “50 Prospecting Truths” into action, I promise that you will achieve your sales goals and more! Truths 11-20: Your Prospecting Plan. Truths 31-40: Social Media & Email for Prospecting. Prospecting is an omni-channel activity. Know the difference between prospects and suspects.

Prospecting: Are Your Messages About the Prospect’s Needs?

The Sales Hunter

When I think about the 10 reasons most prospecting plans are not successful, a big one that jumps out is #9 on my list: Not making your messages about the prospect’s needs. Blog Breakthrough Sales University Prospecting breakthrough sales university prospect prospecting sales prospecting

How Can I Tell If I Have a Qualified Prospect: Confidential Information

The Sales Hunter

So, you think you have a great prospect; however, why do you think they’re even interested in you or what you sell? A key way to measure how the prospect feels about you and your potential to help them is by how much information they’re willing to share with you. In the prospecting phase, your objective as early as possible is to get the prospect to share confidential information with you. First, it indicates that the prospect trusts in you.

What Do I Need to Do to Become Great at Prospecting?

The Sales Hunter

To be great at prospecting, you don’t have to be born with the “sales gene.” Commit to prospecting, regardless of what else needs to be done. Use multiple processes that fit each segment they prospect. Work consistently to improve their process and more quickly engaging the prospect. Understand the real measurement of their ability to prospect is in their ability to close. Own your prospect’s process. Sales Motivation Blog.

How Can I Tell If I Have Qualified Prospects?

The Sales Hunter

We cannot forget that not all prospects are created equal. Some prospects are actually not prospects at all, they’re just suspects in disguise. Everybody in sales cannot find enough time to prospect. This allows you to keep a cleaner pipeline, so you’ll have more time to spend on your best prospects. The question is how do you know that the person you’re talking to is even capable of being a qualified prospect? Sales Motivation Blog.

Prospecting Using Linkedin

The Sales Hunter

If Linkedin isn’t creating for you the prospects and business you need, then it’s time to ask yourself if you’re using Linkedin correctly. Blog Prospecting high-profit prospecting linkedin prospect prospectingIt’s easy to think all you need to do is buy one of the Linkedin premium services and suddenly you’ll have all the business you need. False assumption! Yes, having one […].

How Effective is Your Prospecting? 10+ Questions to Ask Yourself.

The Sales Hunter

The number of salespeople and companies that share with me how they do not feel their prospecting plan works always amazes me. Then again, I have to admit I am continually assessing my own prospecting plan to determine its effectiveness, too. If we’re not prospecting effectively, then how do we expect to be able to […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting customer lead leads prospect prospecting sales prospecting

Prospecting Using Social Media: What Is Your Strategy?

The Sales Hunter

We can’t just say we’re going to use social media to prospect and think the world is going to be wonderful. Social media is ONE of the prospecting […]. Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospectingWe have all heard about the need to be “social selling,” and yet those two words used wrong have caused a lot of salespeople to go hungry.

Stop the Insanity of the Stupid Prospecting Email!

The Sales Hunter

Blog Professional Selling Skills Prospecting email prospecting email techniques high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospectingI’ve seen enough stupid emails, and what drives me nuts is people keep sending them! Just recently I got another one that said, “I’ve sent you 5 emails. Why haven’t you responded?” ” Hello!

Social Media Pitfalls When it Comes to Prospecting

The Sales Hunter

When it comes to prospecting, the social media blast is many times the worst thing you can do. To prospect successfully you need to be able to create the one-to-one relationships that […]. Blog Prospecting high-profit prospecting prospect prospecting sales prospect sales prospectingJust because you can send out a blast of information via a social media site doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.

Prospecting Voicemails MUST Be Short

The Sales Hunter

We’ve been looking at 5 Ways Voicemail Can Work for Prospecting, including the first tip: Make sure voicemail is only one of your prospecting tools. This brings us to tip #2: Keep prospecting voicemails short. The last thing a prospect wants to […]. Blog Phone Sales Tips Professional Selling Skills Prospecting phone sales tips prospect prospecting voicemail