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Why the bad (sales) rep? 5 tips to neutralise the negative stereotype of a sales person.
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What springs to mind when you think of a salesperson? The telesales agent that continues to read from a script when you have said you can’t talk? A shady character flashing you an inner view of a trench coat covered in fake Rolex watches? Or maybe just the classic used car salesman hiding the dent in the door with an oversized clipboard and a strained smile?

Whatever you picture, chances are it isn’t complimentary.

The term salesperson came into official parlance in 1901 when new inventions and time-saving gadgets were the prime commodity of door to door sales people

Staircase

No one likes a meeting that rambles on, has no plan, no goals and no respect for other people’s time. Making every moment count in a meeting is more than just luck. Getting prepared and delivering a relevant agenda with timely feedback and action points is essential to improve your sales leads.

So let’s get organized! Here are 18 steps to keep you on track and make your meetings more efficient and more productive:

Pre Meeting

Confirm the meeting details with your client. Namely the time, date and location.

Confirm the agenda

Gordon Gekko

This isn’t an 80’s rom-com and you are not Gordon Gekko. Business catchphrases are cliché and often flag up to customers that you are not treating them as individuals. Overused sales patter can quickly turn a client off. So, pause next time you go to assure someone your product is a ‘win-win’ for them or that it provides ‘peace of mind’… yawn. You can do better than that. Tell them a real example from a current client similar to them, or better yet, tailor a few personalized projections based on your prospect’s business