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    Your sales process is a vital element of your success. A process that’s simple, sustainable, and scalable can make you the author of your own fate.

    How does your process measure up to these 15 Dos and Don’ts?

    1. Don’t depend on your process alone
      If you don’t have a process, nothing else is going to work. BUT just because you have a process, doesn’t mean everything is going to work.

      Your sales process is critical, but if you’re not allocating your time right, if you don’t have your mindset in the right place, if you don’t have a strong network, or practice accountability–if you don’t have the other four elements, you can’t be successful.

      In fact, top performing salespeople have a process that is really much simpler than people realize.

    2. Don’t overcomplicate it
      If you’re looking for this perfect thing that’s going to help you be successful, don’t. What you don’t realize is that the perfect thing is you. This is why all five elements are important.

      Average salespeople have a process that just gets bogged down. Why? Because it’s just too complicated.

      I was with a company recently, and they must have had 25-30 steps in their sales process. And I thought, “Really? You’ve got to be kidding me. I want it to only be a few steps.”

      Top performing salespeople have a far simpler sales process.

    3. Do make it sustainable
      Your process has to be one that you can repeat over and over and over again. This is what I find about top performing salespeople–they can repeat the same activity thousands of times, and it just works.

      Truly, they’re so confident with it that they can do it in their sleep. But what’s the benefit of that? Well, it keeps them on track.

    4. Do make it scalable
      A great process is also scalable, because it means that I can scale this to bigger and bigger and bigger opportunities. Therefore, if this is a process that works for this size of client, I can now move it up to the food chain and get it for 50% larger clients, or 100% larger clients.

      Likewise, if this is what I’m doing 10 hours a week, I can scale it and I can do this 20 hours a week.

    5. Do determine why you sell
      Top salespeople know why customers buy from them.

      If you don’t understand why your customers buy from you, I want you to stop and figure that out right now. Better yet, ask your customers why they buy from you.

    6. Don’t forget who your ideal customer is
      Who’s your perfect customer? I want to make sure that I know why I sell, and who I sell to. As a result, I stay in that tight lane.

      I’ve sat in rooms with top performing sales people, and it’s amazing what they’ll say no to. Somebody will be giving out leads and they’ll respond, “Nope, don’t want that. Don’t want that. Don’t want that either.” Because they stay very focused on who their perfect customer is and why they sell.

    7. Do use multiple messaging methods
      They are not so reliant that they only use one–email or social media. No, they can use email, social media, calls, texts etc. They’re very comfortable, and they know expediency works.

    8. Don’t be afraid of the telephone
      Top performing salespeople are more reliant on the phone than any other level of salesperson. Yes, that’s true.

      They know there’s something about talking directly to somebody. So much more can be accomplished in a single conversation than in a slew of emails back and forth.

    9. Do ask exact questions
      The top 1% are very tight with the questions they ask; the information, the knowledge they’re looking for, what they want to share.

      Remember, they know why customers buy from them. And they’re dealing with a very tight ICP, ideal customer profile. So as a result, they know their audience very well. Thus in knowing them well, they know what to ask, and what to look for.

    10. Do have a routine
      What’s your cadence? Is it every third day? Every fifth? How do you rinse and repeat?

      If you have a positive mindset and know you’re targeting the right people, and a need that you can help the client with, this will help you stay absolutely focused.

      With a routine in place, problems, or getting no response, aren’t an issue. The best just keep calling, and moving forward.

    11. Do create your own leads
      Excellent salespeople know that they’re accountable for their own leads.

      Sure, they’d take leads from marketing any day. But they know at the end of the day, their best leads are themselves, because they’re going to come from referrals or upselling of existing clients.

    12. Don’t dwell on the internet
      You can’t take clicks and likes to the bank.

      Instead, set times every day or every week to be out on the internet. Other than maybe having to find a piece of information or do something for a specific customer, avoid social media during the workday. Focus on using social media platforms solely for selling.

      I’ll admit, it requires a balance. Especially since your reputation arrives before you do, which means a good reputation on the internet is also necessary.

    13. Do look at your goals every day
      I look at my goals every day and I ask myself, “What am I going to do to move myself closer to them?”

      At the end of the day I ask myself, “What did I do today to help move myself closer to those goals?”

      You’ve got to be focused and committed to that. Otherwise, it’s just simply going to fall apart for you.

    14. Do sell first, negotiate second
      Top performing salespeople know that if they do everything else right in the sales process, closing becomes very easy. And negotiation actually becomes minimized. That’s why I say you sell first and negotiate second.

      If I sell first and get to really know and understand you, guess what? You’re probably less likely to negotiate because there’s a high level of trust.

      When you have a solid process and you’ve gone through the other four elements, in particular accountability, you create trust, and with trust comes integrity.

      Accountability → Trust → Integrity
      That has customers wanting to do business with you.

    15. Do get the Roadmap to Excellence Masterclass
      If you think for a moment that you can’t see and achieve being a top performer, you’re the person I want to talk to, because I want to get you there.

      Right now is when you need to get serious, because you have time.

      Through seven videos and a detailed workbook, we’ll take a closer look at Time, Mindset, Network, Accountability, and Sales Process.

      By the end of the course, you’ll have a strong foundation on which to build your success. This isn’t something you’ll do, forget, and move on. This is knowledge you’ll want to implement from Day 1–and share with others!

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    Article originally published on May 11, 2022 on Mark Hunter's Blog
    Mark Hunter
    Published May 29, 2022
    By Mark Hunter

    Mark Hunter, known as, “The Sales Hunter,” is globally recognized for his expertise in sales leadership. He specializes in business development and guiding organizations to find and retain high-quality prospects without discounting their fee. His ability to inspire sales teams to create self-motivating and integrity driven cultures, makes Mark Hunter a highly sought-after keynote speaker, consultant and coach. Mark has taken his vision for sales leadership to more than 25 countries and 5 continents where he leads and consults with companies ranging from small startups to global giants. Mark’s number one focus is relationships. He considers it an honor and privilege to connect with the people he is in relationship with each day. It is this passion that has set him apart as a thought leader in the sales and leadership space.

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