Stop Telling, Start Selling: How to Use Customer-Focused Dialogue to Close Sales Paperback – Sep 22 1997
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In just a few short years since its publication, Stop Telling, Start Selling has become a leading textbook for sales training, used by more than 150 of the world's leading corporations. Why? Because it shows how to differentiate yourself, your product, and your organization in a hypercompetitive world of look-alike products.
The secret weapon is "dialogue selling" and this book shows you how to do it. "Much of what appears to be 'consultative selling' today is a masquerade for product selling," explains Linda Richardson, sales training consultant to many of the Fortune 500 and author of Selling by Phone and Sales Coaching. If you want to earn your customer's interest, trustand businesSTOP telling the customer about your product or service. Go beyond "customer focus." START a true customer dialogue.
In this newly revised and updated edition of Stop Telling, Start Selling Richardson teaches you the critical skills you need to revitalize your sales process, including how to:
* Understand your customer's political, personal, and business needs
* Position your message so it is important to your customer
* Unlearn manipulative tactics that can kill a sale early on
* Gather customer feedback to adjust your message as you go
* Maintain selling momentum and shorten the sales cycle
Stop Telling, Start Selling will help you truly listen to customers and put them first, that's what it takes to win the trustand the businessof today's sophisticated customers.
About the Author
Linda Richardson is presidetn of The Richardson Company, sales and leadership consultants to business. She teaches at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and is the author of Selling By Phone, Stop Telling, Start Selling; and Winning Group Sales Presentations.
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If you could observe a series of excellent sales calls, you would find that almost all calls share key elements, despite even major differences in the calls-differences in customers, products, salespeople's personalities, and phase of the sales cycle. Read the first page
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Also, the whole paradigm-replacement languuage ("we are moving into a new age of selling...") is corny. The advice Richardson is giving is not new or revolutionary, as she claims. But she has succeeded in organizing a lot of really good sales principles in a clear and coherent way which can easily be appreciated by readers.
I read this book together with Richardson's "Selling by Phone" and frankly, one is just a rehash of the other. Richardson copied entire paragraphs from one in writing the other. So save your money and buy just one of the two. But if you are an accidental salesperson, or even if by trade you are not a salesperson but you are occasionally called upon to negotiate (maybe you are a lawyer or a manager) Richardson's books will be a refreshing introduction to the discipline of negotiation and persuasion.
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