The One Thing You Must Do NOW!

Over the festive holidays I got talking with a young salesperson that sells hardware out of a super DIY store. His job is to be on the road most days, visiting building sites and converting builders, plumbers and such like into customers.

As we got talking I asked him, “What is your biggest frustration with your job right now”

Well he said “Writing up the orders” I laughed for a bit, but he didn’t. He was genuine, he found that the most frustrating part of his job.

The truth is that productivity is very critical to your success. I explained to him that if he could not do it himself or found it hard, then he better find someone who could help him.

Share the load

Productivity is so critical to your success. I wanted to make sure he saw this. I explained to him as far as I’m concerned, you MUST be doing this to increase your productivity, no matter how small or large your business is.

What is it?

Get someone else to do it… Outsource it.

I knew a top biller on a TV network that outsourced everything except his one to one, face to face appointments.

Here are 3 tips to get you thinking about how you can share the load and focus on what you’re good at.

  1. Spend more time on what you love about your sales job – Many salespeople do not like do the paperwork. Get someone to do it for you. It’s that simple. Doing up contracts and such like can be taught to someone.
  1. Stop wasting time on time consuming tasks – Very similar to #1. If you dread doing something in your work, then that’s a signal to delegate it. I learnt that a little while ago and it is so true, if you’re about to do something that you do not want to do, guess what happens? You procrastinate. So, therefore delegate it.
  1. Have more free time to spend with your friends and family – We all want time with our friends and family, don’t we? Outsourcing the tasks that free up spare time, it potentially allows you to be happy and organised. Do you want that?

As the year unfolds and you think about your workload, maybe also think about what you dread every day and delegate.

Whatever career you decide to take in sales, it’s always good to get some help.

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Mike Brunel started mikebrunel.com after being a successful entrepreneur and founder of NRS Media.  He co-founded NRS Media in Wellington, New Zealand, expanded it into a global powerhouse in media sales and training, and was eventually responsible for opening offices in London, Atlanta, Toronto, Sydney, Capetown, and Bogota. He has hired hundreds of salespeople around the world.

He made a lot of mistakes when it came to hiring his superstars. Check out his How to Hire A Super Salesperson Each and Every timeIt’s packed with tips and ideas on how to hire great salespeople. Don’t ever Hire Bad Salespeople Ever Again. Promise!

Tips on paying commission to new salespeople

Having worked in the commission remuneration space for most of my life,

I’m a great believer in Effort = Reward.

I’m asked a lot by sales organisations how does one structure a commission for newbies.

Standard Commission Rates

From experience if you do have a standard commission structure for your team it’s important to think about making sure that you do not tamper with that too much.

In the case of newbies that you want to harness and grow your business, it makes sense to offer a more attractive commission structure in the beginning than just the standard commission system.

In media sales for example, and I’m sure other commission-based companies, like real estate, mortgage brokers, and others could also do this.

Different Commission Rates

Rather than offer them a different commission to the rest of your team and then have to reduce it at some later point, it makes sense to offer newbie recruits an additional bonus percentage for, say, the first six months.

It may, for example, be an additional 2% or 4% above the standard commission rates. Obviously, the actual amount will depend on the commission structure in place at your company.

Why a Bonus Commission?

Because this is offered as a bonus commission, the new salesperson is always aware of what the standard structure is and does not feel that he/she is being disadvantaged when they go on to the normal commission structure.

Another option is to progressively reduce the bonus commission percentage until the new salesperson is on the standard rate. 

After six months, for example, the bonus commission might reduce by 1% each month until the salesperson is on the normal commission structure.

This allows a fast track approach to get your newbies up to speed.

If you would like any help on this type of remuneration and other ways to compensate your team let me know.

Whatever career you decide to take in sales, it’s always good to get some help.

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Mike Brunel started mikebrunel.com after being a successful entrepreneur and founder of NRS Media.  He co-founded NRS Media in Wellington, New Zealand, expanded it into a global powerhouse in media sales and training, and was eventually responsible for opening offices in London, Atlanta, Toronto, Sydney, Capetown, and Bogota. He has hired hundreds of salespeople around the world.

He made a lot of mistakes when it came to hiring his superstars. Check out his How to Hire A Super Salesperson Each and Every timeIt’s packed with tips and ideas on how to hire great salespeople. Don’t ever Hire Bad Salespeople Ever Again. Promise!

What do you do?

Have you ever been asked that question?

What do you do?

10 minutes later, three yarns in the mix, and don’t forget the glazed eyes, they either think you are:

  1. A salesperson
  2. Or a jerk

In the Sales Mindset Blueprint that I am releasing in March, I do an exercise to help you overcome the one mistake that every salesperson makes.

What is that mistake?

Talking about themselves and their solution and not the customer and their problem.

The skill is to come across with integrity and more importantly being authentic

Start with the problem.

If someone asks what you do, ask this question. “Are you frustrated with your sales team inability to ask for the business?”

Or

You know how when your salespeople come back to you and say “They are just not interested in our product.”?

That’s what I do, I help you fix that problem.

As you can see I try and start with the problem.

I try not to say.

“I help your sales team do this and that and then this blah blah blah….”

I do my best not to fall into that trap, and I know the most successful salespeople start with the problem.

Easy step by step process

My exercise in the Sales Mindset Blueprint elevator pitch module is to ask this simple question:

“What do you do”?

I then help show you how to nail your script using phrases to outline the problem as clearly as possible, focusing on their problem and then telling them how you can help.

This give me confidence, and also the client gets confidence.

Why does this approach work?

You may be asking yourself why this would help you.

Simple, it opens up the conversation, because you made it about them and not you.

At the end of the day it’s always about them isn’t it?

Have a great week selling.

Whatever career you decide to take in sales, it’s always good to get some help.

That’s why you can get FREE in your inbox every morning for 7 days; the 7 Day Sale Challenge.

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For more content like this, please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Mike Brunel started mikebrunel.com after being a successful entrepreneur and founder of NRS Media.  He co-founded NRS Media in Wellington, New Zealand, expanded it into a global powerhouse in media sales and training, and was eventually responsible for opening offices in London, Atlanta, Toronto, Sydney, Capetown, and Bogota. He has hired hundreds of salespeople around the world.

He made a lot of mistakes when it came to hiring his superstars. Check out his How to Hire A Super Salesperson Each and Every timeIt’s packed with tips and ideas on how to hire great salespeople. Don’t ever Hire Bad Salespeople Ever Again. Promise!

Successful Sales Begins with Acknowledgement

Did you miss out on a sale today because you could not handle that objection you received from your client? Or you visited half a dozen clients, presented your best proposal and still were not successful?

I am about to show you a technique for getting those most difficult objections answered in a way that you will feel more confident, overcome that frustration you are having currently with your clients, and get management off your back.

Here is how it works.

Did you realise that most objections come in two areas of a sales call?

  1. Appointment setting
  2. Proposal or presentation

Get the appointment.

I am going to talk about the first one, appointment setting. The number one mistake that many salespeople do is try to answer the objection straight away on the phone instead of getting the appointment. 

Why do they do that? Many salespeople forget that they are purely phoning to get the appointment.

A business owner might say “I’m not interested” Once a salesperson hears that objection, they try to answer it instead of ignoring it. Why ignore it?

Because by not ignoring it what you are allowing to happen is giving back control to the client.

You are losing control. When this occurs you feel stupid and you lose confidence and give up.

Instead of hearing the objection, acknowledging it, and asking again for the appointment you just want to answer it.

Or give up on the first objection and hang up. 

Here is what to do instead:  If you hear an advertiser say “I’m too busy” do this step-by-step approach.

  1. Acknowledge the objection. Acknowledging the objection with a statement like “I understand” or I appreciate that you are busy so therefore I won’t keep you long” These are called softening statements, or acknowledgement phrases. By saying I understand what you are actually saying to the client is that ‘you hear them’.  
  1. Do not answer the objection. The key however, is not to get into a discussion with the client but use a well crafted reply to get the appointment. Please remember your first task is to get the appointment. You may use something like;

“I understand, I know you are busy, that is why I will only keep you for a minute, I wanted to come and see you and talk about a few things to see if we are a fit.  I have some research on your industry that I would like to share with you.”

Well scripted answers like these allow you to stay on track and stick to your objective.

  1. Keep answering the objection. Using steps 1&2 by using other well crafted answers to overcome those new objections that clients have thrown at you. Here is one for “I’m not interested”!

“I understand, many of my clients tell me that, but when I sit with them and work through some of my specific questions designed for a business like yours, they do become interested. Would it be okay if I could sit with you next week?”

Using these simple scripts will certainly help you to overcome these common objections.

In the upcoming Sales Mindset Blueprint we have created a game that will help you get better at matching up the concerns your client may have with questions that help you discover the problem.

We will keep you posted on where to go to register for the objections game soon.

Have a great start to 2020.

Whatever career you decide to take in sales, it’s always good to get some help.

That’s why you can get FREE in your inbox every morning for 7 days; the 7 Day Sale Challenge.

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For more content like this, please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Mike Brunel started mikebrunel.com after being a successful entrepreneur and founder of NRS Media.  He co-founded NRS Media in Wellington, New Zealand, expanded it into a global powerhouse in media sales and training, and was eventually responsible for opening offices in London, Atlanta, Toronto, Sydney, Capetown, and Bogota. He has hired hundreds of salespeople around the world.

He made a lot of mistakes when it came to hiring his superstars. Check out his How to Hire A Super Salesperson Each and Every timeIt’s packed with tips and ideas on how to hire great salespeople. Don’t ever Hire Bad Salespeople Ever Again. Promise!

Happy Holidays – See you on the other side in 2020.

Hi everyone,

I’m not going to give you too much of a tip this week.

I’m actually thanking you for watching all of my videos that I’ve put together over the last few months.

The reason is to share my purpose.

That purpose is to pass onto whoever wants to watch, what I have learnt from lots of mentors and companies that I have worked with, for like, ever.

You don’t learn less.

There is a saying that says “you don’t learn less”.

Every day I learn something, remaindered of something, or at my age, remember something.

Especially my old company, NRS Media, which we built into a global media company with pretty much close to 200 salespeople and we learned lots and lots about how to sell and how to be better at that than anyone else in the business.

2020 here we come.

I’ve got some exciting things happening in the New Year, we’re going to be launching the Sales Mindset Blueprint and my team are working on that right now.

Rest and switch off.

I hope you have a great holiday and make sure you spend some time with your family, like I will, in the sun, down here in New Zealand, down under the under as we say.

I look forward to seeing you in the New Year and you have a great holiday,

Mike.

Whatever career you decide to take in sales, it’s always good to get some help.

That’s why you can get FREE in your inbox every morning for 7 days; the 7 Day Sale Challenge.

Hop on over here and subscribe.

For more content like this, please make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Mike Brunel started mikebrunel.com after being a successful entrepreneur and founder of NRS Media.  He co-founded NRS Media in Wellington, New Zealand, expanded it into a global powerhouse in media sales and training, and was eventually responsible for opening offices in London, Atlanta, Toronto, Sydney, Capetown, and Bogota. He has hired hundreds of salespeople around the world.

He made a lot of mistakes when it came to hiring his superstars. Check out his How to Hire A Super Salesperson Each and Every timeIt’s packed with tips and ideas on how to hire great salespeople. Don’t ever Hire Bad Salespeople Ever Again. Promise!

What is your Personal Operating System -Part 2

Decide your Personal Operating Procedures

In my previous post, I covered some personal messages from the book “Only Two Seats Left” www.onlytwoseatsleft.com

I have collected a few more for discussion.

  1. Have a simple written business plan with objectives & goals.

As I have said any goal setting I do is always ongoing but it follows an underlining theme.  In the case of John Anderson at Contiki he sets his goals this way.

  • 5 pieces of paper laid out in front of him
  • First-page overall long-term goal and objectives
  • Second- personal objectives
  • Third page- business objectives
  • Personal and business- for the following year
  • Income and expenditure for the next two years.
  1. Don’t make your prices be the cheapest – offer the best value.

That might be easy for me to say, but if you are in the business of just price only then you become commoditised, something no one wants it this world of competition.

That tactic only gets you in a scrap with your competition, you are better to dominate that position by being unique and different.

If you are not in that businesses make a promise to yourself that you will walk away from a bad deal once a month. It’s liberating and they may just respect you more and ask you back.

Have fun Selling your stuff.

 

Mike

Mike Brunel started mikebrunel.com after being a successful entrepreneur and founder of NRS Media.  He co-founded NRS Media in Wellington, New Zealand, expanded it into a global powerhouse in media sales and training, and was eventually responsible for opening offices in London, Atlanta, Toronto, Sydney, Capetown, and Bogota. His products and services are now sold in 23 countries and in 11 languages generating $350 million annually in sales for his clients. Mike sold the company in 2015 and now spends his time following his passions which include rugby, travel. His promise: “I can find thousands of dollars in your business within minutes – GUARANTEED”  TRY ME