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Great Demo!: How to Create and Execute Stunning Software Demonstrations

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Great Demo! provides sales and presales staff with a method to dramatically increase their success in closing business through substantially improved software demonstrations. It draws upon the experiences of thousands of demonstrations, both delivered and received from vendors and customers. The distinctive "Do the Last Thing First" concept generates a "Wow!" response from customers.

The Great Demo! method is presented simply and clearly, and is elaborated more fully in each ...

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Overview

Great Demo! provides sales and presales staff with a method to dramatically increase their success in closing business through substantially improved software demonstrations. It draws upon the experiences of thousands of demonstrations, both delivered and received from vendors and customers. The distinctive "Do the Last Thing First" concept generates a "Wow!" response from customers.

The Great Demo! method is presented simply and clearly, and is elaborated more fully in each successive chapter, providing a rich toolkit for software sales teams. Real-life anecdotes, examples, and axioms offer humorous and effective punctuation.

Updated with new best practices, tips and techniques, this second edition now includes a complete chapter on remote demonstrations--an area of increased activity and unique challenges. An additional chapter on managing evaluations (for fun and profit) extends the utility of the book to those in sales and management.

Great Demo! is a terrific read on an airplane or between customer visits. It offers a straightforward process for creating and delivering highly compelling software demonstrations, excellent advice, tips, and the occasional epiphany.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595345595
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 539,342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    Great Demo gets to the point

    In Great Demo, Peter Cohan applies his own methodology for how to give a demo in how he writes a business book. Even though the book is nearly 300 pages, it gets directly to the main premise. Show your prospect the best part, the most valuable aspect, of your product right at the front of your demo. Cohan does this with the book as well by giving us the ¿punch line¿ on page 5, not page 205. Just after the Introduction, the author gives us the ¿answer¿ to effective software demonstrations - ¿Do The Last Thing First.¿ Show them that part of the killer demo that¿s meant to knock their socks off; that part traditionally following the grand build up like a symphony musical. Just skip the prelude, build up and all that other stuff and show the customer what they really want to see. Then you have their attention to fill in the details because you¿ve proven (hopefully) up front that you are relevant and worth their time. It is interesting to observe how many proven advertising schemes already have this grab `em-up-front tactic built in. This can be seen in some television and magazine ads, most trade show tables, and yes even SPAM. Great Demo addresses this human need for immediate resolution ¿ why is this worth my time at all? ¿ in the board room during demos. With 250 more pages of regular content (not counting the Appendices, glossary, etc.) Great Demo has a lot more to say about knowing what the most relevant part of your system might be to show each individual client and how to deal with the inevitable questions, etc. But, the core of Great Demo is simple, memorable and effective. I have had the opportunity to give several demonstrations since reading Great Demo and I have found this up front approach really changes the dynamic with the prospect in a healthy way. I think it helps differentiate our company/products since competitors may not be leading off with their best foot forward so intentionally. There are also practical benefits since executive level prospects/audience members may be present only in the beginning of a demo but not the end. If the opposite is true you can always show the best stuff again (and may be asked to do so), but if that exec leaves the presentation early and you haven¿t shown your best stuff, they may never see it at all. Of course, the book is well aware of this and many other practical benefits. Cohan has a web site called DemoGurus so he has a good base of info in addition to his own extensive experience to build the Great Demo method upon. Interestingly, the book develops as if it is following its own method by unfolding more and more answers about the method itself as the chapters progress (as if it were the product being demo¿d). In the early going this can be a little slow to develop, but by the middle of the book, there is a wealth of knowledge being presented. The presentation of the entire book also has business appeal. The pages are short and most follow a checklist type format. This makes the content easy to locate and train/test others on. In addition to the Do the Last Thing First tactic, Great Demo also emphasizes showing only those Specific Capabilities that are necessary to address the customer¿s problem. This second point is also extremely important, but unlike the Do the Last Thing First advice, it can be found in most contemporary software demo methods. Great Demo, like its rivals, is smart enough to know software products these days are just too deep or broad to show in their entirety, this would only frustrate the prospect. Great Demo is very good about combining up to date management insights with its own unique contributions. In fact, Great demo is partially based upon the best thinking from the field of personal performance such as Covey¿s 7 Habits, and Solution Selling from Bosworth. Bosworth¿s Solution Selling is recommended multiple times as an important supplement to Great Demo. These thought leaders inform Cohan¿s organization of th

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    If presenting or giving demos this is a 'must read'

    An excellent 'how to' book that could radically change the way you sell your ideas to people. Reading through it I was constantly visualizing the good, the bad and the plain ugly demos and presentations I have sat through or been part of over the past few years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    Excellent Book -- 'Great Demo' Captures Years of Experience

    Having worked at Hewlett-Packard for over 20 years in sales development, marketing, and senior management, I had the opportunity to present numerous demos, and later, to supervise dozens of people making presentations and giving demos to HP¿s customers. ¿Great Demo¿ has the potential to help the reader learn much more quickly how to give effective demonstrations and presentations. While you may not have as many funny-in-retrospect stories to tell as do those of us who had to learn through years of experience, ¿Great Demo¿ can help you become more successful more quickly. I recommend Peter Cohan¿s book not only to sales people and sales managers, but also to product marketing, sales development, and R&D managers who need to sell their products internally as well as externally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2004

    Want differentiation from your competition? Read this book.

    Demos are of critical importance but are far too often left unmanaged, unstructured, or un-coached. Some people are naturally good at them, others aren't. And deals are won or lost based upon what happens during that critical single event. Believe me. There is wisdom here. Lots of it. It's full of content -- actionable and thought provoking. Cohan covers preparation, style, questions, special situations, time management and, very specifically, what it takes to deliver a great demo. This is one of the few books I've seen on the subject that ties the demo all the way up to the business needs of the CEO. If you are in software sales, this book is for you. If you're a rep, buy two copies. One for you and one for the person who does your demos. If you do demos, buy one for yourself and one for the rep with whom you work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    Terrific Job!

    Great book addressing an important component of the sales process.

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