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Stop Telling, Start Selling: How to Use Customer-Focused Dialogue to Close Sales

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In this revised edition of her best-seller, noted sales consultant Linda Richardson offers salespeople the tools they need to successfully use customer-focused, dialogue selling. Featuring real-world dialogue samples, helpful dos and don’ts, self-tests, checklists, and other useful tools, this guide offers insight on every aspect of face-to-face selling, from the initial introduction through the needs identification and the negotiation of terms and price to the successful close, with prime emphasis on the six ...

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Overview

In this revised edition of her best-seller, noted sales consultant Linda Richardson offers salespeople the tools they need to successfully use customer-focused, dialogue selling. Featuring real-world dialogue samples, helpful dos and don’ts, self-tests, checklists, and other useful tools, this guide offers insight on every aspect of face-to-face selling, from the initial introduction through the needs identification and the negotiation of terms and price to the successful close, with prime emphasis on the six critical skills necessary to the dialogue-driven sales call: presence, rapport building, questioning, listening, product positioning, and checking.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070525580
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 284,129
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Richardson is president of The Richardson Company in Philadelphia, a sales training firm with more than 160 clients, including Morgan Stanley, Johnson & Johnson, Aetna U.S. Healthcare, Citibank, Andersen Consulting, Tiffany & Co., Dell Computers, and Lucent Technologies. A member of the faculty of the prestigious Wharton Business School, she is the author of six books, including Selling by Phone and Sales Coaching Making the Great Leap from Manager to Coach.

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Table of Contents

The Six Elements of the Dialogue Framework.

Dialogue Element: Opening.

Dialogue Element: Product Positioning.

Dialogue Elements: Price Positioning.

Dialogue Element: Objections.

Dialogue Element: Close/Action Step.

Dialogue Element Follow-Up.
The Six Critical Skills of the Dialogue Framework.

Dialogue Skill.

Dialogue Skill: Presence.

Dialogue Skill: Relating.

Dialogue Skill: Questioning.

Dialogue Skill: Listening.

Dialogue Skill: Product Positioning.

Dialogue Skill: Checking.
Preparing for the Sales Dialogue.

Preparing Your Sales Strategy.

Planning for the Sales Call.

Negotiating Terms and Price.

Self and Peer Coaching.
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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    To get ahead, salespeople used to have to be good talkers. Now they must be good listeners.

    Today's sales methods demand an emphasis on a high-level, consultative partnering process. This approach calls for real dialogue with customers about the product or service solutions that best meet their needs. In this solid book, sales training expert Linda Richardson teaches salespeople how to stop being vexatious product promoters and become trusted colleagues instead. getAbstract recommends Richardson's practical "dialogue selling" approach and her superior knowledge about what works. Though the suggestions she sees as brand-new may strike you as classic sales wisdom, that's no reason not to pay attention. If you want to stop pitching and start partnering, listen up.

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