Critical Selling: How Top Performers Accelerate the Sales Process and Close More Deals

Critical Selling: How Top Performers Accelerate the Sales Process and Close More Deals

by Nick Kane, Justin Zappulla

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119052555
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/19/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

NICK KANE is a managing partner of Janek Performance Group and co-creator of the Critical Selling® methodology. A recognized thought leader and sales performance expert, he guides numerous organizations in improving their sales effectiveness.

JUSTIN ZAPPULLA is a managing partner of Janek Performance Group and co-creator of the Critical Selling® methodology. In addition to successfully working with hundreds of well-known brands to develop and implement strategic sales performance solutions, he has trained and coached more than 15,000 sales and sales management professionals worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction Critical Selling: Focusing on What Matters Most 1

1 Selling to Today’s Buyers: Remain Customer-Focused 13

Recognize That Buyers Have Changed 15

Use the Right Sales Approach 17

Know How Your Customers Perceive You 20

Become a Trusted Advisor 25

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 26

2 The First Step Is to Believe: Change Your Mindset 29

Mind Your Mindset 31

Always Be Improving 34

Stay Patient through Change 38

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 43

3 Why Planning Matters: Determine Your Approach 45

Understand That Planning Matters 46

Think about Planning 48

Set SAM Objectives 50

Plan Ahead and Reflect After 55

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 58

4 A Solid Opening: Connect with Your Customers 59

Plan Your Opening 60

Master the Greeting 61

Create Connections 62

Deliver a Legitimate Purpose Statement 65

Confirm for Feedback 69

Close the Opening with Some Reflection 72

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 73

5 It’s All about Discovering: Get to Know Your Customers 75

Understand the Benefits of Discovering 77

Ask the Right Questions 79

Target the Six Critical Areas of Focus 84

Listen Actively to Understand Your Customer 90

Avoid Common Pitfalls 98

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 101

6 Presenting What Your Customer Needs: Link a Tailored Solution 103

Take Advantage of Discovering 104

Plan the Approach 106

Tailor the Solution 108

Ask for Feedback 115

Strengthen the Solution 117

Link Your Solution 124

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 125

7 Leverage Momentum at Closing: Capture Customer Confidence 127

Summarize Where You’ve Been 129

Gain Commitment to Move Forward 132

Define Next Steps 134

Confirm with Your Customer 136

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 137

8 Dealing with Objections: Return to the Land of Discovery 139

Recognize Real Objections 140

Understand Why Objections Come Up 141

Be Prepared for Objections 143

Work through Objections 146

Maintain Goodwill and Ask for Feedback 155

Critical Selling: Lessons Learned 157

Conclusion

Putting It All Together: Mindset + Practice + Process + Action 159

Plan Each Sales Interaction 160

Connect and Reconnect 163

Ask Questions (and Listen to the Answers) 165

Adjust Your Attitude 170

Appendix

Case Study: The McCrone Group 177

Notes 191

About Janek Performance Group 195

About the Authors 196

Index 199

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