Sales Notebook

What's New for Today?

While most of us like some stability in our work day, too much of doing same thing will fail to allow us to build our business successfully. If you look

While most of us like some stability in our work day, too much
of doing same thing will fail to allow us to build our business
successfully. If you look at your calls for last month or last week
and the list is full of familiar names and places, then you could
be headed toward a problem.

Nothing in this business stays the same. Neither should your
call list. Referral sources change jobs, take on new
responsibilities or just decide that the small problem your home
care company had with a delivery last week is enough to take their
business somewhere else.

With this in mind, your day needs to include some excitement and
challenges. I recommend that each day include some special effort
to reach out to a new lead. Possibly it could include a meeting
with one of those potential contacts you received at a recent
meeting or from a colleague.

The most productive and successful salespeople are continually
building their list of potential contacts. You may have names on a
list in your computer or a box of business cards in your desk, but
it is important to make sure you work the leads.

Set some guidelines for how you are going to reach out to new
business contacts by considering the following 10 strategies.

  1. Keep updating your lead list. Make sure you continue to
    add new names to the list. Ask others in the office, your present
    referral sources and customers to help guide you to new potential
    customers.

  2. Commit yourself to making a call each day to someone new.
    That could be calling them on the phone, trying to reach their
    secretary or reaching them directly by a visit to their office. The
    law of averages will be with you if you try to reach someone new
    each day. If you attempt to make enough contacts, your efforts will
    prove successful.

  3. If you make one new call or work one new lead each day —
    five days a week for four weeks — by the end of the month
    you should have made 20 new contacts
    . Some of these will
    generate new revenues.

  4. Plan to attend one association meeting each month, such
    as a professional association or community service meeting. Ask
    several of your referral sources about the meetings they attend.
    Make a list of the associations and meetings that have been
    recommended to you.

  5. Once you have the list compiled, you may want to share the
    locations with other staff members or other sales colleagues
    in
    your company. You and your organization want to become a part of
    several groups.

  6. Identify when the groups meet, and put those meetings on your
    calendar
    so you do not forget to attend.

  7. Take extra business cards and information about your company
    with you to all new meetings. Remember your goal is to meet as
    many people as possible and start building relationships
    .

  8. Consider attending professional meetings with one of your
    referral sources
    who would be happy to introduce you to other
    attendees

  9. Look back at the end of every day to see if there is
    someone new on your list that you have met or spoken to who could
    help your business. Just because we plan to do something does not
    mean we have. By looking over the day's schedule of activities, you
    will have a clear picture of what you actually did or didn't
    do.

  10. Never believe that one call, one gathering or one
    face-to-face meeting is enough
    . Building business is a process
    that takes time. Once you see on your sales call report that you
    have met someone new, look again to see when you will be seeing
    them again.

Knowing that each one of your referral sources can represent a
tremendous amount of business, you cannot afford to neglect the
ones who already love you or ever fail to keep reaching out to
others. Rarely do our professional customers call just once.

Check throughout the year to see how much business is
attributable to one of your favored accounts, and you will quickly
see how important it is to stay in touch — and how sad it
would be if they ever left you. When you realize the devastation
you would experience if they took their business somewhere else,
you will immediately go back to these 10 strategies and make them
required business activities.

Louis Feuer is president of Dynamic Seminars & Consulting
Inc. and the founder and director of the DSC Teleconference Series,
a teleconference training program. He can be reached at www.DynamicSeminars.com or by phone at
954/435-8182.



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