Accelerate Podcast with Andy Paul
June 27, 2017

#495. Learn How to Create a Killer Presentation by Asking the Right Questions. With Tim Wackel.

Tim Wackel, top sales trainer and leading expert on making better sales presentations, joins me for the second time on this episode of #Accelerate!

KEY TAKEAWAYS

[2:17] Tim sees too much activity without accomplishment, as the single biggest challenge facing sales reps. This is driven from the top. Tim stresses working on the fundamentals first.

[4:13] Your sales process needs to be set up to make the human interactions within the buying process as value-laden and impactful as possible. Tim cites the art of conversation.

[4:55] Metrics are set by management. Reps need coaching on basics more than on metrics. Tim says executives often don’t know what’s going on in sales, but they want more of it. The real metric is, how much business are you producing?

[6:02] They must put their own stamp on the process. Don’t work robotically. Top performers have unique ways of doing things. Have the confidence to shine.

[7:40] Sometimes the manager doesn’t have the right process for you. Tim tells an anecdote about following up, and a rep who lost a prospect, and why he lost them.

[9:15] Every interaction needs to provide value. Tim’s first manager asked him if his clients valued him so much, would they be willing to pay for a sales call?

[13:06] Tim talks about the two opportunities you may have to make a presentation. At either time, a poor presentation will prevent a sale. Don’t deliver everyone else’s presentation.

[16:44] A presentation is not always necessary. You engage in relevant conversation, tell your story, and the laptop stays closed (even though you had a presentation ready). Tim says, design it in analog, deliver it in digital.

[18:00] Presentation clumsiness is a failure. People leave their practice until they have a presentation. Practice all the time. Don’t rely on the deck. Rehearse it in an environment similar to the client’s boardroom. Make it about the client, not you.

[23:52] Delete the corporate capabilities of your company. The client has already researched you. Focus on three things, what, how, and why. What is the concern? How can we fix it? Why are you the right vendor? This is the last, and easy part.

[28:30] Tim says, remember, it is Powerpoint, not Powerparagraph. It is a visual aid to support your story. Make the story more important than the slides, and use the slides with images to keep people engaged in your story.

[34:15] Presentation, like sales, requires methodical deliberation. How will this presentation engage the customer and move the sale forward? Sell on purpose. There is a pattern of success.

June 27, 2016

Win More Deals by Writing Exquisite Proposals. With Jason Swenk. #186

Jason Swenk is a self-proclaimed defender of truth, justice, and effective business practices. Jason helps small business owners develop the right systems to create winning proposals that drive the growth of their businesses. In this episode, Jason shares his key steps to writing a winning proposal. Among the topic we discuss are:

  • Eight steps to writing an exceptional proposal.
  • The difference between a cover letter and an executive summary.
  • The common mistakes most people make when writing a proposal.
  • Why you need to stop emailing proposals and present them instead.
  • How to increase the closing percentage of your proposals.