The 3 Coaching Questions

For Sales Managers and Sales Coaches

As Sales Managers, you need to find ways to keep your job / role simple and focused. It’s easy to get distracted by operational things and to pay attention to business that is ALREADY IN the system rather than your primary role, which is to PUT business in the system…and your salespeople and designers are the vehicle for doing that.  Your role is to support, direct and redirect their behavior and performance to sell or schedule each Coach Jodyand every opportunity…and to evaluate at the end of an opportunity what happened and what didn’t happen.  To keep the coaching discussion focused on actions and results, I have made it simple for you. Ask:

1. “Did you Sell it or Schedule it?”

Either one or the other result needs to happen. 

Possible responses: 

“Yes.” They produced a sale or scheduled an appointment. Either can be briefly discussed now as to how they did that so that they can repeat that action or skill.

“No.” You can let that response sit as a complete sentence or your can ask: “May I ask you a couple of questions about that?” If they say “No” again, ask “Can we rev
iew this a little later then?” If they say “No” again, you will need to start having ANOTHER kind of conversation about coaching – the process and the relationship.  If they say “Yes” proceed to Coaching Question #2.

“I tried to…..”.  Ask “May I ask you a couple of questions about that?” and they say “Yes”, proceed to Coaching Question #2.

2. “How did your customer/client ANSWER the BADAS Questions?”

Notice that the question is not if THEY ASKED the BADAS Questions…but HOW the customer answered them. You will need to KNOW these questions and the subsequent questions that support each one in order to help. If they got ‘non-answers’ such as “As little as possible” to the Budget question, then you’ll need to dig deeper to find out what they did with that discussion from there. We want them to get ANSWERS that they can use to determine if this is a sale today or an appointment – the ONLY reason we ask the 5 Key Area Questions – aka BADAD Questions.

Go through EACH of the BADAS Questions…or better yet, have THEM to through them so that you can see if they missed any or don’t know them.

3. “How did you ASK for a COMMITMENT?”

The commitment can be a Sale or an Appointment, so how did they direct the customer/client to do that? 

If they were going toward an appointment, did they use Seivert’s Six Step Strategy to Secure Appointments? Again, YOU need to know each of these steps and what they are meant to accomplish. If they didn’t use them, discuss why not. Do they know them? Did they use a couple but not all? DIG.

If they asked for the sale, what happened? Was there pushback? Was there an objection they were unable to overcome? What got in the way?

Clearly, you can see that the salespersons/designers role is to direct the sales conversation with questions, and your role is to do the same. Coaching isn’t TELLING them what to do, it’s helping them to DISCOVER the solution by asking questions, and knowing what you need to know so that you can ask questions that will find that out.

If you get stuck on any of this, CALL ME. This is a big job and your sales team will always need your help to consistently produce results. If you help them to do that, you will have a job for as long as you want one!

Now, go help them to sell something!

xo,

Jody

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Ask Jody

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For everyone

I wanted to write a blog a month that addresses specific things that you want help with.  So, on the fourth Tuesday of every month I will post an “Ask Jody” blog that responds to a specific issue that you send me that you want help with. It can be something relating to processes that you use that may not be as efficient or effective as you would like them to be, or it might be a client or customer issue that troubles you, or a selling opportunity that you want help with before you present to close or want to recap after you closed it – or didn’t close it.  My request to you is to send me LOTS of obstacles that you are up against and want another perspective on. Will you do that?

In the meantime, I (Jody) am going to ask YOU something…..

I am looking for your input. I love writing blogs…. and offering you information that helps you to grow your business.  I want to start presenting webinars on a regular basis and thought it prudent to ASK about you what you would like before I started creating and marketing them….as it’s ‘better to have something that people want to buy than it is to have something to sell’ to quote Sharon Drew Morgen. 

So here are my questions to you:

  1. Would you like for me to offer webinars that you can sign up for and attend?
  2. If so, what are some topics you would like to see?
  3. Are CEU’s with webinars important to you?
  4. Is there a day or time that tends to work better for you?
  5. Would you like live, recorded or both? 

Please just ‘reply’ to this blog/email and thank you SO much for your feedback on this. 

Now, go sell something!

Love, love, love,

Jody

 

“Helpful” is Not an Outcome

For sales professionals, everywhere
 
I had a great call today with the sales leadership of Interiors Home in PA. We have been working together for a couple of years and discussing how to break some habits and create new, more effective ones. One of the actions we were discussing I have mentioned Handshakebefore: Sales managers interrupting sales/customer interactions on the sales floor to help the salesperson to overcome concerns and to help them to close the sale (or get the appointment).
Today we distinguished HOW to engage. Instead of the sales manager introducing themselves to be ‘helpful’ to the customer and to the salesperson, it’s better to “Actively and Intentionally Engage” with the outcome being the sale or the appointment. And to take the opportunity to demonstrate the selling skill needed (new questions, more powerful presentation, overcome sticky objections, or ask for the commitment!) that the salesperson may have missed or performed poorly. It’s a BIG difference from just being helpful.
As I said to them, for the sales manager, Intentionally Engaging to Produce an Outcome is an equivalent of what sketching the rooms is for the salesperson: High-level tools that satisfy multiple objectives.
Sit with this for awhile…then give me a call and let’s discuss. 877-663-9663.
Now, go sell something.
oxo,
Jody
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