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Good Selling Habits By Bob Urichuck

As a salesperson you have to rid yourself of ineffective or bad habits and demonstrate good selling habits, or appropriate behaviors, if you want to succeed in this great profession.

You have to be constantly filling the funnel with suspects, qualifying them to become prospects, making prescriptions or presentations, acquiring new business, following up and maintaining relationships.

You also have to maintain and expand existing customers, handle requests, go to meetings, complete all kinds of reports and maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude.

You are expected to demonstrate a multitude of effective habits or so called behaviors.

You also have to know which or your habits are working best for you – your behavioral ratios.

For example, how many telephone calls do you have to make to get a face-to-face appointment, how many appointments turn into a presentation, and how many presentations result in a sale?

If you don’t know your ratios, you will need to track your behavior. It is not all that difficult but worth the effort in the long run. Simply list the working days of the month down the left side of the page and then, identify all the behaviors you perform on a daily basis.

Each day track those behaviors by occasion or time.

The objective is to keep track of your daily behaviors, or habits, on a monthly basis and determine the time awarded to your averages or ratios. Sequentially, this will help you recognize your good selling habits and help you plan your daily behaviors to achieve greater results.

Let me share an experience I once had in sales. Let me describe how tracking my behaviors helped me recognize my good and bad selling habits to better organize them including my timing. Also, how this improved behavior (habits) led to more sales.

At one stage in my life, I wanted to learn everything I could about franchising, so I decided to sell franchises. The franchising company provided me with leads from the advertising sector and I got inquiries through a toll free 1-800 number.

Each day they would send me a batch of leads to follow up. I decided to track my behaviors and results from the very beginning, so that I could measure the feasibility of what I was doing. I was on a full commission structure – paid only on results.

The first thing I did was created a simple form listing each day of the month down the left-hand side of the page. Across the top, I had headings which referred to the items I wanted to track.

My work was related more to telephone work than face to face and this was promoted nationally.

I had headings such as: dials, connected, left message, call #2, fax, mailing, follow up, trip, presentation, and close.

Each day I sat down at my desk to follow up on leads and I would have my form in front of me. I would make a mark under each heading that applied to the behavior I was conducting. At the end of each week and the end of the month, I would total up my behaviors and identify the ratios.

After three months, I concluded my average ratios:

It took 150 dials to get 100 contacts
100 suspect contacts to get 5 qualified prospects
15 qualified prospects to get 3 to take a trip to H.O. at their expense
1 out of 3 to buy into the franchise

All of this meant that I would have to make 300 contacts or 450 dials to get one sale. When I worked it out financially, that one sale equaled $5.00 per dial. If I wanted to make more sales and more money, what would I have to do? Obviously, make more dials.

I had to face plenty of rejection. Imagine being rejected 285 times out of three hundred calls. Discouraging, isn’t it? Well, I had an idea to combat this. I discovered I only obtained 5 potential prospects out of 100 leads.

I qualified the prospects to get to a “No” quicker. Each time I hung up the phone following a “no”, I would sing “another one bites the dust, another one gone, another one gone, this is bringing me closer to my “Yes”, YES”. Then, I would dial the next number.

This little chant kept me positive and enthusiastic. Undoubtedly, if I hadn’t tracked my behaviour, I would have probably given up because of constant rejection and negative self-talk – a very bad habit to get into.

The other lesson that I learned before actually doing any tracking, was noticing the time of day that I was calling. I realized that most of the prospects had jobs and had left their home phone number not their business number.

After a while, I decided to have my office attain more information during the initial call in order to determine the best time to call and where I was calling. By recognizing some ineffective habits and changing them, I became increasingly more productive, and more successful.

What are some of your ineffective habits that you can change into good selling habits?
Bob Urichuck is an International Professional Speaker, Trainer and founder of the “Buyer Focused” Velocity Selling System and the Author of two best selling books “Up Your Bottom Line” and “Disciplined for Life: You are the Author of Your Future.” You can visit him at www.BobU.com