2011 is just weeks away. The economy is starting to pick up. Now is the time to start building new sales. Here are four things you can do immediately to gain more business in 2011:
1. Start Measuring. You can't accomplish anything in life (i.e., weight loss, productivity) without charting and measuring your actions. Start by determining your goals (you can't get there if you don't know where you are going). Then, start measuring all of your sales activities and actions. After the first quarter, take a day and go over your activities and actions and see what worked/didn't work.
2. Find Your Niche. The 80/20 rule generally applies to most sales. 80% of your sales comes from 20% of your clients. Narrow your prospects. Take a look at your past sales and find out what industries, types of clients you've had the most success with and just focus on them. You'll build better relationships over time, which will lead to more sales.
3. Get Some Help. Everyone needs a coach. Professional athletes have coaches, professional singers have coaches. You need one as well. The coach doesn't need to be an expensive consultant. It might be a friend who can listen each month and offer encouragement. Sales can be a tough mental grind. All sales reps need someone in their corner to help when times get tough--and they will. Think of this person as your sponsor, similar to the AA model.
4. Don't Listen To The "So-Called" Experts. Find out what has worked for you in the past and focus on that before you try out the latest strategies from the "so-called" experts. For example, it's easy to find a guru to tell you cold calling doesn't work anymore. It still does work for some, and it may work for you. It all depends on you and your industry. Most of these gurus have never sold a thing before in their lives. Don't buy into their BS.
--Ron Ameln, SBM