The most common sales rep frustrations I hear from clients and all small business owners across North America:
Sales reps don’t listen. Sometimes they act like they listen, but I’m pretty sure they’re just nodding and waiting for me to finish so they can start talking again.
Want to learn to actively listen?
It requires practice. In your next sales training:
- Pair up into two-somes.
- Pick a conversational topic. It can be as simple as ‘tell me about your day yesterday,’ but it should be something that requires a bit of storytelling.
- Sit in chairs facing one another. Person A will tell their story to person B.
- They must maintain eye contact and person B cannot interrupt. Understand that: Person B may not say anything. Person B’s only job at this point is to listen.
- Then, switch roles. Person A listens. Person B tells.
- Once finished, go around the room with each Person B telling Person A’s story and vice versa.
It’s more fun if you have a colorful, emotional topic such as, “Tell me about your favorite family vacation,” or “Tell me about your most embarrassing moment.”
Do this once a week for the next twelve weeks. I defy you to not see dramatic improvements in connecting with not only clients and prospects, but also with friends and family, too.