2.6 THE SALES CYCLE PROCESS
It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
—Sir Winston Churchill
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS OF TRUST
All sales start with a simple conversation. It may be a conversation between you and a potential client or customer, between one of your clients and a potential referral, between one of your colleagues and a potential referral, or between your web site and a potential client. An effective sales cycle is based on turning these simple conversations into relationships of trust with your potential clients over time. We know that people buy from those they like and trust. This is never truer than for the professional service provider.
Turn Strangers into Friends and Friends into Clients
If you don't have trust, then it doesn't matter how well you've planned, what you're offering, or whether you've created a wide variety of buying options to meet varying budgets. If a potential client doesn't trust you, nothing else matters. They aren't going to buy from you—period. If you think about it, this may be one of the main reasons you say you hate marketing and selling. You may be trying to sell to people with whom you have not yet built enough trust. All sales offers must be proportionate to the amount of trust that you've earned.
- What are your potential clients thinking?
- Do they really believe you can deliver ...