Successful Selling Tips

Successful Selling Tips

13 Jun 2022

Sales Coaching For Small Businesses

“If we all did the things, we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves” Thomas Edison

I have sold products and services in many varied sectors over the last 25 years, and across that period of time I have been responsible for multi million sales for companies.

My breadth of experience has taught me that I truly didn’t need to concern myself with what the product was that I was selling, but instead to focus purely on what my customers needed, and more importantly, to focus on removing the barriers that stood in their way from purchasing what I was selling.

How To Sell Successfully 

Successful selling….. means predicting, pursuing, and solving problems before they stop the sale happening.

My name is Kieran Perry, I provide practical business advice, business coaching, and bespoke sales coaching to business owners, directors, start-ups and individuals in a variety of sectors across the UK

To be a successful business owner you need energy, to be motivated, to have confidence, a positive attitude, you need to be a self-starter and disciplined in your work, but most of all you need to have a can-do attitude to and be realistic with your financial figures.

1. Defining And Targeting The Right Customer

The most important customers to a business are not always those that generate the most profit but those that can unlock the most value in your business.

Employ the 80/20 Rule

If you want to get more done in less time, then you need to create your daily work schedule around the Pareto principle, also known as the 80/20 rule. Creating a daily work schedule using the 80/20 rule will allow you to spend 80 percent of your day working on the most critical tasks, and 20 percent of your time on the menial, but necessary tasks.

2. Create A Profitable Sales Funnel

A sales funnel is the way you find and deal with your potential customer from the very beginning to the end result of converting them into a sale. In my experience all failing sales funnels have one thing in common, they give an incomplete picture to the buyer. 

To create a profitable sales funnel or sales pitch it is not about universal appeal. Instead, it's all about highly targeted and filtered and specific appeal.

3. Understanding What The Customer Values

A customer may pay more for your service if you can guarantee a delivery date or unique solution to a need. Customers can be led by their hearts and emotions – for example “oh I love that brand – I have to have that, loads of my friends use that brand” – so what does this mean? – it means that they are driven by their desire over the practical issue of price.

4. Improving Your Offering

Before you begin the process of selling to a customer, you need to understand what makes your product or service different from your competitors. This is the key to creating a belief in the true value of what you have to sell and how to sell it. If you sell online only, look at your website from a customer’s perspective. Does it give me all the details I need to make a decision, delivery times, sizes, colour, returns policy, special offers and look and feel as professional as it should do? 

Get Enough Sleep

Often, our rest and sleep are sacrificed to gain more time in the day. Being well-rested, well-fed, and having a healthy body removes the distractions that will rob us of our time. When you can get enough sleep every night, your focus is sharper, your attention span is longer, and your quality of work is higher, which lends itself to an increase in productivity.

5. Building Trust And Integrity

Don’t get misled by titles or organization charts, titles can be extremely misleading and vary from company to company – if unsure who to deal with ask who does what. Think about what questions you could ask that show interest and understanding of your client. When asking a question, keep it fluid and not too regimented.

6. Improving Your Customer Contact

There are a number of reasons meetings or calls with promising prospects don’t result in a next step, one of the most common problems in this area is having no reason to speak or visit again, but this is an easy fix.

Leave something for a second meeting or call.

7. Building Customer Relationships

A happy customer that has been delivered exceptional customer service will always want to share their experience with other people in their network. This can then lead to referrals which are another invaluable source of primary customers. A potential customer always appreciates a startup company that goes the extra mile. If your ultimate goal is to serve your customers’ needs, you will be initiating an honest trustworthy affinity which will result in successful selling. A excellent sales advice book is The Sales Fix Formula

8. Pricing And Offers

So, you need to understand how to build your perceived value to the customer, whilst keeping the costs to your business to a minimum. Being cheaper than your competitors doesn’t necessarily mean you will get the order, so don’t be tricked into thinking this is the way to make a sale, selling is about adding value not reducing the price. Add value – don’t always start a sales negotiation with a discount price. 

9. Negotiation & Making The Sale Happen 

As I have witnessed the business environment shift in the face of continual change, I have come to recognise that the use of inventive problem-solving techniques, when selling, is increasingly important to maintain the growth of any business. It became very apparent to me that it was how the problems and barriers in the way of a sale were perceived, pursued, and solved that made all the difference. 

The Institute for Government is the leading think tank working to make government more effective and can be a great resource for businesses in the UK.

In today’s business world, it is increasingly important to approach selling with a problem-solving approach to the barriers in front of a sale – this will set you apart from the rest. 


How To Find A Sales Expert Near Me

Kieran Perry is a trusted business advisor and sales coach working with businesses and private clients, offering business coaching, sales training, executive mentoring, and management consultancy to clients across the UK and Ireland.

He has a proven track record of helping businesses of all sizes and industries achieve their goals. Kieran shares his insights and strategies for success through his blog and offers sales training courses to improve sales skills and techniques.

For those seeking business advisors, Kieran Perry is an excellent choice with online coaching and training sessions available. Follow him on Instagram to learn more about his services.

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His services include independent business advice, business coaching, sales training, executive mentoring and management consultancy to business owners, directors, start-ups and individuals across the UK and online. To read more on his business advice view his Blog for more business strategies, or see his Pricing, or Reviews . Follow Kieran on Instagram.