In previous blogs, I’ve written about the causes for Call Reluctance. Most of those refer to preparation and the components of the process that need to be addressed. There are some of us, however, that even when totally prepared, would still rather being doing something else, and hence, do something else. Here are a couple of ideas that have been successfully used to visually see the value of the prospecting part of their job and then to motivate them to do it! Continue reading “Have Call Reluctance? Two ideas to defeat it.”
How to be more efficient working remote areas of your territory
I’m sometimes asked how to best manage remote areas of a large geographic territory. This applies to whether it is an ‘airplane’ territory or just a territory that includes more targets outside of a one-hour driving radius.
I am also going to make an assumption here that we are talking about a part of your territory that falls into one of three categories. It is very expensive to visit, you’ve got more opportunity than you can say grace over close to home, or the areas farther away just don’t have as many ‘quality targets’ in it so you don’t go there very often. Continue reading “Six hints for setting appointments in a large geographic territory”
Or should I hit ‘zero’ and be connected to the operator?
If you’re not familiar with our philosophy and approach to appointment setting, we are all about being as effective as we can on each call so we are as efficient as we can be over time in the process of pursuing many targets simultaneously. The reason is that very few of us have extra time to sit and make appointment setting calls, nor do many of us like doing it. Ergo, the fewer the dials we need to make and the less time we need to set aside to do it, the better. Continue reading “Dial by name directories – should I use it or not?”
There is a concept in psychology called, ‘Learned Helplessness‘. It means that when we experience something often enough, we can develop a belief that supports that experience. With cold calling, we hear the following comments from people all the time. “Cold calling doesn’t work.” “Leaving voicemails doesn’t work.” “I won’t use scripts because it makes me sound canned, like the proverbial telemarketer reading their script.” Continue reading “Cold calling…does it work or not?”