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Ask These 3 Questions for Daily Sales Productivity By Mike Rodriguez.

Ask These 3 Questions for Daily Sales Productivity

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As a sales professional, the biggest challenge that you will face each day is consistent performance. (If you don’t believe me, ask your boss or a stakeholder.)

In sales, it is easy to get caught up in the “routines” of each day. You might even start to believe that the activity-driven items that you are focused on are actually getting you somewhere. This includes office and admin time, email, working on proposals, travel, on-line time, office conversations, and the list goes on. These are all requirements of our job, BUT they are not directly “sales impacting.”

To measure your performance, simply gauge your sales numbers and metrics. See if you are above your targets AND check to see that you are “consistently” above your targets! (You cannot have one without the other.) If you hit quota once in the last twelve months and are still bragging about it or if you are consistently performing at 70% and you are walking proud, then this applies to you.

The ASK 3 strategy is a simple approach that can have tremendous benefits. It keeps you accountable and allows you to prioritize and lead with the key tasks that are sales impacting. You can run the ASK 3 strategy with yourself or you can run it as a team in a group setting.

It is a 3-step direct questioning process to identify and start talking about, with clarity, the core sales impacting opportunities that will drive your performance each day. When you ask each question, you must answer it clearly and definitely. There is no grey area here, no long stories or excuses. It simply and effectively lets everyone know where they stand.

Every morning start with these three questions. You ask and then answer them one at a time. You cannot move to question 2 until you (or everyone) answer question 1. You must be specific and measurable when answering. You cannot use generalizations (“I’m supposed to call them”) nor can you use emotions to explain (“I think,” “I hope,” “I feel,” etc.).

ASK 3:

What do I have to CLOSE TODAY? The closing meetings already set for “today.” The correct way to answer this question is to say an “account name” with “a meeting time” and “the closing revenue.” If you cannot talk specifically to this criterion, then you simply say “Nothing.” If “Nothing” is said, then you must go to Question 2. (Teams: Only after everyone answers question 1.)

What do I have to PROGRESS TODAY? The legitimate accounts you are working, that you can progress TODAY, towards closing in the near future. These accounts should have meetings that have already been attended. They should be qualified, with a specific follow-up call to action: Planning Meeting, Proposal, etc. You should be able to identify what you need to progress the sale and the date, time, and specific action of the next meeting. If you cannot talk specifically to this criterion, then you simply say “Nothing.” If “Nothing” is said, then you must go to Question 3. (Teams: Only after everyone answers question 2.)

What can I FIND TODAY? If you have nothing to close and nothing to progress, then you will need to find prospects to progress and close! The bigger question is why are you at #3?

ASK 3 is a solid starting point approach that, when used properly, will identify the weak areas, improve your forecasting, and directly impact your results.

To better understand the proper and strategic way to properly and accurately implement this and other sales strategies, consider scheduling a training session with your team or setting up a personal coaching call with Mike Rodriguez.

Want to learn more from Mike?  Call 1-800-527-0306.  Book Mike for your next sales training or event.

This article is an excerpt from the book 8 Keys to Exceptional Selling by Mike Rodriguez. Mike is a Motivational Speaker and Strategic Sales Trainer at Ziglar, Inc.

Ziglar Sales Boot Camp with Mike Rodriguez

Ziglar Sales Boot Camp with Mike Rodriguez

“Lead, Influence & Sell”

U.S. Tour Dates – January – April, 2015

With over two decades of sales and leadership experience in business and corporate sales, Mike has professionally trained and motivated hundreds of people on sales process management and life strategies learned from Ziglar training. Mike Rodriguez dedicates his time helping people of all backgrounds to step into their potential through proven key Ziglar principles that are life-impacting.

We are coming to train you in how to influence others. How to authentically care and communicate value to them. Whether it’s your Prospects, Clients, Congregation, Family or any relationship you want to have influence with, we can help!

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Zig Ziglar said, “If you believe your product or service can fulfill a true need, it’s your moral obligation to sell it.”

Whether you carry a ‘sales’ title or not, if you want and need to influence people, then you are in sales; regardless of your profession.

For the past 40 years, Ziglar Performance has trained tens of thousands of people just like you on timeless sales strategies and techniques. We provide the sales training necessary for those who are seeking to improve or who simply want to outperform the competition. At the same time our goal is to provide motivation to achieve outstanding results, while interacting in a win-win environment with your clients and staff.

Learn the skills to help you increase your closing ratio and raise your sales mentality.

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The Four Selling Principles and how to apply them
  • The Five components needed to close every sale

Ziglar Sales Boot Camp Program Goals:

  • Sell to more people, more effectively, more ethically and more often
  • Increase your existing skills and knowledge
  • Build better sales relationships with prospects and customers
  • Interpret the value of your products and services
  • Implement a client-centered sales process
  • Manage and overcome objections in a professional manner
  • Develop greater confidence as a person and as a sales professional