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Douglas Cole on The Sales Evangelist Podcast

Thinking like a strategist when selling to corporate deals will get you to the closing table. The order-taking days are gone! Donald chats today with Douglas Cole who is a sales leader at LinkedIn, an advisor with start-up accelerators in North America, and a part-time university lecturer at The Rotman School of Management and The Schulich Executive Education Centre in Toronto. Author of The Sales MBA.

Dominant Themes in the Sales Process

  • Sales Strategist – the company’s competitive position and its market-facing position.
  • Change Agent – the organizational dynamics, happening within the company, at any given time.
  • Decision Architect – interpersonal (human psychology) and how that affects your interactions with that prospect.

Strategist:

  • Precise understanding of where this company competes and how do they win.
  • Being able to make the connection between your product and how it benefits your prospect.
  • Research is critical to be able to have these conversations.

Change Agent:

  • Being able to find the catalyst to create transformation.
  • Where is the energy in this organization?
  • How can you feed the energy with your product or service?

Decision Architect:

  • Behavioral economics plays a large part in closing the sale.
  • Limited by the attention of the buyer.
  • Obtain the commitment of the buyer.
  • Motivate the buyer to act or move forward with your product.
  • Use of influence levers (scarcity, social proof, etc.)

Change your mindset:

  • How do you per sieve yourself?
  • Are you likable, are you trustworthy?
  • Think of yourself as a Sales Strategist, Change Agent, and Decision Architect.

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