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Jim Vaselopulos on TSE Podcast

How do you approach your prospects as a sales rep?

Do you send them hundreds of emails when you connect with them, or do you take the time to build a relationship with them?

In this episode of “The Sales Evangelist Podcast,” you’ll find the best way to approach prospects. Host Donald Kelly speaks with guest Jim Vaselopulos, a CEO consultant and leadership expert, on selling and building long-term relationships in business-to-business (B2B) sales. 

Jim shares the keys to building long-term client relationships, behaving as a peer, and delving into consultation-oriented sales. You’ll also witness a role-play scenario showing how to engage with potential clients at a peer level and focus on solving their real business challenges.

Click play now and prepare to gain a wealth of wisdom that will transform your sales game forever!

Embracing the Role of Salesperson

  • Jim candidly shares his initial reservations about the sales profession, describing his reluctance and skepticism due to preconceived notions about salespeople being perceived as “slimy.” 
  • However, through his journey, he discovered a new perspective under the mentorship of Ford Harding, a renowned figure in the realm of sales. 
  • Harding’s insight that “sales is the highest form of consulting” profoundly impacted Jim’s perception and approach, leading him to embrace the role of a salesperson with pride.

Challenges in Building Peer Relationships

  • Donald and Jim delve into the concept of establishing peer relationships in sales, highlighting the significance of approaching clients as equals from the outset. 
  • They discuss the pitfalls of appearing desperate or subservient, emphasizing the detrimental impact on sales dynamics and the importance of target audience selection.

The Power of Understanding Problems

  • An essential facet that surfaces in the conversation is the emphasis on understanding the client’s problems. Jim stresses the power of active listening and asking pertinent questions to grasp the client’s challenges. 
  • Sales professionals can establish trust and foster valuable long-term relationships by aligning with clients and demonstrating a deep understanding of their predicaments.

Curiosity is a Key Trait for Sales Professionals

  • Drawing from his extensive experience, Jim underscores the pivotal role of curiosity in sales professionals. He shares a notable interview tactic for identifying individuals with inherent curiosity, a trait essential for successful sales endeavors. 
  • The conversation highlights the benefits of fostering an environment where curiosity thrives, equipping sales teams with the ability to ask relevant questions and engage in meaningful dialogues with clients.

Role Play: Demonstrating Peer Engagement

  • The episode culminates with a role-play exercise, portraying a sales scenario where Jim, as the seller, engages Donald, the executive buyer. 
  • Through this simulated interaction, Jim exemplifies the art of engaging as a peer, strategies for eliciting pertinent information, and navigating the client’s concerns with empathy and understanding, ultimately fostering a collaborative relationship.

The episode offers a wealth of knowledge and actionable insights for sales professionals at all levels. Jim Vaselopulos’ expertise shines through, providing a roadmap for fostering peer relationships, understanding client needs, and driving successful sales engagements.

Listen to the full episode for never-before-heard strategies to revolutionize your approach to sales and transform client relationships forever!



Jim Vaselopulos on LinkedIn

“Clarity: Business Wisdom to Work Less and Achieve More,” by Jim Vaselopulos

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  1. Thanks for the great interview Donald.. it was fun. Around :25 minutes in… I mention minimizing two things… Cost of Sales (CoS) and Lifetime Account Value (LAV). I should have said MINIMIZE CoS and MAXIMIZE LAV. Sorry about that… but I thought it is worth clarifying for your listeners/viewers.

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