Sales Presentations – Three Questions to Answer

Everyone sells something. You sell your buddy on a new fishing spot. You sell your neighbors on a new restaurant to go to for dinner. Your kids sell you on raising their allowance.

Everyone sells something. We present our case. We persuade. To persuade by definition is the ability to convince by appealing to reason or understanding.

If you are going to make a sales presentation you need to know that presenting the case for your product isn’t enough. You need to be sharp, articulate, time oriented, entertaining and persuasive to get the job done.

Terri Sjodin, author of Sales Speak wrote that too many sales presentations are going the way of information overload and not enough about persuasion. I agree. Anyone can deliver information. Really. Anyone can read a brochure and figure out what it is that’s being sold. The key is to be able to answer three questions:

o Why you?
o Why your company, product, services?
o Why now?

The last question, “Why now?” is the call to action. It’s the answer to the sense of urgency you’ve created. Many sales people drop the ball here. They never close. They never make a call to action. They just sort of pack up and go after the information giving. Don’t make that mistake.

Persuasion isn’t about being pushy. It’s about being excited about the idea you’re bringing to the table and leading others to join your excitement. It’s about being able to make a call for action and having decision makers act on that call.