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Secrets to Becoming a Master CommunicatorKnowing how to effectively communicate is essential for any person to become successful in sales. The purpose of communication is to get your message across to your prospects in the best way possible. Good communication takes skill, since messages can often become misinterpreted by one or more of the parties involved. When this happens it causes unnecessary confusion and moves you further away from connecting to your prospect.
Your communication is successful only when both the sender and the receiver perceive it in the same way. By successfully getting your message across, you convey your thoughts and ideas effectively. When not successful, the thoughts and ideas that you convey do not necessarily reflect your own, causing a communication breakdown. This breakdown can cause you to lose trust and belief in your prospect.
To communicate effectively, you must clearly understand what your core message is, and how your prospect will perceive your message.
Communication breakdown can pop up at every stage of the sale, causing you to lose out on many sales opportunities. Therefore, to become a more effective communicator and get your point across without misunderstanding and confusion, your goal should be to lessen the frequency of communication breakdown at each stage of the process with clear, concise, accurate, well-planned communication.
Stage #1: To establish yourself as a master sales communicator you must first establish credibility with your prospect. This involves displaying knowledge of the subject, your prospect and the context in which your message is delivered.
Stage #2: Consider the message itself. Written, oral and nonverbal communications all are affected by your tone, your individual communication style of communication, what you leave in and what you leave out of the conversation. How you communicate both verbally and in writing is very important to how your prospect perceives your point of view. What you want your message to do is to motivate and inspire your prospects into taking action and buying from you.
Stage #3: Consider how best to communicate with your prospect. You may choose to communicate verbally in person, by telephone, email, letters, greeting cards, etc.
Stage #4: Keep in mind the actions or reactions you hope your message prompts in your prospect.
Keep in mind too, that your prospect also enters into the conversation with his or her own communication style. Their communication will include new ideas, feelings and emotions that will undoubtedly influence how they understand and relate to your message, and also how they respond. To be a master sales communicator, you must consider these possible responses before delivering your message. This will allow you to be prepared and ready to respond with the appropriate communication skills.
Stage #5: Your prospect will provide you with personal feedback, verbal and nonverbal reactions to your communicated message. To deliver your message effectively, you must commit to breaking down the barriers that exist in each of these stages of the communication process. If your message is too lengthy, disorganized, or contains incorrect information about your products or services, you can expect to be misunderstood. Also, the use of ineffective body language that confuses the message or shows your lack of confidence will also allow you to disconnect with your prospect.
Don't offer too much information too soon. When in doubt, less is oftentimes more. Remember to listen more and communicate less verbally when you begin a conversation with a new prospect. Be respectful of your prospect's time, and keep their interests and concerns in the forefront.
Once you understand how these five stages work and start to implement them into your sale's message, you will soon discover your communication skills improving.
Mastering Your Persuasion Power
You persuade by mastering the art and the skill of effective communication. Your ability to communicate effectively regardless of the message will help you to exceed your sales goals time and time again.
Communication and persuasion are the same from the point that you cannot communicate with another person without, at the same time, influencing that person. Rapport is a natural function of communication that is brought about by honoring the person with whom you are communicating. Your goal should be to find out what your prospect wants and/or needs. Then discover how you can help your prospect reach their goal and/or solve their problem.
When selling a product, targeting people who are already interested in that product makes sense. There is no resistance, only feedback. Communicating effectively is not about being in control, but rather about being able to recognize what you are, in fact, eliciting with your communication, and having the flexibility to adjust accordingly.
A master sales communicator is someone who chooses to influence his or her prospects ethical and respectful communication, versus an ineffective sales communicator who tries to influence his or her prospect out of manipulation and fear.
When you set out to get an outcome that is strictly a win/lose model, or if you choose to abandon any future possible consequences for your communication, you are opening the door for eventual failure.
By accepting to master the art of effective sales communication, you are doing more to build long-lasting customer relations. You will also maximize your opportunity to offer clear, effective, meaningful communication that is based on a positive outcome. You will soon discover how your own master communication skills will powerfully and impact-fully become unforgettable in your customer's minds.
Why focus on these skills today?
Because if you don't someone else will. And your financial future will quickly be affected.
The process of interpersonal communication is monumental. Yet, it is simply one of the most natural acts on this planet. If you build a useful model, then you will not have to worry about whether you are doing it right ... because you will see it pay off quickly with increased sales.
Begin using your communication as a means of increasing your sales, and pay close attention to the response you are getting. Are you achieving and exceeding your goals?
Check the response to your outcome, or at least to where you are in getting that outcome. Then, adjust your output. Test and test again until you have it mastered.
If you take what you already know how to do, and you reorganize that information while putting together your sale's system, you will find yourself using them automatically in the context they are then designed to be used in, and in the order they need to be used. You will then become a powerful and effective persuader.
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