Successful Cold Calling happens when you know how to play the GAME! by Mr. Cold Call
I picked up the telephone today and realized how easy it was for me to just pick up the telephone and drum up new business opportunities. I'm so comfortable on the telephone and speaking with people that I've never met in my life. The yellow pages, membership directories, business cards posted on bulletin boards, senior-level executives profiled in magazines, it really doesn't matter what list I'm calling from--it's really no big deal to make these calls. Then, one day, I caught myself in a daze, a complete daze and realized that it wasn't like this all the time.
Looking back, I"ve come a long way, a very long way and remember a time when I was scared of picking up the telephone. I was scared of what my prospect might say. I was scared of being hung up. I was scared of what to say when my prospect picked up the telephone and said, "How can I help?"
For a very short time, cold calling and I didn't match very well. It didn't seem like my thing. In fact, there was a time when I joined the ranks of others who felt that cold calling was not a viable lead generation sales tool. Deep down, I knew that I could not consume these negative cold calling thoughts
I began to push the envelope and learn from each call that I made. After each telephone call, I said to myself, "What can I learn from this call? What can I learn from what just happened? What can I learn my prospect? What can I learn from my prospect about their industry? What could I have done differently the next time around? How could I have been morecreative? How did I sound over the telephone? If the roles were reversed, would I buy from someone who sounded like me?"
I continued to learn from each call and every call made began to build on future calls. My confidence began to multiply after each sale that could be sourced to a cold call. In time, I began to perceive cold calling as an eye of opportunity, as cost-effective, as strategic, as innovative, and finally, I began to perceive cold calling as a platform that I could use on-demand at anytime to connect with potential buyers. What does this all mean? This means that through testing and through call analysis, I began understand what techniques work well over the phone and which ones do not.
Cold calling was a learned process and I was beginning to understand what I needed to do to successfully win the game of cold calling. To win the game, I also discovered many other successful strategies such as attitude, telephone voice, product knowledge and scripting. Another strategy to win the game of cold calling is the fact that prospect's don't buy instantly. Rather, they buy over a period of time.
And as a result of this discovery, if I’m calling a prospect and there's no interest, that's ok. And it's ok because I'm not expecting them to buy right here and right now. At this stage of the sales process, what I really want to do is to create interest. I want to create enough interest in my company so that they will remember me the next time Ifollow up with them. So as you can see, there are many ways to win the cold call game. I have found a few of them and as I make more cold calls, I'm guessing that I'll be able to add to my on-going list. Have you started your list? If you haven't, maybe it's time to throw out your first pitch?
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Mr. Cold Call™ is aworldwide sensationand claims to have made over 80,000 cold calls to date. He has been quoted by numerous national publications such as Selling Power Magazine, Investor's Business Daily, Successful Fund Raising and Advantage Magazine. He has written over 65 articles on cold calling, developed a sales ratio calculator that automatically calculates your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly sales ratios, offers a custom sales script service called "The Script Responder" and finally, is the author of four best-selling ebooks with FREE email support and these titles include: