There are so many wimpy cold calling scripts out there that if you try them all, they’ll make your head spin.
You’ll find some scripts that tell you to introduce yourself and bond before you get to the point, as though you’ll build a lasting relationship within a few seconds on the phone.
Other scripts direct you to tell prospects all about the company, as though your company’s history will justify the fact that your call has interrupted the prospect’s day.
Some scripts even start with the unconvincing words, “This is not a sales call…” Yeah, right. Who do they think they’re kidding!
By the same token, you and I both know that any sales presentation’s power in words.
Face-to-face you have all sorts of visual cues that let you know whether or not you and your prospect are strolling down the primrose path together.
In the blink of an eye, you pick up cues such as a prospect’s crossed arms, broken eye contact, and another body language that lets you know when your words have taken the two of you off the profitable path. With these cues, you quickly figure out how to get back on track and easily adjust your sales presentation accordingly.
However, your cues come from background sounds, tone of voice, pacing, and the words themselves on the phone.
To stay on course, self-control is key.
Say too much, and you’ll hear, “If he’s interested, he’ll call you” and wonder, “What happened?” Say too little, and the gatekeeper will ask questions to keep you talking, find out what she thinks she needs to know, and then get you off the phone.
Since sales professionals have a gift for gab and thrive on social interaction, we are most comfortable talking with people face-to-face. We prefer to be around people and usually dread cold calling on the telephone. When we do our cold call prospecting, it is easy for us to talk too fast; to spew out way too many words for the prospect to grasp on the phone, and to relinquish self-control altogether. We experience failure, not our favorite lesson, and quickly build an aversion to making cold calls.
Successful sales professionals turn aversion to attraction by using scripts that are, in essence, a sophisticated sales presentation. Hands that are stripped down to the essential words, not too many, and not too few words that “make the sale” in their 90-seconds of time on the phone with an executive or executive assistant.
Yes! A script can be that good and yield 6–8 appointments out of every 10 calls.
How do you come up with a script that’s so good? First, you must craft a script to contain each of the components of an effective face-to-face sales presentation. Then it would help if you streamlined the hand for a successful transition to the telephone.
A spectacular structure for a cold calling script is this:
1. Use the prospect’s name, in the form of a question, as your opening line. 2. Identify yourself 3. State the purpose of your call 4. Build a benefit statement that tells your prospect precisely what he/she will get out of meeting with you — in terms of bottom-line numbers. 5. Maintain self-control by knowing what you want out of the call and asking the questions you need to ask to get there.
Here’s an example of such a script:
“Mary?” “This is Leslie.” “I’m calling from ColdCallingExecutives.com to see whether or not I can double John’s revenues in 90 days or less.” “When’s the best time for him to meet, this week or next?” “I appreciate you. Thank you.”
Even the best cold callers are struck by how much effort it takes to relax during cold calls to executives, how few words actually need to be spoken during a structured sales call, and the power of a carefully crafted sales call.
You’ve heard the phrase “KISS … Keep It Simple, Stupid!” You can modify that a bit to help you with your own spectacular script for successful cold call prospecting. KISS… Keep It Simple and Structured. Then, enjoy your success as your new, simply breathtaking cold calling strategy pays off!
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