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5 Tips For Joining The Top 20 Percent Of High Performers

Why is it that 80 percent of the sales and revenue in any company or industry is made by the top 20 percent of producers? And, more importantly, what can you begin doing today to become part of that elite group?

Be Prepared With Scripts

Isn’t it true that 90 percent of the time you get the same brush offs, put offs, and objections when you’re dealing with prospects and clients?

80 percent of your competition is still ad-libbing their way through their presentations and they sound like it.

The top 20 percent, though, are completely prepared with proven scripts, rebuttals, and techniques that get them past gatekeepers, past smokescreen objections and to the sale.

Stop Qualifying Leads— Start Disqualifying Them

So many sales reps and companies still believe in the sales pipeline idea that if you put enough leads into it, some will turn into deals.

That attitude leads to a closing rate of about one in ten— and drains your energy and confidence.

The top 20 percent use a sales cylinder instead and understand that you can’t close an unqualified lead.

The next time your prospect tells you to “Send some information” ask them,“Sure, and if you like what you see, when will you place an order?”

Use Assumptive Questions

80 percent of your competition actually create smokescreen objections by asking closed ended questions during the first call.

Instead of asking, “Are you the decision maker on this?” you should use the top 20 percent technique of: “Besides yourself, who else is involved in making the decision on this?”

This eliminates the, “Well, I’ve got to show this to…” objection that will come later because you’ll know in advance who’s involved in the decision process.

Isolate Objections, Don’t Answer Them

The top 20 percent wouldn’t think of wasting their time chasing after smokescreens and so question and isolate objections instead.

The next time someone objects to your price, say:

“I understand ________, and let me ask you: if the price on (your product) was right where you wanted to spend (or within your budget), but if price weren’t an issue on this, do you feel this is the solution you’d go with – would you go ahead and place an order with me today?”

Any answer other than yes and this isn’t the objection!

Practice Perfection

Practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent! Only practice of perfection makes perfect.

That’s why the top 20 percent invest in, learn, and use the most effective sales techniques on each and every call!


In Sales EQ, Jeb Blount takes you on an unprecedented journey into the behaviors, techniques, and secrets of the highest earning salespeople in every industry and field and teaches you how to become an Ultra-High Performer. Download your FREE chapters of Sales EQ here.

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Mike Brooks

Mike Brooks

Mike Brooks is the founder of Mr. Inside Sales, a North Carolina based inside…

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