Selling Time Balance

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  • Brad Benton
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    Serious football fans understand that one of the things the better teams have in common is a balanced offense.  Typically, those teams seek a balance between rushing and passing.  They never become too committed to running the ball; never become too committed to passing the ball.  Balance is vital to success. 

    Hospitality Sales professionals need to learn quickly that in order to be successful – – and, more importantly, to sustain that success over years and years – – they need to find a balance in Selling time.  Balancing time spent on the computer against time spent on the telephone and out on personal Sales calls. 

    This new generation of Sales professionals is the most tech-savvy of any generation in our industry’s history.  They are masters of the Internet.  They expect fully information to come customized and instant.  History?   That’s all about yesterday.  What’s important today is today. 

    Expecting Instant Success

    These newest of Sales professionals will expect instant success from their efforts in selling room nights and F&B events.  They will become impatient when they find they can’t close a piece of business quickly via e-mail and text messaging. 

    From day one they will need to begin mastering the “high-touch” aspects of direct selling: professional Selling on the telephone and professional Selling on outside Sales calls, trade shows, Fam trips and any venue where they find themselves face-to-face in the company of potential clients. 

    There is little doubt that business communication and transactions will become even more mainstream through the Internet, globalization, evolving distribution channels, B-to-B and B-to-C.  This new generation of Sales pros must not fail to learn, however, that one-to-one Sales, on the telephone and at clients’ place of business, will always be the cornerstone for professional Selling.

    Hone Your Personal Selling Skills
    Hone your personal Selling skills.  Master the art of connecting with prospects on the telephone.  Take the time to make friends with gatekeepers who will lead you to the decision makers.  And once you’ve qualified the piece of business and have identified the key contact, schedule the appointment to make a Sales call.  Where?  On the decision makers’ home turf. 

    That’s the balance that will help make you successful and sustain that success throughout your hospitality Sales career.  Avoid falling into the rut of running the ball or passing the ball on every down.  You need the “run” and you need the “pass”.  You need the computer and you need the telephone and personal Sales calls.  And, yes, they are complementary skill sets, but you need to work at balancing the two.

    Scoreboard: Making Your Numbers
    Keep in mind: Hospitality Sales pros learn quickly the importance of the scoreboard.  Each week you spend in Sales you will be faced with the challenge of making your numbers.  Did I reach or exceed my weekly Sales goals?  Room nights?  Revenue?  Definite business converted? 

    If you find production success working primarily at your computer, my hat’s off to you!  Be careful, however, in becoming a “one-armed” Sales pro.  There are far too many potential clients out there who don’t use e-mail and text messaging; some never use a computer at all.  If you want to find and sell them on anything, you may have to rely on your own personal Selling skills – – yes, I admit, the old-fashioned way. 

    Should you spend too much time selling on the computer you will never develop nor maintain your telephone and personal Sales calls skills.  Seek the right mix for you.  Work on finding hours for computer time that will allow you to work the phones and make the personal Sales calls during prime Selling time. 

    Keep both skill sets fresh, but always balanced.

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