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Why on a cold call you should NEVER ask “how are you?”

By andrew on September 22, 2017

Cold calling demands a direct, concise yet human and friendly approach. Starting a call to a new prospect by asking them how they are is likely to annoy them. If it’s an old friend, or long standing client. it’s a good questions, but recognise that cold calls are different. And have to be conducted differently.

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Tips on delivering bad news

By andrew on September 16, 2017

Tips on delivering bad news from To Market. This topic is covered on the 2 day customer service course during the session on Language to influence. Our customer service courses are lively and interactive and feature a range of exercises : recordings, brain storming sessions and exercises working in pairs. Download a sample course schedule from our website to get more information.

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Carrying out a live audit on your customer service or telesales team

By andrew on August 18, 2017

How about a simple 2 hour audit on your telephone team? Non-invasive, so no time off the phone and we’ll give you a view on how your team interacts with customers on the phone. For both outbound telesales or telemarketing or alternatively for inbound customer service teams. It is also great to run it pre-training to help maximise the benefit of the classroom time.

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3 top tips for telephone appointment setting for field sales

By andrew on August 11, 2017

3 top tips for appointment setting over the phone for field based sales teams. There are many subtle differences between selling face-to-face and setting your own appointments over the phone. Here are some of our ideas to help.

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6 tips on improving your telesales team motivation

By andrew on May 25, 2017

6 tips and views on how to keep your outbound telemarketing, telesales or lead generation team firing on all cylinders. Motivating the team is not always easy but is necessary to keep them focused on being successful, and it makes your job more enjoyable too!

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Benefit selling on the phone – Make sure you do

By andrew on May 10, 2017

Selling benefits on the phone rather than waffling on about features is key to success. Develop words and an approach which sounds relevant, thought provoking and beneficial for them. Also use creative and imaginative language to lift the tone of what you’re offering. The first few seconds are vital and so getting their attention early on makes everything a lot easier.

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Directing the conversation – the easy 2 stage process

By andrew on April 10, 2017

Directing the conversation is a key skill when trying to steer your customer in the right direction on the telephone. On our 2 day courses we show you the easy to use 2 stage process – the Seek & Speak circle. We demonstrate it to you, and then give you the chance to try it for yourselves. A key communications skills module on our 2 day courses.

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Why high pressure selling doesn’t work in B2B

By andrew on April 1, 2017

You don’t find high pressure selling tactics used in B2B business to business markets, at least not as commonly as in B2C sectors. There are differences in the nature of the customer relationship in these 2 environments which means hard sell doesn’t work in industrial or commercial sales. Here’s why.

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New financial year April – Learning and development budgets

By andrew on March 29, 2017

April new financial year, new budgets and the time & opportunity to invest in the most costly asset your business has – it’s people. Customer handling, selling, complaint handling, generation of new business are key components of success for any organisation. Our programmes are designed to fit whether you have a budget of £35 or £35,000. Invest in your team, and give them the springboard to help grown your business.

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Telephone skills masterclass 27th April 2017 – Northampton

By andrew on March 24, 2017

Telephone skills masterclass – 1 day training course covering many of the key aspects of telephone communication skills for improving relations with customers. Reception, internal sales, customer service, sales administrators, telesales, telemarketing and customer retention teams can all benefit from this wisdom.. Covering building rapport using questioning & listening + more. All our courses are interactive, engaging & dare we say it – Fun?!

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