Sales, Perseverance and making the right impression

Although I have been in sales nearly all my life I have not really promoted this as part of the benefits of using me as a coach. May be I need to go to my coach supervisor to see why this is the case!

Did you know that:

  • 2% of sales are made on the first contact.
  • 3% of sales are made on the second contact.
  • 5% of sales are made on the third contact.
  • 10% of sales are made on the fourth contact.
  • 80% of sales are made on the fifth to Twelfth contact.


  • 48% of sales people never follow up with a prospect.
  • 25% of sales people make a second contact and stop.
  • 12% of sales people make three contacts and stop.
  • Only 10% of sales people make more than three contacts with a prospect.

When I was involved in insurance a daily approach was necessary to ensure we picked up the new business cases required to achieve our targets. When I was trying to sell HR and compliance services it was more of a monthly approach by keeping in touch and educating whenever possible. Now I am purely focussed on coaching and supervision for coaches, it is now probably a six monthly approach, as timing is everything.

How do I keep my prospects thinking of me in the meantime? Probably with a combination of Twitter, Google +, Linked In posts, a regular monthly newsletter which is also communicated by social media and then individual emails or coffees whenever there is a decent excuse. Am I going about this properly? Who knows? I suppose it is about keeping my message in front of the right client, at the right time, without hassling them.

With coaching I have found it is all about trust. The majority of my clients have come from sources that I have worked with before, from the insurance industry or who I have coached before and they want to bring their employees on in a similar way. So key headings could be as follows:

  • Authenticity – which is vital as a coach but most other sales too. I don’t have any corporate rules to follow now so I can be totally me
  • Credibility – how long have I been coaching, am I accredited, does my website reflect this?
  • Believability – can my coaching approach benefit the employee and does the prospect understand the concept of coaching in the first place?
  • Real – does coaching get real results? My values are making a contribution and getting results but may be my style of approach is different now?
  • Honesty – confidentiality is absolutely key in coaching and coaching supervision, so no matter what the situation confidentiality and being honest are sacrosanct.

A simpler formula is know, like, trust.

When I am coaching I hear many times a deflated reaction when a major piece of business has disappeared. The key for any sales person is to get the feeling out of your system and start with a fresh and positive approach the next day. It is OK to be upset for one day!

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