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May 1st, 2014

The Why and How of Preparation for Sales Negotiations

The Why and How of Preparation for Sales Negotiations

There are probably situations where an initial sales contact seems to occur without preparation; a “meeting engagement,” as the military says. But even here, such as with a causal conversation waiting for an elevator, sales people may already have some idea of the needs of the firm whose representative they meet. They certainly should have some idea of what their company offers.  What happens here is simple – you get the person’s business card, ask what they might be seeking, offer some insight, promise to get back to them soon, make note of the conversation, and get back to them . . . soon.

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