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Rules for Conducting Effective Demos: Part 2

by Laurie Page on Fri, Jul 11, 2008

Here is Part 2 in our series on how to conduct an effective demo.  This segment focuses on how to ensure that the prospect stays engaged in the process. To review the other posts, click the links below:
- Rules for Conducting Effective Demos: Part 1
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Rule Number Two - Checking In:

Checking-in during the conversation, especially if you are conducting the demo via web/conference call, is very important. 

Checking-in:

  • Ensures the prospect is engaged in the conversation and paying attention. Conference calls can be challenging. A prospect may be checking email or focused on other activities and NOT listening, especially if there is too much "telling" or feature dumping.

  • Allows you to identify additional qualifying information. If you check-in with a question, the response may give you additional insight into the company, the opportunity, etc. For example: "Is what we are showing you in alignment with what you were anticipating?" or "Based on what we have shown you so far, I think we are in alignment with your requirements, do you agree?" Their response will provide the clues that will tell you to either stay on track or move in another direction.

When you respond to a question, always confirm at the end "did I answer your question?" You want to be sure you clearly understood the question and provided enough information to satisfy the prospect.

Demos are a two way conversation.  When you just "show up and throw up" - you pay the price.  You miss the opportunity to further qualify the prospect, address objections and set the stage for the next step in the sales process.

Happy Selling!

 

Topics: sales tips, inside sales tips, sales demos

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