“It is typical for a rainmaker to spend three hours planning for a 15 minute sales call. Planning and practicing for two days to two weeks for a single call is not uncommon.”
How To Become a Rainmaker: by Jeffrey J. Fox, page 14
Chapter 5: Always Pre-Call Plan Every Sales Call
The nature of the entrepreneurial beast implies a bit of impetuousness. (I know from that which I speak.)
One of my favorite quotes from Tom Peters says: “It is amazing to me how many people in the oil business fail to get the message that in order to strike oil, one has to dig a hole.”
In layman’s terms, Tom is implying that in order for something to happen you have to do something. I must admit that I am not a textbook study in the planning process. I have learned over the years that “the plan” seldom materializes. But that is not the point.
General Eisenhower went on record to say: “The plan is nothing. Planning is everything.”
The truth is that the more planning you do, the better prepared you will be for the unexpected. Winging a sales call, or even a prospecting telephone call, is a recipe for disaster. The odds are just not with you in a world of unparalleled competition.
I am not suggesting that you plan for two full weeks, but I am recommending that you reintroduce you and your staff to the concept of homework.
It may not close the sale, but it certainly can’t do you any harm.
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