How should you respond when prospects ask you to tell them about your stuff? Most salespeople would get excited by this question, because they would think their prospects were interested in what they have to offer. But the truth is your prospects are really looking for a way to dismiss you. So beware: If you attempt to talk about your stuff at this stage, you're doomed.

So what should you do? Rather than trying to give a quick overview of your offering, tell them a story. Be prepared to share a real-live customer scenario which you know will appeal to them. (You'll be much more successful if you've practiced this ahead of time.)

When someone asks me to tell them about my training programs, I say "Let me give you an example. I recently helped Cox Media. Like most of my clients, they were struggling with new-client acquisition. Their target market is Fortune 500 companies. Each rep picked one big prospect as a target, and 87 percent succeeded in just 2 months."

Complete your profile to continue reading and get FREE access to BenefitsPRO, part of your ALM digital membership.

  • Critical BenefitsPRO information including cutting edge post-reform success strategies, access to educational webcasts and videos, resources from industry leaders, and informative Newsletters.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM, BenefitsPRO magazine and events
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.