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Fanatical Prospecting: The Ultimate Guide to Opening Sales Conversations and Filling the Pipeline by Leveraging Social Selling, Telephone, Email, Text, and Cold Calling Hardcover – October 5, 2015
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“In Fanatical Prospecting, you’ll learn exactly what you need to do right now to open more sales conversations, fill your pipeline, and put a lot more money in your pocket. Jeb’s honest, real world approach is a refreshing and much needed wake-up call for today’s salespeople and sales leaders.” ―Jill Konrath - Bestselling author of Agile Selling, Selling to Big Companies and SNAP Selling
“Empty pipelines haunt salespeople and sales organizations. Jeb Blount delivers a powerful formula for fixing activity problems and accelerating sales performance. Fanatical Prospecting is a masterpiece.” – Anthony Iannarino, author of 17 Elements & The Sales Blog
"Jeb Blount turns the most despised activity in sales – PROSPECTING - upside down. He nails it with his insights, humor, and expertise, making this a book every salesperson, entrepreneur, and executive must read. Get ready to come away with more strategies and ideas and you’ve ever found in one place.” -- Mark Hunter “The Sales Hunter” author of High-Profit Selling: Win the Sale Without Compromising on Price
“The techniques Jeb teaches in Fanatical Prospecting work. If you want your sales team to get better fast, then buy this book for every sales rep in your organization now.” - Don Mikes, Senior Vice President, Penske
“I have read literally hundreds of sales books and Fanatical Prospecting is among the very best. If you want to understand exactly what it takes to be successful in sales this is the book for you.” John Spence, author of Awesomely Simple and one of the top 100 business thought leaders in the world.
“Prospecting is the core, the foundation, the heart of every successful sales effort. In Fanatical Prospecting Jeb Blount, one of the most successful sales leaders of this decade, provides answers for every aspect of successful prospecting. Blount explains core principles of prospecting in a story-telling style that begs you to write in the margins and put your own action plan into place. - Miles Austin, FillTheFunnel.com
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Fanatical Prospecting gives salespeople, sales leaders, entrepreneurs, and executives a practical, eye-opening guide that clearly explains the why and how behind the most important activity in sales and business development--prospecting.
The brutal fact is the number one reason for failure in sales is an empty pipe and the root cause of an empty pipeline is the failure to consistently prospect. By ignoring the muscle of prospecting, many otherwise competent salespeople and sales organizations consistently underperform.
With Fanatical Prospecting as a guide, salespeople can ditch all the failed strategies and trendy, ineffective approaches, that leave them frustrated and getting nowhere, and learn a sure-fire method for increasing sales. Step by step, Jeb Blount outlines his innovative approach to prospecting that works for real people, in the real world, with real prospects.
Learn how to keep the pipeline full of qualified opportunities and avoid debilitating sales slumps by leveraging a balanced prospecting methodology across multiple prospecting channels.
- The 30-Day Rule
- The Law of Replacement
- The Law of Familiarity
- 5 Cs of Social Selling
- 5 Step Telephone Framework
- 3 Keys to Turning Around Objections
- 3 Rules of E-Mail Prospecting
- 7 Keys to Text Message Prospecting
- The 3 Ps Holding You Back
- And so much more
Jeb Blount reveals the real secret to gaining more appointments and even how to get prospects to call you with social prospecting. His simple 5-Step Telephone Prospecting Framework gives you the power to cut right through resistance and objections. Learn how to double your call backs with a simple but powerful voice mail technique and develop the confidence to quickly bypass objections, brush-offs, and reflexive responses by employing an effective 3-step turn-around technique. Fanatical Prospecting also includes winning techniques for creating persuasive, compelling e-mails and text messages that turn prospects into customers.
Break free from the fear and frustration that is holding you and your team back from effective and consistent prospecting. Fanatical Prospecting is filled with the high-powered strategies, techniques, and tools you need to fill your pipeline with high-quality opportunities and become a Superstar with a super income to match.
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1119144752
- ISBN-13 : 978-1119144755
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (October 5, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #10,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book, especially at the beginning and the very end, is about 50% standard sales motivation content covering well-trodden material like the amygdala/lizard brain, Amy Cuddy’s TED talk on body language, etc. However, the other 50% delivers very practical processes and templates that make the book one of the better sales books available. All told, I felt the book was a must read.
Here is my summary of key-take-ways:
1. Knowing that activity takes 90+ days to pay off, successful salespeople relentlessly fill their pipeline through a mixture of telephone, in-person, e-mail, social selling, text messaging, referrals, networking, inbound leads, trade shows, and cold calling.
2. Here is the brutal truth: Salespeople who ignore the phone fail.”
3. “Top performers organize their day into distinct time blocks dedicated to specific activities, concentrating their focus and eliminating distractions within those blocks… We schedule our prospecting blocks [on our calendars] into three “Power Hours” that are spread across the day—morning, midday, and afternoon.”
4. “While setting an appointment is your primary objective with prospects you have already prequalified as potential buyers, gathering information is your primary objective with prospects you have not qualified.”
5. “Our data and data that we've gathered and analyzed from a diverse set of sources indicate that it takes, on average: 1 to 3 touches to reengage an inactive customer 1 to 5 touches to engage a prospect who is in the buying window and is familiar with you and your brand 3 to 10 touches to engage a prospect who has a high degree of familiarity with you or your brand, but is not in the buying window 5 to 12 touches to engage a warm inbound lead 5 to 20 touches to engage a prospect who has some familiarity with you and your brand—buying window dependent 20 to 50 touches to engage a cold prospect who does not know you or your brand.”
6. “The bottom line is people don't want to be pitched or “sold” on social media. They prefer to connect, interact, and learn. For this reason, the social channel is better suited to building familiarity, lead nurturing, research, nuanced inbound prospecting, and trigger-event awareness.”
7. “Prospects meet with you for their reasons, not yours. You must articulate the value of spending time with you in the context of what is most important to them. Your message must demonstrate a sincere interest in listening to them, learning about them, and solving their unique problems.”
8. “Just saying, “I'd like 15 minutes of your time because I want to learn more about you and your company” works surprisingly well with many prospects.”
9. “When salespeople ask me when they should leave a voice mail, I always answer, “When it matters.”… Keep voice mail messages to 30 seconds.”
10. “Timing Teleprospecting Calls Is a Losing Strategy… So, forget about timing your calls and commit instead to a daily, first-thing-in-the-morning call block.”
11. “The feeling of rejection happens the moment you get a reflex response, brush-off, or objection (RBO)… Overcoming doesn't work. There is a universal law of human behavior: You cannot argue another person into believing that they are wrong. The more you push another person, the more they dig their heels in and resist you… There is a better way. Rather than attempting to overcome—defeating or prevailing over your prospect—you should disrupt their expectations and thought patterns when they push back with a no. The key is a disruptive statement or question that turns them around so that they lean toward you rather than move away from away from you… When they say they're busy, instead of arguing them into how you will only take a little bit of their time, say, “I figured you would be.” Agreeing with them disrupts their thought pattern… When they say, “Just send me some information,” say, “Tell me specifically what you are looking for.” This calls their bluff and forces engagement… When they say, “I'm not interested,” say, “That makes sense. Most people aren't.” Their brain isn't ready for you to agree with them… One phrase you want to avoid is “I understand.” When you use the phrase “I understand,” you sound just like every other schmuck who uses this phrase as insincere filler so they can get back to pitching. It demonstrates zero empathy and tells your prospect that you are not listening and don't care.”
12. The salespeople-help-salespeople hack is an awesome secret weapon.”
13. “Truly effective salespeople understand that it is all about asking the prospect the right questions and demonstrating that you can help them solve a particular problem or issue.”
14. Don't send bulk e-mail. Prospecting e-mail is one to one. It is one e-mail from your address sent to one individual, one e-mail at a time… Avoid attaching images… Avoid hyperlinks… never use “Hi” or “Hello” or “Dear” or any other salutation in front of your prospect's name. No one in business does that except salespeople. “Hi __” is a complete turnoff for prospects.”
So whether you think it's worth the money really depends on what you've read to this point. If this is your first sales book, and you are brand new to sales, it's a great place to start. If you've read a lot of other sales books, don't spend the money.
An additional note: I'm getting a little frustrated with the fact that there are more and more books loaded with compensated reviewers on Amazon. Even more frustrating is how it seems like all of these sales self help authors endorse each other every time a book comes out. For example, Jill Koranth endorses seemingly every sales book that hits the market. And in exchange, she gets a shout out to her own stuff somewhere in said endorsed book. This one is no different.
Hope this helps!
The author keeps saying the same thing over and over and most of the book is self praise. I hate this kind of book.
Top reviews from other countries
The author is very disparaging of sales reps in general. This book is just a long article and it's only purpose is to serve as an expensive business card.
I cannot in good conscious recommend this book.
Nothing really new here, but some good motivation, although I’d question how well the hard pressure techniques would work in some markets.