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That’s why the 30-word version should be memorized and practiced until it can be delivered accurately, fluently and persuasively.
How to do it
The creation of a value-added proposition can be much more significant than it may look at first glance. Once you understand the power of this set of words to attract customers, equip sales people and shape operations, you will realize that this can be a “bet the business on this” strategic initiative.
Get it wrong, and your organization’s very survival may be in jeopardy. Get it right, and it can provide fuel for your growth for the foreseeable future.
Gather your best people for a brainstorming session. Capture the output, and bring it to a more analytical group to refine. Put it in the hands of your best communicators to create the three versions mentioned above.
Then, test it before you commit to it. Put it in the hands of some sales people and gather their comments. Float it by some of your customers whose honest opinion you expect. Run it through the search engine optimization folks.
Refine it until you are ready to live with it.
Then, publish the short version in every conceivable place. On business cards, letterhead, voice mail messages, web sites, email signatures, etc.
Bring the sales people in, require they memorize the 30-word version, and train them in persuasively presenting it. Employ lots of role-play and practice here. Do the same with anyone who has regular customer contact.
Finally, publish the one-page version. Make it into a hard copy leave-behind for the sales force. Publish it on your web site. Hand it to every vendor. Distribute it to everyone who has an interest.
Then, watch as it begins to flow into every aspect of your business, stimulating and shaping your growth.
Dave Kahle has trained tens of thousands of distributor and B2B salespeople and sales managers to be more effective in the 21st century economy. He’s authored nine books, and presented in 47 states and seven countries. Sign up for his weekly Ezine or visit his blog at www.davekahle.com. You also may contact him by e-mailing email@example.com.
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