What Great Salespeople Do: The Science of Selling Through Emotional Connection and the Power of Story

  • 3h 25m
  • Ben Zoldan, Michael Bosworth
  • McGraw-Hill
  • 2012

This groundbreaking book offers extraordinary insight into the greatest mystery in sales: how the very best salespeople consistently and successfully influence change in others, inspiring their customers to say yes.

Top-performing salespeople have always had a knack for forging connections and building relationships with buyers. Until now, this has been considered an innate talent. What Great Salespeople Do challenges some of the most widely accepted paradigms in selling in order to prove that influencing change in buyers is a skill that anyone can learn.

The creator of Solution Selling and CustomerCentric Selling, Michael Bosworth, along with veteran sales executive Ben Zoldan, synthesize discoveries in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and other disciplines, combining it all into a field-tested framework—helping you break down barriers, build trust, forge meaningful relationships, and win more customers. This book teaches you how to:

  • Relax a buyer’s skepticism while activating the part of his or her brain where trust is formed and connections are forged
  • Use the power of story to influence buyers to change
  • Make your ideas, beliefs, and experiences “storiable” using a proven story structure
  • Build a personal inventory of stories to use throughout your sales cycle
  • Tell your stories with authenticity and real passion
  • Use empathic listening to get others to reveal themselves
  • Incorporate storytelling and empathic listening to achieve collaborative conversations with buyers

Breakthroughs in neuroscience have determined that people don’t make decisions solely on the basis of logic; in fact, emotions play the dominant role in most decision-making processes. What Great Salespeople Do gives you the tools and techniques to influence change and win more sales.

About the Authors

Michael Bosworth and Ben Zoldan have been collaborators for more than a decade, training tens of thousands of salespeople. They cofounded Story Leaders, LLC, a training firm focused on improving the performance of salespeople. Previously, Michael founded two of the most successful firms in the sales training industry: Solution Selling and CustomerCentric Selling. Ben has worked in the sales industry for nearly 20 years. Prior to joining Mike as a principal consultant with CustomerCentric Selling, Ben was a top-performing salesperson and a senior sales executive.

In this Book

  • The Old Paradigm
  • Earth Is No Longer the Center of the Universe
  • The Hidden Power of Vulnerability
  • Our Brains on Story
  • Story Building
  • Stories for Selling
  • The Collaboration: Storytelling and Story Tending
  • Empathic Listening
  • Shifting the Herd: The Enterprise Sale
  • The “Storiable” Organization
  • Continuing the Journey