This week we are pulling out an old favourite from the archives.

Author, journalist and star of a viral video titled “The most inspiring speech” with at the time of writing 5.5 million views Dr Rick Rigsby joins us this week for a special live episode of Killer Media Sales.

Alongside host Alex Whitlock, Rick will share the insights that he has gained from working with business leaders and elite athletes and how you can use the basics to make yourself a better salesperson.

He will unpack how you can communicate more clearly, the importance of always growing as a person, and how you can become a sales champion.

Tune in now to hear all of this and much, much more in this episode of Killer Media Sales!

For new and old salespeople, timing is always hard to master. From putting pressure on too early, to missing the boat completely – there can be no understating that timing of certain messaging is critical.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, Hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson analyse the benefits of applying pressure in different parts of the dealmaking process, and what they find will surprise you.

They also look into the different types of media and how they have different timelines, the pitfalls of jumping the gun, and how you can achieve success through careful, planned execution of messaging.

Find out this and much more on this episode of Killer Media Sales!

Your proposal has been read, the relationship has been built, you have discussed outcomes, time to close the deal right? On this episode of Killer Media Sales hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson explain why breaking the process down into these steps can in fact be detrimental to your closing success rate.

They explain why every conversation should be treated as a ‘mini close’, why there should never be uncertainty when a contract is sent out, and explain the importance of the verbal agreement – and why that should be your main focus.

The pair reveal the path that you need to take with a client that is fixing too heavily on the small details, unpack the trap that less confident salespeople can fall into, and explain why you should technically be in a position to ‘close the deal’ immediately following your first discussion with a prospective advertiser.

You are well researched on your new prospect. You reach out. They seem like they are on board. Then out of nowhere what looked like a probable sale has turned into ignored phone calls and a change of heart. Where did you go wrong?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson reveal why in many cases it may not be something that you did wrong, explaining why resilience is such an important trait in the sales game.

They share why you need to put yourself into the shoes of your prospective client, how changing your focus can often be the best move when a deal is struggling, and explain why sometimes you need to accept that there will be certain factors that are outside of your control.

As we approach the end of a year like no other, many are wondering how COVID-19 will impact the upcoming ‘quieter months’ that many salespeople are likely to face.

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson break past the barrier of a quiet month being simply a case of ‘it is what it is’, and reveal how lower sales targets around this time can in fact lead to them being some of your most lucrative months.

They explain the importance of mindset, why working smarter is key to success, and how the current climate can present opportunities for both you and your clients.

You would never enter into an agreement with anything less than big expectations on the results that you can achieve for your client. But what if the outcomes don’t meet these expectations?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss the delicate issue of delivering bad news to a client. Be it an underachieving campaign, a missed article, or any other problem, they reveal the approach that they have seen yield the best results.

Alex and Russell discuss their thoughts on accepting responsibility, how to shift the odds back into your favour if you were unaware of the issue, and how well handled problems can in fact be a tool to building stronger relationships.

With COVID-19 having impacted how marketing dollars are being spent across the board, clients are focusing more than ever on the ‘value’ that they are getting from their campaigns. So how can you differentiate yourself from your competition who may be approaching your key clients with similar offerings?

In this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson unpack what it means to maintain your key accounts, explaining how going ‘above and beyond’ is often not an extra – but coming to be expected.

They discuss the importance of having more than one contact associated with each account, why being well intended is often not enough, and why wine filled lunches with marketing managers can often do more harm than good.

In a time of great uncertainty, it is absolutely critical for salespeople to be open and receptive to the constantly changing environment and harness the opportunity this presents to serve your clients’ needs.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson propose that now is the perfect time for truly talented salespeople to shine, embrace an attitude of confidence and leadership, and approach clients with innovative ideas and suggestions.

They outline why an unpredictable market calls for short-term, flexible solutions, what to do if your top ten clients have policies that limit spending at the moment, and how to approach clients with sensitivity to their fears and expectations.

As media salespeople, your primary responsibility is to ensure you’re bringing in the maximum amount of revenue available in the marketplace for your brand. In order to execute this task effectively, a key focus of your working day should be making contact with prospective and existing clients.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson break down the available methods of contacting new clients, the circumstances under which you should use a particular technique, and which avenues should be avoided.

They reflect on how to “pester” clients in a productive way, the importance of maintaining an organised and updated database, and why keeping a smile on your dial is critical to steering you towards positive engagement with clients.

From the panic buying in the supermarket to the large falls in the stockmarket, the impact of the recent Coronavirus outbreak is not to be understated. More than ever, sales people need to be on the front foot, and have their rhetoric ready to deal with things that may be thrown at them.

On this episode of Killer Media Sales, hosts Alex Whitlock and Russell Stephenson discuss how sales people can avoid getting dragged along with the frenzy, use their voices to provide clarity and guidance, and reassure their clients and stakeholders not only about the fact that the wheels are still turning in our business, but also of the opportunities that arise in times like this.

They also explore how sales people can continue to drive confidence, the alternative events that can be presented to cautious clients, and the importance on focusing on the variables that are within your control without getting carried away by the delirium.