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People don’t know what they want…

August 23, 2013

Until you tell them. Prego Forrest Performance Group sales training Jason Forrest new home sales training and development sales trainer real estate US housing market

I always say that people don’t know what they want until you tell them. And now I have proof. And that proof comes in the form of Prego’s Extra Chunky Garden tomato sauce, according to Malcolm Gladwell’s Ted Talk on “Choice, happiness, and spaghetti sauce.

Howard Moskowitz, a psychophysicist, discovered that Americans say they want “authentic” spaghetti sauce (thin and blended), but what they really want (or at least about a third of them) is extra chunky. Until then, people running the focus groups asked what participants wanted. But nobody knew to ask for extra chunky garden until Howard Moskowitz gave them the option. Before this discovery, Prego was struggling. But after the discovery, Prego is a leading spaghetti saucer.

Don’t ask prospects what they want. Dig deeper. Ask the questions that get to the real answers.

Contributed by Jason Forrest
One of Training magazine’s Top Young Trainers of 2012, Jason Forrest is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. Forrest is a sales trainer, management coach, regularly featured speaker at national conferences and professional association events, member of the National Speakers Association’s Million Dollar Speakers Group, and a published author. His newest book, Leadership Sales Coaching, will be available later this year. Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com

 

Note from Jason: “Yes, and…”

April 19, 2013

Yes:No-Yes…and technique- Jason Forrest- Forrest Performance GroupSales Pros:

As sales pros, it’s hard not to get stuck on the no’s when we don’t have something a prospect wants. But in improvisation techniques, there’s something called the “Yes…and” technique. It’s a way of moving the scene forward.

It works like this:

Let’s say a prospective home buyer asks, “Do you have bigger backyards? We plan to have several children.”

A straight “no” response might send the buyers out the door. On the other hand, a “Yes…and” could establish a greater connection and allow the buyers to see things differently.

For example, the sales pro could say, “Yes a bigger backyard is always something nice to have, especially when you want to have children. And though the lots in this neighborhood aren’t as big as you’d like, there are several parks in the area. With those, you get the benefit of meeting other families in the neighborhood without the hassle of maintaining a big yard.”

Do you see the difference? In the first conversation, the sales professional completely shut down the conversation (and likely the sale). In the second, the sales pro acknowledged the buyer’s wants, but also moved the sale forward by offering up an alternative that could meet (or maybe even exceed) that desire. In acting, it moves the scene forward. In selling, it moves the sale forward.

Try it for yourself. Rather than jumping to the immediate and negative “no,” practice using the “yes…and” technique. Come back here and comment how your sales process grows because of it.

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

 

JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Speaker Magazine: Complete Training Programs Stand Apart

December 8, 2012

Starting a big-ticket sales training/ strategy company in the middle of the worst economy since the Great DeJason Forrest-Big Ticket Sales Training-Forrest Performance Grouppression may not have made sense to most people. After all, in 2008, many companies were busy slashing their training departments to bare bones. But what may have seemed like the worst time to launch what has evolved into Forrest Performance Group was actually the best. I knew then, as I know now, that if we wanted to be successful, we needed to do something different. We needed to create more than a one-day seminar or an inspirational rally.

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Note from Jason Forrest: Prepare for the Sales What Ifs

November 2, 2012

Sales pros:

Question Mark-What If-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance GroupAccording to Dictionary.com, defense is “An action of defending from or resisting an attack,” an “attempt to protect/defend against opposition” or a “barrier against attack.” When new home sales professionals play defensively, they are just trying to survive. Offense is “the action of attacking,” or “the team or players who are attempting to score or advance the ball.”

You can take an offensive stance by preparing for “play” and anticipating the what if scenarios.

Think back on your last appointment and analyze where you spent more of your time. How much time did you spend prior to the appointment coming up with a strategy to convert the sale?  Did you spend any time anticipating the what ifs?

What if the customer doesn’t like your price? What if the prospect says no? What if the potential buyer wants to wait until after Christmas or until they can get their desired price for their existing home? What if they don’t want to live next to power lines or busy roads? What are you going to do?  If you haven’t thought about it, it will catch you off guard and you’ll lose control of the sale and end of stopping the sale.

The American mindset is to prepare for the very best and hope for the very best. But it’s not always that way. An immigrant mindset is to be prepared for the very worst and hope for the best. So take an immigrant mindset to your next appointment and be prepared for different scenarios.

Here’s to having the immigrant mindset and earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

Contributed by Jason Forrest
One of Training magazine’s Top Young Trainers of 2012, Jason Forrest is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. Forrest is a sales trainer, management coach, regularly featured speaker at national conferences and professional association events, member of the National Speakers Association’s Million Dollar Speakers Group, and a published author. His newest book, Leadership Sales Coaching, will be available later this year. Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

SOLDLab.com: Reclaiming Our Hope (Page 14-15)

October 5, 2012

Up:Down Arrows-Risk:Reward-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance GroupAnyone who chooses a career in sales also chooses the potential risks and rewards of the trade. And whether we’re telling the family that Christmas is going to be a little lean this year or riding high on the thrill of success; the consequences have a big impact.

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

Of power, discrimination, and the iPhone

September 22, 2012

The iPhone 5 came out today and loyalists are standing in line all over the world to get their hands on their very own. But there’s iphone5-front-back Jason Forrest Forrest Performance Group new home sales training sales trainer real estate creating urgency transformingevidence that salespeople are pushing customers away from the iPhone.

This highlights an x factor sales professional’s power to persuade. But, as Spiderman’s Peter Parker knows all to well, “With great power comes great responsibility.” In this case, are salespeople helping their customers find the right product for their needs or are they so motivated by money that it clouds their process? The difference between manipulation and persuasion is intent.

Sometimes companies give sales professionals a bonus for selling a particular product even though we also tell them not to be pushy salespeople. But does providing a spiff make sales professionals view every prospect through that lens?

I believe there’s a paradox of selling–the more you focus on trying to sell something, the less you sell. But the more you focus on understanding and accomplishing your customer’s mission to improve their life, the more you will sell. When you lock on to selling a particular product, it can make you unable to see the customer’s real needs. And if you can’t really see or hear the reason they want to buy, it sure makes it hard to persuade.

So it’s your turn to weigh in:

1. It’s been proven that spiffs like this increase performance. But is it sustainable long-term?
2. What would you do (either as a sales pro or a sales coach) if this was your organization?
3. As a sales pro, are you influenced by these types of spiffs? How much does your selling preference have to do with incentives?
4. Is steering customers toward a product other than what they’re looking for doing what’s right for the client?
5. And of course…if you have the new iPhone in hand…whaddya think?

 

Contributed by Jason Forrest, new home sales trainer/coach

Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.  Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

X factor sales techniques for the sales professional

September 10, 2012

In the latest Karate Kid, there’s a scene where Dre (the karate kid himself) gets frustrated with his perceived lack of results. He wants to learn how to fight, but he doesn’t understand that he needs to learn the correct strategy before he can actually win. He wants the easy road–the quick fix.

I see it often with salespeople who don’t realize that they need to learn the correct new home marketing ideas & strategy before they can truly succeed.

When we get to the point of understanding the strategy behind addressing an objection like “I just want to think about it,” we can handle it much more successfully. The strategy is to ask ourselves, “What is my purpose in this stage of the sale? What steps must I be using to accomplish this purpose? How will I know that I have accomplished it?”

And strategy also includes understanding the why behind the potential buyers’ statement. Are they scared? Are they missing information that would help them make a decision? Have I asked questions to discover the answers to these questions?

If you want to make a career out of new home sales, then think at a higher level. Delay gratification by trying to learn the strategy before the quick fix. When you do this you will be on your way to true mastery (and holding your own against Jackie Chan).

Contributed by Jason Forrest, new home sales trainer/coach

Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.  Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

On Coaching and Cookies–the X Factor Sales Coach

August 15, 2012

“All fighters are pig-headed some way or another: some part of them always thinks they know better than you about something. Truth is: even if they’re wrong, even if that one thing is going to be the ruin of them, if you can beat that last bit out of them… they ain’t fighters at all.” –Eddie, Million Dollar BabyCookie Jar-Security-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance Group

Salespeople are fighters. Why else would they give up the security of knowing their income each paycheck, work retail hours, and miss weekends and holidays with their family and friends?

I’ve got a little three-year-old fighter on my hands in my son, whose circumstances (including my instructions) aren’t going to separate him from what he wants. Is it a challenge to parent him? Sure. But it’s rewarding, too. Of course he has to learn how to follow instructions and I have to teach him respect and temperance. It’s like you. As a home sales consultant, you need team members who will allow you to help them ditch the programming and beliefs that hold them back.

But you also gotta have people with a little spunk. Remember–this is sales! If your sales pros don’t have an edge, they ain’t gonna make it. So yes, salespeople tend to have a little bravado and think they know better. And that can be challenging. But they also tend to be like my son–purposeful and persevering toward reaching their goals.

So don’t be discouraged if you get a little push back. What you have is a fighter. And you can work with that.

Respect them, earn their respect, and sell them on the reasons they should want you to be their coach. I guarantee if you start proving that your coaching puts money in their pockets, they’ll be lining up at your door.

To hold yourself accountable, strive to make your coaching sessions worth the $600-an-hour going rate for such coaching right now. Wait for your people to give you permission to coach them. And once they give it–coach them. Hold them accountable to being their best.

Contributed by Jason Forrest, new home sales trainer/coach

Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.  Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?

July 19, 2012

Questioning Time-Clock-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance GroupThese are the three questions Brendon Burchard says we’ll all be asking at the end of our lives.

But it’s not enough to ask them only at the end. I want to answer them each day in a way that makes me proud.

Did I live? In Braveheart, William Wallace says, “Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.” It’s true that if you’re currently reading this, you’re alive. You’re breathing, existing. The question, then, is if you are living in Wallace’s definition. Standing up for what you believe, refusing be oppressed by fear, loving fully and deeply.

And that’s the second question–did I love? Sure, that means whether or not you loved your spouse and your kids. But it also begs the question whether or not you loved what you did. I borrow Steve Jobs’ mentality and always tell my team that if there are too many days in a row where they don’t love what they’re doing, something needs to change.

In a way, if you can answer yes to the first two questions, you can probably say yes to the third–did I matter? It’s gut check time. Steve Jobs said he wanted to make a dent in the universe. And he did. What he did mattered. It still matters. So you’re not making discoveries that lead to technological advances and billions in profit? So what. Approach your day with the desire to provide the best experience possible for your prospects.

It’s a privilege to die being able to say yes to all three questions.

So what can you do today? If you’re in your sales office–tackle your prospect list and call each person–starting with the one you’re dreading most. And when a prospect comes in with a frown, engage. Warm the room up instead of letting your customer cool it down. Just engage…live…feel.

As a sales coach–put your daily to-dos aside and make a phone call to your team members. Invest in your people. It matters.

Brendon Burchard said he got life’s golden ticket when he realized that the clock was ticking. Whether you realize it or not, yours is too.

In the comments, share your own ideas of how to make sure you can answer yes today.

Contributed by Jason Forrest, new home sales trainer/coach

Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.  Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

Rock, Roll, and You (Note from Jason Forrest)

July 13, 2012

Sales professionals: coldplay. new home sales trainer jason forrest new home sales training and development forrest performance group creating urgency

When my wife told me she was tired and wanted a low-key evening, I didn’t know how my surprise would go over. It’s funny, though, how tickets to a Coldplay concert can quickly change a person’s mind.

It wasn’t just the music (it rocked), or the atmosphere (it rolled), but the energy from the band that really made the evening something special.

In his first moments onstage, Chris Martin, the lead singer, declared his intentions to give us the best show we’d ever seen. And he delivered. He put his body and soul into each second of each song.

By the time it was over, he had nothing left. And I fully expected Chris Martin and his bandmates to go straight to their hotel rooms and to bed.

Think of yourself like Chris Martin–mentally prepare for your “show.” When your audience members walk through the door, tell them your intentions. Say something like, “You’re really in for a treat today. My goal for you is that you walk away feeling like you’ve never had more fun shopping for homes.”

And then deliver–put everything you have into giving a Chris Martin experience. You are the primary source of confidence, motivation, and hope with your customers, so leave it all on the field and hold yourself accountable. At the end of the day, ask yourself if you can honestly say you’ve given it your best. If there are any “shoulda, woulda, couldas,” then you know you’ve got something left in you to give.

This week, try to provide the Chris Martin experience. State your conviction and then put all of your energy and charisma and passion into delivering.

Here’s to earning what you’re worth!

Jason Forrest

 

Contributed by Jason Forrest, new home sales trainer/coach

Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.  Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

X Factor Trophy–Rewarding Your Difference Makers

July 13, 2012

Salespeople matter. Despite the widespread belief thax factor sales trophy new home sales training forrest performance group jason forrestt price, product, and packaging make the difference, X factor sales professionals are the most powerful force you can have on your team.

Adam, a sales coach for one of our clients (a national home builder) has a fantastic idea for rewarding and recognizing such standout sales professionals–the X Factor trophy. This award is unique in that it’s not about a number of sales or an amount of profit. It’s about effort. And I think that’s fantastic.

By celebrating effort, Adam is acknowledging that what each salesperson does matters. So many factors could contribute to meeting goals and we don’t want to celebrate that someone was just in the right place at the right time.

We want to break down the lottery mentality and recognize sales professionals who create the sale or make it happen faster. When you, as a leader, reinforce that effort makes a difference, you help create a constructive culture where your salespeople feel that they are in control.

Adam believes it’s important that sales team chooses the winner, saying, “In that moment when they decide who among their peers is the X Factor, they are part of the experience.”

But that’s not the only benefit. Adam also says that it “stokes the fire” in his competitive-by-nature team members, making them want to earn the award next.

Napoleon said that men will die for ribbons. Adam’s take on that is that if men will die for ribbons, “they will kill for trophies.”

 

Contributed by Jason Forrest

Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.  Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

X Factor Store

June 18, 2012

In addition to the store right here on our website, we’Forrest Performance Group new home sales training programs creating urgency new home salespeople sales trainerve got a fancy new store right on Facebook. As a new home sales professional interested in learning and growing, it’s your one-stop show for resources to improve your sales process and sharpen skills.

Stop on by (and give us a “like” while you’re at it)!

 

Forrest Performance Group helps new home sales teams increase sales and retention rates through Leadership Sales training. We specialize in new home sales training programs.

Are you hungry?

June 15, 2012

Money House-Going Up-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance GroupHungry sales pros go after it. Every day. They eat conflict for breakfast. They like market sales (the ones that would happen with or without them), but they LOVE x factor sales (the ones they have to fight for).

The housing market is improving. And that’s not just me talking (even though I knew it would). The Wall Street Journal says so and Time Magazine declared that the housing market recovery has “officially begun. So the market is on the up and up. And that’s great news, right? Well yes. And no.

Yes, an improving market likely means more sales, higher consumer confidence, and an improved bottom line.

But be careful that it doesn’t also mean that we let our process and presentation slide. The  greatest benefit of a downturn is that it forces us to get disciplined and to focus on all the things we can control–namely our people, process, and presentation.

The danger of a good market is that we can become benefactors of market sales and stop pursuing x factor sale.

Celebrate the market sales (can I get a booyah?) but stay hungry for the x factor sales.

Whether you’re and x factor sales pro or an x factor sales coach, don’t lose your hunger. Don’t lose your fight.

 

Contributed by Jason Forrest:
Jason Forrest (named one of 2012′s Top Young Trainers for Training Magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform builders into sales organizations that build homes. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of Creating Urgency in a Non-Urgent Housing Market and 40-Day Sales Dare for New Home Sales. As a consultant for many of the leading homebuilders in the United States, Canada, and Australia, Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.  Learn about our new home sales training programs at http://www.forrestperformancegroup.com.

PR Log: Forrest PG to Lead a Nationwide Sales Training Program for Richmond American Homes

April 25, 2012

 

Forrest Performance Group recently signed a contract with Richmond American Homes to lead a companywide sales training and management program for Richmond American’s new home sales professionals, sales coaches and executives.

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.

To teach new home sales, do more than teach

December 29, 2011

Three days early this month, I stared at the Rocky Mountains from an office in the foothills. And it got me thinkleadership selling new home sales training and techniques skiing—you don’t teach someone to ski by teaching someone to ski. You get on the mountain with them, show them the stance, and demonstrate, skiing alongside them and offering tips and reminders all the while.

My dad actually had me stand between his legs as we crisscrossed the slopes together. Have you ever seen a ski instructor in a classroom? No–you see them on the mountain, right beside their students.

Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t take the same care with our sales pros. Our new home sales training program often consist of three days in a classroom. And then we just pat our new home sales professionals on the back and send them on the chairlift to the double black diamond slope.

Think about it—do you teach your people to sell by teaching them to sell? Or do you get in the trenches with them and walk through their situations? If you’re in the trenches—great! If not, it’s time to reevaluate your strategy for a successful 2012.

You can’t master skiing, driving, or selling without a lot of training, demonstration, and real-world instruction.

P.S. Learn about our new home sales training programs.

Champions in new home sales by Jeanne Conger

September 28, 2011

Contributed by Jeanne CongerMan with hands in the air-Success-Professional Builder-40 under 40-Jason Forrest

“Champions don’t become champions in the ring – that’s simply where they are recognized.” –John Maxwell

Top sales professionals don’t become superstars in the middle of a presentation any more than boxers become champions in the ring. Like expert boxers, top sales pros constantly strive for a better performance and perfect their craft through practice, patience, and hard work. Here’s what the top champions say they focus on daily:

Preparation: Boxers spend at least six hours per day training. Sales champions prepare by learning all the ins and outs of their product and their competition. They also stay ahead of the game by reading sales books, taking training courses, and perfecting their sales presentation week after week.

Anticipation: Like boxers, who must anticipate their opponents’ strategies, sales champions must be able to anticipate objections. Knowing the benefits and shortcomings of your product, location, community or floor plan helps prepare you to overcome the objections that are likely to come up.

No matter how prepared you are, you are still bound to hear some objections you couldn’t have anticipated. It’s an easy way to get thrown off your game, or worse–knocked out of the sales process! So here’s your tip of the week.

Give yourself some time to recover by asking “Is that important to you?” or by saying, “Tell me more about that.”

Listen carefully because the answers will give you time to recover and help you build a strategy to overcome the objection.

Compromise: Boxers have a term called “catchweight” where boxers of different weights agree to meet in the middle. Sales professionals are able to help buyers meet in the middle by balancing their “must have” list and their “wish” list for their new home.

Boxers say that having a “chin” means having granite jaws that absorb punches without allowing a knockout. While some claim boxers are born with this, others say that the “chin” is really a learned mental toughness. As one who believes we are what we make of ourselves, I am inclined to believe that latter.

Find your sales chin and stay in the arena for every round (no matter how often you get “knocked out” with a lost sale) and you too can be a sales champion.

P.S. Learn about our new home sales training programs.

New home sales coaches are Sherpas

September 22, 2011

A great coach is really a Sherpa–a guide who knows the terrain and how to reach a hiker’s desired destination.Mountain Climber-Sherpa-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance Group

Sherpas do not tell people what to do. They understand who their mountain climber is and where they want to go. But they give them choices. They say, “We’ve got two paths we can take here. If you take path one, we’ll have a lot of steep climbing and ice, but you’ll get there a lot faster. Path two is less technical, but it will take you twice as long.”

As a new home sales manager, seek to give your salespeople sufficient information for them to make an educated decision and then coach them based on that choice. Consider what I said last week about the categories training falls into.

Ask your new home sales professionals what they’d like to focus on for the week. Say, “Would you like to work on something you’ve never tried before (maybe something in category three which will be a little more difficult) or something you’ve done before but need to be more consistent at?”

I’m a control freak (most sales managers are) and I sometimes lack the patience to let salespeople chart their own course. But unlike a flight instructor, who gives do-or-die instruction, my job is to know the goal and offer information and options about how to reach it.

The idea is that either way, they reach their goal. We, as Sherpas, just lead them to it.

P.S. Learn about our new home sales training programs.

Welcome to the team, Jeanne Conger!

September 2, 2011

It’s a great Friday at J Forrest Group—we’re simultaneously celebrating the newest team member AND a birthday. sales management seminarsWhat’s more, they’re both the same person—Jeanne Conger.

With 25 years in the industry; experience with public and private builders; and over 900 hours of real estate courses under her belt, Jeanne is an industry expert and the perfect addition to our team. While she has worked in design studios, marketing departments, merchandising departments, and new home sales management (she coached a sales team of more than 100), Jeanne enjoys nothing more than being in the trenches.

At J Forrest Group, Jeanne will partner one-on-one with new home sales professionals and leaders to solve the challenges that come with an ever-changing housing market. Jeanne will have her hands full turning around laggard communities, helping sales professionals generate traffic, providing hiring consulting for sales managers, and coaching design center sales teams.

As a real estate broker, certified graduate builder, and certified green professional, Jeanne is a lifelong student. She continues to search for knowledge and shares her sales wisdom in her upcoming book: Sales Leadership for Smart People.

Do you have a question for Jeanne? Post it in the comments (along with your birthday and welcome wishes) and we’ll share her responses next week.

P.S. Learn about our new home sales training programs.

TCU Alumni– Featured Frog: Jason Forrest

August 1, 2011

How has your career benefited from TCU and the Alumni Career Network?TCU-Horned Frog-Jason Forrest-Forrest Performance Group
One of my first major clients (McBride Homes) was a Horned Frog. I was able to use that as the launch pad to close the deal.

How has being a Horned Frog impacted your business?
TCU Purple is a prominent color on my website, my training materials, and even in my wardrobe. I wear only TCU Purple socks for speaking events. Someone will catch a glimpse so I tell them that I’m an avid fan of TCU and that my wife and I are currently building our house close enough to the stadium that we can hear the roar of the crowd on game days.

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JASON FORREST (named one of 2012’s Top Young Trainers for Training magazine–a national, industry-wide publication) is an expert at creating high-performance sales cultures through complete training programs. He incorporates experiential learning (rather than theory) to increase sales, implement cultural accountability, and transform companies into sales organizations. A sales professional at heart, Forrest is the author of two previous books. Forrest’s competitive distinction is his behavior-modification approach (which focuses on people, process, and presentation) and his focus on culture change.

ABOUT FORREST PERFORMANCE GROUP

Forrest Performance Group specializes in culture change and creating urgency within sales teams and management. Forrest PG’s competitive distinction is its behavior modification approach as applied to a variety of programs, education, seminars and sales coach training offerings all aimed at dramatically improving sales force success.