In virtually any field, sellers face the same few core challenges: getting customers to express their needs, showing how their solution meets those needs, and keeping momentum alive until a purchase is made. In the new book Supportive Selling, and a companion training simulation, Dale Olsen, PhD and Ben Allen-Kingsland draw on a vast body of research on influencing to help users put next-generation sales model into practice.
In an era where customers can compare products and gather details instantly online, the decades-old model of a seller whose primary role is to inform and persuade is less relevant than ever. This is particularly true in complex sales involving long time periods and multiple decision makers. To be effective, sellers need to understand what their customers need, but customers tend not to reveal those details unless there’s something in it for them. What can sellers do to succeed in this environment?
A new book by Dale Olsen, PhD and Ben Allen-Kingsland lays out a next-generation model called Supportive Selling to help sellers in any field support their customers through the buying process, positioning themselves as valuable, knowledgeable consultants with solutions made for the customers’ needs.
“I’ve been selling since my time at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab,” says Olsen, now President of SIMmersion, a Blueline Partner Company. “It always struck me how the right kind of approach would make customers more open. This book came out of my desire to figure out the common threads between successful sales and how they related to influencing in other fields.”
In addition to the next-generation sales model in the Supportive Selling book, Dr. Olsen’s team at SIMmersion applied the concepts to the state-of-the-art training simulation, PEOPLESIM™: Supportive Selling Skills. In this online system, users get to put their sales skills into practice in highly realistic virtual sales calls. This easily adapted sales model combines with the most effective interpersonal skills-building technology ever designed to produce an unrivaled sales skills training system now available for delivery via ILT, VILT and as online performance support.
“Reading about a new sales model is one thing,” says Olsen. “Being able to practice it in a stress-free virtual environment, without any real sales on the line, is a capability we’re proud to be able to offer.”
For readers interested in a next-generation sales model, Supportive Selling is available in paperback and ebook on Amazon and other retailers. For a free test drive of the simulation Contact or visit http://www.bluelinesims.com/peoplesim.html