I mention this because I recently came across some “sales training”…actually, one piece of paper that looked like this:
- Real vacation commitment. Close them on this. Don’t move on until commitment is reached.
- Real ANYWAY money. Must get SOLID commitment or you will get money objections at end.
- MAKE THEM WANT IT!!! Journal Pitch
- Revisit ANYWAY monies before you show the price!!!
- CLOSE THE DEAL!!
Laughable, isn’t it? Back in the dark ages, i.e. 2000 and 2001 when I was learning the ropes, my “steps to a sale” were more complex and in-depth than this. And yet, here we are halfway through 2012 and this is what is being “taught” to salespersons?
Not only does it not address any solid objections that the consumer may have, it makes it sound like consumers are just going to roll over, dig in their wallets and hand over a credit card for $20,000.
I especially like #2…where they mention the ANYWAY monies. Rather hard to do a “pitch” on the ANYWAY monies if the client is paying $99 for a 4 night stay at the resort and getting two attraction tickets. Let’s see…$99 a year for 20 years would amount of $2,000…and an average timeshare is $20,000? There are no ANYWAY monies!
Timeshare sales was without doubt the hardest, yet one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had. I knew that I was helping people have better vacations which they deserved. What soured it for me, and continues to sour it for consumers everywhere is the fact that the money doesn’t add up, the questions never quite get answered and the salesperson is still in their 1980s mode.
Wake up timeshare industry…it's 2012.