Do you have the guts to ask tough questions and get tough answers or do you prefer the comfort of hearing what you want to hear through happy ears?
In this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales, Darryl welcomes Larry Long Jr., Director of Collegiate Sales at Teamworks and a sales process champion. Together, they will unearth the importance of setting up and following a sales process, being prepared to ask uncomfortable questions and hearing the bad news early on in negotiations. They also offer advice on learning how to read the room and listening to what really bothers your prospects. If you want to hear some great tips on how to obtain open, honest feedback and move towards meaningful and fruitful relationships with your prospects, don’t miss this episode of INSIDE Inside Sales.''I'm proud to be a sales professional because my definition of sales is matchmaker.'' 🎧 Listen as @larrylongjr explains how to read the room to build meaningful relationships. Click To Tweet
Host: Darryl Praill, VanillaSoft
Guest: Larry Long Jr., Teamworks
Darryl Praill: How are you all doing? Welcome folks, welcome back to another episode of INSIDE Inside Sales. Don’t you love saying that every single week? And I know we’ve talked about this before, but it just makes me excited, I’m not making this up. I got a message from today’s guest. And for the first time ever in my life, like we reached out to him and say, “Hey dude, you wanna join us on the show. We’d love to have you. It’s obnoxious how many people say you’re awesome and you should be on the show.” And he sends we back not a message, not an email, not a LinkedIn DM, not a Twitter. He sends we back this voice message on LinkedIn, and he nails the emphasis on the right syllables on the show. And I’m like, “Nobody’s ever done that before. Not a single guest in the history of the show has ever done that before.”
Darryl Praill: This guy is gonna be fire. So I’m pretty pumped when I introduce you to him shortly. But I wanna talk a little bit about, just one of the things I see over and over again. So you all know the story. They thought they would be funny in giving me the CRO title, few quarters back. I’ve been doing the gig. I’ve been training the crew. I’ve been training you every single one of you listening, right? My whole posse, I’ve given them more resources. You can shake a stick at. I brought in the experts. I brought in like world-class sales trainers, whether it be on the phone or on social, I’ve brought them in how to use the right language. I’ve got them the right tools. I got them chorus for a conversational intelligence.
Darryl Praill: We got Seismic for sales enablement. We got VanillaSoft. We got HubSpot. We got Salesforce to come. I mean, we got the world’s most kickass stack. You’ve got the navigator. You can social sell your ass off. That’s what’s going on. These people, they have nothing to complain about. And they’ll be the first one to tell you that. Yet despite all this, this is what I encounter all the time. And just for disclosure, I am so guilty of this myself. What I see is, we’ll do pipeline reviews, and it’s the best thing over and over again. And I’m like, “Okay, so you think this one’s got a 90% chance or an 80% chance of going?” We’re at the proposal stage. All right, and they asked the question, everybody should be ready to answer.
Darryl Praill: Whenever your boss comes and asks you this question, if you’re not prepared, you shouldn’t be in sales. The question is gonna be, where are we gonna get surprised? Who did we not talk to? Who’s gonna object? Are we ready? What’s the competition gonna do? Before we do all this, we put our chips on the table and we say, “Here’s our proposal. Here’s the price. Here’s the terms. What’s gonna stop this deal?” And every fricking single time, it’s like, you don’t wanna admit that you don’t know the answer, you say, “Nobody. It’s good. I got this covered. I’ve talked to everybody.” And I’m like, “You’ve talked to the economic decision, you know, the economic guy? Yep, talked to the economic person. You talked to the champion? Yep, talked to the champion. All right, what’s the pain we’re covering up? This is the pain.”
Darryl Praill: “What’s the cost of not making a decision at all? This is the cost. All right, do they know that? Has that been communicated? Yeah, that’s been communicated. Okay, have we got an ROI, we can demonstrably stick ourselves to if we baseline the situation so we can show progression as we roll it out? Yeah, we got it all. Great, what should I expect for timing? It’s all of this. Awesome, cool. So we’re good? We’re good.” Sound familiar? You ring a bell at all? Have you been there? It should feel really close, cause then what happens, lo and behold, is you come back to me. My rep comes back to me and he says, “Well, Darryl, small little problem. It seems, there’s this other unknown person who has an opinion. And they don’t like our colors of blue and yellow. They’re big fans of red and green, who the hell knows.”
Darryl Praill: “And because of that, they’re digging in and they wanna bring in the competition cause they want more time. Cause everybody think this is gonna go on.” And I say to them, “Did we not talk about this? Yeah, we talked about this. Did you not ask? I asked. Did you not have them all in the room? I had them all in the room. Did you read the room? What do you mean? I mean, did you read the room? Did you look for those little tells, those little unquantified statements, the body language, the looks, whatever it might be, did you see it was copied on emails? Did you explicitly ask every single person what’s going on or instead did you just have happy ears?” And they say every single time, “Oh yeah, maybe I had happy ears.”
Welcome Larry Long Jr.
Darryl Praill: Truth of the matter is we all do it. I’ve been there, and it’s not just sales. I mean, how many times you’ve been out? You know, if you’re single, if you’re dating, if you can remember dating, did you thought you knew what was going on in the relationship and turns out you just had happy ears and you didn’t read the room? Oh, cats, I’m telling you, this is life. This is what happens. But it’s incumbent upon us as professionals to know better. So I wanna sit down talking to this very special cast who said, “INSIDE Inside Sales.” I said, “This guy is gonna know all about happy ears and how to read the room.” Let’s put our hands together, cause I’m digging it. Everybody, this is Larry Long Jr. My friend, how you doing, Larry?
Larry Long Jr: What’s going on, Darryl? I’m happy to be here on INSIDE Inside Sales. I hope I nailed it again.
Darryl Praill: That’s how it’s done, go to the microphone for you. That’s how it’s done right there.
Larry Long Jr: It’s a long time about Willis. Happy to be here. Thank you so much. And I love, you know, I’m happy, but not necessarily happy ears. That’s not a good thing.
Darryl Praill: No, you wanna, but you don’t wanna be happy ears. And by the way, can we pick up the, you know, that’s what I’m talking about, Willis, you got some different Strokes going on there. If you got your little ’70s era going on. Alright. That’s awesome. We were talking to behind the screen, the green room, you and I first went live about Motown. My affinity for Motown. I grew up just outside Detroit on the Canadian side. And I was just dropping all this Motown references and he didn’t know. And I was just like eating it up. So right away, Larry’s in my good books.
Darryl Praill: Talk to me, Larry, about happy ears. This was your suggestion, as soon as you said that. And for those who don’t know, I mean, the process here is, when I basically find talent quite often first. And of course, everybody who knows Larry knows he’s talent. And in fact, I was sharing with him how obnoxious it is that I’ve had literally every single person as I’ve had Larry on the show because he’s that great. And he’s always fricking happy and high energy. And I said, “Larry, what do you wanna talk about?” And he said, “Happy ears.” And I’m like, “No, we’ve never talked about that.” We recently had one about word vomit. And to me they’re almost related. So I’m looking forward to see how this goes on. If you missed the word vomit episode, a couple episodes ago, give it a go. But Larry, what was your inspiration for happy ears? I wanna hear the story behind the story.
Larry Long Jr: Yeah, it’s timely. So while we’re in a new year and for us, we’ve got some pretty significant goals that we’re trying to attain. And we realized that if we don’t step our game up, and improve our sales process, we won’t have success. And we’ve been harping on sales process and understanding boom, boom, boom, boom, the pulse and understanding where a deal really is. So we’ve been talking about how do you read the room?
Larry Long Jr: How do you understand where a deal is? So that when we go into our pipeline review, we can actually answer those questions that you asked. And we’ve got some other questions as well, but we can know exactly where a deal is and we can understand what pitfalls, what’s around the corner, what might trip us up and not just take everything at face value that, “Hey, it’s all sunshine, rainbows.” And as my seven year old daughter says, “Unicorns,” because we know that that’s not the case, and I’m gonna get us kicked off. I’m sorry to take over the show Darryl…
Darryl Praill: Take it over.
Larry Long Jr: But it’s come down to questions. I mean, I’ve got a couple of things, couple of things in my mind, and I think of, but I go back to Tony Robbins. He has a quote, and his quote says, “The most successful people ask the toughest questions, and therefore they get the toughest answers.” So if you think about it and you talked about it, this is life, life, the four letter word that we call life. It’s not just sales. If you ask the toughest questions, you now put yourself a position to get the toughest answers. And that’s what we’re looking for in a sales process.
All about the process
Darryl Praill: All right, so a couple of things you’ve said and you’ve said it a couple of times already just now, and I wanna stop and put some emphasis on that puppy. You use the word process. So this is the part that I find so interesting because when you go online, whether it’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Clubhouse, YouTube, whatever it might be, everybody wants to get into the semantics of how you do stuff. And I’m guilty of that too, so I’m not judging. But one of the things that strike me over and over again is that intellectually, we know, yeah, this is maybe I should open it or this is how I got to do a leading question or this is how I should do discovery or this is how I should do objection handling.
Darryl Praill: You know, we kind of know our technique intellectually. We may suck at execution, but we know how we need to do. But what did we seem to fall down over and over and over again is on the process, because I watch our people take shortcuts all the time whether they’re excited or not. And in process, isn’t exciting, but it’s that same, I gotta do this, I gotta do it a certain way. I gotta go through all the steps. And if I do this, I position myself for success. And you used the word process at least twice so far. So talk to me about process. Before we even get into happy ears, talk to me about the importance of process.
Larry Long Jr: Well, first of all, Darryl, I wanna say, thank you for listening. My word of 2021 is shhh and listen, that’s the word of 2021. And so many times, not just my sellers, but the sellers that I work with, they don’t listen. But having a process, you talked about shortcuts, we’ve got stages. And there are certain things that we’ve got, certain milestones that we have to check off because we know if we don’t have an athletic director we’re selling the athletic directors. We know that if the athletic director hasn’t been looped in, chances are we don’t need to, we’re not in the negotiating stage. It’s not there. So we’re sticklers on process, but there’s a book by Rory Vaden, “Take the Stairs.”
Larry Long Jr: And humans, just human nature is, if I’m going to the gym and there’s an escalator, human nature is I’m gonna take the escalator not the stairs. The stairs is that process. And what we found in what I’ve seen not just sales professionals, but this is across the arts, this is across music, this is across sports, this is just life, it’s in the details. And you mentioned it earlier, talking about professionals, sales professionals. A lot of people have the title of sales professionals, but let’s keep it real, they’re amateurs. And amateur hour is painful. It just makes me cringe because you’ve got to follow the process. And I don’t care what process you follow, but you better have a process that you follow that you iterate, that you test and essentially that you measure to see, are you getting the maximum results? So for us, we’re always looking to tweak that process that we follow to see how can we get better.
Darryl Praill: So if you’re listening, guys, let me throw a curve ball at you guys and girls. If I were to go to you right now and say to you, “What’s your process?” In other words, write down on a piece of paper or send me a message on LinkedIn that says, “This is my daily routine.” Then start there. And then secondarily, if I also say, “Okay, you’re about to reach out to a specific contact because an appointment maybe has been set up for you by, maybe a sales development rep. So if you’re an AE, you’re about to reach out and engage with this person for the first time. What’s your routine before you do this? Or if you’re about to now and go pitch your proposal, before you do that, what’s your routine? I could go on. I’m gonna stop here. I give you three different scenarios. Can you write down for me right now what your routine is and is it consistent, and do you follow it all the time? I have a routine before I go on a podcast. I’ve checked Larry out five ways to Sunday.
Darryl Praill: I know what’s his contact info. I know his bio. I know his work history. I know our shared connections. I know ways that I can, you know, maybe establish a rapport, and I do that so we have great content, and we have lots to talk about. I don’t just wing it. If you can’t tell me what your process is, if you don’t have that ability in you, then you have no process and you’re gonna fail. And the worst part is, I love that Larry’s said that, that’s his word of the year because that’s the simplest thing to fix. You don’t need to learn how to overcome your fear of cold calling. You don’t need to figure out the difference between a fleet, versus a tweet versus, you know, what the hell is, Clubhouse? Just the process. So do that, that’s step number one.
The question about questions
Darryl Praill: Now, I wanna bring it back to the whole happy ears and that whole process. You’ve said a couple of things there. You talked about questions. I’ve talked about questions. You’ve talked about questions. Talk to me about the role and the relevance of questions. You talked about hard questions, getting hard answers. Why are hard questions important? I wanna know. I’m asking you a questions about all things questions and why should I care about questions? What’s the answer, my friend?
Larry Long Jr: I love it. And you touched on one of my top two fire questions. I’ll give you, if you don’t take anything away from this, if you’re ever in a crunch and you need a question, walk me through your process dot, dot, dot, and then shhh and listen. And that can be anything. Walk me through your process of your morning routine. Walk me through your process of how you prepare your team for success. And then if you listen, you’re gonna pick up on a lot of things. And from there, you can double click, you can triple click to dig in even deeper. The next one is, what’s holding you back? Dot, dot dot. So for all the listeners out there, I’m gonna ask, what’s holding you back from having a tight sales process?
Larry Long Jr: What’s holding you back from improving your sales process to get you to those goals that you wanna get to? When it comes to our prospects, we’ve got to ask the tough questions around timeline. And a lot of times, “Oh, I don’t understand the timeline.” It’s okay, who would understand? Let’s go ahead and get your CFO to the table so that we can go ahead because you told me, I was listening, you told me that you wanted to get this implemented by March 15th. In order for us to do that, we need your CFO right now, or we have no chance. So essentially, I’m asking the really tough and somewhat uncomfortable questions, and I’m not afraid of someone telling me, “You know what, no.”
Larry Long Jr: I’d rather get that now, and then get to March 15th, March 14th, when I think we’re moving along. And I didn’t ask the tough question in a sense that I’ve got happy ears. I’m pretty much, I’m looking through it or what did they say, rose-colored glasses? Salespeople love to have that affirmation. I mean, it’s tough to be in sales. So it’s like, “Oh, I don’t wanna ask this question that might derail the deal.” Well, I’ve got a secret for you, listen closely. If you don’t ask the question now, the deal is already derailed. You just don’t know it. So you’re spending all this time, all this energy and your resource, you’re wasting it.
Larry Long Jr: You could’ve known right now when we’re at the 50-yard line, instead of you get down to the three-yard line and the Super Bowl is coming up, you get to the three-yard line, and you think you’re about to punch it in. And it’s like, survey says, no chance. Come on listeners, let’s do things the right way and ask those tough questions in the beginning, in the middle and as we progress to the end to make sure that the finish line is still in sight and we’re not just fooling ourselves, about to get knocked out with no chance of getting the deal.
Darryl Praill: All right, so let’s talk about what’s real, what we just went down here, cause this is like a masterclass, all right? Let me connect the dots for you. We talked about happy ears and Larry went right into it about, you know, tell me about what your process is, tell me what your process is. And then he followed up with, well, you know, what’s holding you back? All right, why did you do that? Why don’t you do that? Well, you don’t do that because it’s more comfortable having happy ears. If I don’t want, if I don’t have the confidence, I don’t have the comfort level to ask that really awkward, uncomfortable question.
Darryl Praill: So for example, he said, “Tell me what’s your process.” I can rephrase it, same premise. Tell me how does your purchase process work? Cause that’s now uncomfortable cause now you’re actually saying, I’m assuming you’re gonna buy me, and I’m gonna ask the hard question, how you spend your money, and I’m gonna actually fundamentally ask you, can you really make this decision or is there somebody else there? I really like you but are you just a peon in this organization? And that’s a bitch, that’s hard. Or I can just have happy ears, and I just assume that when you say you’re the person that makes the decision, I believe you.
Darryl Praill: And we move on cause then I have a great conversation with my boss and my forecast looks great and I’m already counting my commissions. That’s what Larry did there. He took a little bit of reality and he said, “You know, I think I don’t have happy ears, but let’s just double check if I do have happy years.” In other words, let’s test the assumptions that I’m making by asking. Tell me what’s your process. And I love his second question cause that question, the second question, what’s holding you back? Okay, and he said, listen, let me rephrase what he just said. What’s holding you back? That long silence was you waiting for them to answer, and that’s hard as hell. What’s holding you back from making a decision?
Darryl Praill: What’s holding you back from justifying this money? What’s holding you back from doing it by March 15th? What’s holding you back from approaching your boss and asking if there’s a business case here? What’s holding you back from getting so-and-so involved, so we get their buy in and there’s no surprises? What’s holding you back? That’s a bitch of a question, especially, if you’ve got to a rapport. So for me, you know, you hear people say, why, all the time. Why is part of the discovery. I’ve shared an acronym that, it’s not mine, I picked up elsewhere called TED. TED is the old boat. Tell me about, it’s explained to me and it describe.
Darryl Praill: So it totally applies what they just said, you know? Tell me about your process. Explain to me what’s holding you back. Describe to me what the next steps might be. T-E-D, nice and easy to remember, that way, you’re not stuck in the why all the time. But it’s very soft, it’s very like, hey, just help me understand. Tell me about what the next steps here would be. Describe for me when you’ve made purchased decisions, like this before, how it went down. Because I don’t know your company, right? And you see what I did there, I didn’t say you’re buying me. I said, when you made decisions like this before, so now this is just like status quo stuff. So that’s how you test and validate against the happy ears. That’s what that man just said. How’d I do, Larry?
Larry Long Jr: You did great. You did great. Now, you made a comment about asking the tough questions, especially, when you have rapport. So we’re in athletics and I’m not trying to put our business out in the streets, but we’ve got very…
Darryl Praill: Put it on the streets.
Larry Long Jr: We’ve got very tight relationships. And when you have tight relationships, it can be a little bit hairy to ask those tough questions. Now, I encourage your folks to build relationships, built on trust because we know people buy from folks they know they like and they trust. But essentially, you’ve got to provide and set the expectations that, “Hey, Darryl, I love you, and I know you love me. But to show me that you love me, if at anytime throughout this process, we kinda take a U-turn, we kinda take a detour, can you tell me that you will let me know?” And then I’m gonna shhh and listen not just what you say, but how you say it, because I need to make sure that you’re not going to just lead me on.
Larry Long Jr: “Oh, we’re good. Oh, we’re moving in the right direction.” And then at the final countdown, at the last minute, you say, “Uh-oh, Larry, Houston, we have a problem.” Come on Darryl, you knew we had a problem 35 days ago. Who are you kidding with? But I didn’t create an environment. We had a good relationship, but people don’t like to give bad news, especially, to someone that they like, but you’ve got to give them that permission. Hey, Darryl, you’re doing me the best favor you can by letting me know if at any time this isn’t going in the direction that we thought it was, you got to let me know, hook a brother up. Let me know.
Darryl Praill: I love what you just done there. You took the relationship and you somewhat made it personal in a way that protects you. You know, if at any way along the way, this is not gonna work out, you got to let me know, like hook a brother up. I love it ’cause you know, if I’m the buyer, what am I gonna say? I’m going to say, “Yep, absolutely brother. I’ve got you. I’ll be straight with you. I’ll shoot with you.” So that’s actually leveraging the rapport, you’ve already invested in to develop. I love, love, love that. And it commits them. They’re already going down the road of committing because now, it’s not just a transaction.
Learning to read the room
Darryl Praill: Now, it’s a relationship and that’s a dramatic difference. When you make that shift, you cross that chasm, like you can still lose the deal, but it’s a hell of a lot harder. Now, one of things I wanna talk to you a bit about, my friend, is sometimes we don’t ask the questions when we have happy ears cause we don’t actually wanna know what our buyers are thinking. Sometimes their motivations for buying are not things that I wanna hear. Their reasons for buying are not things I wanna know cause maybe I know them already deep down. Talk to me about how I can dig into that and why I should dig into that, and what’s the best way.
Larry Long Jr: Yeah, Darryl, I feel strongly about this because when I think about sales, I’m proud to be a sales professional because my definition of sales is matchmaker. We’re matching our product, our service, our thoughts and our ideas with someone else’s real needs, their wants, their desires, their challenges, their hopes, their dreams, their aspirations. So I’m doing a disservice. I’m not doing my job if I don’t ask about their motivations, if I don’t ask what keeps them up at night, if I don’t ask about what they’re trying to accomplish. And then I determined, I mean, I use this example and it’s a bit extreme, but I played baseball or baseball played me and I’ve got a bum shoulder.
Larry Long Jr: My right shoulder is terrible. If I went to the doctor and he said, “Larry, thank you for coming in. We’re gonna give you left ankle surgery tomorrow.” I’m gonna look at him and say, “What’re you talking about, Willis, come on Cletus! No, you didn’t listen to me. Hey doc, you didn’t even ask the question of what brings me.” Doctors do a soap note, subjective, objective assessment and plan. So as a sales professional, if I don’t do a surgical soap note, what brings you to us today, Darryl? Let me go ahead and look at it. Let me do the analysis on my own, and then let me go ahead and give you the plan, the prescription. I’m being, I’m negligent shame on me. So essentially, we’ve got to understand the motivations.
Larry Long Jr: “Hey Larry, why do you wanna get your shoulder fixed? Well, my son is 11 and when he turns 14, I wanna be able to long toss with him.” Okay, Larry, I understand. What would it make you feel if you weren’t able to do it?” Ooh, I’d had the crying in Michael Jordan mean face. I’d be crying because it means so much. “Well, now, Larry, I listened to you and you told me that you have white coat syndrome. You even shared the story about how you passed out when your daughter was born. On a scale of one to 10, where are you at in terms of taking action? I know you said you want it, but where are you at?” Well, doc, I’m at a nine.
Larry Long Jr: “Well, how do I get you to an 11?” And then if the doctor starts shaking it, hey doc, I’m ready for surgery right now because I got to get this fixed. If I’m just a four or five, six, I’m lukewarm, I’m gonna keep telling the doctor exactly what he wants to hear. But when it comes down to signing up for surgery, I’m gonna be a no show and be like, “Where’s Larry?” Well, you didn’t ask the question. He’s a four or five, six on a scale of 10. He’s not motivated to get this fixed. You’re not making a match.
Larry Long Jr: So it’s imperative that we change our perspective of what we’re doing and why we’re doing. If we’re not doing it to serve others, and we’re not doing it to understand other’s motivations, I hate to say it, but it’s time for you to get out and find a new career. If you’re a true sales professional, you’re gonna take pride in understanding and really getting on the other side of the table of your prospects and your clients to help solve their needs, their wants, their hopes, their dreams, their aspirations. Come on now, holla if you hear me. I’m gonna have to drop the mic on you, Darryl.
Darryl Praill: I’m digging what you’re saying and my mind is already fast forwarding to the one and we’ll talk about next that’s related, because a lot of people don’t connect the dots. I’m gonna connect the dots again here, kids. So he just talked to you about motivation. He talked to me about why you wanna do it, on get him from a four or five to a nine to an 11, that’s what I wanna do once I uncovered a way I go, but let’s understand one thing here. The reason you asked the questions, the reason you read the room is that you understand the cast of characters, the buying committee. So in other words, that one individual you’re talking to that’s why they wanna do it. Okay, great. I understand you wanna do it, but do not assume that that motivation of that one buyer is a shared motivation, amongst all the people who influence the deal, right?
Darryl Praill: So you got your user, the champion, and they’re loving it cause their life is hell. They have too many clicks, too many hours lost, their productivity sucks. You’re gonna make their life better. A salesperson loves the deal because it’s gonna actually help them close more deals. And the CFO likes the deal because it’s actually gonna save money. You know, all different motivations, if you assume that your champion’s motivation is everybody’s motivation, you’re gonna mess things up and you’re gonna get outsold by your competition cause they’re just gonna do, you know, continue the sportsmen of four.
Darryl Praill: They’re just gonna do an end run around you. They’re gonna flank you totally, and they’re gonna go to the other influencers in the deal. They’re gonna speak to their individual motivations. They aren’t get them on their side. And now, it’s two against one, and that’s all it took, because they took some time to ask the hard questions and actually understand the motivation behind, that’s the thing. In the end, you’ve got a recurring theme here, Larry, with your approach, which I love is, you’re actually by asking the hard questions, you’re receiving really open, honest, maybe painful, maybe awkward, maybe not what you wanna hear feedback. But at least that’s feedback that you can then act upon as opposed to taking it as you said to that 3-yard line and then fumbling the ball.
Larry Long Jr: Hey Darryl, I just talked about it today. I do a midweek, midday motivational minute. Today’s topic was feedback, take it or leave it. I’m gonna take it, and by that, I’m gonna proactively ask for feedback. I’m going to listen to it. I’m gonna document it. I’m gonna take notes. And then here, holla, if you hear me, I’m going to take action on it. So many times in the sales process, we learn, we capture feedback and we don’t do anything with it. We essentially run the same play. We’re running the same play. We’re running a sweep to the right. No, they’re telling you, the defense is telling you how they’re going to play you. You gotta switch it up. You gotta do a run pass option. You gotta switch it up a little bit. What are you doing, not what are you thinking, not what are you hoping? We know hope is not a strategy, but what are you doing with the feedback with the learnings? How do you put that into action and execute? We all know. I mean, Darryl, this isn’t rocket science, thankfully, because if it was, I wouldn’t stand a chance.
Darryl Praill: Yeah, yeah, I’m with you, yeah.
Larry Long Jr: No chance. Now, luckily, we know the plays that we need to run. It comes down to having the discipline to execute and doing it each and every time. I mean, I’m a baseball guy, and we know that baseball is a game of inches. I would say sales is a game of inches. When you look at what separates the top-notch professional sellers and everyone else, I would say it’s really, it’s in the little details around execution and doing it at a high level every single time.
Darryl Praill: All right, so let’s bring it back full circle here, kids. We talked about emotion. We talked about motivation. And we talked about the uncomfortable feeling. We talked about happy ears. We talked about reading the room, but more than anything, we talked about a process, a repeatable process, so you don’t have happy ears. A repeatable process, so you do read the room. A repeatable process, so your prospect commits to you. A repeatable process, so that your predictability on your pipeline, your forecast is consistent and overachieving. A repeatable process that you can take to the bank. That’s what all this is about. The questions, the approach, that’s a little bit stylistic.
Darryl Praill: We’ve given, Larry’s given a couple, we talked about, you know, tell me what the process is, what’s holding you back. I talked about TED, T-E-D. Those are all techniques, but he opened it up by saying the process involves asking the hard questions, and not just of the one person who you’re comfortable with to get a relationship with, but everybody in the buying cycle. The process is you’re intentional about what you’re doing, who you’re doing it with, how you approach it, how you phrase the question and how you react to the information they give you and that honest open feedback, that’s what overcomes happy ears. That’s what lets you read the room. And that my friends, is another week on the INSIDE Inside Sales show. Larry, my friend, if they wanna get a hold of you, they wanna partake in your midweek midday motivational minute, if they want to just hang out with you, what’s the process? See what I did there, what’s the process?
Larry Long Jr: Darryl, I feel like trust the process. You’re far too kind. You can find me on LinkedIn, Larry Long Jr. I got the smile for a mile. I got the face for radio. You can’t miss me. Happy to connect. Please let me know if there’s ever anything that I can do to serve as a resource for you.
Darryl Praill: And we haven’t talked about it, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen you up there, you’re active on Clubhouse too, are you not, my friend?
Larry Long Jr: Don’t tell nobody else. I am loving Clubhouse. I’m a student of this game we call life. I’m learning, I’m living, I’m loving both hosting rooms but more importantly listening.
Darryl Praill: Listening.
Larry Long Jr: I’m learning so much, both good as well as not so good hearing people spew, just different thoughts, but I’m loving Clubhouse.
Darryl Praill: I’m with you, brother. I’m actually co-hosting a session tomorrow morning. So it’s gonna be interesting course. That’ll all be ancient history by the time you guys hear this cast, but just follow Larry in all those locations. Follow me if you wanna get hooked up to Larry and you still don’t know how to do it because you listened to the whole thing. You don’t wanna hit the backup button 30 seconds, message me, I’ll take care of you. In the meantime, my friends, if you’d like Larry Long, Jr, then you really need to follow him on those social media platforms cause he is dy-no-mite! Jimmy Walker coming at ya. All right, kids. We’re out of here. We’ll talk to you soon, take care. My name is Darryl Praill. I am the CRO of VanillaSoft, but more than anything, I am just like you hanging out, doing the sales thing every single day. Take care. We’ll talk to you soon, bye bye.