Sales Storytelling is not a before and after washing powder commercial

This blog is for you if you are in sales. To be specific, solutions sales.

Here is how a sales person who works for a technology company and is responsible for selling Wi Fi infrastructure told a sales story in a sales storytelling session I recently conducted.

Storytelling

 

We worked with XYZ which is a large events venue. The problem statement we got from the client was – A lot of the time our guests who are here to run an event can’t get connected to Wi Fi.

So, we went and investigated and realised that the coverage with the existing Wi Fi was not good. They were having at least 5 – 6 complaints a day. We then went and installed our Wi Fi Infrastructure and now their complaints have reduced significantly.

Once the teller finished telling this story,  I gave the group feedback on how this could be told more effectively and what needs to be changed.

In their second take, the story became something like this

Storytelling

 

We worked with Mathew Dixon ( not a real name of the client ) who is the head of IT for XYZ. He gave us a call and explained his difficulties with the current Wi Fi Infrastructure. He said, we get at least 5- 6 complaints a day and that is damaging our reputation.

We investigated the matter and realised that the current Wi Fi Infrastructure was not strong. We then installed our Wi Fi infrastructure and now complaints have reduced significantly. Our client Mathew has now been promoted to IT Head and we are thrilled with his success.

So, what changed in take 2

We got a name Mathew Dixon
We got words that describe a feeling Difficulties and damaging
We got the desired state Promotion

But this is still far from effective sales storytelling. Why ?

By adding a name, feeling, desired state what we are doing is what washing powder commercials do, showing you the dirty shirt of “Sam” whose mother is frustrated, who then uses your washing powder and becomes happy.

In solutions sales storytelling what really matters is

WHAT DID YOU DO

THAT CHANGED HOW MATHEW WAS FEELING

AND WHAT LED TO THE DESIRED OUTCOME ?

Now, changing it over to your Wi fi is not an answer because other vendors have Wi fi too.

What is lacking here is the sales insight you brought to the table.

If you want to know what effective sales storytelling looks like, read this Blog

And always remember solution sales is not a washing powder commercial.

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