Facilitating Success, One Decision At A Time

Sharon Drew Morgen

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Developing Strategic Content

What skills do you need to have in addition to the ones you already have

I’m going to ask you a few questions. No answers today. Just questions you may want to answer for yourselves.

How will you know that the content you are providing is the appropriate content for your prospect base?

What skills do you need to have in addition to the ones you already have, to ensure that the right folks find – and purchase – your solution?

What do you need to do differently to ensure that the right prospects know how to differentiate you from the competition?

How will you know that one strategic plan would work better than another?

How do you know what level of content to offer, and how will you choose the right data to include in your content?

At what point will you know when it’s time to add new sales skills so that your sales team know how to engage, influence, and facilitate buying decisions in a way that will ensure folks buy what they need in the way they need to buy?

Just some questions to think about.

Let’s start a discussion about them, ok? sdm@austin.rr.com

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Sharon Drew Morgen is the visionary and thought leader behind Buying Facilitation® the new sales paradigm that focuses on helping buyers manage their buying decision. She is the author of the NYTimes Business Bestseller Selling with Integrity as well as 5 other books and hundreds of articles that explain different aspects of the decision facilitation model that teaches buyers how to buy.

Morgen dramatically shifts the buying decision tools from solution-focused to decision-support. Sales very competently manages the solution placement end of the decision, yet buyers have been left on their own while sellers are left waiting for a response, and hoping they can close. But no longer: Morgen actually gives sellers the tools to lead buyers through all of their internal, idiosyncratic decisions.

Morgen teaches Buying Facilitation® to global corporations, and she licenses the material with training companies seeking to add new skills to what they are already offering their clients. She has a new book coming out October 15, 2009 called Dirty Little Secrets: why buyers can’t buy and sellers can’t sell and what you can do about it which defines what is happening within buyer’s cultures (systems) and explains how they make the decisions they make.

Morgen has focused on the servant-leader/decision facilitation aspect of sales since her first book came out in 1992, called Sales On The Line.
In all of her books, she unmasks the behind-the-scenes decisions that need to go on before buyers choose a solution, and gives sellers the tools to aid them.

In addition, Morgen changes the success rate of sales from the accepted 10% to 40%: the time it takes buyers to come up with their own answers is the length of the sales cycle, and her books – especially Dirty Little Secrets – teaches sellers how to guide the buyers through to all of their decisions, thereby shifting the sales cycle from a failed model that only manages half of the buying cycle, to a very competent Professional skill set.

Morgen lives in Austin TX, where she dances and works with children’s fund raising projects in her spare time.