Tongue-Tied? 5 Effective Ways to Improve your Telemarketing Skills

telemarketing tips

In many cases, telemarketers make certain mistakes that can instantly turn off  prospects, or simply convince them to opt out from an offer.

Mistakes happen all the time, but the bad part of it is that they can produce bad impressions for your brand and can instantly hurt your B2B lead generation and appointment setting. The good part of it is that you can instantly learn from these mistakes so that the second you engage another lead, you will know what to say and what not to say.

And while you are learning, be sure to check these tips out for a smoother audience engagement experience.

Practice!

For newbie B2B telemarketers, this is a no brainer. Buying yourself time to train yourself in talking to a business prospect lessens your anxiety. The only downside to this is that contacts can be spontaneous, asking questions you haven’t prepared yourself for. This leads us to our next point.

Use a call script

A script is always handy when you have a production quota to meet. It also provides a good list of things to say that can effectively guide you when things get a little too complicated. Especially when you are not much of an expert about the product you are promoting, a good call script makes it possible use your communication skills to improve your chances of getting a sales appointment.

Personalize your calls

Too often, call scripts limit spontaneity. Of course, this is a big no-no when you intend to create long-term relationships with potential clients. As much as possible, try to connect with your audience the same way you connect with someone asking for directions. Refer to call scripts only when you feel the conversation is moving towards a dead-end.

Use data profiling

A data profiling system comes in handy when you want to learn how best to approach a certain prospect. Such software allows you to uncover the fine details about the people you are going to contact and makes sure that you interact with leads who might get the most out of your brand.

Don’t sprint. Let your audience keep up

Being too eager can sometimes be counter-productive. A prospect would get easily annoyed if you keep on rambling about your product without giving them  some talking space. Essentially, telemarketing calls are all about taking into  account the current priorities and needs of the prospect. Asking them the right questions and giving them ample time to voice out their concerns allows them to stick to your propositions like flies to a spider’s web (for a lack of a more appropriate analogy).