I myself got married last year following 2 1/2 years of hard saving, military like planning and a good budget which we stuck too.
The main thing to do is not be bowled over by the first supplier you meet and get quotes for everything.
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I think there's a great misunderstanding about good salespeople.
Selling is not about having the 'gift of the gab' or being confident and thick skinned. There are, naturally, good and bad salespeople out there; just as there are good and bad accountants.
Good salespeople spend at least twice as much time listening as talking. They are skilled in asking the right questions and intelligently responding to the answers.Good salespeople take no for an answer, even from a 'junior staff member.' Good salespeople focus on the prospects most likely to benefit from their offer, they don't 'play the numbers game'
I run a sales team that calls thousands of business owners every month promoting our client's accounting services. Of course, we sometimes talk to decision makers who are annoyed by a cold call. We simply apologise and remove them from future campaigns.
Equally, we talk to many business owners who are happy to have an intelligent conversation about their needs. A number of our clients have originated from cold calls they have received from us.
If you don't want to take cold calls simply register with the relevant 'Telephone Preference Service.' No reputable organisation will call TPS numbers. Our own telephone system blocks all TPS numbers.
There is nothing wrong with pro-actively marketing your practice as long as you take a few basic steps.
1. Be polite when calling. Don't harass prospects when told they are not interested.
2. Do not call TPS/CTPS registered numbers.
3. Only call business which fit into your ideal client range or companies you believe you could help.
If you would like to know is telemarketing right for your practice please download this guide by Patrick McLoughlin.