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Michelle Weinstein, AKA The Pitch Queen, is the host of Success Unfiltered, which features an array of unique and inspiring guests. She talks to all kinds of innovators and achievers, including multi seven and eight figure entrepreneurs, Shark Tank veterans, authors, performers, and investors.

Her guests share their most intimate stories, no holds barred. It’s the raw and vulnerable stuff that you don’t always hear about, like major rejections, epic failures, and unrelenting setbacks.
They share their most inspiring stories of overcoming adversity, never giving up, and achieving success beyond their wildest imaginations.

She created this podcast to help entrepreneurs realize that they are NOT alone. Everyone who has attempted something epic has had their share of setbacks, failures, and NOs. By sharing unfiltered stories from extraordinary individuals who overcame hardships and ultimately achieved their version of success, her hope is to inspire others to stay in the game and hold out for their own dreams.

Her mission and goal is to inspire rising entrepreneurs to break through barriers, overcome obstacles, and make a bigger impact in the world. It’s her passion to show people how to take action, own their value, and grow their top-line revenue. You CAN build a successful and flourishing business and make a global impact by doing what you love, and Success Unfiltered will inspire you ever step of the way!

Apr 17, 2019

099 | Patrick Helmers Shares Why Knowing Your Ideal Client Leads to More Sales

What is the most important thing you need to know in order to close a sale? Is it the product? Is it the price? Is it how it will be delivered, or how you will continue to serve your client after they have given you their money? The answer here just may surprise you.

Pat Helmers is an international business consultant and technology startup coach. He is the author of the Selling With Confidence sales system and host of the award winning Sales Babble podcast. Pat has been in the tech world his entire professional career.

Pat started his career as a software engineer for Bell Laboratories. It was there he became an inventor in GSM wireless technologies, earning two patents. He leveraged his expertise and became a trainer for emerging software Object Oriented methodologies, training 1000s of engineers in the USA and Europe. He was promoted and managed various training groups and a technology adoption organization promoting technology transfer.

He then entered the software start-up arena, pursuing a career in business development for software startups, enrolling and selling early adopters on new technologies. Eventually, Pat was promoted to the Vice President of Sales for an enterprise SaaS startup, building from scratch an inside and outside sales team that generated 8 figure revenues.

Still having the startup bug,  Pat created the Sales Babble brand with the Sales Babble Podcast. Sales Babble was created to stop the babble on the myth that you must be pushy to be successful in sales. He believes anyone can become skilled in sales if they adopt an attitude of “helping” clients and adding “value” to their lives and businesses. From the podcast sprung his consulting and coaching practice as well as authoring the Selling With Confidence sales system.Pat enjoys golf, bicycling, history, and world travel. He is an avid father, husband, and loyal friend.

You know that sales is so much more than just bringing a product to a person, and expecting them to just hand their money over.

To be most effective in sales, you need to know your client, and know their needs, so that you can help them find a solution to their biggest problems! In fact, you should know them better than they know themselves - where they hang out, what they need, what their problems are, what they eat - you need to KNOW them!

Once you know your ideal client, you unlock the door of being able to serve them effectively. You’ll know how you can solve their problems. You know the answers to the questions they haven’t asked.

If you close your mouth and simply listen, they’ll tell you exactly how to best sell to them.

This week’s guest on the Success Unfiltered Podcast, Pat Helmers, jumped into a sales career after being laid off from his six-figure job.

He quickly learned that the key to getting a YES is knowing your ideal client. Once he figured that out, he learned that all he had to do was listen, and they’d tell him exactly how to sell to them.

When he did that, he began to hear YES a whole lot more!

Feeling discouraged by the word NO? Ready to learn what it takes to know your ideal client? This episode of Success Unfiltered is a MUST LISTEN!

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Here are a few key secrets we talked about in this episode:

  • Michelle introduces Pat Helmers.
  • The four-letter word “sale” is one of the best words because it makes your whole business tick!
  • Pat shares how he learned to ask the right questions.
  • He was laid off from a 6 figure job and moved to commission based sales as his only income.
  • He was told to “stop calling” people after they’d demoed his software - he was so desperate for a sale which actually hurt Pat!
  • Pat quickly learned to ask about sales cycles - he was pushing for sales in the wrong season.
  • You have to let sales breathe - meaning you have to ride the ebb and the flow of the sales cycle and relax.
  • Pat’s original focus in sales was on himself and making money - not on how he could best serve the customer. He came from a place of desperation rather than a place of service.
  • The business of sales is all about helping people. Not about convincing them; it’s all about serving them well and providing great products and services.
  • Sales have nothing to do with you - it’s all about your client.
  • If you care about someone, you ask questions and listen to their answers. You want to hear so that you can know how to help them! Salling works the same way.
  • Once you start asking questions, people will give you all the information you need to know to help them.
  • Make sure that you ask lots of questions of the people you will be potentially working with! Make sure you understand who the decision makers are.
  • Most of the time, you learn from the deals you lose. The deals you win aren’t that interesting - you learn from the ones you lose.
  • Every salesperson has to “come of age” and learn how to read their ideal client.
  • Sales can be FUN! It allows you the ability to be an artist, or to be the one who meets the needs of others. It’s an opportunity to push yourself.
  • It’s critical that you truly, deeply understand your ideal client, know challenges and desires, and know them better than they know themselves. Take the time to know, the answers will come out naturally.
  • You can’t learn while you’re talking. Listen. Listening is probably the most powerful thing that you can do in sales. Ask questions and listen empathetically. If you really listen, you’ll know how to help them - or help someone else help them.
  • Michelle asks Pat what he would tell his younger self.

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Resilience is KEY. In Business and In Life. Of course, it’s not always easy. Staying positive when you keep hearing NO, focusing on your dreams when the world is stacked against you...none of it is for the faint of heart. How do you keep your eye on the prize? Resilience. My FREE guide will show you 3 Steps To Building Rock-Solid Resilience In Business. Want to make your business dreams come true? Click HERE!

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