Trade Tips: How to Sell a Great Idea in 5 Steps By Nicole Hayes
Have a great idea? PR professionals are in the constant business of sellingideas on behalf of our clients.
We pitch ideas to producers, reporters, constituents andstakeholders and hope they will buy- in.
Geoffrey James, a journalist andauthor of Inc.coms "Sales Source" column offers these five steps to present and sell your great idea.
1. Have Prior Credibility• People who know your proven track record will at least give your pitch more attention than if you had no past credibility at all.• You should be authentic and competent in all matters concerning your idea.
2. Have The Next Big Thing• Buying is an emotional act. People are excited when an idea appeals to their gut and senses.• Your winning idea may solve their problem or help the buyer feel like theyre investing in something that could change the world.
3. Adapt Your Message to Your Audience• If you are tone-deaf about what is important and requested by your audience, you have missed the boat.• Decision-makers view ideas from their perspective only—not yours.
4. Anticipate and Address Objections to Your Idea• For some people, if you tap into their emotional side of how your idea can benefit them, youve nearly won.• However, their mind will instantly begin calculating the risks involved.• Be prepared to address these potential objections head-on.
5. Get Agreement and Move to Greenlight• Place the ball in the buyers court by asking, "When do we start?"• Ensure they have clarity and youve managed expectations, then deliver on what youve promised.• Dont change or weaken the elements of your message in hopes to obtain one buyer. Stay true to your message and the right person will buy.
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