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  • What do you think each of these means? Secure, Safe and Confident – Guest wants to feel secure, safe and confident of staff have their personal welfare in mind Supported/Mothered Fathered Taken care of – Home away from Home, pampered Treated honestly and fairly no discrimination – even if they are paying a discounted rate, or coming with a gift voucher, or sales entertaining their guests etc. Empowered Informed and Given choice – Guest expects to be involved in decision making ie problem solving, would like to be kept informed and be given options Valued and Respected and Recognized – feels valued as a customer and money he is paying for services, recognition in terms of remembering names and attention to details Lastly feel like an individual and not number – Individual, personalized service and attention Once we understand the what guest wants from their overall experience now we can start breaking down the needs of the customer by each different experience during their stay And that’s where the Welcome Charter comes into picture
  • For example – if you have suggested the Roast beef, and the guest nods his head that is a buying signal
  • If we want to sell well we have to watch for the “silent signals”. Some of these signals are so quick that the guest may not even be aware that he or she has made them There are so many signals which are silent we will classify them into three areas – Head & face; hands & arms and body & legs
  • These may be Spoken signals (things they say) or Silent Signals (things they do) There are many signs that reveal how guests are feeling – these may be spoken or silent. When we make sales suggestions the customer’s reaction is often shown by their body language. If we want to be truly professional we have to watch these silent signals closely. Some of the signals are so quick that the guest is not even aware je/she made them. There are many signals that are used in body language – head&face, hand & arm, body & legs. It takes practice to pick up and interpret the signals of body language. However, it is a skill that is worth developing as it will help you to be more sensitive to all people not just your clients
  • This is a very clear signal – body language, words and tone all indicating a strong, negative reaction
  • Sometimes “no” means “persuade me” if the clients body language is relaxed he or she is probably open to suggestion. Watch for the clients who say “no” with their words while their body language says “yes” or “maybe”
  • The best way to overcome hesitation is to speak and act confidently. Guests will feel that you really know about the product so they will value your opinion
  • Remember, we do want salesmen here but we certainly do not want to be too pushy. Above all, selling is good service – if we don’t give good service then our guests won’t come back and buy from us next time
  • Checking satisfaction is important
  • The second phrases sound as though you are expecting bad news. The guest will feel you are forcing him to agree
  • Don’t be scared by an objection: as a professional you can handle it We will often face objections: Some customers may have tried our suggestion and didn’t like it, or they may have already made up their minds to have something else If a guest challenges your suggestion, answer confidently Some customers just say “no” to our recommendation – If the customer is unfriendly or disinterested then stop selling
  • Upselling methods

    1. 1. FRONT OFFICE UPSELLING
    2. 2. DEFINITION OF UP SELLING The use of certain words and phrases that will make the guest feel satisfied buying something he would not otherwise have bought Up selling is easy if we think of it as a way of helping out the guest and creating a satisfying solution to fulfill a need
    3. 3. CONTENTS OF THE PROGRAMIdentify sales opportunities Build rapport with guests Match guests’ needs with appropriate products Describe the advantages of every available room category and their benefits to guests Make recommendations clearly and confidently Track your upselling results
    4. 4. What should we keep in mind when we think of UP selling?
    5. 5. Business Leisure WHO ARE OUR GUESTS?
    6. 6. WHAT DO OUR GUESTS WANTS Valued Respected Recognised Secure Safe Confident Supported & Taken Care Of Treated Honestly & Fairly No Discrimination Empowered Informed Given Choice FEEL LIKE AN INDIVIDUAL
    7. 7. SELLING THE HOTEL Recognize when you have an opportunity to sell Listen to the guest’s needs Recommend the facilities and services Take the opportunity to sell a better service or product
    8. 8. OUTCOMES Increase guest satisfaction Increase the average room rate Increase conversions
    9. 9. UPSELLING TECHNIQUES
    10. 10. ALWAYS USE : Your Ears…. Eyes…. Mouth…. Heart…..
    11. 11. WHAT DO YOU USE EYES FOR? •Eye contact •Read body language (identify guests needs)
    12. 12. WHAT DO YOU USE YOUR EARS FOR? Listening to find out guests needs
    13. 13. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR MOUTH? •Smile - establish rapport •Speak / sell / describe / convince
    14. 14. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR HEART? • Care for the guest
    15. 15. HOW DO WE SELL AN EXPERIENCE TO A GUEST? • Show them the way to the location • Tell them what’s available • Describe the contents of the experience using Power Words
    16. 16. POWERFUL SELLING WORDS - Fully equipped - Elegant - Magnificent - Exclusive - Beautiful View - Superb - Genuine - Luxurious - Unique - Welcoming staff - Tempting - Irresistible - Exotic - Amazing
    17. 17. LEARNING HOW TO SELL BETTER Selling by suggesting Handling Objections Selling higher category room type Describing the suggested room type Positive buying signals/confirm the room type Dealing with “no”/offering alternatives Overcoming hesitation Checking satisfaction
    18. 18. SELLING BY SUGGESTING How does it help us if we give suggestions rather than waiting for the guest to make up his or her mind? It saves time It helps project a better image It increases the sale
    19. 19. When is the best time to make a suggestion? When you reconfirm the reservation and room type When the guest asks about the facilities, size of the room, view etc. When you are invited to
    20. 20. QUESTIONS A GUEST MAY ASK Why are you selling me? What are you selling me? What is the difference? "So what"? How much? "Because you are travelling with your family I suggest you try one of our junior suites … The difference is that you have separate living area Which means that your child will have plenty of space to play around in, and that when he sleeps you and your wife can relax and watch TV without disturbing him And it's only a supplement of USD…….
    21. 21. GROUP ACTIVITY- 4 MINUTES What is the difference between “Advantages” and “Benefits” in connection to “Up selling” ? (Group 1) Please list the advantages the guest may have if being up sold (Group 2) Please list the benefits the guest will enjoy if he takes the up sell
    22. 22. KEYS TO UNDERSTAND The Difference Between Advantages And Benefits Identify Guest Needs Screen The Needs Identify The Right Room Use The Advantages And Benefits To Influence The Sell Find The Selling Triggers Introducing Upselling
    23. 23. BUYING SIGNALS A buying signal is a reaction; something that the guest says or does which tells us how he feels about our suggestion What sort of reaction and signal do you get from a guest? Positive (interested – green light) Negative (Not interested – red light) Hesitate (Not sure – amber light)
    24. 24. POSITIVE SIGNALS Can you think of any signals that tell us that the guest has a positive reaction to our suggestion?
    25. 25. They could be Spoken Signals (things they say) or Silent Signals (things they do)
    26. 26. POSITIVE SIGNALS Spoken Signals – What sort of things do guests say that show a positive reaction? Asking a question Saying something good about the item Silent signals - Guests reactions are often shown in their body language Head & face Hands & arms Body & legs
    27. 27. NEGATIVE BUYING SIGNALS Body Signals like: Shaking Of Head, looking disinterested, turning away In addition to silent signals guests often simply say “no!”. There are three ways a guest can say “no” The unfriendly or definite “NO” The general “NO” The specific “NO”
    28. 28. UNFRIENDLY/DEFINITE NO How should we handle this type of guest? Let the guest decide for himself – don’t make any further suggestions unless he asks for some Give him space, move away until he is ready; avoid doing anything that might cause offence. Possibly advise other associates
    29. 29. GENERAL NO A general “NO” indicates a disinterest in the whole category of room types How should we handle a general “NO”? Sometimes “NO” means “Persuade me” if the clients body language is relaxed
    30. 30. PRICE OBJECTION “That sounds expensive” Empathize/agree/Explain why it is expensive Offer alternative which will satisfy guest’s requirement in a similar fashion
    31. 31. OVERCOMING HESITATION Use powerful & enthusiastic expressions:  It is luxurious  It is fully equipped  It is exclusive As a professional salesperson, you know your product. To overcome hesitation, show off your knowledge and your confidence
    32. 32. ENCOURAGE How do we encourage a guest to buy? Speak and act with confidence, give your personal guarantee
    33. 33. BODY LANGUAGE What sort of actions might let the guest see that we are getting impatient? Tapping or clicking our pens Looking around the room Checking our watch Moving too close to the guest Tapping our foot Fidgeting
    34. 34. CHECKING SATISFACTION What are some of the advantages to checking satisfaction? Show we care Professional image If something is missing we can rectify without delay If there is a problem we deal with it quickly and quietly There is a chance to sell something else
    35. 35. TIMING When is the best time to check on satisfaction? Soon – 5 to 10 minutes after guest reaches the room During the show around
    36. 36. TIMING Why check so soon? • If there is a problem, the longer we leave it the more upset the guest is going to be.
    37. 37. WHAT NOT TO SAY Is everything ok? Any problems Any Complaints Was that good? Is it delicious?
    38. 38. HANDLING GUESTS REACTIONS What to do if the guest is happy? •Thank the guest, smile •Give your name and ask guest to contact you should they need any further assistance What to do if the guest is unhappy? •Apologize •Find out why •Act to fix the problem and/or refer to the supervisor •Possibly warn the other service staff
    39. 39. THE LEARNING LOOP Recognize skills Benchmark Yourself Measure Results Practice On the job Plan Improve -ment Improving your Performance Self-development process
    40. 40. QUESTIONS?
    41. 41. SUMMARY Don’t worry if a guest says “no” to your suggestion Not all your suggestions will be accepted, and that is ok – don’t take it personally. Guests say “no” because they don’t want your suggestion, not because they don’t like you Even guests who do say “no” will appreciate your efforts to be helpful and professional
    42. 42. SUMMARY Don’t be scared or bothered by objections. The main thing is to handle the objections with confidence. If a customer challenges your suggestion, be ready to answer back with confidence. If you are selling something, be prepared to say WHY you suggested it Often a customer will buy our suggestion even after giving an objection. Just like us we sometimes say “It’s expensive
    43. 43. HANDLING OBJECTIONS Don’t be scared by an objection We will often face objections Guests will challenge you Some customers just say “no” to our recommendations
    44. 44. ALREADY DECIDED Some guests have already decided what they want: when we attempt to sell something else they say “No I would rather have…” Reinforce the guest’s choice Eg. If the guest has chosen Club Room, say: Good choice Mr/Mrs Smith, the Room has a fantastic view
    45. 45. REMEMBER You first have to care for the guest, he / she must feel that your priority is his / her comfort and delight Repeat customers are vital to the business, sell the product the guest wants, not what you want to sell. Excellent service = Excellent sales
    46. 46. THANK YOU

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