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  1. 1. TheDISCstylesSales Report Personalized Report For: J Shad Focus: Work 07/10/2008
  2. 2. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Table of ContentsIntroduction to the DISCstyles Sales Report ................................................................................. 3PART IUNDERSTANDING YOURSELF Your Graphs....................................................................................................................... 6 Your Behavioral Style Overview....................................................................................... 7 Strengths and Struggles...................................................................................................... 9 What You Need................................................................................................................ 10 What Motivates Your Style ............................................................................................. 11 Work Preferences for Your Style..................................................................................... 12 Communication Tips for Others ...................................................................................... 13 Summary of Your Style .................................................................................................. 14PART IIAPPLICATION OF DISC STYLES Application, Application, Application............................................................................. 15 The Four Basic DISCstyles Overview Chart ................................................................... 16 How To Identify Another Person’s Behavioral Style ..................................................... 17 What is Behavioral Adaptability?.................................................................................... 20 How to Modify Your Directness and Openness .............................................................. 21 Tension Among the Styles ............................................................................................... 22 Action Plans With All Four Styles................................................................................... 25 Building And Maintaining Rapport Throughout The Selling Cycle ............................... 26 Phase 1: Building Rapport During Initial Contatct.......................................................... 28 Phase 2: Maintaining Rapport in the Exploring Stage..................................................... 29 Phase 3: Maintaining Rapport in the Collaborating Stage............................................... 30 Phase 4: Maintaining Rapport in the Confirming Stage .................................................. 31 Phase 5: Maintaining Rapport in the Assuring Stage ...................................................... 32 Summary of Selling Each IDSC Style in Each Phase of the Sales Process..................... 33 Taking Ownership Of Your Destiny................................................................................ 34Disclaimer .................................................................................................................................... 35Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 2 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  3. 3. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Introduction to the DISCstyles Sales Report™Congratulations on your decision to take the DISCstyles Sales Assessment™. Mastering the salesadaptability techniques outlined in this report may be one of the most important sales skills youever learn.Many of us grew up believing the wisdom of treating prospects the way you would like to betreated: the Golden Rule. We soon realized that another practical rule to sell by seemed to be whatDr. Tony Alessandra calls The Platinum Rule®: Treat others the way they want to be treated.Here is the most valuable feature of this report: Although the first part of this report focuses onyour behavioral style, the true value is contained in the second section called “Application.” Salesmastery of The Platinum Rule only consists of three simple steps: 1) Know your naturalbehavioral tendencies, 2) Pick up on your customer’s observable behaviors while selling, and 3)Adapt your selling style to fit the customer’s buying style. That’s it!Now, here’s the “Aha!” moment for you: You don’t even need to understand your own style to beable to read another person and adapt to their buying style!This report is every bit as much prescriptive (remedies for connecting with others… today!) as itis descriptive (getting you to understand your own DISC behavioral style).Has your sales process ever succeeded with one person, then “bombed out” with the very nextprospect? We all have experienced this and shrugged it off thinking, “That’s just the way it is.”However, things do not have to be that way. Nearly every sales interaction with each prospect canbe a success - if you know how to make it happen!If you are interested in improving your sales results—immediately—we recommend that you startreading the section on “Application” first, practice the proven techniques, then return to this reportand read the first section about the strengths and weaknesses of your behavioral style. Your abilityto recognize the “style mode” being displayed by another person, and making small adaptations inthe pace and focus of the conversation is the quickest, surest path to sales mastery!BEHAVIORAL STYLESHistorical as well as contemporary research reveals more than a dozen various models of ourbehavioral differences, but many share one common thread: the grouping of behavior into fourbasic categories. Our DISC Sales Assessment Report focuses on patterns of external, observablebehaviors using scales of directness and openness that each style exhibits (see pages 16-18,especially the “whole picture” graph on page 18). Because we can see and hear these externalbehaviors, it becomes much easier to “read” people. This model is simple, practical, easy toremember and use. See pages 24-28 of this report for a summary of each of the styles.HOW TO USE THIS REPORTBegin today. First, read the entire report. It is divided into two parts. The first part focuses onunderstanding your style characteristics in many environments - at work, socially, under stress,etc. - and offers strategies for increasing your personal effectiveness. Please note that there is no“best” style. Each style has its unique strengths and opportunities for continuing improvement andCopyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 3 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  4. 4. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Stylegrowth. Any behavioral descriptions mentioned in this report are only tendencies for your stylegroup and may or may not specifically apply to you personally.Part II offers action plans for you and others who interact with you. We recommend that youshare these action plans with others to greatly enhance each of those relationships.ADAPTABILITYIn addition to understanding your behavioral style, the report will identify ways that you can applyyour style strengths or modify your style weaknesses in order to meet the needs of a particularsituation, prospect or customer. This is called adaptability. Through your successful and lesssuccessful interactions with others, and your values, you may have already learned to modify andadapt some of your behavioral tendencies. Social scientists call it “social intelligence.”There has been a lot written lately on how your social intelligence is just as important as yourIntelligence Quotient (IQ) in being successful in today’s world. In some cases, social intelligenceis even more important than IQ.It makes sense when you think about it. Often, when we do what comes naturally to us, wealienate others without realizing it because that same behavior may not be natural for them. It isessential that we become aware of our natural tendencies - and their natural preferences! Then wecan defuse extreme behaviors before we sabotage ourselves. We do this by quickly identifying theindividual needs of others based on the behavioral signals they will send to us, and then adaptingour own behavior to make them feel comfortable. Your ideas do not change, but you can changethe way you present those ideas. Moreover, the best part of it is - people will teach you how totreat them… if you know how to read the signals their behavioral styles will send you!Adaptability is the key to building all successful business relationships. Adaptable people realizethere is a difference between their self (who they are) and their behavior (how they choose to act).They consciously decide whether and how to respond to a person, a situation, or an event.You should commit to learn to be more adaptable; your selling success depends on it. When youunderstand each of the four styles, how to recognize when others are operating in these modes, andhow to adapt to them in key ways, you can have command of almost any interpersonal situation.HOW TO READ AND INTERPRET YOUR GRAPHS I, IIYour Pattern, on page 6 of this report, is indicated by the highest plotting point(s) above themidline (Segments 4-6). It’s indicated by a capital letter in the pattern description. A person mayhave more than one plot point above the midline. If this is the case, and the second (or third) plotpoint is of a lesser intensity, it’s indicated by a lowercase letter in the pattern description. It’soften referred to as a secondary style. Some people may or may not have secondary styles. Thepattern numbers represent your segment numbers in DISC order.Graph I is the Adapting Style Pattern. It’s a self-perception of the behavioral tendencies youthink you should use in your selected focus (work, social or family). This graph may change indifferent environments. For example, if you responded to the assessment with a work focus, yourAdapting Style Pattern may be different than if you responded with a family focus as a parent.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 4 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  5. 5. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D StyleGraph II is a self-perception of the “real you” – one’s Natural Style Pattern. These are alsobehaviors you are most likely to exhibit when in stressful and frustrating situations. This graphtends to be fairly consistent even in different environments.If Graphs I and II are similar, it means that you tend to use your same natural behaviors in thefocus you selected. If your Adapting Style (Graph I) is different from your Natural Style (GraphII), this may cause stress, if done over a long period of time. You are then using behaviors that arenot as comfortable or natural for you.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 5 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  6. 6. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style eGraphs for J ShadYour Adapting Style indicates you tend to use the behavioral traits of the D style(s) in your selected Work focus.Your Natural Style indicates that you naturally tend to use the behavioral traits of the D style(s). Adapting Style Natural Style Graph I Graph II Pattern: D (6112) Pattern: D (6233) Focus: Work Graph I is your Adapting Style. It is your perception of the behavioral tendencies you think you should use in your selected focus (work, social or family). This graph may change in different environments. Graph II is your perception of the real you - your Natural Style. These are also behaviors you are most likely to exhibit when in stressful situations. This graph tends to be fairly consistent even in different environments. If Graphs I and II are similar, it means that you tend to use your same natural behaviors in that environment. If your Adapting Style is different from your Natural Style, this may cause stress if done over a long period of time. You are then using behaviors that are not as comfortable or natural for you. Your Style is indicated by your highest plotting point(s) above the midline (Segments 4-6). Capital letters indicate your primary behavioral style(s) and lowercase letters indicate your secondary style(s). Some people may or may not have secondary styles. The numbers represent your segment numbers in DISC order. Please refer to How to Read and Interpret Your eGraphs from the eGraph section of your Home Page. Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 6 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  7. 7. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Your Behavioral Style OverviewThe narration below serves as a general overview of your behavioral tendencies. It sets the stagefor the rest of this report, and provides a framework for understanding and reflecting on yourresults. Weve occasionally provided some coaching ideas so that you can leverage your strengthswhenever possible to maximize your selling success.You have many ideas and opinions of your own and high confidence in those ideas.You show a wide variety of interests in many areas.You are a strong self-starter who shows a high sense of urgency to get things done� now.You tend to rely more heavily on your own evaluations and decisions than on others evaluations.You love challenges and competition.You set high goals for yourself and others, and expect both to meet those goals.You are a strong individualist who likes to make your own path, and to be recognized for such.You are an excellent problem solvers. You can think quickly on your feet to solve a variety of issues.© 2003 Use by Alessandra & Associates, Inc. permitted under license agreement. All rights reserved. Page 7 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  8. 8. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Strengths and StrugglesYou are likely to display your strength characteristics rather consistently. For the most part, thesequalities tend to enhance your sales effectiveness. Additionally, you might increase youreffectiveness by avoiding an overextension of your strengths. An overextension of any strengthoften becomes a weakness. For example, a High D’s directness may initially be a strength forcold calling and achieving goals, but when overextended may be viewed by prospects asimpatience and/or pushiness.Check the two most important strengths and two areas you are committed to improve upon andtransfer to the Summary of Your Style on page 14.Your Strengths: A competitive player on the job and off. Rapid problem-solver. You ask questions that challenge tradition. A strong self-starter, who doesnt wait for things to happen. Motivated to challenge yourself and others. High sense of urgency to get things done. You bring innovative ideas and solutions.Potential Areas for Improvement: Can be a selective listener, hearing only what you want to hear. May become verbally impatient when things dont go as expected. May frequently be argumentative when in disagreement. May become impatient if not the hub of a project or event. Want control, so you may hesitate to delegate tasks to others. Demanding attitude may alienate others who dont share the high ego drives.© 2003 Use by Alessandra & Associates, Inc. permitted under license agreement. All rights reserved. Page 8 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  9. 9. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style What You NeedOur behaviors are driven by our needs. Each style reflects different needs. If one person isstressed out, they may need quiet time alone; another may need social time to recharge theirbatteries. Each is different and simply meeting their needs. The more fully our needs are met, theeasier it is to perform at an optimal level.Check two of your most important needs and transfer to the Summary of Your Style on page 14.People With Patterns Like You Tend to Need: To be reminded to pace yourself, and occasionally slow down to relax and rebalance. The High D nature may keep intensity at a high level most of the time. You may need to check that the intensity isnt over-used in less urgent situations. Straight-forward, direct communication. To know the results that are expected of you, and to be judged on the results rather than the methods used to achieve the results. A pro-active confrontation when someone disagrees with your methods or ideas. That is, dont sow seeds of discontent behind your back. To delegate routine or detailed tasks after you have mastered them to increase efficiency. To be involved and active in making things happen so as not to become bored with massive amounts of routine work. May need to soften your approach a bit, and take it down a notch so as not to be so blunt and critical at times. An understanding of the empowerment boundaries will prevent overstepping your authority.© 2003 Use by Alessandra & Associates, Inc. permitted under license agreement. All rights reserved. Page 9 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  10. 10. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style What Motivates Your StyleEverybody is motivated…however; they are motivated for their own reasons, not somebody else’sreasons. By understanding your motivations, you can create an environment where you are mostlikely to be self-motivated.Check the two most important motivators and environmental factors and transfer to the Summaryof Your Style on page 14.You Tend to Be Motivated By: Independence to be able to act on ideas and to express creativity in solving problems. Authority equal to your responsibility. Opportunity for advancement and career expansion. Opportunities to express your ideas and opinions. Control over your own destiny and career path. A change-oriented work culture. A variety of experiences and new challenges.You Tend to Be Most Effective In Selling Environments That Provide: Many experiences and some occasional unexpected surprises or problems. A cutting-edge, innovative, entrepreneurial atmosphere with lots of latitude to express your ideas. Wide sphere of influence and responsibility. Multi-threaded, and multi-tasking operations and activities. Few, if any controls or limitations on your authority. Removal from routine or repetitive work. Freedom from details and minutia.© 2003 Use by Alessandra & Associates, Inc. permitted under license agreement. All rights reserved. Page 10 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  11. 11. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Work Preferences for Your StyleWork Style Preferences provide useful insights as you work in a job or as you work together on ateam or family project.Check the two most important factors and transfer to the Summary of Your Style on page 14.Your Work Style Tendencies: A very resourceful individual, you can adapt to many different environments quickly. You tend to rely more heavily on your own evaluations and decisions than on others evaluations. You show interest in many areas of the organization. Very self-reliant. You want to find your own solutions. Not easily influenced by the group, or the constraints of organizational protocol. You like to generate new ideas and have others work on the details of the project. You set an image of high goals for yourself and others. You are motivated by change and new challenges, and may become bored when the pace slows or the challenge has been conquered. You want to be perceived as one who loves challenges, competition, and difficult assignments.© 2003 Use by Alessandra & Associates, Inc. permitted under license agreement. All rights reserved. Page 11 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  12. 12. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Communication Tips for OthersThe following suggestions will help your sales manager, co-workers, support team and/or anyonethat interacts with you understand your communication preferences. To use this informationeffectively, share it with others and also discuss their preferences (and then adapt to their needs).Check the two most important ideas when others communicate with you and transfer to theSummary of Your Style on page 14.When Communicating with J, You Should: When agreeing, support the ideas and potential results, not the person. Be clear in your explanations. Stay on track. Dont talk about other issues or items. Do your homework and be prepared with goals, objectives, support materials, etc., but dont plan on using all of them. Have the material with you as support. When disagreeing, take issue with the methods or procedures, not with the person. Offer specific evidence about the probability of success or effectiveness of some of the options. Present your items in a logical way. Be specific about whats needed to be done, and who is going to do it. Stick to business matters only.© 2003 Use by Alessandra & Associates, Inc. permitted under license agreement. All rights reserved. Page 12 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  13. 13. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Summary of J Shad’s StyleEffective communication is a two-way process. Encourage others to complete their own DISCstylesSales Assessment and then share the Summary Sheet with each other. By discussing preferences,needs and wants of the people you work with, socialize with and live with, you can enhance theserelationships and turn what might have been a stressful relationship into a more effective one just byunderstanding and applying the DISCstyles information.YOUR STRENGTHS from page 91.2.AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT from page 101.2.MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES (Your Needs) from page 101.2.YOUR MOTIVATORS from page 111.2.YOUR MOST EFFECTIVE ENVIRONMENT from page 111.2.YOUR WORK STYLE PREFERENCES from page 121.2.COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR OTHERS from page 131.2.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 13 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  14. 14. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Application, Application, ApplicationUnderstanding your own behavioral style is just the first step to enhancing relationships. All theknowledge in the world doesn’t mean much if you don’t know how to apply it in real lifesituations. That’s what the rest of this report is all about.To really begin to use the power of behavioral styles, you also need to know how to apply theinformation to people and situations. Remember, people want to be treated according to theirbehavioral style, not yours!This application section includes: The Four Basic DISCstyles Overview How To Identify Another Person’s Behavioral Style What is Behavioral Adaptability How to Modify Your Style Tension Among The Styles Action Plans How To Adapt To The Different Behavioral StylesThis section will help you understand how to be more effective in relationships and situations.Good relationships can get better and challenging relationships may become good.After reviewing the information, select a relationship in which things have not gone as smoothlyas you would like. Make a commitment to at least take the time to gain an understanding of theother person’s behavioral style and take a few steps to adapt your behavior to improve therelationship. Here’s how to do it:1. Identify the behavioral style of the other person using the How to Identify Another Person’s Behavioral Style section. You can read about their style in The Four Basic DISCstyles Overview. The section on What Is Behavioral Adaptability gives you an in-depth insight into what adaptability is, what it is not, and why it’s so important to all your interpersonal relationships.2. Once you know their style and preferences for directness and/or openness, you can use the How to Modify Your Directness and Openness section to adjust these areas when relating to this person. You will be amazed at the difference.3. To further understand the tension that may exist in the relationship, you can refer to the Tension Among the Styles section and complete the Tension Among the Styles Worksheet. Being aware of the differences in preference in pace and priority, and modifying accordingly, can make a big difference in those tension-filled relationships.4. The Action Plans With All Four Styles section will give you a summary of needs and suggested actions to meet those needs.5. And finally, the last section, How to Adapt to the Different Behavioral Styles, will give you suggestions when dealing with each of the four basic styles.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 14 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  15. 15. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style The Four Basic DISCstyles Overview Below is a chart to help you understand some of the characteristics of each of the four basic DISC styles, so you can interact with each style more effectively. Keep in mind that it is imperative for you to be sensitive to the fact that all four styles reside within everyone, and to adapt to the “mode” that the other person is operating in at any point in time. Adapting to their observable mode is the best strategy for maintaining rapport and raising levels of trust during the buying/selling process. D I S C PACE Fast/Decisive Fast/Spontaneous Slower/Relaxed Slower/Systematic PRIORITY Goal People Relationship Task SEEKS Productivity Participation Acceptance Accuracy Control Applause Harmony Precision STRENGTHS Administration Persuading Listening Planning Leadership Motivating Teamwork Systematizing Pioneering Entertaining Follow-through Orchestration GROWTH Impatience Inattentiveness Oversensitive Perfectionists AREAS Insensitivity Attentiveness Starting quicker Critical Listening Follow-through Seeing big picture Unresponsive FEARS Being taken Loss of Social Sudden changes Personal criticism of advantage of recognition Instability their work efforts IRRITATIONS Inefficiency Routines Insensitivity Disorganization Indecision Complexity Impatience ImproprietyUNDER STRESS Dictatorial Sarcastic Submissive Withdrawn MAY BECOME Critical Superficial Indecisive Headstrong GAINS Control Playfulness Friendship, Preparation SECURITY Leadership Others’ approval Cooperation Thoroughness THROUGH MEASURES Impact or results Applause Compatibility Accuracy PERSONAL Track record Compliments Contribution Quality of results WORTH BY WORKPLACE Efficient Interacting Friendly Formal Busy Busy Functional Functional Structured Personal Personal Structured Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 15 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  16. 16. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style How to Identify Another Person’s Behavioral Style Mode How do you quickly and accurately identify each of the four behavioral styles in order to practice adaptability? You do this by focusing on two areas of behavior – directness and openness. So, to quickly identify the operating mode of other people ask these two questions: 1. Are they behaving more direct and fast-paced or indirect and slower-paced? 2. Do the currently appear to be more guarded and task-focused or open and people/relationship-oriented? Directness DIRECT FASTER-PACED D I C S INDIRECT SLOWER-PACEDDirect/Faster-Paced People (D and I Styles above the horizontal line) Direct Behaviors Frequently uses gestures and voice intonation to emphasize points DIRECT Less patient; more competitive FASTER-PACED Often makes emphatic statements Sustained eye contact Frequent contributor in groups D I Firm handshake Expresses opinions readily More likely to introduce self to others Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 16 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  17. 17. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D StyleIndirect/Slower-Paced People (S and C Styles below the horizontal line) Indirect Behaviors Infrequent use of gestures and voice intonation to emphasize points More patient and cooperative Often makes qualified statements C S Gentle handshake INDIRECT Infrequent contributor in groups SLOWER-PACED More likely to wait for others to introduce themselves Reserves expression of opinionsOpenness GUARDED/ D I OPEN/ TASK-ORIENTED PEOPLE-ORIENTED C SOpen/People-Oriented People (I and S Styles right of the vertical line) Open Behaviors Shows feelings and enthusiasm freely More relaxed and warm Emphasizes main ideas Goes with the flow I Conversation includes digressions OPEN/ PEOPLE-ORIENTED Opinion-oriented Animated facial expressions S Easy to get to know in business Friendly handshake Initiates/accepts physical contactCopyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 17 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  18. 18. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D StyleGuarded/Task-Oriented People (D and C Styles left of the vertical line) Guarded Behaviors Keeps feelings private Limited range of facial expressions More formal and proper GUARDED/ D Avoids/minimizes physical contact TASK-ORIENTED Goes with the agenda Speaks in specifics; cites facts and C examples Formal handshake Conversation stays on subjectThe Whole Picture DIRECT FASTER-PACED GUARDED/ D I OPEN/ TASK-ORIENTED PEOPLE-ORIENTED C S INDIRECT SLOWER-PACEDWhen you combine both scales, you create each of the four different behavioral styles.Individuals who exhibit guarded and direct behaviors are Dominant Styles; direct and openbehaviors are Interactive Styles; open and indirect behaviors are Steady Styles; and indirect andguarded behaviors are Compliant Styles.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 18 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  19. 19. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style What is Behavioral Adaptability?Adaptability is your willingness and ability to adjust your approach or strategy based on theparticular needs of the situation or relationship at a particular time. It’s something applied more toyourself (to your patterns, attitudes and habits) than to others.No one style is naturally more adaptable than another. For any situation, the strategic adjustmentsthat each style needs to make will vary. The decision to employ specific adaptability techniques ismade on a case-by-case basis: you can choose to be adaptable with one person, and not so withothers. You can choose to be quite adaptable with one person today and less adaptable with thatsame individual tomorrow. Adaptability concerns the way you manage your own behaviors.You practice adaptability each time you slow down for a C or S Style; or when you move a bitfaster for the D or I Styles. It occurs when the D or C Styles take the time to build the relationshipwith an S or I Style; or when the I or S styles focus on facts or get right to the point with D or Cstyles. It means adjusting your own behavior to make other people feel more at ease with you andthe situationAdaptability does not mean “imitation” of the other person’s style. It does mean adjusting youropenness, directness, pace, and priority in the direction of the other person’s preference; whilemaintaining your own identity.Adaptability is important to all successful relationships. People often adopt a different style intheir professional lives than they do in their social and personal lives. We tend to be moreadaptable at work with people we know less; and we tend to be less adaptable at home and withpeople we know better.Adaptability at its extreme could make you appear wishy-washy and two-faced. A person whomaintains high adaptability in all situations may not be able to avoid stress and inefficiency.There is also the danger of developing tension from the stress of behaving in a “foreign” style.Usually, this is temporary and may be worth it if you gain rapport with others. At the other end ofthe continuum, no adaptability would cause others to view someone as rigid and uncompromisingbecause they insist on behaving according to their own natural pace and priority.Effectively adaptable people meet other people’s needs and their own. Through practice, they areable to achieve a balance: strategically managing their adaptability by recognizing when a modestcompromise is appropriate, or, when the nature of the situation calls for them to totally adapt tothe other person’s behavioral style, they do so. Adaptable people know how to negotiaterelationships in a way that allows everyone to win. They are tactful, reasonable, understanding,and non-judgmental.Your adaptability level influences how others judge their relationship with you. Raise youradaptability level and trust and credibility go up; lower your adaptability level and trust andcredibility go down. Adaptability enables you to interact more productively with difficult peopleand helps you to avoid or manage tense situations. With adaptability you can treat the otherpeople the way they want to be treated.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 19 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  20. 20. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style How to Modify Your Directness and OpennessIn some interpersonal situations, you will only be able to identify another person’s directness oropenness, but not both. In these situations, you need to know how to practice adaptability, onebehavioral dimension at a time. With that in mind, let’s look at what you can do to modify YOURlevel of Directness or Openness before looking at specific guidelines for being more adaptablewith each of the four styles.TO INCREASE DIRECTNESS TO DECREASE DIRECTNESS Speak and move at a faster pace Talk, walk and decide more slowly Initiate conversation and decisions Seek & acknowledge others’ opinions Give recommendations Share decision-making & leadership Use direct statements rather than Lessen your energy level; be more roundabout questions mellow Use a strong, confident voice Do not interrupt Challenge and tactfully disagree, when When talking, provide pauses to give appropriate others a chance to speak Face conflict openly, but don’t conflict Refrain from criticizing, challenging, or with the person acting pushy Increase your eye contact When disagreeing, choose words carefullyTO INCREASE OPENNESS TO DECREASE OPENNESS Share feelings; show more emotion Get right to the task-- the bottom line Respond to the expression of others’ Maintain more of a logical, factual feelings orientation Pay personal compliments Keep to the agenda Take time to develop the relationship Do not waste the other person’s time Use friendly language Do not initiate physical contact Communicate more; loosen up and stand Downplay your enthusiasm and body closer movement Be willing to digress from the agenda Use businesslike languageCopyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 20 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  21. 21. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Tension Among the StylesEach style has a unique set of priorities as to whether the relationship or the task aspect of a situationis more important; and each has its own pace in terms of the pace in which things should be done.The Tension Among the Styles Model on the next page relates pace and priority characteristics tobehavioral styles. Refer to this model while reading this section.Notice that the Dominant Style (D) and Interactive Style (I) tend to prefer a faster pace; the SteadyStyle (S) and Compliant Style (C) both tend to prefer a slower pace. These style combinations willget along well as far as pace is concerned, but watch out for their priorities!Take a relationship with a Dominant Style and an Interactive Style (D-I). Both are relatively fast-paced behavioral types. Yet the Interactive Style places more emphasis on people than on tasks,while the Dominant Style tends to pursue goals with less concern for relationships or feelings.Some degree of tension is likely to result in their interaction due to their difference in priority.Where priorities are concerned, the Interactive Style does better with the Steady Style. These twowill still be getting to know each other while the Compliant Style and the Dominant Style areheadlong into the task. However, without some awareness and accommodation for their differencesin pace, tension may build as well in the Interactive-Steady interaction when these two finally do getaround to the tasks at hand. The Interactive Style usually wants it yesterday, whereas the SteadyStyle wants to take a slower and steady approach.Consider the goal/task-oriented team of the Dominant Style and Compliant Style (D-C), anotherexample of pace-based tension. The faster-paced Dominant Style likes to make quick decisions. Theslower-paced Compliant Style gets uptight when having to make decisions without an opportunity toanalyze fully all the alternatives.When dissimilar pairings occur, as they often do in many business and social encounters, one or theother of the individuals must make adjustments in his style to avoid increasing tension in the otherperson. This does not mean you must sacrifice your personality or become something you are not.Ideally, both people would demonstrate some adaptability and move part of the way. Depending onthe circumstances however, only one of the individuals may recognize the potential problem, or besufficiently motivated to do something about it.When interactions join styles that differ in both their pace and priority preferences (a diagonalrelationship on the model graphic), things really get interesting! Here the probability of relationshiptension is even greater. This occurs in the Dominant Style and Steady Style relationship, as well asin the Interactive Style and Compliant Style relationship.Take the case of the Dominant Style and Steady Style interaction: the Dominant Style (D) should try toshow some concern for people rather than appearing to treat them only as a resource toward goalaccomplishment. The Steady Style (S) should try to show more concern for task completion, even if itmeans putting the personal relationships aside temporarily. Both individuals should also attemptadjustments in pace and perhaps, meet in the middle with a moderate pace.The same applies to the Interactive Style and the Compliant Style (I-C) relationship. Adjustmentsshould be made in both pace and priority.The key to managing tension is to know when to expect pace and priority problems, and have astrategy to prevent or deal with these differences.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 21 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  22. 22. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Tension Among the Styles Model Faster-PacedDOMINANT Priority Problems INTERACTIVE (D) (I) Pace Problems Pace Problems Pace and Goal/ People/ Task Relationships Priority ProblemsCOMPLIANT Priority Problems STEADY (C) (S) Slower-Paced Pace Problems Priority Problems Pace and Priority ProblemsCopyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 22 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  23. 23. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Tension Among the Styles WorksheetEverybody has a few tension-filled relationships. You can have the highest regard and/or lovingfeelings toward the person; but still, it seems no matter what you do, your interactions are usuallystressful. If this is behavior related, applying The Platinum Rule - Treat others the way theywant to be treated – may be helpful. Complete this worksheet to gain insights on how to improvethe relationship. If you feel comfortable, you may discuss with the other person things you can doto ease the tension.First, refer to the section on How to Identify Another Person’s Style and determine their primarybehavioral style. Then refer to the Tension Model to identify their pace and priority preferences.Next, see which preferences are different than yours and note the strategy you will take to modifyyour behavior. If both preferences are the same as yours, then determine where you will allowtheir needs be placed above yours. For example, if you are a High I with fast-pace and people-oriented preferences and the other person is as well, you might let them have the center stage intimes when it is not as important for you. A little give and take will go a long way.YOUR INFORMATION SAMPLE RELATIONSHIPMY STYLE: C Name: John Doe Style: High IPace: Slower Paced Pace: Faster-PacedPriority: Goal/Task Oriented Priority: People Oriented Difference: Pace and Priority Strategy: Be more personable, social, upbeat and faster paced with JohnRELATIONSHIP 1 RELATIONSHIP 2Name: Style: Name: Style:Pace: Pace:Priority: Priority:Difference: Difference:Strategy: Strategy:Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 23 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  24. 24. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Action Plans With All Four Styles… DOMINANT STYLE (High D Mode) INTERACTIVE STYLE (High I Mode)Characteristics: So You… Characteristics: So You… Concerned with approval − Show them that you admire and likeConcerned with being #1 − Show them how to win, new and appearances them opportunities Seek enthusiastic people − Behave optimistically and provideThink logically − Display reasoning and situations upbeat settingWant facts and highlights − Provide concise data Think emotionally − Support their feelings when possibleStrive for results − Agree on goal and boundaries, then Want to know the general − Avoid involved details, focus on the support or get out of their way expectations “big picture”Like personal choices − Allow them to “do their thing,” within Need involvement and − Interact and participate with them limits people contactLike Changes − Vary routine Like changes and − Vary the routine; avoid requiring long- innovations term repetition by themPrefer to delegate − Look for opportunities to modify their work-load focus Want others to notice THEM − Compliment them personally and oftenWant others to notice − Compliment them on what they’ve Often need help getting − Do it togetheraccomplishments done organizedNeed to be in charge − Let them take the lead, when Look for action and − Keep up a fast, lively, pace appropriate, but give them stimulation parameters Surround themselves with − Support their ideas and don’t pokeTendency towards conflict − If necessary, argue with conviction on optimism” holes in their dreams; show them your points of disagreement, backed up positive side with facts; don’t argue on a “personality” basis Want feedback that they − Mention their accomplishments, progress “look good” and your other genuine appreciation COMPLIANT STYLE (High C Mode) STEADY STYLE (High S Mode)Characteristics: So You… Characteristics: So You…Concerned with − Approach them in an indirect, non- Concerned with stability − Show how your idea minimizes riskaggressive approaches threatening way Think logically − Show reasoningThink logically − Show reasoning Want documentation and − Provide data and proofSeek data − Give it to them in writing factsNeed to know the process − Provide explanations and rationale Like personal involvement − Demonstrate your interest in themUtilize caution − Allow them to think, inquire and check Need to know step-by-step − Provide outline and/or one-two-three before they make decisions sequence instructions as you personally “walk them through”Prefer to do things − When delegating, let them checkthemselves before they make decisions Want others to notice their − Compliment for their steady follow- patient perseverance throughPrefer to do things − When delegating, let them check onthemselves others’ progress and performance Avoid risks and changes − Give them personal assurancesWant others to notice their − Compliment them on their thoroughness Dislike conflict − Act non-aggressively, focus on commonaccuracy and correctness when appropriate interest or needed supportGravitate toward quality − Let them assess and be involved in Accommodate others − Allow them to provide service or supportcontrol the process when possible for othersAvoid conflict − Tactfully ask for clarification and Look for calmness and − Provide relaxing, friendly atmosphere assistance you may need peaceNeed to be right − Allow them time to find the best or Enjoy teamwork − Provide them with a cooperative group “correct” answer, within available limits Want sincere feedback that − Acknowledge their easygoing mannerLike to contemplate − Tell them “why” and “how” they’re appreciated and helpful efforts, when appropriate Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 24 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  25. 25. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style BUILDING AND MAINTAINING RAPPORT THROUGHOUT THE SELLING CYCLE There are five definable stages to most every buying cycle. Successfully guiding prospectsthrough each phase will lead to positive outcomes for both of you. 1. Connecting: Understanding DISC styles will have an impact on the impression you make in the first few minutes of a meeting. In that short, precious time, you make or break the sale. In that time, your prospect sizes you up and determines if you are the type of person he or she would like to do business with. The purpose of making contact with your prospect is to begin opening up lines of communication. Great listeners make the best salespeople… period. Master the skill of effective listening and every other aspect of your relationships will improve. 2. Exploring: The purpose of Exploring is to get an accurate picture of the customer’s needs and what it will take to provide an effective solution. To do so, you need to listen to what the customer says as well as know how to ask the right questions to get the information you need. Asking intelligent questions is a critical sales skill. It does not require asking many questions - just the right ones. Asking questions is similar to painting a picture. You start with a blank canvas and begin to fill in the background and rough in the picture with broad-brush strokes. Then you fill in the details using finer and finer strokes. 3. Collaborating: During this phase, you and your prospect collaborate to find a solution that meets the prospect’s needs. It is a process of taking your prospect’s ideas and combining them with your own ideas to arrive at a solution that makes sense to both of you. The give-and-take exchange can be thought of as an opportunity to “switch heads” with your prospect. Imagine saying this to your customer: “If you and I could switch heads, that is, if you could know what I know about my product and if I could know what you know about your business, we would both know exactly how to give you the best possible solution for your needs.” That’s your goal - to come as close as possible to the perfect knowledge that would allow you to develop the ideal solution for your prospect. To achieve that goal, you need to exchange enough information to fully understand your client’s business, industry, trends and challenges; and they have to know as much as possible about your products and services and how they can help them. As you propose a solution, relate it to the prospect’s needs discovered in the Explore phase and explain how it will work in your prospect’s environment.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 25 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  26. 26. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style 4. Confirming: Gaining commitment flows naturally out of the Exploring and Collaborating stages for the DISC salesperson. If you did a thorough job during the first three stages of selling: Contacting, Exploring and Collaborating, the prospect should close. The Confirming stage is a critical point in building a customer partnership. DISC salespeople do not use fancy closing techniques. You cannot work through all the stages of the sale and then, at the end, try to use a manipulative closing technique to clinch the deal. It doesn’t make sense... and it most certainly doesn’t work when you’re trying to build long-term customer relationships rather than simply closing one-shot sales. 5. Assuring: A great weakness of most salespeople is the way the handle the Assuring phase of the sales process. Most salespeople stop with getting the sales commitment; they disappear from the customer’s life, leaving service, installation, training and follow- up to others. One “old-school” method of selling has an adage that the sale begins when the customer says “no.” In direct contrast, the real job of selling starts when the customer says “yes.” Assuring customer satisfaction is a secret ingredient of extraordinary sales success. You will benefit two ways by assuring each customer. First, this assures repeat business. Almost all products have a life cycle and will be replaced or upgraded. Customers have a tendency to return to the salesperson who previously matched them with a product that met their needs and then provided excellent service and follow-up. Secondly, satisfied customers are excellent sources of referrals. Customers talk. They talk about poor service and they talk about extraordinary service. When they get super service, they refer others to the salesperson who delivered on his or her promises. Without repeat business and referrals, a salesperson must constantly prospect and cold- call new accounts. That is not the way most salespeople want to spend their lives... and it certainly is not the best way to be successful! When you start the sales process, you have a chance to begin building a good customer relationship. However, it is only after the sale, when you make sure your customer is satisfied (preferably delighted!), that you really cement the relationship.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 26 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  27. 27. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Phase 1: BUILDING RAPPORT DURING INITIAL CONTACT Connecting with “D’s” Connecting with “I’s”• “D’s” want to know the bottom line. • Remember that they are Direct and Open.• Just give them enough information to satisfy their • When you meet an “I”, shake hands firmly, introduce need to know about overall performance. yourself with confidence, and immediately show• They do not want you to waste their time giving them personal interest. a bolt-by-bolt description of your product, presenting • Let him set the pace and direction of the conversation. a long list of testimonials from satisfied clients, or • Be an especially attentive listener with “I’s”. getting too chummy with them – always remember • Give them positive feedback to let them know that you that they are Direct and Guarded. understand and can relate to their visions, ideas and• When you write, call, or meet a “D”, do it in a formal, feelings. businesslike manner. Get right to the point. Focus • Tell humorous or unusual stories about yourself, to win quickly on the task. their heart.• Refer to bottom line results, increased efficiency, • Allow them to feel comfortable by listening to their saved time, return on investment, profits, and so on. stories, even to the point of talking about topics that may In other words, tell him what’s in it for him. stray from the subject.• If you plan to sell something or present a proposal to • Since “I’s” typically enjoy talking about themselves, ask a “D”, take care to be well organized, time-conscious, questions about them, but be prepared for lengthy efficient, and businesslike. answers. Plan to have as many meetings as necessary• They do not want to make friends with you; they want to build the relationship and gather information. to get something out of you if they think you have something of value to offer. Connecting with “C’s” Connecting with “S’s”• “C’s” don’t care much about social interaction • “S’s” are Indirect and Open. However, keep the (beyond common courtesy and standard relationship businesslike until they warm up to you. pleasantries), so get to the point. • They are concerned with maintaining stability; they want• Avoid making small talk, except to initially establish to know step-by-step procedures that are likely to meet your credibility. their need for details and logical action plans.• Speak slowly, calmly and economize on words. • Organize your presentation: list specifics, show• “C’s” are precision-oriented people who want to do sequences, and provide data. their jobs in the best possible manner. • Treat them with honesty, sincerity, and personal• Build your credibility by thinking with your head, not attentiveness. your emotions. • Listen patiently to their stories, ideas and answers.• Before meeting, provide them with a brief overview of • Express your appreciation for their steadiness, the agenda and length of meeting, so they know what dependability, and cooperativeness. to expect. • Present yourself to be non-threatening, pleasant,• Show them logical proof from reliable sources that friendly, but still professional. accurately document your quality, record of • Develop trust, credibility, and friendship at a relatively accomplishment, and value. slow, informal pace.• “C’s” tend to be naturally suspicious of those who talk • Communicate with them in a consistent manner on a themselves up. regular basis… especially at the outset. Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 27 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  28. 28. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Phase 2: MAINTAINING RAPPORT IN THE EXPLORING STAGE Exploring with “D’s” Exploring with “I’s”• To head off the “D’s” impatience before it surfaces, • “I’s” get bored quickly when they’re not talking about keep your conversations interesting by alternately themselves. asking questions and offering relevant information. • Strike a balance between listening to their life’s stories• “D’s” need to view the meeting as purposeful, so they and gathering the information you need to be an want to understand where your questions ultimately effective sales consultant. lead. • When asking business questions, keep them brief. If you• When asking a “D” question, make them as practical can, work these exploratory questions in with social and logical as possible. Aim questions at the heart of questions. the issue and ask them in a straightforward manner. • The better your relationship with an “I” is, the more• Only request information which is unavailable willing he’ll be to cooperate and talk about the task at elsewhere. hand.• When gathering information, ask questions showing • “I’s” can be so open they may tell you their fondest you have done your homework about their desired hopes and aspirations. If you can demonstrate how your results and current efforts. product or service can get them closer to their dreams,• Be sure to make queries that allow him to talk about they may become so excited about your product—and his business goals. you—that they’re likely to sell you and your products and• Gear your exploration toward saving the “D” time and services to everyone else in their organization. energy. Exploring with “C’s” Exploring with “S’s”• “C’s” don’t care much about social interaction • “S’s” can be excellent interviewees. (beyond common courtesy and standard • Talk warmly and informally and ask gentle, open pleasantries), so get to the point. questions that draw them out (especially around• “C’s” often like to answer questions that reveal their sensitive areas). expertise, so they can be very good interviewees. • Show tact and sincerity in exploring their needs.• As long as you ask logical, fact-oriented, relevant • If they do not have a good feeling about your product, questions, they will enjoy speaking with you. company, or even you, they are not likely to take the• Phrase your questions to help them give you the right chance of hurting your feelings by telling you so. information. • They want to avoid confrontations, even minor ones. So• Ask open and closed questions that investigate their “S’s” may tell you what they think you want to hear, knowledge, systems, objectives and objections. rather than what they really think.• Make your own answers short and crisp. • This same reticence may apply to telling you about their• If you do not know the answer to something, do not dissatisfaction with your competitors. Even though this is fake it. Tell them you’ll get the answer for them by a exactly what you want to hear, the “S” may be hesitant certain time, and then do it. about saying anything negative about them. • Allow for plenty of time (possibly multiple meetings) for “S’s” to open up to you and reveal their innermost desires and pains. • The more time you spend with an “S” (or any other style) Exploring, the higher the odds you will be landing them as a customer. Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 28 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  29. 29. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Phase 3: MAINTAINING RAPPORT IN THE COLLABORATING STAGE Collaborating with “D’s” Collaborating with “I’s”• Your presentation must be geared toward the “D’s” • Show how your product would increase the “I’s” priorities. prestige, image, or recognition.• Gear your presentation toward how they can become • Talk about the favorable impact or consequences your more successful, save time, generate results, and suggestions will have in making their working make life easier and more efficient; you’ll get their relationships more enjoyable. attention. • Give them incentives for completing tasks by stressing• Zero in on the bottom line with quick benefit how their contribution will benefit others and evoke statements. positive responses from them.• They want you to do the analysis and lay it out for • Presentations need impact for people with short them to approve or reject. attention spans, so involve as many senses as possible.• “D’s” like rapid, concise analyses of their needs and • Show them how your solution will save them effort and your solutions. make them look good.• “D’s” like being in control, so give them choices • Back up your claims with testimonials from well-known backed with enough data and analysis to allow them people or high-profile corporations. to make an intelligent decision. • Name some satisfied acquaintances that the “I” knows• Then, be quiet and let them make their decision. If and admires. you speak or interrupt while they are buying, you will • Sprinkle in “visualizing future ownership” questions, dramatically decrease the odds of making this sale. such as: “If you were already running this software, how would you use it?” or “If this machine were delivered tomorrow, where would you put it?” Collaborating with “C’s” Collaborating with “S’s”• Emphasize logic, accuracy, value, quality and • Show how your product or service will stabilize, simplify, reliability. or support the “S’s” procedures and relationships.• They dislike talk that isn’t backed up with both • Clearly define their roles and goals in your suggestions, supporting evidence. and include specific expectations of them in your plan.• Describe a process will produce the results they seek. • Present new ideas in a non-threatening way.• Elicit specific feedback by asking, “So far, what are • Provide them time to adjust to changes in operating your reactions?” or “Do you have any questions that procedures and relationships. you’d like me to clear up?” • When change becomes necessary, tell them why.• Present your solution that shows them they’ll be Explain how long the changes will take and any interim correct in making the purchase. alterations of the current conditions.• Base your claims on facts, specifications and data • Design your message to impart a sense of stability and that relate specifically to their needs. security.• “C’s” are cost-conscious; increase their perceived • “S’s” like to be shown the appropriate steps to follow, so value with facts and ROI data. share those with them.• “C’s” are the likely to see the drawbacks, so point out • Involve them by asking their opinions and encourage the obvious negatives before they do. Let them them to give you feedback. assess the relative costs-versus-benefits, which are typical trade-offs when making choices between competing (yet imperfect) products or services. Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 29 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  30. 30. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Phase 4: MAINTAINING RAPPORT IN THE CONFIRMING STAGE Confirming with “D’s” Confirming with “I’s”• With “D’s”, you come right out and ask if they are • Show how your product would increase the “I’s” prestige, interested. A “D” will often tell you “yes” or “no” (in no image, or recognition. uncertain terms). • Be open and ask, “Where do we go from here?” or “What’s• You can easily lose the attention and/or interest of a “D” by our next step?” presenting your information too slowly or by spending too • If they like something, they buy it on the spot (all other things much time discussing minute details. being equal).• When you draw up a commitment letter, be careful not to • You may have to slow them down because they also tend to spend too much time on points the “D” may not care overbuy and/or buy before weighing all the ramifications; about. behaviors that both of you may live to regret.• Present them with options and probable outcomes. “D’s” • “I’s” dislike paperwork and details so they are likely to like to balance quality with cost considerations, so offer hesitate, and even procrastinate, when it comes to spending options with supporting evidence and leave the final the time required on a contract. decision to them. • While a handshake is usually good enough, have a written• We have found that it is effective to present a “D” with two agreement prepared due to their tendency to be unclear or three options. Provide a short summation of each about procedures, responsibilities and expectations. option, along with your recommendation of each. • Make sure that you agree on the specifics in writing or, later• While the “D” is reviewing your proposal, don’t interrupt on, you can almost bet on some degree of misunderstanding them. The odds are high that they will find an option that and/or disappointment. appeals to them and closing the deal themselves. Confirming with “C’s” Confirming with “S’s”• Emphasize logic, accuracy, value, quality and reliability. • “S’s” are slower, deductive decision makers.• Provide logical options with appropriate documentation. • “S’s” listen to the opinions of others and take the time to• Give them both time and sufficient data for them to solicit those opinions before making up their minds. So, make analyze their options. a specific action plan and provide personal guidance,• They are uncomfortable with snap decisions and when direction or assurance as required for pursuing the safest, they say they will think about it, they typically mean exactly most practical course to follow. Arm them with literature, case that! studies and any documentation you have available, because• However, if pressured by people or excessive demands, they will be “selling” your proposal to others within their they may use “I’ll think about it,” as a stalling tactic in organization. coping with such stress. • When you do reach an agreement, carefully explore any• “C’s” are driven, educated, logical “shoppers.” Know your potential areas of misunderstanding or dissatisfaction. “S’s” competition so you can point out your advantages relative like guarantees that new actions will involve a minimum risk to what the competition offers. “C’s” are the most likely to to their desired stable state, so offer assurances of support. do their own comparative shopping, so mention your • Try not to rush them, but do provide gentle, helpful nudges to company’s strengths as you suggest questions they may help them decide (when needed). Otherwise, they may want to ask your competitors. Point out the things your postpone their decisions. company does better than your competition. Do this in a • Involve them by personalizing the plan and showing how it factual, professional way that allows them to do a will directly benefit them, their co-workers and the company comparative cost-benefit analysis of the options. as a whole.• In addition, be willing to explore the subject of a • When asking for a commitment, guide them toward a choice if conditional, “pilot program” as a way of reducing their risk. they seem indecisive. Quite often, they will feel relieved that This provides you the opportunity to demonstrate your you are helping them make the decision. product or service in a way that can earn their business and, over time, their trust. Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 30 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  31. 31. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Phase 5: MAINTAINING RAPPORT IN THE ASSURING STAGE Assuring “D’s” Assuring “I’s”• “D’s” usually do not look for personal relationships at • “I’s” frequently buy before they’re sold which may lead work due to their focus on accomplishing tasks. to buyers’ remorse.• With “D’s,” do not rely on past sales to ensure future • “I’s” can benefit from ongoing reminders that they have purchases. Follow up to find out if they have any made the right decision. complaints or problems with your product. If they do • Reinforce their decision by giving plenty of assistance have complaints, address them immediately. immediately after the sale.• Impress upon your customer your intent to stand • Be certain they actually use your product or they may behind your product or service. get frustrated from incorrect usage and either put it away• Stress that you will follow-up without taking much of or return it for a refund. their time. • Since they mingle with so many people, you can even• You may also want to offer a money-back guarantee. ask “I’s” if they’d be willing to share their glowing• Whatever the promise, make sure you deliver testimonials about you and your product with others. everything you offer! • If they are feeling smart for using your product or service, most “I’s” will give you more referrals than the other three styles combined! Assuring “C’s” Assuring “S’s”• Set a specific timetable for when and how you will • Follow-up consistently with an “S”. measure success with the “C”. Continue proving your • Give them your personal guarantee that you will remain reliability, quality and value. in touch, keep things running smoothly, and be available• Make yourself available for follow-up on customer on an “as needed” basis. satisfaction and ask for specific feedback on the • “S’s” like to think they have a special relationship with product or service performance record. you; that you are more than just another business• If you have tips for improved usage or user shortcuts, acquaintance; they prefer a continuing, predictable email them to your “C” customers. relationship.• You should also ask for their ideas and opinions for • Give them your cell number, along with an invitation to how to improve your products and/or services. call you any time with any concern. They will rarely use• When they offer you their suggestions, get back to it, but will feel secure knowing it’s available to them. them about how your company is incorporating their • They dislike one-time deals, so follow up to maintain ideas into upgrades into future upgrades, revisions or your relationship. new products. • Impersonal, computerized follow-up is not very appealing to “S’s”, so continue building your relationship with low-key, personalized attention and assistance. Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 31 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com
  32. 32. The DISCstyles Sales Report for J Shad - D/D Style Phase With D’s With I’s With S’s With C’s ● Stick to business ● Allow for time and ● Skip small talk until they warm up to stories before turning ● Skip small talk ● Lead with the main you focus to business at ● Bring an agendaConnecting point hand ● Don’t rush into ● Remain cool, calm ● Show up fully agenda first ● Let them set the pace and professional prepared ●Take an active of the conversation interest in them ● Let him/her know ● Alternate questions ● Be sincerely ● Ask questions that where the questions between them interested in their reveal their expertise are headed personally and business answers ● Keep the questions ● Only ask forExploring ● Gently guide them ● Never interrupt them focused on the topic information that’s back to the topic ● Ask nonthreatening ● Alternate open and unavailable elsewhere ● Keep the focus on questions to draw them closed-ended ● Answer their their vision and goals out over time questions questions directly ● Involve as many ● Emphasize value, ● Make any ● Show how solution senses as possible accuracy, precision, presentation brief will simplify, add ● Ask for their ideas quality and reliability ● Focus on the stability or support their often ● Stick to facts and bottom line and/or goals ●Sprinkle in testimonials logic; attempt to time savings ● Present new ideas inCollaborating ● Provide concise ● Provide incentives for a non-threatening way reduce risks when making decisions possible analysis of needs ● Never rush them, but ● Show how the ● Never pressure for along with your provide gentle, helpful solution enhances their any decision professional nudges toward a image and/or saves ● Remain cool and recommendations decision them effort emotionally detached ● Provide logical ● Openly ask, “Where options with ● Flat out ask if they do you see us going ● They are slow documentation are interested next?” decision makers and ● Give them both time ● Present two or ● Be ready to take their like to consult opinions and space to make three options with order of others their decisionsConfirming recommendations and ● Slow them down if ● Don’t press for a ● Point out any glaring summaries they’re buying too decision downside to deal if one ● Be quiet while they quickly ● Focus on a exists review and decide ● Do the paperwork for guarantee if relevant ● Suggest a pilot them program or warranty to reduce risk ● Reinforce their ● Provide consistent ● Share your process ● Follow-up to ensure decision by providing follow-up along with and/or timetable for they’re 100% satisfied ample assistance after personal assurances your follow-up with solution the sale ● Give them private ● Double-check their ● Keep the ● Make sure they don’t phone number to reach method for measuringAssuring relationship all get frustrated (they don’t you satisfaction business read instructions) ● Remind them that ● Email them ideas ● Make certain you ● Help them use the you also desire a long- and shortcuts deliver on every small product/service to term business ● Reinforce value, promise reduce anxiety relationship quality and reliability.Copyright © 2003-2008 Alessandra & Associates, Inc. All rights reserved in all media. Page 32 Altium, Inc. - Sales DISC 760-231-0764 www.altium.com