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Want to Close The Deal? Want to Make The Sale? Want to Retain More Customers? Are you selling to the dominant economic force in the country?

There are 190 million of them in the U.S. alone. They have $4.4 trillion in collective buying power. They purchase 85% of all products and services, and they influence most of the rest of the purchases. They are responsible for 85% of the checks written. Forty-seven percent of them are stockholders. Who are they? Women.

In Make a Fortune Selling to Women, Connie Podesta combines psychology and sales tactics to create a how-to guide for how to sell to women and how to market to women.

With a lively voice and no-nonsense tone that both men and women will appreciate, Podesta offers specific tips for overcoming the big five Deal Breakers:

She doesn't want to play the game She doesn't think the salesperson views her as a legitimate decision maker She doesn't like the salesperson She doesn't trust the salesperson She doesn't think the salesperson is the right person for the job

Riddled with revealing anecdotes, Make a Fortune Selling to Women describes the male and female approach to the buying experience--without being condescending to either gender. And both salesmen and saleswomen will rely on this book to help them secure more sales with women. Discover exactly the right approach when selling to women and use it to close the deal.

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CONTENTS

Leveraging Today’s Buying Majority

Women, Sales, And Social Media

What Women Want

Deal Breaker #1 She Doesn’t Want To Play The Game

Deal Breaker #2 She Doesn’t Think You View Her as a Legitimate Decision-Maker

Deal Breaker #3 She Doesn’t Like You

Deal Breaker #4 She Doesn’t Trust You

Deal Breaker #5 She Doesn’t Think You’re The Right Person For The Job

Turn Those Deal Breakers Into Deal Makers

LEVERAGING TODAY’S BUYING MAJORITY

Why is it important to learn how to sell to women?

Let me ask you. Do you want increased sales? More money? More customers? More word-of-mouth marketing? More success in business? Then get on board. Because that is exactly what women can bring to the table for you. Bottom line: women influence 85 percent of all buying decisions. (How’s that for a majority?) En masse, they are an absolute powerhouse market for you. They have money, and they are willing and able to spend it. Your goal? Get them to CHOOSE to spend it with you!

The real deal today is, not only do women now control their finances directly, they are also purchasing products and services that were historically purchased by men. You’ll see more and more women at garages, golf shops, and hardware stores, as well as making major buying decisions in industries such as agriculture, technology, finance, insurance, and real estate. (Hello? One of the fastest trending demographics in the real estate industry in recent years has been SINGLE WOMEN!)

In other words: women are buying-machines— buying-machines with feelings! And if you want to be successful in sales, you’d better be able to figure them out. Let’s start with an interesting fact about sales that may change everything for you.

I have interviewed hundreds of salespeople and asked them to tell me why they believe they aren’t able to close more deals, make higher sales, or sign more customers. Here are the top five reasons they gave me. See if any sound familiar.

The economy

The price

The product

The territory

Lack of marketing

So I took the next step and interviewed hundreds of customers, asking them what made them walk away from a deal. Guess what? For the most part, men answered with variations of the five reasons above: The price was too high, It’s not what I was looking for, or Money is tight, and I have to cut back. But—and here is why the book is so important—the women responded quite differently. Very few women said price, or product, or poor advertising. What sent women fleeing to the competitor was more personal…

She didn’t LIKE the process. She didn’t LIKE the atmosphere. Or by far the leading reason: she didn’t LIKE the SALESPERSON. Women told me they would literally walk away and drive farther, pay more, and be inconvenienced in order to achieve a better experience, or work with a different salesperson. WOW!

So what ELSE did these interviews tell us?

Well, first: men are most often results buyers. They are focused on the transaction and the end results. Although they are engaged in the process of the sale, they are more forgiving (or may not even notice) if the experience isn’t everything they expected, as long as they believe they are getting exactly what they want. When they do focus on the process, it is in terms of the results—how they can get what they want for less, or with more, or faster.

Secondly, it showed that women are mainly experience buyers. They look at the process of a sale in its entirety and are engaged in each step along the way. They can be easily dissuaded from continuing the process at any point if they see signs that something is wrong (especially if these signs come from the salesperson). Each stage of the process is being judged and evaluated. They maintain a long-term focus, and the results are important primarily in the context of the entire experience.

Am I saying that all women buy alike and all men buy alike? Of course not. So before you send an email explaining that it’s either unfair or impossible to stereotype men and women, and that each person is a unique individual, I’ll save you some time and trouble. I agree completely. That said, my research shows that many women and many men share the generalities I outlined above. So to be successful in sales, you have to be INTUITIVE. CREATIVE. SPONTANEOUS. RESPONSIVE. Oh, and FLEXIBLE. That’s an important one! In the end, you and you alone have to decide what is best for each individual customer—man or woman.

So clearly, with 85 percent of the buying decisions being made by women—that’s the gals out-buying the guys eight to one—it’s time to get serious about learning how to effectively sell to women. What they want. Need. What they want, need, and deserve when it comes to how they buy, and from whom they choose to buy. In order to do that, we have to delve into how women think, act, connect, judge, and make decisions. Whew! Sound complicated? Well, women are complicated—but worth it!

First, let’s begin by defining SALES. Sales is NOT just about selling a product or a service. The act of selling is everywhere in your life. Married? You are in sales. Parent? You are definitely in sales. Have a boss? Sales again. Work on a team? Constant sales. In fact, the ability to sell is key to your success in every relationship of your life. Let’s expand our definition of sales.

SALES is the art of persuading,

motivating, or influencing others to

be open to new thoughts, behaviors,

attitudes, and ideas.

You know, we start selling almost from the moment we can talk. Just follow a two-year-old around. They know all the techniques. They know how to ask for what they want. They overcome objections. They intuitively know which parent to ask, depending on what they want. They don’t let rejection get in their way—they simply try again. And they close most of their deals.

Truth be told, isn’t that your BIGGEST WORRY? NOT closing the deal. NOT making the sale. LOSING the customer and never knowing why. Imagine what a difference it would make if you could really get inside the mind of your customers and know what they needed or wanted to close the deal, so you could help them to make the decision to BUY FROM YOU.

I have spent a lifetime helping people understand people. Why people do what they do and say what they say—especially when it comes to the buying process. And if there is any industry where an understanding of the psychology of human nature is absolutely necessary, it is SALES. And the first thing psychology tells us is this (drumroll, please…): men and women are different! Especially when it comes to sales. The problem is, very few salespeople have had the extra training necessary to understand those differences.

Right now, you’re probably contemplating a very politically correct thought, like, I make it a point to treat men and women exactly the same. Um… REALLY? Look, if that’s actually true (and I doubt it), then that’s exactly why you’re losing sales—to both genders. We’ve already determined that each has a significantly different buying style. What is more likely is that you DO sell to men and women DIFFERENTLY, but you’ve never identified how, or, more importantly, why. There is no plan in your mind for how to approach each differently, so you just resort to the techniques that work most of the time. As a salesperson, YOU have to be the one willing and able to adjust your style, personality, and techniques to fit their needs. Great sales is not about YOU—it is all about the customer. So it all comes down to the DEAL BREAKERS.

The truth is: what is a Deal Breaker for a woman is not necessarily a Deal Breaker for a man, and vice-versa Men & women don’t BUY the And if you don’t understand same way. Stop SELLING to the difference, I guarantee you will leave money on the table and send customers to your competitor.

Deal Breakers are those sneaky little things you might be doing (or not doing), saying (or not saying), and even thinking (or not thinking) that could cause your customers to head in the opposite direction. You probably don’t even recognize them—or you would change them—but they are PAINFULLY apparent to your buyers. Deal Breakers are deadly, silent killers. They’ve killed the deal, and you didn’t even understand why. And don’t count on the customer to tell you the truth. Instead, they will say things like, I’ve decided to go another direction, It’s just not the right time right now, or, I think I’ll just look around a little more. Or even worse—you think you had it in the bag, and then they never even return your call, leaving you confused and wondering, What happened?

Remember—this book isn’t just written for men. There are plenty of women selling to other women who may not be using the right approach to close the deal. Let’s face it—most old-school sales training was developed BY men selling TO men. And the other thing I have realized is that a lot of successful women are results buyers and assume all other women are like them. Women aren’t necessarily picking up on the fact that other women may have a different buying style than their own.

Just because you are a woman

doesn’t mean that you intuitively

understand how to sell to women.

In some ways, this book is more important for you than for your male colleagues. I’m sure you have figured this out already, but the sad truth is that women will always be harder on you, be less forgiving of you, and take it more personally when you let them down or misread them than men. Women naturally expect other women to understand their needs better than men do. So you’re on the spot, and you have to make sure you really can understand their needs.

Not to mention the fact that your female customers are sizing you up faster than your male customers.

And, even though this book is focused on women, I also devote a fair amount of time to the buying and shopping habits of men—just to help clarify the differences between men and women. So to both my male and female readers: you will definitely learn a few things about selling to men that you may never have heard before as well. Ah… two books for the price of one.

So, what’s ahead?

I’m going to tell you what women usually want compared to what men usually want, what you’re doing that may negatively influence or have an impact on her desire to buy from you (Deal Breakers), and exactly how you can change your sales style and techniques to turn those Deal Breakers into Deal Makers.

And be warned: anytime we prepare to move to a different level f expertise and understanding, you’ll be expected to do a bit of self-evaluation. That is probably the toughest part for those of us in sales.

Healthy egos give us the confidence necessary to be successful in sales; however, our egos also make it more difficult for us to assess ourselves critically and be open to new ways of thinking, acting, and behaving. I can imagine that there will be times throughout this book when you might be