Featured Keynote Programs
The JOLT Effect
How High Performers Overcome Customer Indecision
From the bestselling co-author of The Challenger Sale, a paradigm-shattering approach to overcoming customer indecision and closing more sales. In sales, the worst thing you can hear from a customer isn’t “no.” It’s “I need to think about it.” When this happens, deeply entrenched business advice says to double down on your efforts to sell a buyer on all the ways they might win by choosing you and your business. But this approach backfires dramatically. Why? Because it completely gets wrong the primary driver behind purchasing decision-making: once purchase intent is established, customers no longer care about succeeding. What they really care about is not failing. For years, sales expert Matthew Dixon has been busting longstanding business myths. Now in The JOLT Effect, he and co-author Ted McKenna turn their trademark analysis and latest research to the vital and growing problem of customer indecision—and offer a shocking new approach that turns conventional wisdom on its head. Drawing on a brand-new, first-of-its-kind study of more than two and a half million sales conversations from across industry, they reveal the surprising truth that high-performing sales reps grasp and their average-performing peers don’t: only by addressing the customer’s fear of failure can you get indecisive buyers to go from verbally committing to actually pulling the trigger. The JOLT Effect is the playbook for any salesperson or leader who wants to close the gap between customer intent and action—and close more sales.
The Challenger Sale
Taking Control of the Customer Conversation
What's the secret to sales success? If you're like most business leaders, you'd say it's fundamentally about relationships--and you'd be wrong. The best salespeople don't just build relationships with customers. They challenge them. The need to understand what top-performing reps are doing that their average performing colleagues are not, drove Matthew Dixon and his colleagues to investigate the skills, behaviors, knowledge, and attitudes that matter most for high performance. And what they discovered may be the biggest shock to conventional sales wisdom in decades. Based on an exhaustive study of thousands of sales reps across multiple industries and geographies, The Challenger Sale argues that classic relationship building is a losing approach, especially when it comes to selling complex, large-scale business-to-business solutions. The study found that every sales rep in the world falls into one of five distinct profiles, and while all of these types of reps can deliver average sales performance, only one-the Challenger- delivers consistently high performance. Instead of bludgeoning customers with endless facts and features about their company and products, Challengers approach customers with unique insights about how they can save or make money. Rather than acquiescing to the customer's every demand or objection, they are assertive, pushing back when necessary and taking control of the sale. The things that make Challengers unique are replicable and teachable to the average sales rep. Once you understand how to identify the Challengers in your organization, you can model their approach and embed it throughout your sales force. The authors explain how almost any averageperforming rep, once equipped with the right tools, can successfully reframe customers' expectations and deliver a distinctive purchase experience that drives higher levels of customer loyalty and, ultimately, greater growth. An acclaimed international bestseller, The Challenger Sale has been lauded as “the most important advance in selling for many years” (SPIN Selling author Neil Rackham) and “the beginning of a wave that will take over a lot of selling organizations in the next decade” (Business Insider). The Challenger Sale has sold nearly a million copies worldwide, been translated into 8 foreign languages and appeared on Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists on multiple occasions since its release.
The Effortless Experience
Conquering the New Battleground for Customer Loyalty
Everyone knows that the best way to create customer loyalty is with service so good that it surprises and delights. But what if everyone is wrong? In The Effortless Experience, Dixon and team turn their research and analysis to a new, vital business subject—customer loyalty—and once again turn conventional wisdom on its head, producing one of the most influential books ever to be published in the customer experience and customer service space. The idea that companies must delight customers by exceeding service expectations is so entrenched that managers rarely question it. Yet the careful research conducted by Dixon and his team proves the “dazzle factor” is wildly overrated—it simply doesn’t predict repeat sales, share of wallet, or positive word-of-mouth. The reality: Loyalty is driven by how well a company delivers on its basic promises and solves day-to-day problems, not on how spectacular its service experience might be. Most customers don’t want to be “wowed”; they want an effortless experience. And they are far more likely to punish you for bad service than to reward you for good service. The Effortless Experience takes its audience on a fascinating journey deep inside the customer experience to reveal what really makes customers loyal—and disloyal. In this presentation, Dixon lays out the four key pillars of low-effort customer experience, along the way delivering robust data, shocking insights and profiles of companies that are using the principles revealed by the research, with great results.
The Challenger Customer
Selling to the Hidden Influencer Who Can Multiply Your Results
The bestselling authors of The Challenger Sale overturned decades of conventional wisdom with a bold new approach to sales. Now their latest research reveals something more surprising: Being a Challenger seller isn’t enough. Your success or failure also depends on who you challenge. Most marketing and sales teams go after low-hanging fruit: buyers who are eager and have clearly articulated needs. But according to the latest research from Dixon and his coauthors— based on data from thousands of B2B marketers, sellers, and buyers around the world—the highest-performing teams focus their time on potential customers who are far more skeptical, far less interested in meeting, and ultimately agnostic as to who wins the deal. How could this be? The authors of The Challenger Customer reveal that high-performing B2B teams grasp something that their average-performing peers don’t: Big, complex deals increasingly require consensus among a wide range of players across the organization, the limiting factor is rarely the salesperson’s inability to get an individual stakeholder to agree to a solution. More often it’s that the stakeholders inside the company can’t even agree with one another. It turns out only a very specific type of customer stakeholder has the credibility, persuasive skill, and will to effectively challenge his or her colleagues to pursue anything more ambitious than the status quo. Challenger sellers do best when they target Challenger customers. The Challenger Customer unveils a research-based approach that will help sellers and managers to distinguish the "Talkers" from the "Mobilizers" in any customer organization. It provides a blueprint for finding and engaging them with disruptive insight and equipping them to effectively challenge their own organization.
The Rainmaker Genome Project
There is a growing problem in professional services that is often acknowledged but rarely discussed openly: clients—even long-standing ones for whom firms have delivered unquestioned value in the past—are much less loyal to firms and partners than they once were. Today’s clients are far less likely to choose a partner or firm with which they have a pre-existing relationship, even a long-standing one. For the vast majority of partners, this dramatic shift in client buying behavior spells trouble: the traditional business development approaches they’ve long relied on have not just become unproductive, they’re now counter-productive to the goal of building a healthy, sustainable book of business. But top performers have figured out a different, surprising approach that is redefining what it means to be a rainmaker in today’s professional services market. Based on the world’s first in-depth, quantitative study of professional services partners, The Rainmaker Genome Project identifies five statistically-defined types of partners—Experts, Confidants, Activators, Debaters and Realists—and shows how and why only one these partner profiles–Activators–are able to drive consistent growth in the modern client buying environment. The Rainmaker Genome Project provides the roadmap for any professional services partner or firm leader looking to chart a path to greater client retention, revenue growth and firm profitability in the new era of client disloyalty.