Episode 35: What to do if your proposal gets rejected

As we head into 2021, it’s a good time to start thinking about managing different types of selling situations.

One of the most common situations that occurs as we start to sell more and submit more proposals, is that we can end up seeing more rejections – and often, salespeople will avoid looking at why proposals have been rejected and move onto the next deal.

But is that really what you should be doing?

And could avoiding the issue actually be ensuring that you lose out on more deals?

This episode is for you if; 

  • You have recently started or are regularly submitting sales proposals to corporate organisations.
  • You’ve started seeing rejections or you’ve noticed that your ‘close rate’ is lower than 60%
  • You want to know what you can do to increase your opportunities after a sales proposal has been rejected.
  • You want to understand how to handle proposal rejection in a clear, consultative way that helps you close the deal next time!

In this episode, I’m sharing;

  • A brief overview of the new UK / world coronavirus restrictions and what that means for external suppliers who are selling B2B in 2021. ([01:57])
  • Why you might be experiencing an influx of proposal rejections – and why that’s a good thing. ([07:42])
  • The average close rate for proposals at Selling to Corporate HQ – and what that means for your business/ metrics. ([08:22])
  • The reason that it’s important to acknowledge and normalise failure – and how it can help your future close rate. ([10:06])
  • How deal pipelines can contribute to your weekly metrics and how you can use them to increase your proposal close rates. ([12:04])
  • The most common (and little known!) reason that salespeople get stuck in a ‘no sale’ cycle and how you can avoid hitting the wall. ([13:36])
  • Understanding why your proposal was rejected – and know how to appropriately define where the core issues lie. ([16:24])
  • The core difference between self assessment and self flagellation – and how one will be more beneficial when it comes to improving your proposal creation process. ([19:17])
  • Why asking for proposal feedback is an integral part of understanding why your proposal was rejected… and why you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for feedback or constructive criticism from a stakeholder. ([20:27])
  • Learning from a hiring manager; how being open-minded can ensure that you’re the first choice next time. ([21:48])
  • Key things to remember and consider when you’re asking for constructive feedback on your proposal. ([23:04])
  • Understanding and building the best proposal follow up process to ensure that you get the best opportunity to set yourself up for success after a rejected proposal. ([24:06])

Plus, the doors are about to open for three new participants to join The C Suite in January and have their BEST B2B sales year yet! Make sure that you get yourself on the waitlist for doors to open next week..! 

Selling to Corporate Podcast episodes for your next listen

Episode 32: Important trends and insights to be awesome at sales in 2021

Episode 14: How to stop coronavirus killing your corporate revenue stream

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