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Chapter 7: Advanced Tonality

Advanced tonality, as emphasized in "The Way of the Wolf," is an incredibly potent strategy for unconscious communication. It enables you to influence people without them realizing the extent of the impact you have on their decisions and actions.

Without the right tonality, your ability to evoke emotional responses from prospects and effectively close deals is severely limited. While your words appeal to the prospect's logic, it is your tonality that stirs their emotions.

Furthermore, tonality can be leveraged to control your prospect's inner monologue and prevent it from working against you. To harness the power of tonality effectively, there are several key rules to follow:

  1. Establish a friendly and respectful tone when addressing prospects, avoiding excessive formality.
  2. "I care" or "I really want to know" tonality, expressed with enthusiasm, fosters a psychological connection based on genuine concern for the prospect's well-being.
  3. Frame declarative statements as questions to create engagement and intrigue, such as introducing yourself and your company with a rising tone.
  4. Employ mystery and intrigue when explaining the purpose of your call, piquing curiosity.
  5. Use scarcity tonality, lowering your voice to a whisper, to create a sense of urgency and exclusivity.
  6. Embrace absolute certainty, projecting a firm and decisive tone that instills confidence.
  7. Adopt an "utter sincerity" tone, which is calm, confident, and low-pressure, conveying the authenticity of your message.
  8. Implement the "reasonable man" tonality by raising your voice at the end of a sentence to imply reasonableness and collaboration.
  9. Utilize a hypothetical, money-aside tone to navigate objections and explore the prospect's receptiveness to the idea, emphasizing the value beyond financial considerations.
  10. Employ an "implied obviousness" tonality that reinforces the notion that your product or service is undeniably superior.
  11. Use the "I feel your pain" tonality when asking probing questions to uncover and potentially amplify the prospect's pain points.

Remember, while the logical content of your words is crucial, it is your tonality that has the power to emotionally move and persuade your prospects. By mastering these tonalities, you can significantly enhance your sales effectiveness and achieve greater success.

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Chapter 8:Advanced Body Language

Nonverbal communication holds immense power, far surpassing verbal communication.
In Jordan Belfort's "Way of the Wolf," he highlights how thoughts, feelings, and intentions are conveyed through body language—the way you move, manage space and time, your posture, appearance, gestures, facial expressions, eye contact, and even your scent.

While body language alone may not seal the deal, the wrong body language can shatter any opportunity for a successful sale. Prospects begin their internal evaluation with a fundamental observation: your appearance.
Based on that, they swiftly form judgments about you.

The Law of Congruence dictates that your attire should align with your profession. A plumber wouldn't wear a suit, whereas a male insurance agent should be dressed formally in a suit and tie.

Spatial awareness is crucial in sales interactions. When selling to another man, it's effective to adopt a technique called "cornering off." By standing at a slight angle to the person, rather than directly facing them, it disarms any potential conflict and preserves rapport. However, when communicating with a woman, standing directly in front of her with visible hands above waist level fosters a sense of trust and connection.

The handshake, seemingly a simple gesture, carries significant weight in establishing rapport. The cooperator's handshake, a neutral and head-on approach, is ideal for fostering a quick connection. Matching the firmness of the other person's handshake also aids rapport-building.

Eye contact plays a crucial role in building trust.
Studies indicate that maintaining eye contact at least 72 percent of the time is essential for establishing credibility and fostering trust.

Matching is a technique used to establish rapport without overtly copying or mirroring the other person's behavior. In both body language and tonality, matching helps establish a connection. However, it should be done subtly, with a slight delay of five to ten seconds.

Chapter 9:  The Art of Prospecting

Before attempting to sell a product, it is crucial to determine whether the prospect actually needs or wants it. Jordan Belfort shares a story about a novice trying to sell a pen to someone who didn't have any need for it. Such efforts are futile and a waste of time.

To be effective, professional salespeople must quickly and efficiently sift through their prospects, separating those who are genuinely interested from those who aren't.
In Belfort's "Way of the Wolf," four buying archetypes are introduced as a framework for prospect evaluation:

  1. Buyers in heat: These motivated buyers have already made the decision to take action immediately, driven by a pressing need.
  2. Buyers in power: This group of prospects has a need but lacks conscious pain or urgency. They carefully search for a solution that will fully address their problem. They make up a significant portion of the prospects, approximately 30% to 40%.
  3. Lookie-loos: These individuals pretend to be genuinely interested in buying your product, but in reality, they have no intention to do so. They waste time and create frustration. Signs of a lookie-loo include asking questions they already know the answers to, inspecting the product without genuine intent to buy, making an effort to appear interested, and displaying overconfidence or vagueness regarding their finances.
  4. Mistakes: These individuals should never have been in your sales funnel to begin with. They neither want nor need your product, and it is necessary to remove them promptly.

To summarize the prospecting strategies in the "Way of the Wolf":

  1. Identify and promptly remove lookie-loos and mistakes from your sales funnel.
  2. Gather essential intelligence from buyers in heat and buyers in power, guiding them down the Straight Line sales process towards closure.
  3. Begin the process of transforming buyers in power into buyers in heat by amplifying their pain.

Chapter 10: The Ten Rules of Straight Line Prospecting

Remember engaging in the process of straight line prospecting, there are four essential actions you need to take:

  1. Ask a series of prepared questions to your prospects.
  2. Use these questions to gather intelligence and categorize prospects into groups, separating the buyers in heat and buyers in power from the lookie-loos and mistakes.
  3. Continuously gather intelligence from the motivated buyers while swiftly eliminating the lookie-loos and mistakes from your sales funnel.
  4. Transition the buyers in heat and buyers in power to the next stage in the sales process, guiding them along the Straight Line.

The ten rules associated with this approach:

Rule #1: Remember that you are a sifter, not an alchemist. Your role is to filter and identify buyers, not magically transform people into buyers.

Rule #2: Always seek permission to ask questions, establishing rapport in a non-confrontational manner. You can say something like, "John, let me ask you a couple of quick questions, so I don't waste your time and can best serve you."

Rule #3: Utilize a script that follows a specific order of industry-specific questions. This allows you to focus on your tonality and inner-game rather than worrying about what to say.

Rule #4: Progress from less invasive questions to more invasive ones. This approach, known as the foot-in-the-door technique, enables you to build rapport by attentively listening to your prospect's responses.

Rule #5: Adapt your tonality for each question, using the appropriate intonation that aligns with the nature of the inquiry.

Rule #6: Employ suitable body language as your prospect responds. This includes nodding your head, narrowing your eyes, leaning forward for emotionally charged questions, or leaning back for logic-based inquiries.

Rule #7: Always follow a logical path in your questioning. Asking questions in a logical manner enhances the prospect's cognitive engagement and comprehension.

Rule #8: Take mental notes instead of immediately resolving their pain. Amplify their pain points by asking questions that delve deeper into their challenges.

Rule #9: Conclude with a powerful transition that moves your prospect to the next step in the sales process, such as the presentation stage. This is also where you eliminate unsuitable prospects, including lookie-loos, mistakes, and buyers in heat or power who aren't the right fit for your product.

Rule #10: Stay on the Straight Line and avoid deviating from the primary objective. Genuine rapport is built on your care for the prospect and shared excitement. If the prospect goes off-topic, listen closely, build rapport, and steer the conversation back to the sales process using a transition statement.

Building rapport is an ongoing process that relies on how the prospect feels about your previous statements and whether they perceive alignment with you. It is crucial to maintain rapport throughout the sales process to ensure a successful close.

Chapter 11: The Art and Science of Making World-Class Sales Presentations

Charisma plays a crucial role in establishing rapport with prospects.
It encompasses three key elements: effective tonality, targeted body language, and avoiding inappropriate statements.
To cultivate charisma, your script serves as a foundation, consisting of your best sales lines arranged in the optimal order.
It begins with the critical first four seconds and guides the prospect towards a purchase or a respectful conclusion.

Creating an effective script involves several factors.
Firstly, avoid front-loading the script with all major benefits upfront, as it leaves little persuasive ammunition for overcoming objections. Instead, focus on highlighting the benefits rather than just listing features.
Additionally, incorporate stopping-off points in your script to allow interaction with the prospect, confirming their engagement and understanding.
Use phrases like "You follow me so far?" or "Make sense?" to ensure alignment.

When writing the script, adopt a spoken-word style rather than rigid grammatically correct English. It should flow naturally and maintain honesty and ethical standards. Remember, the energy equation dictates that the closing process should be easy for the prospect. By emphasizing the simplicity of the process and combining it with key benefits, you enhance their receptiveness to the offer.

A Straight Line script is part of a comprehensive series, including scripts for the initial moments, main body, rebuttals, and returning to the Straight Line when facing objections or distractions. Each product or service has its own predetermined sales cycle with designated time intervals between calls. If a prospect exceeds the outer limit, they may be moved to a dead pile before redistribution within the sales force.

To establish charisma like Bill Clinton, practice the three components: effective tonality, body language, and avoiding inappropriate statements. These qualities build the foundation of rapport, conveying that you care, understand, and empathize with prospects. Charisma is a learnable skill, and with proficiency, you will experience its benefits.

In crafting presentations, eight factors distinguish Straight Line scripts:

  1. Avoid front-loading the script.
  2. Emphasize benefits over features.
  3. Incorporate stopping-off points for interaction.
  4. Use spoken-word language style.
  5. Ensure a smooth flow in the script.
  6. Maintain honesty and ethical standards.
  7. Focus on the energy equation of providing benefits.
  8. Consider the Straight Line script as part of a series.

Language patterns hold significant power in creating certainty in the prospect's mind.
To establish trust and connection, follow a specific order: the prospect must love your product, trust and connect with you as the salesperson, and finally trust and connect with the company. Build logical cases first, followed by emotional cases. Your opening pattern should introduce yourself, your company, and the purpose of your call. Use tonality and body language to establish expertise and take control of the conversation, guiding the prospect along the Straight Line from the opening to the close.

Chapter 12: Art and Science of  Looping

The sales process truly begins after your prospect presents their first objection, giving you the opportunity to showcase your skills and earn your commission. So, roll up your sleeves and earn your paycheck.

When you ask for the order, there are three possible responses: yes, no, or maybe.

A "yes" means the deal is closed, while a "no" indicates a lack of interest, signaling the end of the sales encounter. "Maybe" represents a prospect on the fence, presenting objections that need to be addressed.

As long as your customer isn’t ready to buy, you need to keep on looping by reinforcing the level of certainty for your product (first loop), yourself (second loop), and your company (third loop).
By looping, we mean making a second presentation that builds on the logical case that you made.

If after three loops, your customer is still not ready to buy, then you need a fourth loop that will lower their action threshold, and finally, the fifth loop to raise their pain threshold.

If your customer does not buy at the end of the fifth loop, let it go.

First Loop
Maybe is an objection you’ll have to go through.

The best way to handle this objection is to say this:
“I hear what you are saying, (Name), but let me ask you a question: Does the idea make sense to you? Do you like the idea?” (the idea of buying whatever you are offering them).

This is how you deflect the objection instead of taking it in the face.

Specifically, you acknowledged the fact that you heard what Bill said to you to ensure that he didn’t feel ignored, which would cause a break in rapport and then you shifted the conversation in a more productive direction, which was to find out where he stood on the certainty scale for the first of the Three Tens, which is your product.

Now, while a meager yes from your prospect is enough to move further down the Line when you are in the first part of the sale, you need an enthusiastic yes when you are in the second half.
If your yes isn’t enthusiastic, you need to keep on looping until you get a sufficient amount of certainty from your customer.

– Does it make sense?
– Yes (6/10 level of enthusiasm)
– Exactly! It really is a great buy! In fact, one of the true beauties here is that benefit 1…
Your words don’t change whether you get a 4 enthusiasm level, or an 8.

What changes is your intonation.
You need to be slightly higher on the enthusiasm scale than your prospect so that they can lock onto you, and you can pace them to a more enthusiastic level, slowly.

If the level of enthusiasm is below 3, end the encounter and move on to the next prospect.

After an initial objection, approximately 20% of prospects may close immediately.

Second Loop

Once you got a high enough volume of enthusiasm for your product (and if you still cannot close), you need to get a high score for the second of the Three Tens: yourself.

For that, you can say something like:
“Now, let me ask you another question: if I had been your broker for the last three or four years, making you money on a constant basis, then you probably wouldn’t be saying “let me think about it right now, ”. You’d be saying “pick me up a block of at least a few thousand shares”, am I right?”
(Obviously, this example is for a stockbroker. Adapt it to your product and industry.)

Once they admit that, it means that they trust you. If they don’t admit that, then you need to come at them with all you got.
“Now, that I can understand. You don’t know me, and I don’t have the luxury of a track record; so let me take a moment to reintroduce myself. My name is ......., and I am a job title at company name, and I have been there for number of years and I pride myself on…”.

Tell them about your degrees, license, talents, awards, etc until they trust you.

Third Loop

Now, you can resolve the last of the Three Tens: the company.

As you finish to introducing yourself, say:
“And as far as my company, company name, goes, it’s one of the most well respected…”

If you cannot close the sale after overrunning three objections and looping them into reinforcing your product, yourself, and your company, you need to move on to the action threshold.

Fourth Loop

The action threshold is the level of certainty that a person needs to be at before they feel comfortable buying. A low threshold means you buy easily. A high threshold means you are harder to sell to.

There are four ways to lower someone’s action threshold:

  1. You offer a money-back guarantee
  2. You offer a rescission period. They can say “yes” now and then have this period to change their mind, like five days for example.
  3. You use key phrases like “I’ll hold your hand every step of the way”.
  4. You use a powerful language pattern that reverses the threshold. “Can I ask you an honest question? What’s the worst thing that is going to happen? Let’s say I am wrong about the market, would this investment put you on the street? Of course not. Since this is our first investment together, how about we take it down a notch. Let’s pick up a thousand shares instead of ten thousand. Believe me, when you’ll see the results, the only problem you’ll have is that I didn’t call you six months earlier”.

Let your prospect think. Wait for their response.

Let your prospect think. Wait for their response.

Fifth Loop

If you still can’t close, you have one more loop to run: the pain threshold.

People that feel pain want to act quickly.

During the intelligence-gathering process, you were instructed to look for pain. Now is the time to use that info.

“Now, I know you said before that you’re worried about your retirement in terms of social security not being enough to…” etc. Then ask them what they think is going to happen with the situation if they fail to take action to fix it.

“Given how things have been deteriorating, where do you see yourself one year, or even, five years from now?”

Follow with “I have been around the block for a while, and I know these things typically don’t resolve themselves automatically, unless you take serious action to resolve them. In fact, let me say this, one of the true beauties is that benefit 1…”. And resell your Three Tens.

If you still can’t close, let it go.

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