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Creating Snappy Sales Presentations


sales presentationShould you kiss your PowerPoints goodbye? Might not be a bad idea. 95% or more of the presentations I see actually HURT your chances of success. They're long. They're all about your company, your products and your services. Blah...blah...blah.

And, truth be told, if you were in the prospect's shoes, you'd probably be bored to tears by what you're presenting.

SNAP SellingIn SNAP Selling, I talk about using the four SNAP Factors as your guiding light in determining what to include and how you present it. Here's an excerpt you might find helpful in preparing for your meetings. 

1. Decide on Your Content

To start with, grab their attention by focusing on what’s most important to them: their business issues and concerns, and the value they’ll get from making the change. This will help you decide the "story" you want to tell. 

  • Aligned: Ensure that all content is ruthlessly relevant to your prospect.
  • Priority: Make sure you highlight why it’s important to change now.
  • Simple: Eliminate or minimize any complexity, making change easy.

2. Develop the Slides

In the actual presentation, you tell the story and your slides simply support it. As much as possible, find photos and graphics to make your main points. To best imagine what I’m talking about, think of a children’s picture book.

Each slide should be the launching pad for a key point you want to make. The fewer (seven to ten) you have, the better. Use handouts for detailed information. This forces you to prepare a conversation, not read a bunch of PowerPoint items. The results? You connect with your prospects on a whole new level.

3. Build in Engagement

Your content itself is only a small portion of how you’re being evaluated. Your prospects are deciding which company they’d feel best working with in the upcoming months and years.

That’s why it’s imperative to think about the questions you will use to engage your prospects in a discussion. This is also where you personally can demonstrate your expertise, commitment, and caring. In short, it’s how you personally become invaluable during a presentation.

Of course, you don't have to change. You can keep boring your prospects to death with your endless patter about your company and stuff. You just have to hope your competitors are doing the same thing. At least you have a chance to win then.

But, if you make the above changes, you'll stand out from your competitors. You'll be seen as an iNvaluable esource (another SNAP factor). And, you'll get more business. Making that happen takes more work upfront, but the pay-off is huge. 

The choice is yours. What will it be?

Jill KonrathJill Konrath is an internationally recognized sales strategist. As author of two bestselling books, SNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies, she's a frequent speaker at sales meetings and conferences. For more fresh ideas, download her free Prospecting Toolkit.


This is where you can use technology to its fullest. Consider have a videoconferencing element, or capture your presentation to send to those who did not attend. You can also use services like Clearslide to see who has opened it and where they focused.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 9:11 AM by Jonathan London
I could not agree more! Most people in my experience think that they have prepared for a presentation when they have 'done their PowerPoint slides' they rarely prepare how they are going to engage their audience or present themselves with impact!
Posted @ Thursday, January 10, 2013 1:23 AM by Colin Graves
In order to tell stories, Prezi is very good tool. I had a event which I was one of the speakers. All speakers use Microsoft Powerpoint but I used Prezi, turned out that my presentation was the best. :)
Posted @ Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:18 PM by Kent
Agree with you Jill that often times, our slides are what ruins our presentation. For me, a short but concise slideshow is better. No need to put unnecessary details when you can just point out the important ones.
Posted @ Monday, January 13, 2014 10:57 PM by Jayden Chu
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