3 ways to offer value to clients as a Remote Salesperson right now

In trying times like these, anyone working in sales will be debating the dos and don’ts of reaching out. And what’s become clear is that now, more than ever, it’s time to show real value to our clients.

Budgets have been slashed, projects put on hold, and face-to-face meets are off the cards. Time to double down on the phone work.

The good news? A lot of your contacts will still pick up and speak to you. Just be mindful of what they’ll likely need from you at the moment.

Here’s three ways that you, as a salesperson, can show real value to your contacts right now.


1. Show a little humanity

You might be thinking about ways to make a quick sale ASAP to tide things over.  

My advice – just don’t. 

Instead, break the perception that all salespeople only call with an agenda. Try not selling them anything at all. Just check on how they’re coping. 

Here’s how I open my conversations at the moment:

“Just checking in, how are you today? How are you coping at your end?”

A lot of your clients and prospects may well be worried about their jobs. They might be taking care of sick loved ones outside of their working hours or coping with home parenting.  

You’ll be amazed at how people will open up to a bit of human consideration. 

One client of mine, the moment he heard my voice said, “I’ve only got two minutes.” But when I just asked how he was doing, he immediately relaxed. We ended up chatting for half an hour. 


2. Share war stories

If you’re making a lot of calls and checking in with a variety of different people, then you’re in a good position to act as a best practice messenger now 

When your contacts do pick up, share some stories or anecdotes from other people that you’re speaking to, if you can.  

A lot of them will be hunkered down trying to fight a lot of fires. Naturally, doing that all day can leave you quite insular and blinkered to the wider world. 

Be a bearer of good news. Your contacts will remember.

For example – a contact of mine at a major UK supermarket told me he’d been so slammed in the last two weeks that he’d not had a chance to look beyond his workload to see what else is going on in the industry. 

Any help you can give people in that position, any tips or stories, can be vital.  

When I’m on my daily rounds, every person I speak to will tell me a little something. A trick, a ‘hack’, a nugget of information, or a process that has helped them out.  

Provided it’s appropriate to do so, I will share that story with someone else. In turn, they’ll tell me something. And then I’ll share those two stories with my next check in. 

Just remember why you’re calling in the first place; aim to help others understand what else is going on elsewhereBe a bearer of good news. Your contacts will remember. 


3. Share assets and reports

Not everyone is able to create amazing reports and original research. But anyone can collate and share good stuff from other people. 

Again, remember that a lot of your contacts probably don’t have as much time as they’d like to gather best practice examples 

Here are some great resources I’ve found on my travels: 

Adapting workplace learning in the time of coronavirus – McKinsey
Part of a wider series on leading through the coronavirus, this piece gives six best practice examples that orgs of any size can put in place today around workplace learning.
2020 Workplace Learning Report – LinkedIn
Powerful stats and insights from over 6,000 professionals operating in L&D today.
Strategies For Managing Remote Sales Teams (By Choice Or By Necessity) –
One for those of us working in sales. It does what it says in the title – seven actionable steps for keeping your salespeople motivated and active in our new remote working reality.

Above all else, keep going

We will eventually come out of this crisis, and when we do, there will be plenty of time to pick up where you left off with your sales prospecting.  

But not if you’ve burnt all your bridges being overly opportunistic right now. Try a little humanity instead. 

Stay healthy, stay happy, and stay valuable. 

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