Medical devices sales – planning the commitment

Planning the commitment

Closing the call is all about obtaining a commitment from the customer that moves the sales cycle forward. Top performers plan the commitment they want from the customer – setting it as their call objective. They assess and adjust the level of that commitment as the call unfolds.

Some commitments apply regardless of the stage in the sales cycle, such as setting up a follow up meeting with the person or gaining an introduction to someone else inside the hospital or practice.

Others tend to be more specific to the stage of the sales cycle. For example:

  • Early in the sales cycle a sales person might ask for 5 minutes of a physician’s time just to better understand their interests and needs or a commitment by a physician to be introduced to a type of therapy. Many sales people at this stage are seeking access to the Lab or OR as their commitment objective. 
  • In the middle of the sales cycle, sales people might seek to gain some other commitments such as: a device evaluation, in-service staffing, or support within a hospital’s new product committee or VAC.
  • Late in the sales cycle, sales people might seek commitments to help close the contract, assist with the implementation process, and, as appropriate, start to build relationships outside of the hospital.

The key is always to propose a commitment at the end of the call that moves the sales cycle forward. Done consistently, it is the most effective way to shorten the sales cycle and close more business.

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About Richard Ruff

For more than 30 years Dr. Richard Ruff and Dr. Janet Spirer - the founders of Sales Horizons - have worked with the Fortune 1000 - such as UPS, Canon USA, Smith & Nephew, Boston Scientific, Owens & Minor, Textron - to design and develop sales training programs. During his career Dick has authored numerous articles related to sales effectiveness and co-authored "Managing Major Sales", a book about sales management, "Parlez-Vous Business" which helps sales people integrate the language of business into the sales process, and "Getting Partnering Right" – a research based work on the best practices for forming strategic selling alliances. Dr. Ruff received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee and a B.S. from Rennsselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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