About this video
When meeting a new prospect, just telling them you are a (another) training company or product manufacturer offers no value.
In this lesson, Nicola Cook, author of ‘The Secrets of Success in Selling’, explains that engaging a prospect’s interest in your offer starts with your ‘prologue’.
Video length: 6:42
About Nicola Cook
Nicola specialises in helping business leaders create accelerated growth and scalability in their sales function.
Originally from a blue-chip background, Nicola held senior sales positions at American Express, Procter & Gamble and Gucci, before switching her focus, initially to a scale – up business where she was part of the management team that successfully scaled and exited, before starting her own consulting firm, Company Shortcuts, in 2004.
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