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Bob Riefstahl

Bob Riefstahl
Bob founded 2Win! on the simple concept that if we focus on more than best practices and correct our bad practices (as Bob calls them “crimes”) then we separate ourselves from the competition. Bob is a thoughtful, practical senior executive with a keen mind.
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Your Checklist of Virtual Training Must-Haves

Posted by Bob Riefstahl on 05/26/2020 10:52 PM

There is a surge of firms offering virtual soft-skills training since the onset of Covid-19 and Social Distancing.  If you are considering scheduling your precious and expensive resources into one of these courses, here is a list of nonnegotiables for anyone offering this form of training.

Proven Satisfaction Metrics

Courses designed initially for in-person events will not be effective in a virtual setting unless they are entirely re-engineered. Insist on customer satisfaction metrics that compare their virtual training with their on-site offerings. Require that they back up those statistics with their sample size. Anyone can claim a high satisfaction index from one or two clients that are “friendlies.”  The satisfaction scores must be within two percent of each other to warrant further consideration of their offering.

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Topics: virtual training

Melting an Ice-Cold Sponsor With Your Subject Line

Posted by Bob Riefstahl on 03/13/2020 11:44 AM

Here’s a scenario we’ve all experienced. It is three days before a key demo, and you need the sponsor at the client to follow through on her promise to schedule discovery calls. The problem is, she isn’t responding to your emails or voice-mails. As a pre-sales professional, you know the importance of making those connections and getting your critical questions answered. The salesperson on the account is too busy or distracted to help. What do you do? The answer is all in the subject line…

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Topics: pre-sales

Once Upon a Time…

Posted by Bob Riefstahl on 03/09/2020 5:24 PM

When I hear that phrase, I remember reading bedtime stories to my sons when they were youngsters. As adults, stories help us understand complex concepts, and just like when we’re younger, they forge connections with the storyteller, open up our imaginations, and help us receive new ideas.

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Topics: sales, storytelling

Discovery On-The-Fly, Uncovering the Underknown

Posted by Bob Riefstahl on 01/17/2020 1:12 PM

Ever Have a Runaway Demo?

Your salesperson, Emma, has a “hot lead.” Kristian, the prospect and a company executive, wants to make a decision quickly and needs a demo “right away.” Emma presses Kristian to provide time to perform a formal discovery so she can get input from other stakeholders. Kristian asserts, “You don’t need to do that. I have a list of requirements from them, and we don’t have time for a bunch of interviews. That would take weeks. Why don’t you get your demo expert to provide us with an overview and we will guide him or her from there?” Emma accepts Kristian’s request, convinces her to send the list of requirements, and sets up the demo for the next business day.

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Topics: discovery

Stop Rescuing Revenue and Start Growing It

Posted by Bob Riefstahl on 12/10/2019 4:00 PM

We believe there’s a goldmine in your current customer base when Client Services Teams have a solid strategy to manage your relationships.

Does this sound familiar?

They licensed your solution, they signed up for a lower tier of users and options, they didn’t really implement it well, they didn’t interact during the subscription, and just before their renewal deadline you received an email informing you that they would no longer be using your platform.

Now you’re in crisis mode with a client you hardly know. You ask for a meeting, beg for continuation, ask what went wrong, offer discounts, etc. The problem was, they simply didn’t use the application like they thought they would and the cancellation is being directed by an executive that no one had met.

“With the right plan in place you’ll get the renewals AND grow revenue long after the sale.”

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