Andy Aslen, UK copywriter, has created an acronym designed to help writers with their sales copy: KFC—Know, Feel, Commit. This process enables copyrighters to write text through which readers can effectively move from simply knowing about something to feeling strongly enough about it to make some type of commitment.Ian Brodie, in an article posted to his blog, suggests that this same acronym can help professionals both secure and retain clients. Once you educate them (‘know’) about your services and then help them feel the need for those services, you are more likely to secure a commitment. That’s why it’s important that you know exactly what type of commitment you’re looking for.
Commit. You must approach every meeting with a clear objective. What do you want to see happen as a result of talking with this individual? Do you simply want him/her to keep better records? Or do you want them to retain additional services? Perhaps this meeting is with a prospective client, and you want to be selected as their bookkeeper. Whatever it is, you must clearly understand your purpose in order to plan for an effective meeting.
Know. Once you define your objective, you can prepare for success. This requires sharing the necessary information with your current or prospective client. If you want this individual to select you as their bookkeeper, this information would include specific ways in which you could save them money while making their business more profitable. It might also include monthly fees and a list of services you would then provide. It’s important that you deliver this information in a clear and coherent manner; a jumbled and confusing delivery could threaten your success. In this case, practice what you plan to say on a family member or friend. They should be able to tell you, objectively, whether or not your delivery is both interesting and informative.
Feel. The truth is that regardless of how informative your pitch may be, unless your audience feels something, they will be unwilling to commit to your objective. This can be tricky and somewhat illusive as their need to feel various emotions changes, depending on the situation. For example, first they might need to appreciate the value of your services services before then needing to trust in your expertise and integrity. To recognize both your client’s needs and emotions, it’s important that you listen and watch as they share their thoughts and feelings.
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