You know it’s important to sell yourself while interviewing. However I bet you’re uncomfortable talking about yourself, your client. Tooting your own horn.
Aside from price, reputation, service, one of the most important ways you win that client is to stand out from your competition. To be more memorable. You must sell yourself. The best way to do so, and to get the points you’d like to make is to do it through a story. How you helped a different client, how your staff found a solution. How you worked well in a team. How you saved the day. How you saved a client money, time, embarrassment. Your accomplishments detailed via a story rather than an “I did this” will indeed make you more memorable and persuasive.
Telling a story well requires skill. Here are three tips to improve your success that I learnt from a speaking/ sales coach, Patricia Fripp.
Portray the story entirely in the listeners world. Instead of beginning with “I cut costs by 10%” change it to “I’m sure you have other clients that try to help you cut costs”.
Good stories have flesh and blood characters and dialogue. Tell your story through the conversations that occurred. Describe the people, the weather, set the scene. People think in pictures. Draw them with your words.
The story doesn’t have to start in the beginning, nor be told in sequence A through Z. Movies don’t do that. Go for the dramatic statement, one that grabs and makes one want to know more. Then you go and back fill the story.
To highlight how your idea saved money you story could start: “You just managed to save us $100,000” my client Phil said with glee. Let me explain. You might have had cost cutting measures in your company like ‘company’ did one year ago…. “