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Gaining Access & Building Relationships in MedTech
As hospitals, labs and other MedTech buyers limit physical access, MedTech sales organisations and healthcare systems have invested in adapting to new ways of interacting. Although many thought the adaptation would be temporary, many organisations are realising the benefits that remote, digitally-enabled interactions can produce. As a result, it is clear that virtual selling will play a continual role as we move through the current environment and beyond. As this new model grows, sales representatives face many challenges when trying to gain routine access to stakeholders. Some of these challenges include:
- Surgeons overwhelmed with the backlog of deferred cases
- Office staff, nurses and physicians are inundated and, in many cases, re-organising their offices and ensuring the health and safety of their patients.
- Conversations and interactions are not spontaneous occurrences, but rather planned dialogues that are scheduled based on the physician’s/customer’s need or interest
- Stakeholders that are interacting directly with patients find access and time allocation waning in the face of other more pressing priorities.
Given these and associated obstacles, medical device and technology sales professionals need to enhance their digital communication skills so they are better equipped and prepared to generate the interest of customers, gain access and schedule appointments for more in-depth discussions. And once discussions are scheduled, the goal is to make those discussions productive, compelling and valuable to the customer in a way that deepens the relationship.
This is a time when there is a true opportunity to differentiate and become the trusted partner who demonstrates an interest in the customer, the practice and patients while demonstrating a sensitivity to the current environment.
MedTech Sales Training Solutions
Equipping sales professionals to succeed in this new healthcare environment means ensuring they have the specific skills, strategies, tools and best practices to move through each phase of their pursuit, from gaining access to conducting successful conversations that win and expand business.
MedTech reps trying to reach potential buyers need a framework for reaching physicians and other healthcare providers, using marketing-approved messaging and savvy use of clinical data to demonstrate their credibility and to initiate qualified business opportunities. Reps now require a more strategic approach that builds trust, demonstrates value to the physician/customer and creates a foundation to strengthen the relationship.
How you prepare, who you network with to gain access and what you say and do when requesting access all contribute to your ability to be successful with Physicians, Total Office, Hospital Administrators, and other buyers.
In the current environment, healthcare professionals are even more pressed for time, making the absence of face-to-face meetings easier for them to disengage and end the call. This leaves the seller with a narrow opportunity to establish their credibility. With a consultative approach, Reps can bring value to the call early by offering insights and sharing ideas that are relevant thereby earning the right to ask questions that build credibility and form a stronger connection.
Training Programmes for MedTech Sales Teams
Richardson Sales Performance offers a Connected Selling Curriculum™ that helps pharmaceutical sales organisations find, win and grow more business in today’s environment. We’re seeing the programmes below support our Pharma customers particularly well:
- Virtual Selling: Empower your sales team to more effectively engage customers in virtual meetings. This programme equips pharma sales professionals with the skills and techniques to increase credibility, create connection, foster openness and build trust in a virtual setting to drive momentum and win sales opportunities.
- Evidence-Based Solution Selling: Teach your team to help their healthcare provider clients solve problems based on clinical evidence using a repeatable methodology, clinical selling skills and tools to provide the customer experience that healthcare providers expect.
- Consultative Prospecting: takes an in-depth look at the critical dynamics of reaching new customers. Training includes exploration of four powerful elements that will increase your team’s effectiveness in gaining access to HCPs.
Director, Global Sales Excellence @ Top MedTech Organisation
Thanks very much for your readiness and superior facilitation of this very important initiative for us. As you know, setting up our sales team for success is at the heart of what we do. Partnering with the best in class to embark the “Evidence-Based selling” journey was key.