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Slides on a discovery call



While there is a place for slides, I've always preferred having a slide free conversation during the initial calls but I never thought about them as being a call killer. What are your thoughts?


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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sales-best-practice-actually-terrible-your-discovery-calls-devin-reed/
Do slides on a discovery call decrease success rates?
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si
sickofthetoxic
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+7
down voters are marketing spies
If you have to show me a ppt... then you don't understand my needs, or your product.
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
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Director of Business Development
I don't think I would go this far personally. We sell a pretty involved service that involves people actually doing things in serious settings. With that level of complexity, it can be really hard to present a coherent, intricate solution without visual keys.Β 

That being said, the powerpoint should not be the focal point of your presentation. While it's you you need to be calling out DMs by name, asking questions, getting engagement, check for impact. Don't expect the slides to do any piece of your job for you other than act as an outline. They also shouldn't be up for longer than 1/2 of the meeting time.Β 

Edit: Just remembered this is about a discovery call so yeah, don't use slides on a discovery call. I like to have a super short deck that can be used anytime, but I think I've only used it once in an early stage call.Β 
si
sickofthetoxic
Politicker
+7
down voters are marketing spies
Lol. Was going to reply that is one intense disco call.Β 
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Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+13
Director of Business Development
Not sure about the rates. I usually have a super short slide deck (3-4 slides tops) available for early conversations, but I think I've only used it once or twice. Discovery should be more free flowing and exploratory, some of the best information comes out during open conversation, especially between two people from the same company talking on a call with you.
Rallier
Politicker
+10
Account Executive
I stopped using them. It's a relic of the earlier 2000s that somehow is still being used todayΒ 
softwaresails
Politicker
+4
Sales Manager
I just hate slides. Especially for the discovery calls.

I hate them almost as much though for any other part of the conversation. I know this isn't always the case but if we are going to do a walkthrough or demo show me the actual product. I know this isn't practical for all sales / products but if it's something you can show me instead of showing me a slide I want to see the product.
CuriousFox
WR Officer
+13
Senior Account Executive
I never use slides for discovery calls.Β 
Beans
Politicker
+9
Account Executive
I completely agree with the article, was working on disco sales training with new reps and a lot of them would dive into a 5-6 slide intro deck.

You don't build rapport by over-selling right out of the gate, it needs to be a tailored approach, especially in our industry.Β 
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