The only thing debated more than MEDDIC, MEDDICC, and MEDDPICC is whether MEDDIC is a Sales Methodology, Sales Framework or Sales Process
A frequently asked question is, “Is MEDDICC a Sales Methodology?” The short answer is “no,” but it’s not as straightforward as that as, over time, the lines of definition have blurred.
A sales methodology is a set of guiding principles that an organization uses to define how they go to market with their solution.
In its natural form, MEDDIC does not dictate the approach an organization should take in their go-to-market. MEDDICC provides a methodology in which the organization can correctly and thoroughly qualify deals to ensure efficient and effective selling. Therefore, MEDDICC a Qualification Methodology.
Why Can’t We Call MEDDICC a Methodology?
You may think this is a little pedantic, but it is critical for the success of how people embrace MEDDICC that they don’t make these two common mistakes:
- Assuming that MEDDICC is a sales methodology and, therefore, will provide how their organization structures their go-to-market with such initiatives like product and value messaging.
- Disregarding the opportunity to implement MEDDICC because they already have a Sales Methodology in place.
The mistake of assuming you can’t implement MEDDICC because you already have a sales methodology is incorrect and overlooks one of the most valuable tenets of MEDDICC: it is wholly universal and works with the sales methodology. In fact, some sales methodologies require MEDDICC to underpin them.
In enterprise sales, the sales methodology is Batman leading the attack, and MEDDICC is Robin, the trusty sidekick keeping everything on track and in check.
The sales methodology will lead on how your organization goes to market, the style of messaging, who you talk to, and how you speak to them.
If you were hoping that MEDDICC would act as a sales methodology for you, don’t be disappointed; instead, be elated, you see, by implementing MEDDICC, you are going to accelerate your understanding of which sales methodology is right for your organization.
Always Combine MEDDICC With A Sales Methodology
MEDDICC is most effective when it is combined with a sales methodology.
In enterprise sales, the methodology is Batman, leading the attack, and MEDDICC is Robin, the trusty sidekick keeping everything on track.
The sales methodology will take the lead on how your organization goes to market, the style of messaging, and whom you talk to and how you talk to them.
How to Choose the Right Methodology for your organization
There are several sales methodologies to choose from. I was able to list eight below, just from memory:
- Sales MEDDIC Group (who have built the element of a sales methodology into their implementation of MEDDICC)
- Force Management
- SPIN Selling
- The Sandler Selling Method
- The Challenger Sale
- Target Account Selling
- Value Selling
- Miller Heiman
There are three things you should do when selecting a sales methodology for your organization:
1. Find the Methodology that Best Suits your Go-To-Market
As this is a book aimed towards the enterprise sale, I will assume we are only talking about sales methodologies for enterprise organizations.
Which sales methodology is right for you will depend on your solution and customer type.
If you are selling a mature type of solution where your customers already understand their problem and know how you can help solve them, then the majority of sales methodologies will work for your organization.
However, if the customer doesn’t understand their problem or how your solution can help, or if they don’t even know they have a problem, then the type of sales methodology becomes a more detailed decision.
This means that when you engage with prospective providers of sales methodologies, you should be looking for them to understand your organization, the needs of your customers, and how your value proposition helps.
2. Ensure it is Rigorously Implemented
For a sales methodology to be effective, it must be rigorously implemented in your organization.
The best sales methodology implementation I’ve seen looked like this:
Discovery Process – methodology provider went deep to understand the pains, goals, and challenges (they practice what they preach!).
Workshops – They surface what they have learned in workshops with key stakeholders within the organization to flesh out their understanding of the proposition and how it should be capsulized into the methodology.
Delivery – This is your traditional training course. Best in person with lots of practical exercises.
Embedding – The most important and yet most overlooked part of any methodology implementation is ensuring it is applied consistently and reinforced regularly.
The methodology must form a part of a universal language that guides your organization’s sales activities, and it must be supported throughout the business from top to bottom and, in particular, with middle managers of whom are often under-invested in despite them having the most significant impact on the adoption rate.
Ensure It Is MEDDICC Compatible
The world’s fastest-growing and most successful enterprise solution providers use MEDDICC to complement their sales methodology. If your sales methodology forces you to revert away from MEDDICC, the chances are it’s doing so at the detriment of your ability to qualify.
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