Ask Questions vs. Just Answer Them

For sales professionals, everywhere.

When I roleplay/practice with salespeople and play the part of the salesperson as a way of demonstrating the behavior I want them to follow, I am very conscious of my intention and behavior in the interaction: I am focused on what they are saying, use voice and body match, listen deeply and reframe their words and recreate their emotion, and ask more questions in response to what they say. These are all teachable actions and they all require repeated practice.
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The last one – ask more questions in response to what they say – is a critical skill to adopt and repeat. When I observe salespeople in role play or on the floor, I see that they TELL the customer something in response to what they say instead of telling and asking another question.
For example:
Customer: “Is this solid wood?”
Salesperson: “Yes it is.” ADD” Can you tell me what’s important to you about solid wood?”
I also find this step is lacking when discussing money. Example:
Customer: “Is $1500 the price for this sofa?”
Salesperson: “Yes.” ADD: “Will that price work for you?”
Know what you need to know and ask until you get it…including Asking for the Sale.
Now, go sell something.
oxo,
Jody
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“Their hand on the front door”

  For sales professionals, everywhere.   One of my very favorite top producing salespeople worked for Star Furniture in Houston for years. When she first arrived there, she leap-frogged over the longstanding #1 salesperson and never looked back. As I am always … Continue reading

“What’s the Next Step?”

“What’s the Next Step?”

For sales managers, everywhere
 
As I have said previously, I get most of my blog material from coaching calls and training meetings. The things that come up during those precious times together are rich in material.
On a call last week with the Michael Alan Furniture and Design team in Lake Havasu City, AZ, their sales manager Dave shared what he does with any and every
Next-Steps-2018_0salesperson/designer after a customer interaction completes. He simply asks
“What’s the next step?” and from there
discovers that something either happened or didn’t…which leads to further questions. Brilliant.
So tell me, what are you asking your sales team after an interaction with a prospect/customer? If you aren’t consciously and consistently doing that, begin to make it a habit. You will see results immediately.
Now, go help your team to sell something.
oxo,
Jody
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