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What’s one of the biggest differences between the Top 20% and the bottom 80%? The bottom 80% are still using stale, phony techniques that don’t work, and they are still trying to trick the gatekeepers and assistants as they try to get to the decision maker.
All this does is identify them as another pesky sales rep trying to sell something the prospect doesn’t want.
Here are a couple of scripts you can use to begin practicing straight selling:
If while cold calling your prospect says they are not interested, use this response:
“I don’t blame you________, you’ve never heard of me and you don’t know what my company does or how it can help you. I’m sure you get sales calls all the time, but I’m also sure that sometimes the calls turn out to be truly worthwhile. This happens to be one of those calls…” (Now provide a benefit, or ask a question)
If you reach an assistant and are told they would take a message, say:
“You know ________, I’m sure you work closely with _______, right? Great. Listen, I’ll be honest with you – I don’t want to bother you by calling and calling trying to reach _______, so let me tell you why I’m calling and you can tell me if you think this would be something he’d be interested in hearing more about…” (Now ask qualifying questions to see if they’d be a fit)
If your prospect is avoiding you after you’ve sent info, or is putting you off, try:
“________I’m glad I finally reached you, and let me ask you something and please be honest with me – I’ve tried to connect with you several times, and the timing just never seems to be right. Level with me – is this just something you’re not really interested in at this time, or do you sincerely want to schedule another time later to go through this with you. You tell me…” (Now shut up and listen to their response)
As you can see, these “Straight Selling” techniques will not only give you the respect you deserve, but they will separate the buyers from the non-buyers. And that is one of the most important Top 20% techniques of all!
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