How to Overcome the “I’m not interested” objection

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Top sales reps—the ones making the most sales and commissions—know how to handle repeatable selling situations. Instead of ad-libbing, they have learned, internalized, and use best practice responses to the objections and stalls they get over and over again.

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Here is an example of the kinds of proven scripts and techniques you’ll learn to handle all the selling situations you and your team face:

If, while prospecting, your prospect tells you, “We wouldn’t be interested,” you can more effectively respond with:

“I’m not interested”

Response #1

 “That’s fine _________, and I’m simply calling to update your information for our records. Quick question: Are you still the right contact person who handles ordering the ________ for your company?”

Response #2

 “Oh that’s O.K., I’m not calling to sell you anything today. Just want to make sure you still know we’re here in case you do need something down the road. By the way, do you guys still carry/use/order ________?”

Response #3

 “I get that all the time, and just know that the only reason I’m calling is to introduce myself as your contact should you ever need to check pricing or availability on an item. Quick question: are you still the right contact for _________?”

Response #4

 “No problem _________. I’ll simply email you my contact information in case you ever do need anything, and then I’ll get out of your hair. By the way, would you be the best person to email this to, or is there someone else who is handling ________ now?”

Response #5

 “That’s no problem at all – quick question: is it that you don’t need anything just now, or do you even order/carry/use ________ anymore at all?”

[“We do order, we just don’t need any now”]

“Great.  When you are in the market again, could I be one of the vendors/suppliers/sources you go to for a quote?”

Response #6

 “Quick question: Does that mean you’re not interested at this moment, but in a few months things could change, and I should keep in touch?”

“When should I check back with you?”

[If given a date]

“Great.  So I can be more prepared for that, quick question: are you the right contact for this?” (Then add other qualifying questions) 

Response #7

 “If you were to be interested, what is the typical (volume, amount, frequency, etc.) that you normally order/use/need?”

[If they tell you]

“And who do you normally get that from?”

Response #8

 “When was the last time you were interested in something like this?”

Response #9

 “And what would have to change for you to be more open to something like this in the future?”

Response #10

 “Should I lose your number or put you on a 6-month follow up call?” (Say with a BIG smile!)

[If call back in 6 months]

“Great.  What should I keep an eye out for in between then?”

Regardless of your product or service, I’m sure you can adapt one of these 10 proven responses to deal with the “I’m not interested” blow off.

And if you’d like more proven solutions, like this, then use the coupon code EARLY to save 15% on our AA-ISP Award Winning inside sales training.

New online, 7-week training starts Wednesday, September 11th, at 4 pm Eastern.

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For companies registering up 5 or more reps, your average investment is less than $399 per rep!

Read more here.

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Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

How to Overcome the “I’m not interested” objection

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Top sales reps—the ones making the most sales and commissions—know how to handle repeatable selling situations. Instead of ad-libbing, they have learned, internalized, and use best practice responses to the objections and stalls they get over and over again.

[Special Offer: If you and your team would like to learn these techniques and save 15% on our upcoming 7-week online inside sales training, Click Here and use the coupon code: Gitomer]

Here is an example of the kinds of proven scripts and techniques you’ll learn to handle all the selling situations you and your team face:

If, while prospecting, your prospect tells you, “We wouldn’t be interested,” you can more effectively respond with:

“I’m not interested”

Response #1

 “That’s fine _________, and I’m simply calling to update your information for our records. Quick question: Are you still the right contact person who handles ordering the ________ for your company?”

Response #2

 “Oh that’s O.K., I’m not calling to sell you anything today. Just want to make sure you still know we’re here in case you do need something down the road. By the way, do you guys still carry/use/order ________?”

Response #3

 “I get that all the time, and just know that the only reason I’m calling is to introduce myself as your contact should you ever need to check pricing or availability on an item. Quick question: are you still the right contact for _________?”

Response #4

 “No problem _________. I’ll simply email you my contact information in case you ever do need anything, and then I’ll get out of your hair. By the way, would you be the best person to email this to, or is there someone else who is handling ________ now?”

Response #5

 “That’s no problem at all – quick question: is it that you don’t need anything just now, or do you even order/carry/use ________ anymore at all?”

[“We do order, we just don’t need any now”]

“Great.  When you are in the market again, could I be one of the vendors/suppliers/sources you go to for a quote?”

Response #6

 “Quick question: Does that mean you’re not interested at this moment, but in a few months things could change, and I should keep in touch?”

“When should I check back with you?”

[If given a date]

“Great.  So I can be more prepared for that, quick question: are you the right contact for this?” (Then add other qualifying questions) 

Response #7

 “If you were to be interested, what is the typical (volume, amount, frequency, etc.) that you normally order/use/need?”

[If they tell you]

“And who do you normally get that from?”

Response #8

 “When was the last time you were interested in something like this?”

Response #9

 “And what would have to change for you to be more open to something like this in the future?”

Response #10

 “Should I lose your number or put you on a 6-month follow up call?” (Say with a BIG smile!)

[If call back in 6 months]

“Great.  What should I keep an eye out for in between then?”

Regardless of your product or service, I’m sure you can adapt one of these 10 proven responses to deal with the “I’m not interested” blow off.

And if you’d like more proven solutions, like this, then use the coupon code Gitomer to save 15% on our AA-ISP Award Winning inside sales training.

New online, 7-week training starts Wednesday, September 11th, at 4 pm Eastern.

All courses are recorded and come with all handouts, scripts, and information you need to instantly upgrade your sales skills and sales results.

For companies registering up 5 or more reps, your average investment is less than $399 per rep!

Read more here.

Look forward to having you in the training!


Need More Proven Responses to the Selling Situations You Face Every Day?

Join Our Next Training:

If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

How to Negotiate to Close More Deals

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There is a disturbing trend I’ve heard with the companies I’m working with. And it starts when prospects begin asking for a lower price or a “deal,” or for a reference before committing, or for a free trial to demo services or products.

The problem I’m hearing is that sales reps—both newer reps and even some seasoned reps—immediately drop the price or offer a trial, or readily hand out references thinking that this is what will close the sale.

If you’ve done this yourself, then you know all too well the sickening feeling of “giving away the store” only to have the prospect then refuse to do business with you. It’s not an effective sales strategy…

The answer is to learn the fine art of negotiating. In a nutshell, the basic point of negotiating is that you both have something the other party wants, so you give to get. And this is the problem for most sales reps: they just give away things (like a free trial or lower price) without getting anything in return.

Here’s how to change that. Let’s do a quick role play:

Example One:

Prospect: “Do you offer a free trial?”

Rep: “We generally don’t offer a ‘free’ trial, but there are some options I may be able to offer in terms of a free month at the beginning of your contract with us. I’d have to speak to my director about this.

“Before I do, I know he’ll want to know that you’re set and ready to go before we put together something. So let me ask you…”

Now qualify for budget, timeframe, and start date before you offer that free trial.

Example Two:

Prospect: “That price is too high. Can we buy half a position to try it out?”

Rep: “That’s something I’d need to get approval on. Just out of curiosity, if I did take this to my director and he approved it, would you be ready to give us the go ahead and begin service today?”

Here again is the basis of negotiation. You never give away a free trial nor do you drop the price without first getting something from your prospect in return. In this case, a commitment.

If they say they are willing to commit, then you can get the approval from your manager. If they say they still need to think about it, it’s up to you to keep closing and isolate the real objection.

Example Three:

Prospect: “I need a reference.”

Rep: “I’d be happy to provide you with one. Before I do, however, I want to make sure that if, after speaking with them, you’re then ready to begin working with us. As you can imagine, all our clients—like yourself—are busy and don’t want to be bothered with people taking their time if they aren’t sold on our solution.

“So let me ask you this: What price point are you ready to commit to if the reference works out?

“And how about a start date?” etc.

Again, you must get something from your prospect before you give something to them. This is negotiation.

There are many advantages of working your close this way, but the biggest one is verifying that you’re dealing with a buyer and not someone who is just a ‘maybe.’ You know as well as I do that those “so-so” leads almost never buy and by giving in to them, you’re getting weaker and weaker as a sales rep.

So try the techniques above and start negotiating rather than giving control of your sale away.

You’ll close more sales and feel better about yourself!

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If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

The 5 Secrets to Get Your Email Returned

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Tired of your emails not getting returned?

If you’re a sales rep who is sending emails and waiting….and waiting for responses that never come, then why not use some best practices that will give your emails the best chances of getting a response.

Here are 5 things you can begin doing right now:

Email Secret #1: Use the prospect’s first name in the subject line.

Putting your prospect’s name in the subject line (first name) will immediately distinguish your email from the hundreds of others your prospect gets. Because we’re all trained to respond to our own name, and this will draw your prospect’s eyes like a magnet.

Email Secret #2: Customize the first few lines of your email as much as possible

Many people preview emails by reading the first paragraph in Outlook, and the beginning better be short and have immediate value to your prospect.  Something like:

“Hi Barbara, Mike Brooks here with HMS software. I’ve got some ideas about your networking issues for your new office that’s opening in Houston next month. 

Again, keep it short, to their point, and provide immediate value.

Email Secret #3: Keep your email short and easy to read! 

Nothing will turn your prospect off more than long, information packed paragraphs.  Their eyes will glaze over! 

Break up your paragraphs into sentences if possible to make them easy to read and accessible. 

Just like I’m doing right now…

Email Secret #4:  Ask for a return response – whether they are interested or not. 

This is a great way to end your email and a good way to get a response. Simply thank them in advance for their consideration and that you’re looking forward to their response—either way—on this.

Email Secret #5: Promise to follow up by phone if they don’t respond. 

Let them know that you understand they are busy, and that you’ll follow up with a call in a day or two if you don’t hear back.

This really increases your response rate, and if you get a “not interested,” that’s okay! This prospect just disqualified themselves and saved you a lot of time and energy!

On the other hand, there will be others who don’t respond and they become your follow up leads…

These are the 5 secrets to emails work.

Take a few minutes right now to script out some of the outline of your emails and then fill in the details as you need to per prospect. And then watch your contact, response and success rate skyrocket!

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If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

Three Ways to Get a Prospect to Respond

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I received this question from a reader of my blog last week:

“Mike, I have a question for you.

“Being that people are more accessible with iPhones, text, laptops, computers, email, messenger, FB, Instagram to name a few, why are business owners/decision makers so hard to reach? It’s almost like they are hiding. They don’t even acknowledge anymore.

“How do you get them to respond? Back in the day, you left $1 stapled to your card and they called back.

“I look forward to your response.”

B.M.

This is a good question and many sales reps are wondering the same thing: With so many ways of being contacted, why is it harder to reach them?

The answer is simple: Prospects now have more ways of identifying sales reps they don’t want to speak with, and now have more ways of evading them.

Think of your own life: You get a text. What do you do? The answer is: It depends. If it’s of interest to you AND if it’s urgently important, then you respond. If not, then you wait. Sometimes for days or weeks…

It’s the same for your prospects. And if they get a communication from a sales rep, guess how long they are going to wait before responding?

So here are three things I do to reach prospects who are in the habit of hiding and evading:

#1: Because prospects are pitched all the time, and because the majority of them are not going to be a buyer (at this time) for my services, a way I get them to reach back out to me is by offering them a way out.

That’s right. While it seems counter intuitive, I’d rather know up front if I’m wasting my time or if this is a real prospect.

So I always include in my communications (voicemail, email, text) the following “out”:

“And so I know how to follow up appropriately, please let me know if this is something that isn’t of interest to you right now, or when would be a good time to reach you this week.”

That’s it.

And guess what? By including this sentence my communications, I not only get more responses, but I remove the “beg” in my pitch/follow up. Nobody likes hearing from a salesperson who has “commission breath” as a manager once told me. And this method not only allows prospects to disqualify themselves, but it also gets those interested buyers to respond back to me with a time to reach them.

#2: Make more calls without leaving a message. Speaking about prospects hiding behind emails, etc., sales reps hide behind them too. They send email after email or leave a couple of voice mails and then give up.

I take the opposite approach: I call. Relentlessly. For weeks. And I don’t leave a message.

Oh sure, I send emails also, and I leave voicemails once in a while, but in between, I’ll call five to seven times a week—at different times, different days—and hang up if I don’t reach someone.

This kind of persistence has paid off (and still pays off) Big Time. So be relentless—remember: “The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get.”

#3: Send a card—or 12. I’ve written in my book, Power Phone Scripts, about the success I’ve had using a greeting card campaign to send a personalized card every month for year. I’ve made hundreds of thousands of dollars doing this.

Visit this link to try this service for free, and then do what other sales reps are too lazy to do: Send a card, every month, and you’ll reach the buyers you’re looking for.

And don’t forget: The beautiful thing about this system is you create the cards and then forget about them! All you have to do is add a name and address and press a button. Then your cards go out like clockwork.

Remember: You want to be in front of your prospects when priorities change, and when they need your product or service. Sending a card and being in front of them each month will ensure they think of YOU first…

So there you have it. Three sure fire ways of getting your prospects to respond to you. Follow them and watch your contacts—and your sales—go through the roof!


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If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

One Technique to Avoid Ghosting

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We’ve all been through it: You set an amazing demo or presentation call and, and…they don’t show up!

Or, you have an amazing and, what you think is an, engaging demo call and you set a call back and, and…they don’t show up!

“What’s wrong?” you think. “Why didn’t I see that coming?”

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a surefire way to predict who was most likely to keep their appointments and who wasn’t? There is!

I’ve been using a technique for years now and teaching it to my clients, and I’d like to share it with you now. By using this technique, you’ll immediately be able to tell who is most cooperative, who is engaged, and who is willing to go out of their way (a little) to meet you half-way and set an appointment they are actually interested in attending.

The technique is that while setting the next call with your prospect, you direct them to open their calendar and look for a time that fits you both.

Now this may sound like a subtle distinction—and it is—but it makes a huge difference.

The way most sales reps set appointments now is to just ask when a day and time might be good for a prospect. If they get fancy, they do the alternative close: “Would Wednesday at 3 pm work, or is Thursday at 9 am better?”

That’s an old school technique that is taught to help keep control of the sales process, but it’s pretty worn out these days.

A better way is to test for engagement by seeing how cooperative a prospect is. And you do this by seeing if they are willing to open their calendar, look at their openings, and actually put you in it.

If they are willing to do that, I’ve found they are 70% more likely to show up for the appointment—or more likely to let you know if they need to reschedule.

And the opposite is also true: If someone isn’t willing to open their calendar, then it’s a Red Flag that warns of a prospect’s inherent uncooperativeness (and unreliability).

Here’s the script for how to do it right. While scheduling the call back, simply say:

“Okay, let’s get our next call on the calendar at a time that works best for both of us. I’ve got my calendar open here, can you go ahead and pull yours up for me?”

And then wait for them to do so.

Once they have, go ahead and agree to a day and time and simply say:

“I’ve gone ahead and put you in my calendar for Tuesday at 10:30 am EDT—have you got me in yours as well?”

It’s that simple. That extra step of confirmation makes all the difference in whether or not a prospect shows up.

As always, don’t take my word for it, try it yourself. But if you want to reduce the amount of ghosting you get, trust me, start using it today!


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If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

Gatekeeper Best Practices

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Last week I was contacted by the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals and asked if I would share my best practices for dealing with the gatekeeper. Sure! I said.

In under 10 minutes they recorded a slide presentation, and I want to share that with all of you. Do pass this on to others in your company who also may have problems navigating past the gatekeeper.

You can view it here.

By taking the time to script out what you’ll learn and making a commitment to practicing this for a couple of days, you’ll instantly avoid 70% of the gatekeeper screening you’re currently getting now.

And I know that will make a huge difference in both your attitude and your results. So check it out now!


Need More Proven Responses to the Selling Situations You Face Every Day?

Join Our Next Training:

If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

Getting Buy-In Before Going Over Price

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Want to instantly make asking for the sale easier?

Then make sure and get buy in that your prospect is sold on your solution before you go over pricing options.

If your sale cycle involves giving a demo or presentation that includes showing pricing options, then a mistake you may be making is moving into the pricing before you have confirmed that your prospect is completely sold that your solution will give them what they want (or help them accomplish what they need).

There is simple to fix—but like many simple solutions, it can be overlooked in your rush to ask for the sale. Here’s how it works:

First: Give your presentation as you do now, making sure to build a “Yes” momentum by using appropriate tie-downs and, later on, trial closes.

Second, before you get to your pricing options, ask the following questions first:

“That’s how this program works, so let me ask you: What questions do you have for me?”

Always ask this in a leading way, “What questions do you have..” rather than in a closed ended way: “Do you have any…”

Then answer any questions—or if they don’t have any—then ask:

“From what you’ve learned today (or: ‘from what we’ve gone over’), do you feel this would bring you (whatever it is they want—more conversions, more leads, better results or cost savings, etc.)?”

And then hit MUTE and let them fully answer..

If they are noncommittal or uncertain, then do not show pricing yet! Instead, engage with them to find out why they are hesitant:

“Do you mind sharing with me what you mean?” OR

“You know, I love to learn: what part of this don’t you feel would work for you?” etc.

If they do give you buy in, then you can go to your rate card or pricing guide, or whatever it is you use.

But the key is to first get buy in.

Begin incorporating this at the end of your presentations and what as your control of the sale—and your results—improve.


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If your team is struggling with call reluctance and is tired of the endless rejection they face, then this live, interactive online B2B & B2C inside sales training is exactly what they need to get excited & confident about selling again! We provide the exact talk tracks, templates, and proven tools your team will be motivated to apply, all structured around an award winning comprehensive inside sales approach that gives your team the confidence to succeed in every selling situation they face today.

Who Should Attend?

Any sales reps dealing with the following issues:

  • Reps struggling with call reluctance
  • Getting screened out by the gatekeeper
  • Overcoming blow off objections like, “Just email me something”
  • Identifying decision makers
  • Qualifying prospects
  • Setting call back appointments that stick
  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
  • Staying motivated

A Gift to Our Readers: MIS Wins 2019 Service Provider Award!

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Chicago: AA-ISP Leadership Summit:

I’d like to take a quick moment to acknowledge all my readers and clients who nominated MIS in two categories this year, 2019.

At the Summit in Chicago last week, MIS was awarded (for the third year in a row!) the “2018 Service Provider of the Year Award”! We are deeply honored to be singled out as the top inside sales training and coaching firm among the many other fine companies in this space.

In addition, I was named one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Inside Sales Professionals”—for the ninth year in a row!

It was an honor to be recognized in this way, and even more so because I was nominated and voted on by you—my clients and readers! So thank you very much! (Visit my AA-ISP page to view some of your comments.)

For all of you who have supported me over the years, I’d like to give you a free sample from my new book, Power Phone Scripts. In this sample, you will get word-for-word scripts on a variety of cold calling subjects such as:

  • A brand new prospecting approach
  • A better opening than “How are you today?”
  • Don’t say that, say this!
  • How to develop an effective elevator pitch
  • Four ways to get past the gatekeeper
  • Why asking for help is a great way to get information
  • Stop pitching the gatekeeper – and what to do instead
  • What to do if the prospect takes only emails

You can access your free sample with all these scripts here.

Thank you again for all your support. I look forward to continuing to create great content, and word-for-word scripts that you can use every day to become more successful selling over the phone.

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Qualifying: Why Timeline is So Important

Want to know how qualified a prospect is? Then simply make sure you get a definitive answer to their timeline for purchasing or implementing your product or solution.

There are several ways to ask for this. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Again, thanks for reaching out to us and I’ll definitely get you more information on this. Question: What does your review process look like? In other words, after you go through everything, if you thought we were the best fit for you, what would be an approximate start date for you?”

OR

“Great! I’ve got us on the calendar for next (confirm day and time). One more thing: If after the demo you like what you see, when would you want to get this implemented?”

OR

“Great! I’ve got us on the calendar for next (confirm day and time). One more thing: If after the demo you like what you see, would you be in a position to go ahead and schedule an install date?”

AND

“I understand there are several layers to getting this approved, but let me ask you: If you feel that we are the best overall solution, what would be the soonest that you personally would like to get this going?”

AND

“__________, sounds like this would be a good fit for you. Let me ask you: If everything checks out next week, is there anything that would prevent us from moving forward with this in the next two weeks?”

The power of understanding timeline is that it gives you insight into how much urgency there is on the part of your prospect. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best solution in the world. If there are steps or processes or other decision makers on their end (or competition they are evaluating), then these are the real roadblocks that will stall your deal.

And the way to find out is to qualify for timeline.

Any of these scripts will help you do that, so copy them down, put them in your own language, and begin qualifying for this most important of all “tells.”

The sooner you understand their timing, the sooner you’ll know how to drive the sale.