5 Questions for Influencers

More and more these days, decision makers hid behind their assistants or other influencers.

Many sales reps get frustrated by this and often try to get past these very important people, thinking that only the decision maker is worth talking to.

Big mistake.

As I’m sure you’ve no doubt noticed, influencers have, well, a big influence on the final decision sometimes, and they almost certainly have a big influence on the decision maker.

So use the five questions below to understand what role your influencer plays, and how you can use this information to have them help you make the sale:

Question One:

“_________, you probably work quite closely with (the decision maker), tell me, how open are they to adding (your product or solution)?”

Question Two:

“_________, in terms of what you know, what is their (the decision maker or committee’s) timeline for putting something like this into effect?”

Question Three:

“What other solutions are they considering right now?”

Question Four:

“How do you get involved in the decision on something like this?”

Question Five:

“How much influence (or input) do you have on the final decision?”

Bonus Questions:

“How closely do you work with (the decision maker or committee)?”

[If they are involved]:

“What are you recommending they do right now?”

And (If you’ve been able to pitch the influencer):

“From what we’ve just gone over, do you think this is something that would work for them?”

AND

“Give me your thoughts on how (the decision maker) is going to decide who to pick for this.”

And

“From what you know, what is (the decision maker) looking for in a solution like this?”

AND

“Given what you know about the urgency for making this decision, how soon do you think they will decide on a solution?”

As you can see, there are many areas and many questions you can ask which will give you tremendous insight into the sales process—if you just ask. 

Is the influencer going to know any or all of this?  Of course not!  But, again, more times than not, they’ll know a lot more than you might think. 

And if you begin asking some of these questions, you will know it, too!


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  • Giving successful presentations and dealing with objections
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Four Ways to How to Handle: We Already Have Someone

Prospects are good at blowing sales reps off the phone.

Believe it or not, they have scripts just like you do, and one of their favorites is: “We already have someone who handles that.”

This is an easy stall to get around—if you know how.

And after reading today’s post, you’ll have several ways to get past this stall and earn the right to have a conversation:

Approach One:

“I understand and I’ll try not to make too many waves here. Just out of curiosity, when was the last time you did compare services and pricing – you know, just to keep current on what’s available to you?”

Approach Two:

“I’m with you and believe me—I’m not here to cause trouble. But let me ask you this: isn’t it wise to at least know about your options just in case you need to make a change at some time in the future?”

Approach Three:

“I’m with you. So, tell you what: instead of me trying to sell you something, let me just educate you on what’s currently available in the marketplace—you know, so in case you need something further down the line, you’ll know who to call—that can’t hurt, right?”

Approach Four:

“No problem, I fully understand. Let me ask you this though: If something were to happen to your current provider, wouldn’t you at least want a dependable backup plan so you didn’t miss a beat?”

As you can see, these responses are meant to help you go around the stall/objection, instead of having you try to overcome it.

Try these this week and adjust them to your personality and your product or service. The more automatic you make them, the better you’ll get at getting past these stalls.


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Two Simple Words to Open More Doors—and Close More Sales

The first word is “please.”

This may sound elemental, but I rarely hear sales reps use it when speaking with gatekeepers.

Instead, they just barge in and ask if so-and-so is available.

Or they just say they’re trying to reach so-and-so.

Rarely, however, do they use the most effective opening of all:

“Hi, is ________ available please.”

Try it this week and watch yourself get further with gatekeepers than you ever have.

The second word is, “thank you.”

Again, I know, this sounds too simple, too common place, too commonsensical. But you know what they say about common sense, right? “It’s not too common.”

I listen to hundreds of calls every month, and I rarely hear thank you (or please).

When a gatekeep puts you through, say thank you.

When someone asks how you are, say, “Thanks for asking…”

And so on.

This week, get in the habit of being super polite, of using these basic words of curtesy, and watch how people react in kind.

And watch how much further you get with gatekeepers!


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A Better Way to Follow Up on Emails

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Many sales reps struggle when following up on emails they’ve sent out to prospects (or even clients!).

When they get the prospect on the phone, they open with:

“Did you get the email I sent?”

OR

“Did you have a chance to review my email?”

These kinds of openings just create stalls, such as:

“No, I didn’t have time,”

OR

 “What email?”

Frustrating, huh?

Want a better approach? Try this:

When you get your prospect back on the phone, say:

“Nice to speak with you again. I did email you the information we spoke about, and I was wondering:

‘What did you like best about it?’”

OR

“What part of the information is the best fit for what you do?”

OR

“From what you read, what would you like to know more about?”

By changing your opening to something more assumptive (assume they’ve read it—if they didn’t, they’ll tell you!), and by asking a positive question “What did you like most about it?” (or any of the other questions above, or come up with your own), you’ll be leading your prospect to reveal their interest level and unique buying motives.

And that’s better than leading them to a stall, isn’t it?

Try it this week and adjust it until you find the best opening for your product or service!


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5 Reasons to Follow a Script

Before you get on your high horse and tell me you wouldn’t be caught dead using a script, consider:

If I were to record your prospecting and demo calls for a week, and then transcribe what you say, what would I get?

Your script.

You see, even if you think you would never use a script, the truth is, you already are!

The problem is that what you are so used to saying, your “script,” in many cases isn’t the best practice. It’s not thought out, carefully crafted, and usually isn’t the most effective response.

Most of the time, it’s the accumulation of bad habits, ad-libbing that worked two years ago (but isn’t effective now), and, frankly, could use a major refresh.

Once you take the time to write an effective script (or hire a professional like me to write it for you or your team), then you can deliver the absolute best messaging and the most effective sales techniques THAT WORK.

Here are 5 reasons following a well written script will make your sales team better (and make your company a lot more money!):

#1: You’ll sound more professional. The best way to eliminate the “uhs” and “ums” is to follow—and then memorize—an effective script.

If you hate the sound of your own voice (when you listen to your recordings), then script out what you’re going to say, and concentrate on the delivery. Your prospects will trust you more, and you’ll appear more professional.

And prospects like that!

#2: Handling objections will become easier.

If you’re frustrated when a prospect tells you “they aren’t interested,” or when a demo ends with “I’ll think about it,” and you don’t know what to say, that frustration will end when you script out effective rebuttals to these common selling situations.

And that leads to:

#3: Following a script makes you more confident!

Top producers aren’t afraid of making calls, and they aren’t thrown off course when they get an objection. Why?

Because they expect them and know how to handle them. Scripting out your response in advance will not only help you deal with—and overcome—objections, it will lead to you becoming more confident.

And how nice will that be?

#4: Using a script will stop you from talking…and talking…and pitching…and pitching…

Sales reps LOVE to talk. And talk. And talk some more. Problem is: when your mouth is open, your ears are closed. You learn nothing when you keep talking, and because your prospects have all the answers, this is deadly for your success.

By inserting tie-downs, and trial closes in your script, you’ll actually have to stop and engage your buyer! And that’s when you learn what it’s going to take to close them. If you insist on ad-libbing, however, you’ll miss all this—and many times, miss making the sale.

#5: Using a script will stop you from talking past the close.

This is the number one problem with sales reps: Instead of confirming or asking for the order, they just keep talking…and talking themselves out of a sale.

If you don’t believe me, just listen to a couple of your last closing attempts.

See what I mean?

Bottom line: Scripts will make you a better, more confident, more successful sales professional.

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The sooner you stop ad-libbing, and start following a better practice approach, the sooner you’ll reap the benefits above…


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  • 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

Question: Why Aren’t You Asking More Questions?

We all know the importance of asking questions of our prospects and clients, yet how many do you ask?

How many does your sales teams ask?

If you’re like most sales reps, then you’re probably doing a lot more talking (read pitching) than you are listening. And that’s because you’re not asking enough questions.

Remember: Whenever your mouth is open, your ears are closed.

And: Your prospects have all the answers about whether they’ll buy from you or not, and what you need to say to sell them.

But if you’re not listening, you’re not hearing these valuable buying motives or potential objections.

Here’s the solution:

Make a list of three crucial questions to ask during each part of your sales process. Here’s a list to get you started:

For prospects:

#1: “What motivated you to reach out to us today?”

[If that’s not appropriate, then use:]

“What’s most important for you in choosing a company/product like ours?”

#2: Besides yourself, who else is involved in the decision process?

#3: If you like what you see next week in our demo, when would you ideally like to get started with something like this?

Now this is a partial list, and you should be asking a lot more—like budget, potential objections, etc.—but the three above are crucial.

For Demos:

After you have presented the demo, you need to know:

#1 “I know I’ve given you a lot of information, what questions do you have for me at this point?”

#2: “Based on what we just went over, does this sound like it would be a fit for you?”

#3: Is this something you’re going to recommend to (their boss, the committee, etc.)?

Now, again, this is an incomplete list, obviously, but these are three crucial questions you should always be asking.

Are you?

If not, incorporate them into your sales process today, and you’ll become more confident as you learn about the true buying motives and potential objections from your prospects and clients.

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Remember, if you’re pitching and not asking questions, you’re not learning what it’s going to take to help someone buy your product or service.


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  • 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

Stop Telling and Start Asking!

Once very couple of years, I like to re-run this article on the importance of asking questions as opposed to pitching.

While this context is presented as an interview, it is completely translatable to sales—and that means YOU.

If I gave you a pencil and asked you to sell it, how would you go about it?

This is one of the most basic of interview questions I’ve used for years for prospective sales reps, and the answer reveals so much about their previous training, their understanding of the sales process, and ultimately about what kind of sales rep they are going to be.

So, what is the most effective way to sell a pencil? 

Let’s first look at how most sales reps go about doing it. During an interview, I first let a rep tell me how good of a closer they are. After listening patiently, I pull out a pencil, hand it to them, and tell them to sell it to me.

And off they go!

80% of sales reps start the same way—they start pitching. “This pencil is brand new, never used.  It has grade #2 lead and a bright yellow color so it’s easy to find. It comes with a built-in eraser,” etc.

Some reps can (and do!) talk about it for 5 minutes or more before they ask a question or ask for an order (rare).  As the sales rep rambles on, I begin to yawn, roll my eyes, etc. Amazingly, this just makes them talk even more! 

“What’s wrong with these people?” I think.

Now let’s look at how the Top 20% closers go about selling a pencil. As soon as I give a top rep the pencil, they pause and then they begin asking me questions:

“So how often do you use pencils?”

“How many do you go through in a month?”

“What other locations does your company have that use pencils, and how often do they order them?”

“What quantity do you usually order them in?”

“Where are you getting them from now?”

“Besides yourself, who’s involved in the buying decision?”

Quite a difference, isn’t it?  I’ll tell you right now, I’ve listened to hundreds of sales reps in a month, and they can easily be separated into these two groups: 

Those who pitch, pitch, pitch, and those who take the time to understand their prospect’s buying motives and properly qualify to understand their buying process. 

Now let’s see which category you fit in. When you speak with a prospect for the first time, how much of your script is focused on describing and pitching your product or service as opposed to questioning and uncovering buying motives?

If yours is like most scripts I review, then it’s filled with descriptions of what you do and how your product or service helps people. Most scripts attack the prospect with a barrage of “value statements” that turn people off and make them want to get you off the phone as quickly as possible. 

Want a better way?

Then take a tip from some of the best “pencil sales reps,” and change your script and your opening so it focuses more on questioning and qualifying. Seek to discover whether or not you are actually speaking with someone who is a good fit for what you offer.

Without knowing this, you will just end up with a lot of frustration and a lot of unsold pencils at the end of the month.


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Perfect for 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

Overcome Call Reluctance Today!

Two weeks into the New Year, and are you already stressed about picking up the phone and making prospecting calls?

I learned a secret years ago that enabled me to overcome my fear of making calls, and that allowed me to make hundreds of cold calls stress-free. 

In fact, after I adopted this approach, I actually looked forward to making calls! Imagine that….

The secret is that you have to simply adjust your attitude and expectation about making calls.

Let me explain:

If you’re like most sales reps, then you hate making calls because you’re either afraid of being rejected, or you’re are afraid you’re going to mishandle a call and so lose a good lead.

Well, here is the adjustment you need to make:

First, expect that you will get objections and that most people will reject your offer. That’s just the way it’s going to go. Think about it: Not everyone you speak with is going to be a prospect or a deal, are they?

So, a better attitude is to welcome a no.

That’s right. Expect that the vast majority of people you reach out to are going to tell you no. It’s all right!

In fact, the more people who tell you no, the closer you’ll get to the people who will eventually tell you yes. That’s true, isn’t it?

Once you adopt this attitude, the fear of being told no will fade.

And regarding fumbling a good lead—my experience is that if a prospect is interested, then they’ll speak with you. And believe me, you’re not so bad that an interested buyer will be put off by you, so don’t worry!

Instead, just use a good script, remember to ask questions and truly listen to their replies. If you do this, you’ll connect with loads of wonderful people who will buy your products and services and become happy clients.

Like my first sales manager used to say: “There’s nothing to it but to do it.”

So, put a smile on your face, roll those numbers, and thank all those uninterested prospects who get out of your way with a no.

Just remind yourself that you’re that much closer to a deal.


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  • 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

Two Great Questions for 2021

Welcome back to your home office; how do you feel?  Overwhelmed?  Under pressure already? 

If so, then you’re not alone. Most company’s sales teams are under immediate pressure to begin accomplishing their new goals and sales targets for 2021. 

As you speak with your clients and prospects this week, it’s helpful to realize that they are all feeling this same pressure also.

While this may seem like a bad thing, it can actually present a great opportunity for you. Here’s how I handle the companies and contacts I speak with in January. I encourage you to adapt this approach to your products and services as well.

After talking briefly about the holidays and new year’s celebration, I always start with question number one:

“So ________, what are the top 3 initiatives for your department this year?” 

Then I hit mute and take notes. 

If they need a little help here, I use layering questions like:

“What was your revenue like last year?”  Or,

“What percentage increase are you asked to produce this year?”  Or,

“What are you doing differently to accomplish this?”

“What do you think is most needed for you to succeed at that?”

After I’ve listened and asked layering questions and taken notes on the three initiatives, I ask question number two:

“And how can I help you accomplish that?”

Once again, I hit the mute button and take notes. 

If I get an, “Ah, I don’t know,” then I once again use layering questions like:

“Have you heard of our new ‘On-Demand Inside Sales Training Program’?” 

Or I ask a good assumptive question like:

“How much of a budget do you have per quarter for sales training?”  Or,

“How big of a role do you think increased sales training is going to play this year?”  Or,

“If you could wave a magic wand and get three resources to help you accomplish your goals, what would they be?”

I’m sure you can come up with a few of your own questions here, but you get the idea. 

The point is to ask questions and to LISTEN to your prospect’s response. If you respect the pressure they are feeling and truly offer a way to help them, then they will engage with you—and many will even put you to work for them….


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Perfect for 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

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Perfect for 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