Archive for Category: Buyer behaviour

3 Reasons for sales resistance and what you can do to overcome it

Embrace resistance from prospects as a norm in selling. It is the rare prospect who opens his arms wide to be sold to. Even when wearing the prospect’s hat, a salesperson acts in that precise fashion-he resists. Examples of sales resistance include the customer avoiding you, or declining your request for appointment. It can also

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How to handle an angry customer if you are a salesperson

“If they are not there by the time I arrive, cancel the contract!” So fumed the Operations Director of the shipping line that was also this travel agent’s largest client. The salesperson knew the consequences of losing this contract. He’d lose his job too. (A (non) fun fact. If you are a salesperson, there are

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Build rapport with the buyer to close faster. Here’s how. And why.

Have you ever met a complete stranger and you immediately hit it off? The conversation flowed effortlessly and so too the silence. Most probably you have; and no, assuming it was the opposite sex, it wasn’t love at first sight. No. You had just experienced raw, pure, unadulterated rapport. The dictionary defines rapport as, ‘a

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This is why you should practice empathy when selling

“I’ve just had an accident, and…,” the client nonchalantly starts to explain to his insurance company. Suddenly, he is interrupted with a sincere and heartfelt, “Are you OK?” by the representative who answered the call. The client’s eyes light up; a smile cracks his hitherto sullen face; his face brightens and suddenly there’s warmth in

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Your sales recovery plan – lessons from election results

Even die-hard “We will never buy from you” customers or prospective customers (prospects) can be turned. This is what sales or service recovery plan means, and what Presidential aspirant William Ruto has demonstrated with this year’s election results. I mean, who would have imagined him getting any electoral affection in Mt. Kenya region? Only two

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Change customer’s mood and his mind will follow

Change the customer’s mood, if it’s not receptive. If the customer is not in the right frame of mind for the meeting, switch gears and address this. Insisting on progressing with the pitch will likely backfire. If his mood won’t change, his mind won’t either. So change the customer’s mood and watch his mind follow.

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One of the biggest sales mistakes you should avoid

One of the biggest sales mistakes you can make is assume your problem is in closing the sale. This mistake could easily top a top 5 sales mistakes list. First, though, imagine, the restaurant manager in a hotel complaining, “We are not closing our walk-in guests. They come, sit down, but somehow after ordering they

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