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“Billy, please clean your room! Are you listening to me, Billy?”
“Yes, mom I'm listening.”
But next morning reveals that Billy did not clean his room. He was listening, but he didn't hear message. It didn't register in a significant enough way for him to remember it, and take action upon it. Mom expressed herself and Billy listened, but he didn't hear her.
Overcoming Objections Sales training literature often speaks of overcoming objections. Sales people are taught various techniques for overcoming customer’s resistance to buying product or service now. And herein lies rub. The sales person is taught to listen to customer, except when he says that he doesn't want to buy product or service now.
Too often, sales people take a short-sighted view of sales process and press to overcome customer’s objections by pestering customer to change his mind. He wants sale today. But pressing to overcome objections requires abandonment of listening process at point that listening is most critical.
While it is true that overcoming objections requires careful listening, it is also true that such effort to overcome objections refuses to hear essential fact that customer doesn't want to buy now. To press to overcome objections requires not listening, but manipulation—and people don't like to be manipulated.
Back off, Dude! So, what is sales person to do when confronted with objections? He should back off sale and work to develop a genuine personal relationship or friendship with customer. And short of that, he should find someone who doesn't object to buying his product or service, and not waste any more of his time—or theirs!
There will be another day. If there isn't, he has not only lost sale, he has lost customer.
©2003 Phillip A. Ross
Phillip A. Ross, entrepreneur, freelance writer and owner of Business Specialties (www.business-specialties.com), lives in Marietta, Ohio, and provides identity products and promotional services to position companies and organization for substantial success.