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4. Ask WHEN they will be ready to act. They may say I need it now. Or they may let you know they are nowhere near ready to buy. Either way, a surprising number of prospects will give you a very precise idea of their intentions if you ask this pointed question.
5. If prospect or his assistant tells you this isn't a good time to talk, offer two dates and times for you to call back. Rather than saying I'll call back another time, setting a date and time gives you an appointment.
6. Did you get an answering machine or voice mail? Don't just leave your name and number. Record a short sales pitch.
"Ralph! This is Linda May at Tagline. I want to give you a discount on our new system that improves profits 20 percent. Reach me at.... I'm in all day today."
7. People who can place orders are invariably busy. You may find your prospect is trying to handle interruptions and problems while he is talking to you. If there appears to be a serious distraction going on, say it sounds like you've got a lot going on. How 'bout I call back in 30 minutes or an hour?
The prospect will appreciate you giving him a chance to get things back to normal. And by offering to call back a short time later, you keep prospect from putting you off indefinitely.
8. Finally, keep notes about your conversation. You will look organized and professional for being able to pick up where previous conversation left off next time you call.
Many managers are up their eyeballs in responsibility and love it when you help them keep project organized.
You can also make notes about a prospects favorite project or personal life. Natalie, I remember your son is graduating this semester. Being able to remember little things like that endear you to customer and often become a key factor in getting you sale.
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