“PUT THAT COFFEE DOWN, COFFEE IS FOR CLOSERS ONLY.
I DON’T SEE ANY CLOSERS IN HERE”
When your customer makes contact, put them onto your sales process and guide them along it. Tell them what you are going to do; the benefits – let the conveyor belt do its job and guide them to a close.
Encourage the customer to appreciate that at some point you’re going to ask them if they want to go ahead. Alleviate their fears if it helps, by stating that they don’t have to go ahead today, but if they wish, they can do so. This is very non-threatening and a super way of progressing to a close.
2. Ticks of approval
Alec Baldwin’s mantra – the ABC – always be closing – rings true since waiting until the end of the sales process can conjure up the close as a giant hurdle to cross. Instead break the close down into smaller closes and ask for the “tick of approval” to move onto the next phase of your sales cycle. Ask your customer for permission to move forward, gain their tick of approval.
Break down your sales process into milestones that need a tick of approval. For example, the first stage might be a meeting to discuss needs. Once the customer has agreed to this, that’s a tick of approval. By nailing your ticks of approval will gradually move the customer to the natural conclusion, the close, with little or no fuss.
3. Testing trials
Test closes are a neat way to slowly immerse yourself in the cold sea. “How does that sound?” “Would that be useful?” “What do you think so far?”
Watch for their reaction, any reservations at this early stage can swiftly be ironed out. Likewise if the sea is really cold, you can easily withdraw to the sanctuary of the towel.
Trial closes are just a little bit more to the point and make a suggestion to the customer of moving forward. “If we were in a position to move forward, would that be a good next step?” “If I can get the paperwork moving on this, would you be in a position to move forward?”
Finally ask for their commitment but do it in a questions format:
“We’re in agreement aren’t we, so what’s your next step?” “Any more questions or are you ready to go ahead?” “How can we make this happen?” “We could get the ball rolling in August…what would you like me to do?”
4. Using convincer triples
Did you know that during the night-time, we actually lose weight? Also during the working day, we shrink, only by millimetres admittedly and the weight loss is only grams. And the last one is amazing; no one person’s hands are identical in size.
All good things come in triples. Triples are a way of giving information or persuading people, in packets of three. Three is a magic number so use triples when closing or gaining some form of commitment.
Deliver two agreed phrases before you ask for the business. Two convincers. For example. “This all looks ideal doesn’t it and the investment is well within your budget, so do you think we ought to go ahead.”
“The paperwork is all done, you’ve chosen your preferred hard-wood, it’s all within budget, so let’s move forward shall we?”
Convincer, convincer, close.
Known as the 3 part convincer in NLP circles, I call it smooth closing and by the way, everyone’s hands are identical in size.
5. Pose as the expert
Take control, after all, you are the expert aren’t you. Simply suggest that we move forward and you could combine this with a yes tag if you want to be really eloquent.
“It’s all fitting together isn’t it, so I recommend we crack on, shall we?”
“This really suits you doesn’t it, I’m thinking we ought to get cracking now”
Maybe Alec was right – ABC – always be closing – although the phrase does have a 1980’s ring to it, not applicable to today’s in control customer. The secret is to subtly always be closing, making it smooth almost unnoticed, so we can close more business with customers who have a genuine need for our services and products.
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