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Customers will lie to you. You might ask directly, “Who is the decision maker?” or, “Is anyone involved in the decision making process besides you?”, but that puts them in a defensive position. Instead, we want to give you two bulletproof words to use: “Then what?”
Here’s how this might play out. Instead of asking “Are you the decision maker?”, you say something like, “I’d like to know more about the decision making process.” The potential customer explains it to you. Then you politely say, “And then what?” They will be forced into telling you what happens next. If they mention more people involved in the decision, you can ask, “Can I include all those people when I send you my proposal?” You’re not offending anybody. You’re just trying to qualify the process. When you do that, you’ll have identified who the decision maker is and you’ll have brought them into the sale.
Jen used to sell educational software to schools. When she met with potential clients, she’d clarify the decision making process. Once she knew who all was going to be involved, she’d say, “Great. Why don’t we set up a meeting with all of them? I can demo the product once for you all”, and it worked almost every time. Getting all the decision makers together is a win-win situation. No one’s time is being wasted by you having to pitch multiple times. They can come to a decision faster. All your customers have to do is corral the decision makers, and all you have to do is pitch once.
To make a sale, begin with the outcome in mind, rather than the end in mind. What’s most important is the potential outcome your customer can get from your product or service. Become obsessed with that transformation. Speak to it passionately. Be focused on what will happen when the potential customer takes ownership. This will help you identify the decision maker and convince them when you get to pitch to them.
Die hards, we want you to take personal responsibility for your sales. If you get close to a sale and you suddenly realize you’re not talking to the decision maker, don’t blame the customer. YOU didn’t find out who the decision maker really was. It’s on you to take ownership and learn from your mistakes so you can do better in the future. When you ask the right questions, get all the decision makers together, and begin with the outcome in mind, you will accelerate your sales.
To learn more about uncovering the decision maker in the sales process, be sure to listen to episode 539 of The Sell or Die Podcast!
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Known as the King of Sales, Jeffrey Gitomer is the Author of 16 best-selling books including the Little Red Book of Selling, the Sales Bible, and his newest book Get Sh*t Done. In 2008, he was inducted in the Speakers Hall of Fame – the highest award in the speaking industry. His world-class list of clients include companies from Fortune 500 companies around the world. His digital Learning academy and signature course, The Seven-Figure Sales Formula, offers individuals and teams real-world sales strategies they can implement immediately.
Jen Gitomer gained her prowess in NYC as both a salesperson and award-winning sales leader for a Fortune 500 company. She is the best-selling Author of Sales in a New York Minute, CEO and Founder of Breakthrough Business Babe and a master business growth coach.
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