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How to Ask Sales Questions, The Right Way

“I’m saying and asking the same thing as other sales reps here in the office, but I’m not having the same success as they are. How is that possible?”

When creating a dialogue with a prospect and asking questions, if your tone is off, the sales call can go south, really fast. What you say and how you say it are both equally important.
If your prospect feels your intent is anything but concern or to help them solve a problem, YOU. ARE. DONE.

How to Ask With the Right Tone

Here’s what I’ve found to be extremely helpful to make sure I have the right tone:
Just pretend that the person on the other end of the phone was referred to you by your best friend and it’s their aunt or uncle.
This will help you get your tone where it needs to be: In “help” mode. Not “sell” mode.
And when you are asking the right sales questions, at the right time, in the right way, for the right reasons, your prospects will open up, you’ll find solutions together, and you’ll earn their business.
Michael Pedone
Michael Pedone teaches inside sales teams how to pick up the phone and close business. He is the CEO/FOUNDER of SalesBuzz.com – An online sales training company.


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