Monday, October 12, 2009


It's more than just having a list of questions....

Daily Sales Tip: Developing Questions

You can improve the quality of questioning during sales calls by spending five minutes before each call thinking about these points:

* Determine the answers you need to find out. Choose pieces of missing information that you must get from the prospect.

* Try to phrase your questions in an effective manner. If you phrase your questions poorly, you may get loaded, self-serving or defensive answers.

* Ask your questions in an appropriate sequence. No matter how appropriate your questions are, you may not get the information you need if they're asked in the wrong order.

* Look for specific information about buyer needs. What are the specific results that the prospect expects to gain from what you're selling?

* Try to find more information about competitors. What are their primary strengths and weaknesses? What is the price differential between you and your competitors? Is price a major factor with this prospect?

Source: Adapted from How to Listen and Double Your Influence With Others, by sales trainer/author Brian Tracy (

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