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Sales Truths: After You Ask a Question, It’s Best to Shut Up.

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WHY IT’S TRUE: Salespeople love to talk. We actually believe we can talk people into buying when, in fact, more sales are made (or can be made) by listening the customer into buying. When we ask an open-ended question, we frequently follow it with a second or even a third question. And, in some cases, we even answer our own questions. Asking a question and waiting for an answer is basically uncomfortable … after all, how can we ever be successful selling without talking?  

PLAN OF ACTION: Focus on asking open-ended questions and then, while giving the customer good eye contact, shut up and wait for them to answer. Rather than thinking about what you are going to say next, listen to what the customer says and respond (ideally) with another open-ended question. Ask the right questions and you may find your customers talking themselves into buying.

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Sales Truths: After You Ask a Question, It’s Best to Shut Up.

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Truth #6

WHY IT’S TRUE: Salespeople love to talk. We actually believe we can talk people into buying when, in fact, more sales are made (or can be made) by listening the customer into buying. When we ask an open-ended question, we frequently follow it with a second or even a third question. And, in some cases, we even answer our own questions. Asking a question and waiting for an answer is basically uncomfortable … after all, how can we ever be successful selling without talking?  

PLAN OF ACTION: Focus on asking open-ended questions and then, while giving the customer good eye contact, shut up and wait for them to answer. Rather than thinking about what you are going to say next, listen to what the customer says and respond (ideally) with another open-ended question. Ask the right questions and you may find your customers talking themselves into buying.

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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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