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Focus on the Proposal for Greater Success

A smart way to add meaning to the engagement ring purchase.

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Focus on the Proposal for Greater Success

WHY IT IS TRUE: A man walks into the store and exclaims, “I’m looking for an engagement ring.” Your quick response is something like, “What did you have in mind?” This statement will cause the customer to focus on the financial investment instead of the meaning behind the purchase.

PLAN OF ACTION: Instead ask, “How do you plan to propose?” Remind him that this is one of the most important days in her life and share some successful proposal stories. Now he is no longer focused on the investment but rather the meaning behind the event. 

David Richardson is a certified professional speaker and a consultant to retail jewelers and manufacturers worldwide helping them grow their diamond bridal engagement business.

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