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Sales Truths: Learn To Be Quiet

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14. When you ask your customer a question, be quiet until he responds. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE 
Salespeople love to talk. We actually believe we can talk people into buying, when in fact more sales are 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 at selling without talking?  
 
 
PLAN OF ACTION 
Focus on asking open-ended questions and ? while maintaining good eye contact ? shutting up and waiting for the customer 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 well and you’ll find your customers talking themselves into buying.

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