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Sales Truths: You Make More Sales By Listening Than By Speaking Well

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What we know about how you sellTRUTH #4 
YOU MAKE MORE SALES BY LISTENING WELL THAN SPEAKING WELL. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE: Many salespeople believe their job is to use their verbal skills to convince the customer to make a purchase. Big mistake! Have you ever wrecked a potentially good sale by talking too much? Sure, you have. We are all very knowledgeable about our store and our merchandise, but not every customer wants to hear about the four C’s or how to propose marriage. The most important verbal skill you can learn is knowing when to shut up.  
 
PLAN OF ACTION: Ask open-ended questions to get customers talking and uncover their real needs. And when the customer is talking, listen ? really listen ? to their response rather than thinking about what you are going to say next. The result: you may not have to close the sale … the customer will do it for you.

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