[Video] Leverage Sales Questions to Demonstrate Expertise

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January 21, 2013

Can you really leverage sales questions to demonstrate your expertise? Absolutely. And, it's one of the best ways I know to show that you're a smart, savvy seller who could bring value to a relationship.

The way you do it is by wrapping the question with your knowledge. For example, I could ask a potential prospect, "What kinds of problems are your salespeople facing today?" It's a nice open-ended question and might get someone talking.

Or, I could say this:

"Based on my work with a number of other business-to-business sales forces, I find that the top three issues they're facing are:

1) Difficulty setting up initial meetings with key decision makers;
2) Getting customers to decide to change from the status quo; and
3) Differentiating themselves from the competition.

Which of these is having the most impact on your sales force?"

See the difference? In the first one, I just asked a decent question. In the second one, I used my knowledge of what other similar customers are facing to set up the question. Plus I asked a more pointed question --- one that will get me better answers. And finally, it showed that I worked a lot with people like him.

You have expertise too. Think about how you can leverage it to ask 3-5 really insightful, provocative sales questions. I promise you it'll have an impact.sales questions

Topics: Video Sales Tips, Sales Questions

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Jill KonrathJill Konrath is the author of three bestselling books, AGILE SELLINGSNAP Selling and Selling to Big Companies. She's a frequent speaker at sales meetings and conferences. For more fresh sales strategies, download her free Prospecting Toolkit.



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