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Prospecting & Qualifying

The TACTIC: No mind reading. You can’t know what a prospect means unless you ask him what he means.

The TACTIC: You don't have to like cold calls, you only have to make them.  Prospecting is a daily activity like breathing—If you don’t breathe, you die.

The TACTIC: People do not buy features and benefits, they buy ways to avoid or overcome pain. People in pain resent people who cannot take the pain away. You sell pain relief.

The TACTIC: The "Send me some literature" brush-off. “Send me some literature” is the same thing as “I already gave at the office.”

The TACTIC: When setting appointments, always get invited in. NO BEGGING!  Beggars do make some money. Non-beggars make more money. Which would you rather be?

The TACTIC: It's not the good old days anymore. How you prospect depends on your customer’s “time to buy again” cycle. Know it. Work with it. Be successful. Ignore it, fail.

The TACTIC: Are you saying...?  To really understand what someone means, not what you hope he means, ask for clarification.

The TACTIC: There are no bad prospects—only bad salespeople. How you view your prospects determines precisely how much money you will make.

The TACTIC:  Work the referral factory.  Telling someone “thank you” is not only civilized, it just might make you some more money.

The TACTIC:  New contact? It's a new prospect.  A new prospect/contact may buy more than the previous contact. Find the new pain.