Why Trying to "Get the Appointment" Can be a Recipe for Dis-Appointment
By: Ari Galper
Last week, this e-mail from Jack arrived in my inbox:
To: Ari Galper
Subj.: Help! I need to get more appointments
I've just coined a new disease for the medical books,
and I'm hoping you can help me cure it.
Have you ever heard of "freezing-up-on-the-first-call paralysis"?
It's brought on by the stress of selling!
I'm new to sales, and, as I've been starting out, I've studied all
the programs from all the "sales masters."
They all insist that, when I call new prospects,
I should be laser-focused on getting appointments.
The problem is, when I make that first call and lead the conversation
toward the goal of getting an appointment, I hit a "wall."
I know that if I can just get face-to-face with prospects, they'll see the
value of my solution -- but I can't even get there because they shut me down.
When they tell me "I'm not interested" or "I'm busy now" or
"We already have a vendor," I'm left with nowhere to go.
What's worse, I can't even come up with what to say next.
Can you recommend some "medicine" that will help?
"Whew!" I thought when I read this. "That's an intense e-mail!"
Jack's e-mail started me thinking about the hundreds of conversations
I've had with many of you who are out there selling your solutions day in
and day out.
I realized that his "disease" is so pervasive that those of you
who are suffering from it could probably use a "prescription"
from the Unlock The GameT pharmacy.
This was my response to Jack:
From: Ari Galper
Subj.: RE: Help? I need to make more appointments
First of all, thank you so much for being open to sharing your painful
You articulated so beautifully what so many other people are experiencing,
and I hope you won't mind if I share your e-mail and this response
with my newsletter subscribers.
Here's why you've been afflicted with this "disease"-- and what you can do
to cure it.
The "wall" you hit when you try to get the appointment is the prospect's
reaction to you putting your own objectives ahead of the crucial
trust-building process that would actually allow an appointment to emerge.
By laser-focusing on getting the appointment, you're sabotaging three factors
that are vital if you're going to build trust.
To build trust, you need to:
1. Focus the conversation on your prospect's problems,
while holding off on offering your solution.
2. Create a two-way dialogue instead of a one-way monologue.
3. Determine whether you and your prospect are a "fit" in terms of being
in sync about putting resources toward solving the problems.
All three of these elements must happen in the most natural way possible...
and you can help them to come about. Here's how:
* Invite your prospect into the conversation naturally and comfortably --
not by making a mini-introduction about yourself (that only triggers the
"wall"), but by asking, "Can you help me out for a second?"
* Toss out your selling scripts and create a dialogue path around the
specific problems that you know your product or service can solve.
For example, rather than saying, "Our solution lowers costs," try,
"Our solution solves three specific problems that you may be experiencing."
Then, state exactly what those problems are.
Identifying and agreeing on the prospect's problems is crucial but
not enough to build the trust and commitment you're seeking.
You can continue the conversation with something along these lines:
"Sounds as if these issues are important for you, but, if we can just take
a second, are they considered a priority, given what else might be on your plate
I mean, are these problems immediate enough that your company can put
resources into a solution at this point?"
You see, Jack, the basic cause of your "disease" is that you're not focusing
your calls on your prospect's perspective. But if you simply expand your
mindset and begin implementing new problem-solving language, you might be surprised
when your prospect suggests making an appointment.
The next day, Jack replied:
To: Ari Galper
Subj. Re: Help! I need to make more appointments
Dear "Dr." Ari,
Thank you so much! Your reply gave me a huge sense of relief.
All of a sudden, I'm feeling "healthy" and motivated again.
Your relieved patient,
P.S. Sure, please do share our conversation with your subscribers so
they don't have to suffer the way I have.
Try this medicine and see if it works for you.
With a Masters Degree in Instructional Design and over a decade of experience creating breakthrough sales strategies for global companies such as UPS and QUALCOMM, Ari Galper discovered the missing link that people who sell have been seeking for years.
His profound discovery of shifting one's mindset to a place of complete integrity, based on new words and phrases grounded in sincerity, has earned him distinction as the world's leading authority on how to build trust in the world of selling.
Leading companies such as Gateway, Clear Channel Communications, Brother International and Fidelity National Mortgage have called on Ari to keep them on the leading edge of sales performance. Visit http://www.unlockthegame.com to get his free sales training lessons.