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6 Steps to Closing the Sale

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to closing the sale do you really know how to close? Do you freeze up afraid to close or don't know what to say? Do you know how and when to close the sale or even if the prospect is interested in your product?

Well, read on and I'll share with you six ways to overcome these common challenges and increase your closing ratio.

Your Attitude Makes a Huge Difference

Before going to any appointment get yourself in the right frame of mind. Go in with the attitude that you will close the sale.

When I'm driving to an a appointment I'm not listening to the radio, I'm imagining how the sale is going to end up, me closing the sale. When I arrive at the appointment I sit in my car for a few minutes, close my eyes and visualize every thing happening just as I want it to. I see the prospect approving the contract, giving me the check and us shaking hands and smiling.

If your attitude going in is negative you might as well get back in your car and go home.

ABC - Always be Closing

Be prepared to close the sale at any time. Be ready to close when you walk in the door. The sales process doesn't have to continue through all the steps. You can close the sale at any time.

I have seen many salespeople with a prospect who is ready to buy, money in hand, waving it in the air, however, the salesperson stops them and says wait, I haven't finished my presentation yet, let me tell you how great I am.

They've been taught to go through all the steps so they keep talking and many times talk themselves out of a sale.

At any point during the sales process the prospect is ready to buy...close the sale.

Understanding What They Want and Need

"Closing is the process of helping people make decisions that are good for them"

Closing the sale begins when you qualify the prospect. Make sure you are qualifying every prospect thoroughly. Determine their emotional wants and their motives.

It's at this stage the prospect will tell you their hot buttons and give you the road map to close them. Also they will become comfortable
with you and by showing an interest in their needs you will set your self apart from all the other salespeople.

How to Recognize Buying Signs

Buyers will often give you signs they want what you're selling. These signs can either be verbal or visual. Let's start with the verbal.

A buyer may start asking more questions. They nod their head in agreement. They require more in depth information. They start talking about how things will be when they own the product.

Some visual signs to watch for are a smile, a raising of the eyebrows or moving closer to you so they can see better. If it's a couple they may
show more affection or they may look at each other in a certain way.

When you have memorized your presentation you can be more aware of these buying signs and your closing ratio will increase dramatically.

When you know what you are going to say and don't need to think about it, your sales will increase dramatically because you can sit back and watch their body language and buying signals and you'll know when they're ready to buy.

How to Make the Decision to Close The Sale

When you have qualified the prospect properly, the buying signs are there and you know they want to buy, make the decision that the best thing
for them is to buy.

Then focus your attention on talking about the things they like or feel are important as you close the sale. Put your personal feelings about your product or service aside and focus on the buyer.

Assume the Sale

If you've done everything right and the buying signs are there, assume the sale and begin filling out the order or what ever the next step is. Keep moving ahead until they stop you. If you did your job and your closing the sale at the right time, they won't stop you.

I have given you an overview of the closing process, however there is much more to closing the sale. Far to many details to discuss in this article. So I have created a free 4 day e-course to give you more indepth strategies and closes.

Do you have only one or two closes in your arsenal? Is your best close, well, what do you think? or the real powerhouse, can I put you down for one? Or do you just want to master the closing process so you can increase your sales?

Then take my free four part mini course where I go deeper in to the process of closing the sale.
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