It’s hard to get an appointment with qualified prospects. And when you do get a hard earned appointment, you don’t want to waste the opportunity.

I get that.

But if I’m the prospect, I don’t want to hear everything there is to know about your product or your company during our first meeting.

I don’t want you to give me every little detail.

I want to know a little about your company – just enough to gauge your viability.

I want to know a little about your products – just enough to understand why you think I might benefit.

I want to know a little about how you’ve helped other companies – just enough to see if you’re for real.

But mostly I want to do the talking. I want you to ask me questions – and not stupid ones either. Questions that no one has asked me before. Questions that get me thinking.

I can tell more by what you ask me than by what you tell me. At this point in the sales cycle, I don’t really care about you. I only care whether you care about me.

 

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Nancy Nardin

Nancy Nardin is a recognized thought leader on sales technologies and building a sales stack. Smart Selling Tools reviews the latest sales and marketing software across multiple categories, including Inside Sales, Sales Intelligence, Sales Acceleration, Pipeline Management & Deal Flow, and Predictive Sales Analytics. It's been named a Top Sales Blog by HubSpot, and Nancy Nardin has been named alongside Forbes’ top 30 social sales influencers in the world. Follow Nancy on Twitter @sellingtools