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Sales Questioning Techniques - Why you shouldn't ask Why
May 17, 2022
Sales Questioning Techniques
Why you shouldn't use the 'Why' question
If you ask customers a question starting with 'Why' you could be making it difficult to close the sale
The Why Questioning TechniquesWhen you ask a prospect 'Why' using your questioning techniques:
They answer by stating their position and once stated it is difficult to get them to change. You could be building obstacles for yourself that make closing the sale harder than it needs to be.
If they later say something different that conflicts with the answer they have given you, they would not be consistent with their previously stated position
If they change their mind they are saying their last answer was untrue or they were wrong.
And prospects won't do that unless you give hem a good reason to, such as new information that you give them.
When you're using sales questioning techniques this situation can often come about because you asked the Why question.
When you ask a Why question you could be creating a massive obstacle to the sale. To influence the buyer to change that viewpoint, and not be consistent with what they have already stated, you will have to give them a really good reason.
My Advice on Sales Questioning TechniquesMy advice on sales questioning techniques and the Why question: don't ask why if the question could lead to the prospect stating a viewpoint, position, or reason not to buy from you.
Let's take the second Why question from the earlier list above, the one on price.
You've given your price and the prospect says it is too high.
If you then ask the why question,'Why do you think it's too high?'
The buyer will then give you their best reason that justifies and supports their answer and viewpoint on the price.
This means you now have a stated viewpoint to overcome.
What if instead you answer their comment on the price with, What is it that you are comparing the price with?
This will give you useful information on where they get the belief about the price, which you may be able to challenge without creating an obstacle.
The Positive Why Sales Questioning TechniquesThe reverse of this sales questioning technique also works well.
You can ask a Why question that will lead to an answer that supports your sales offer or proposal.
If a buyer states a need, want, or desire that you know you can meet, ask why it's important. A strong answer is a positive related to the benefits you will be presenting to them.
Sales questioning techniques are a vital part of your sales process and there are many techniques you can add to this stage of the sales process. You can see a full section on how to ask sales questions by visiting Sales Questioning Techniques
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