We’ve all been there…a terrific series of meetings with a prospect who, after seeing your proposal, “goes dark.” No return calls from your voicemails, no response to your repeated emails.
If you’re selling, you know you’ve got to build value or prospects won’t turn into customers and return calls. But even after you believe they’ve seen the value, you still need a way to know if the prospect is “real” (actually interested in doing business with you) or not.
Enter the Best Next Action Step philosophy, and it’s simple: NEVER LEAVE A MEETING OR PHONE CALL WITHOUT SETTING UP THE NEXT MEETING OR PHONE CALL. Period.
Think of it this way…the typical salesperson ends meetings by letting the prospect know they’ll, “Touch base in a few days if I haven’t heard from you.” The prospect tells you that will be great.
If it’s so great, why won’t they answer the phone? Why won’t they, at least, respond to your emails? They’re either not as interested as they told you, or something else has taken priority and they don’t see you as important enough to respond to.
If “Steve” tells you, “Just give me a call next week,” (next month, next quarter, when hell freezes over) Steve is expressing a lack of interest. If Steve was actually interested, he’d agree to speak with you again.
In fact, when “Steve,” a busy executive who has already given you some of his valuable time agrees to give you more of his valuable time, he’s letting you know he’s interested. He may not end up doing business with you, but he’s interested and may return calls.
That’s the type of prospect I devote my time and attention to…those who let me know they’re interested. It’s a smart time management hack…investing more time and attention to prospects who let you know they’re interested, and way less time and attention to those who tell you to, “Follow up in a week or two.”
The Best Next Action Step philosophy is a money-maker. Don’t sit there and wait for them to return calls. Make it a policy to never leave a meeting or phone call without setting up the next meeting or phone call, and watch your sales and income grow!
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