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If you are not speaking with a decision-maker your sales cycle will lengthen and you may run the risk of losing the opportunity altogether. "Influencers" influence. They do not decide.
Bottom line: If you are not speaking with a decision-maker, you are not speaking with a qualified prospect. Far too many sales representatives spend far too much time courting prospects who can never and will never make a decision.
One way to ensure that you are always speaking with the decision-maker is to always call the highest-level person that you believe would make the decision. That person will either be your correct prospect, or they will know who is and they can point you in the right direction.
Once you've got that prospect on the phone, make sure to ask the following questions. This way you will be certain that you are speaking with the decision-maker.
1. What is your decision-making process?
2. How have you made this decision before?
3. What are the steps in your decision-making process?
4. How long does it take?
5. Who is involved in the decision-making process?
6. Who makes the final decision?
7. Who else will you be speaking with about this decision?
8. After we submit our proposal/bid/quote, what happens next?
9. How long will that take?
10. When do you expect to make a decision?
11. When would you like to begin?
Wendy Weiss, "The Queen of Cold Calling," is a sales trainer, author and sales coach.
You can subscribe to her latest program Cold Calling College Live, which kicks-off on September 30th, by visiting http://queenofcoldcalling.com. Contact her at [email protected]. and read more about her here
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