YOU CAN'T HAVE ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER!!
Whenever I conduct business development seminars the most common question I'm asked is "How can I improve my closing skills?" When I follow-up with some additional questions as to why closing is so difficult, the usual response has something to do with the client just not being convinced that we are the right law firm for them.
Well, in all likelihood the client wasn't ready to buy since the attorney hadn't either fully uncovered their needs or wasn't listening carefully to what the client had said. When we think of the person who could sell "ice to Eskimos" or the slick used car salesperson, it's usually the type that loves to hear them self talk about how great their product is, but has such poor listening skills they really have no clue as to what the customer wants.
Great business developers are those that:
Asking good questions is not necessarily an easy thing to do. It requires that you:
The time you spend in front of a client are "moments of truth." Effective questioning will often determine whether a client likes, respects, and trusts you—all crucial elements of whether they will do business with you.
Remember, if you ask good questions that uncover your client's needs and you have a service that fulfills those needs the client will most likely "close" themselves. Why wouldn't they?? Certainly, that doesn't mean that you may not have to ask that final closing question. But more often than not, a simple "Wouldn’t you agree?" or "How does that sound?" will suffice.
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