There’s perhaps no greater skill that will get you ahead in life further than, listening. This presumes you’re asking the right questions of course, but for arguments sake let say you are.
I call it, practice not art, because to be an effective listener you must practice every day. Sadly it’s a skill most people fail miserably. Most are so focused on what they have to say or contribute that they fail to understand and relate to whoever is talking. It’s completely disrespectful and self centered.
Yet, effective listening does so much for you. It builds instant trust with others, because they can tell you are genuinely interested. You gain valuable insights, knowledge, skills, love, and respect. If you’re in sales effective listening reveals all the critical information necessary to build relationships, handle stalls and objections, and make deals happen. If you’re a parent or in a relationship, listening builds bridges of trust, rapport and love.
So how do you become a better listener? Practice these 7 strategies with every conversation and you will drastically improve your skills and your future.
Follow these 7 strategies, and you’ll open up a world of respect, cause your success to happen easier, and build a more fulfilling future filled with rich and deep relationships and greater knowledge.
When you have a prospect to follow up with, what do you do when you call them?
If you're like most "salespeople" then you're probably calling up and asking a silly non-value question such as; "just following up to see if have any more questions, or have you made a decision yet?"
Instead of calling your prospect & asking if they've made a decision - call & offer them some information of value to their business, life, and/or give them a referral. Be more than a typical salesperson. Wake up, they know why you're calling them. Don't pester them. Be different, be original, be a "sales professional" - be their advocate, their cheerleader, their source of value beyond the sale. Give more of yourself selflessly and they'll give to you.