“You are going to have to go slow, because I am still not getting it,” Brent shook his head.
“In order to close the sale by the end of the second sales call, what are the problems that must be solved and the decisions that must be made by the salesperson?” I repeated.
“Well, we know that to make a sale that sticks, that doesn’t get canceled or delayed, we have to collect certain information, then do some research and then present a case that is difficult to resist. Right now, it can’t even be, just a good deal. It has to be difficult to turn down.
“If the first meeting is going too fast or the data we collect is too superficial, we cannot do the analysis and we won’t be able to make an irresistible offer. The salesperson has to use judgment to determine if the information is right. It’s almost a gut decision.”
“So, the work of the salesperson is using discretion to judge the pace and quality of data collected in the first sales call?” I confirmed.
“Absolutely, the customer, in the first three minutes will tell you how this sale is going down, if you listen.”