5 simple steps to earn your sales prospect’s trust — Ursula Mentjes

Prospecting is one of the most challenging aspects of the sales process. Successfully navigating this step requires one to identify the underlying needs of a prospective buyer, but how is that even achieved without crossing boundaries?

On this episode of The Small Business Show, host Jim Fitzpatrick is joined by Ursula Mentjes, business strategist, entrepreneur, sales expert, keynote speaker, and best-selling author. Now, Mentjes discusses the challenges of speaking with prospects and offers simple tactics that can dramatically enhance the customer experience and improve sales.

Key Takeaways

1. Mentjes emphasizes the importance of building rapport and genuinely focusing on the prospect’s needs and problems rather than oneself. This approach shifts the sales interaction from self-centered to prospect-centered, significantly improving engagement and trust.

2. Active listening is crucial in sales. Ursula suggests using powerful open-ended questions that allow prospects to express their challenges and aspirations. This not only helps in understanding the prospect’s needs but also in assessing whether your product or service can fulfill those needs.

3. By identifying the prospect’s pain points and goals, a salesperson can effectively tailor their pitch to demonstrate how their product or service bridges the gap between the prospect’s current challenges and desired outcomes.

4. Confidence plays a critical role in sales success. Mentjes points out that customers are more likely to purchase from someone who is confidently able to articulate how their product or service can resolve the customer’s issue or meet their needs.

5. Mentjes highlights the importance of giving prospects the space to talk and express themselves without interruptions. This not only helps in building a connection but also allows the salesperson to gather valuable information that can be used to close the sale effectively.

"The truth is, if you think about the last time you bought a high-ticket item, you did it because that person really seemed like they cared about you, really seemed like they wanted to make a difference for you. That's why we buy." — Ursula Mentjes

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