Telling is not selling. but Asking is.

“Telling” is NOT “Selling” – but Asking IS.

The Universe MUST have been “telling” me to write this blog post this week.

Surely it is a sign when I look back at my week and can count 1 face to face meeting, 2 phone calls, and 9 {yes NINE} emails – All with Sales Messages intended for me to either buy or take action to buy – that were all about their product, their accolades, their features, their prestige, their stories or their next steps.

If you are trying to speak to ME and get ME to do something, shouldn’t you be speaking or asking about what’s important to ME?

Selling is really simple when you boil it down:
Selling is about communication; Understanding and then Articulating the Value you can bring to another person {or their business}.
Value is subjective, so in order to understand what someone else values, you must first ASK them the right questions.

“Telling” about your product or features or services is NOT Selling.

“Asking” is Selling.

“Learning” is Selling.

“Comprehension” is Selling.

Engaging your customers isn’t about getting them to ask more questions about YOU {though that can be good}.

Engagement happens when you get people to tell you what’s important to them. What they need. What they want. What their obstacles are.

How do you know what to recommend to someone if you don’t know what they want, need or can afford?

Are you Telling or are you Asking?

Are you Telling or are you Selling?

Think about your Sales Communication – all of it:

Are you engaging customers or prospects with the hope that they ask more questions about you?

Or are you Asking them to tell you more about themselves?

Until next time, keep kickin’ butt!



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Straightforward, practical and perhaps slightly cheeky, Shawn Karol Sandy's innate gift is helping people find new ways to solve old problems, unique ways to approach new problems and helping businesses re-invent themselves and their sales strategies. With Bold and Brave thought leadership and Clear Action Plans, her impact on business is Measurable and Meaningful and will lead your sales revolution to growth and revenue goals.

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    Thanks for the comment, Sheila. Try asking questions about their “pain” points. You can frame your questions within the context of what you’d like to share with your prospects so that when they answer and engage, you open up the conversation about them to be able to bring the right solution to the table!

    Best of luck and keep kickin’ butt!

  2. Prashant

    Hi Shawn
    Wonderful post. This is the most important foundation of a sales building. When I started as a rep it was more of telling or features selling. But as you have rightly pointed out it is about asking relevant questions. Keep posting such posts. Have a great 2017

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