Don’t Fall into This Trap With Your Prospect Meetings
Hairless businessman with mirror - forever beautiful. ( Narcissus concept )I met a businessman recently, who was brimming with enthusiasm about the value of his company’s service to their target market.  On one hand, it was refreshing to meet someone so enthusiastic about their business, but on the other hand, I felt that I was the recipient of a monologue about the features of his service which raised a concern in my mind.
I asked him to outline his approach to meeting with his potential customers and he took me through how he pitched all the great things his company had achieved and the extensive list of features he could offer.  He is by no means untypical, but the problem is, his prospect isn’t interested and potentially isn’t engaged at this point; she wants to know what his service will do for her and her business.
To be able to make his pitch relevant, he needs to use his ears and his mouth in the right proportions (80% listening and 20% talking).  I suggested that he adopted a more investigative approach and spend the first part of the meeting asking questions of his prospect and listening to her answers, than talking.  Once he understood the business landscape and challenges of his prospect, he could then tailor what he presented to her.
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