How To Handle Objections Like A Pro
Objections may seem to be really difficult, yet receiving objections means that you are progressing within the sales process. Those who are not selling will be the recipient of no objections. Those who are selling will be the recipient of many objections.
For example, let us take a closer look at a common objection:
“My neighbor is in real estate part-time and I promised that I would list my home with them.”
Those of us who hear this statement are hearing a response to one of several important questions: Will you list your home with me? What more do you need to know before you list your home with me? No matter what the variation, the point is that the agent asked for the business and the objection was a direct result of a positive action. If the question was never asked, then the objection would never have been voiced.
Not all objections can be answered. Good sales people recognize when to let go. Not overcoming an objection is a sign of effectiveness, not a sign of weakness. Many waste their most significant resource –time– and ruin relationships by pressing the issue when there is little or no hope of a solution.
Let’s turn back to the previous example and change the parameters:
“My son is the top producing Realtor in this neighborhood and I am going to list with him.”
This situation is a little more difficult to overcome than a neighbor who dabbles in real estate, wouldn’t you say? There is probably little that you could say to dissuade this potential client. Yes, it is good to keep the door open:
“Let’s keep in touch just in case things don’t work out to your satisfaction or I can help your son in some way.”
Bottom line, it’s wrong to continue to press the issue when there is little hope of coming out on top. The time you invest with little chance of reward could be better spent marketing sources that have a better potential of return in your favor.
Usually, you won’t hear the real objection first. That’s right, people will skate around the truth! For example, people do business with people they like. We all know that, yet how many times will a prospect say to you–
“I don’t like you.” Or more likely,”I like someone else better than you.”
They are more likely to say, “I found someone who will list the home for a lower commission, and I am going with them.”
This concept is especially true with regard to prejudice. If someone is prejudiced against you because of age, race, gender or ethnicity, they are not likely to let you know. They are likely to come up with another “objection” and the problem is–you will never hear the real objection. Never disagree with the prospect, people’s perceptions are just that–perceptions. They are neither right nor wrong. The first time you put yourself in the position of challenging their perception, you will lose credibility.
For example, if someone says:
“I would like to list with a larger firm so that I get more coverage.”
The wrong response is:
“You will not get more coverage with a larger company, you will just be a little fish lost in a big pond.”
You must first seek to understand the importance of the objection and to do this, you must listen. After all, isn’t listening the key to sales?
“I agree that maximum coverage is very important. Why do you believe that a larger company will bring you more coverage?”
You have empathized with their position. Now you seek to understand the basis for their conclusion. Their answer will give you a better foundation for answering the objection and uncovering other significant factors:
“If I can show you a way to get maximum coverage for your home, would you consider listing with me?”
If the answer is no–because my son is a top producer at a large firm– then you know that you have met your match. And you know the right objection. In the next segment we will look at the basic types of objections and some suggested responses to these objections.