Home Advertise Contact Blog Advertiser Login RSS
Newsletter Signup

Buy A Business Opportunity of Franchise
Home-Based Businesses
Choosing a Business Opportunity Growth and Profit Marketing and Sales
Plans and Goals Running Your Own Business Start-Up
Working From Home Entrepreneur Exchange Feature Articles
Opportunity Community Opportunity Focus In The News
Come Read Our Featured Articles About Business Opportunities, Franchising, Business Opportunity News and More
..an excerpt from an article by Lauren Diethelm on Fundera. Halfaker...
A Small Business Success Story. MyCorporation.com & CorpNet, founded by Nellie Alkap ...an excerpt from an article by Lauren Diethelm on Fundera. Nellie...

Sponsors

I-insureme
$$$ BUILD HUGE INCOME SELLING SOMETHING EVERYONE MUST HAVE $$$ Call our 24-hour message line at 301-276-5575 now!
Carelumina
Make up to $1,000/week! We are changing the industry with our physician formulated state-of-the-art products & services!
CTFO
TAKE A FREE POSITION NOW WITH CTFO SELLING CBD HEMP OIL! Join The Hottest Wellness Trend & Next Billion Dollar Industry.
Home-Based Travel Business Making $$$$
Cash in with us on the Multi-Trillion Dollar Travel Industry by working as an independent Affiliate for World Discovery!
 
Resource Center > Article
Listen First, Sell Second
17 Sep 10 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Marketing & Sales
Share this Article:

Moving forward with your small business opportunity is a really exciting process. There are hundreds of things to consider and attention to detail is a must. In all the hustle and bustle, one simple ― but extremely important ― task you need to remember is to listen. You need to listen to your employees, your partners and, of course, your potential clients. One saying to always keep in mind is this: Listen first, sell second.

Everyone you encounter will think they have a great idea, but you’re most likely going to end up with 100 bad ideas for every good one. However, that one promising idea could be a game-changer, which means you have to pay attention to everything your buyers have to say.

Listening seems pretty elementary, but effective listening is more complicated than you might think. Here are some easy tips to hone your listening skills:


  • Face the speaker ― If the conversation is in-person, active listening requires you to face the speaker to really pay attention. Sit up straight and get your whole body into the process. When having a phone conversation, it’s still worth it to sit up straight to concentrate. Slouching on your couch while having a conversation encourages you to slack off.

  • Make eye contact ― Avoid making the speaker uncomfortable, but at the same time don’t shy away from making direct eye contact.  Doing so not only assures the person you’re listening to that you’re fully present; it’s also a way of forcing yourself to pay better attention.

  • Eliminate distractions ― This is especially important while you’re on the phone. Turn off the radio or TV and shoo the barking dog out of the room if you’re at your home office.

  • Ask questions ― You can’t worry about looking silly by asking questions that you fear are obvious. If you do not understand what the speaker is saying, then it is a waste of time NOT to ask him/her to elaborate. Also, asking questions shows the speaker you are invested in what that person has to say.

  • Don’t interrupt ― Wait until your clients are done voicing their opinions before breaking into the conversation. Save those questions for a pause in the discussion.

  • Take notes ― Regardless of the amount of Ginkgo Biloba you take, it’s difficult to remember specific details of every conversation. Take notes so all that listening doesn’t go to waste, but make sure your note-taking isn’t hindering the process of listening.

  • Have an open mind ― Leave your biases at the door and give everyone a chance to state their case. You can’t make a sale without a buyer, so even if you’re not 100 percent in agreement, you should still listen to what they have to say and give it proper consideration.


Follow these simple tips for effective listening, and you could end up with a lot more sales opportunities, as well as sales. In the end, your goal is to provide a service or product that your customer wants. If you don’t listen to what they’re saying, how can you ever effectively achieve your goals and succeed? You need your customers just as much as you want them to need you, so listen up!

Related Blog Posts
30 Dec 18 Posted by: Todd Hatch
in Marketing & Sales
Whether you have an established small business or are in the planning stages of starting your own business, it’s important to heed the expert advice of successful business owners.  These 4 tips for running a successful small business paraphrased from and article...
13 Nov 18 Posted by: Todd Hatch
in Marketing & Sales
Avis Budget Group is offering the ultimate low cost car and truck rental independent operator opportunity with unlimited earning potential.  Avis Budget Group is looking for an independent operator for its location in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is a unique opportunity to take over a retail location...
13 Dec 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
in Marketing & Sales

We all know that in sales, time is money. These apps will simplify your life and give you more time to sell, sell, sell! Don’t miss these 15 Apps Every Salesperson Needs!

As we move into 2018, everyone is hypothesizing and publishing their choices for the best apps and ‘need to have it’ technology....
20 Nov 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
in Marketing & Sales

Looking to boost your marketing game? Not sure what you need or which is best? Check out these Free Trial Marketing Tools You Need!

A big question many people ask is how do I upgrade my audience to reach more people? What platforms should I be using to get my content out into the world? We...
15 Nov 17 Posted by: Margaret Mallonée
in Marketing & Sales

We’re 10 days away from Small Business Saturday 2017! Are you ready for one of the biggest sales’ days of the year? To help you, we’re bringing you our Tips for Small Business Saturday 2017.

This year, Small Business Saturday 2017 will be on the 25th of November. That means in 10...
 
   
Entrepreneur's Source for Everything Business Opportunity and Franchise Related
..an excerpt from an article by Lauren Diethelm on Fundera. Halfaker...
Read More


Premium Sponsor