sales psychology

My Holiday Selling Advice? Keep It Clean

The holiday shopping season shifts into high gear this week with Black Friday, and it's time to share my annual seasonal selling advice: Don’t be one of those brands, companies, stores or individuals that skate the fine line between ethical and manipulative persuasion. Whenever I talk about persuasion — on my other website, at speaking

Who Should Deliver the Motorcycle to Your Customer?

Here's a grand idea: What about requiring someone from the service department — and NOT the salesperson — to do the final delivery of a customer's new motorcycle? Why do I think this idea works? Well, salespeople are a predictable lot (I should know; I am one.). The moment we sell something, immediately in our head

Create a ‘Thunderstruck’ Sales Moment

Logic makes you think. Emotions make you act. You’ve read that here on many occasions. Now, let me give you another way of creating emotions so that you can create win-win relationships with your customers. Retailing is a sensory experience. The sights, sounds, smells, textures and yes, even tastes found in a motorcycle dealership can

Four More Ways to To Make Your Customer Communication Stand Out

Last time, I proclaimed that few skills are as essential to successful sales than effective communication. And I provided three ways you can become a communication rock star. Now, here are four more tips to improve your customer response rates. 1. Public commitment One of the most powerful persuasion principles is that of public commitment.

Make the Buying Process More Enjoyable for Your Buyer

Involve your buyer as much as possible in the sales discussion. This is just plain common sense; conventional wisdom holds that while people hate to be sold, they love to buy. Ask your buyer questions to make him enjoy the act of buying more. Here are some examples: “On a scale of one to ten

Losing Control of the Sale? Find Something Positive to Take Away

Staring straight ahead, firmly gripping the wheel, the driver fixated on the snowy road in front of him. His jaw clenched, he steadily — subconsciously, perhaps — pressed harder on the gas pedal as he and his vehicle pushed onward through the driving snow. But he wasn’t thinking about the road; instead, the driver’s mind was

The Power of the Chiasmus: Why You’ll Want to Use This Fun Figure of Speech

Hearing “yes” in any type of situation — with colleagues and customers — is largely about appealing to the other person’s enlightened self-interest. One of my favorite ways to effectively do that is through the use of language, specifically a figure of speech called “chiasmus" [kahy-az-muhs]. A chiasmus is a verbal pattern in which the second

Black Friday Tip: Take Your Buyer’s Photo and Then Close the Sale

Black Friday is next week (Thanksgiving is early this year), so make sure your digital camera is fully charged. You’ll want to take lots of photos that day. You can literally put your buyer in the picture. I tell powersports retailers to take a digital photograph of their prospective buyers when they are considering which