Are Salespeople Still Using the Hard Sell?
- March 27, 2019
- Posted by: Dave Kurlan
- Category: Understanding the Sales Force
When you hear a phrase like the hard sell, do you instantly think of car salespeople? Insurance? Replacement windows? No offense intended to those of you in one of those three industries!
While someone’s reference to a hard sell may differ, the perception of the hard sell is fairly universal. After prospects state an objection, say they’re not interested, or tell the salesperson, “No,” prospects tend to raise their resistance. Most salespeople have been trained to handle these objections and put-offs and therein lies the problem. There are proper and effective ways to handle these, and there are improper and ineffective ways to handle these. When you use the wrong approach it will appear to the prospect as if you are using the hard sell and their resistance will go up even further.
Most salespeople think that the hard sell consists of arm-wrestling, hammering or pressuring their prospect. While all three of those approaches are variations of the hard sell, most salespeople overcompensate so much that they wouldn’t be caught dead using them. Instead, salespeople are guilty of the hard sell when they aren’t aware of it. All it takes to be perceived of using the hard sell is to attempt any of the following ten things in response to a prospect’s increased resistance: