Listening and Probing to find out your customer’s real needs are two of the most important sales skills. Those techniques rely heavily on open-ended questions.
These are the questions that cannot be answered properly by one word answers ( no yes and no’s !) , and so they help you to find out the customer’s business situation, real interests as well as letting you establish the connect with the client.
Establishing rapport, trust & credibility
What would you like to see improved?
What kind of challenges are you facing?
What’s the most important priority to you with this? Why?
What other issues are important to you?
How do you measure that?
What prompted you/ your company to look into this?
What are your expectations/ requirements for this product/ service?
How do you see this happening?
What is it that you’d like to see accomplished?
With whom have you had success in the past?
With whom have you had difficulties in the past?
Can you help me understand that a little better?
How does that process work now?
What challenges does that process create?
What challenges has that created in the past?
What are the best things about that process?
What other items should we discuss?
Moving further in the Sales process
What do you see as the next step?
What is your timeline for buying/ purchasing this type of service/ product?
What other information would it be useful for us to know before moving forward?
What budget has been established for this?
What are your thoughts?
Who else is involved in this decision?