1. Closing questions are a great way to ask for the sale. Ask your prospect:
“Are you ready to get started?”
“When would you like to get started?”
“Shall I draw up a contract?”
“Should we go ahead and finalize the details?”
“Which plan do you want to go with?”
“Do you want plan A or plan B?”
2. Shut up. Once you have asked for the business be quiet. Let the prospect think and decide how they want to proceed. Too many sales professionals keep talking and thus blow the opportunity to close their sale.
3. Gain commitment to the next step. If you need to have further meetings or additional phone calls, schedule them now. If you are faxing or emailing a contract or letter of agreement, schedule time either face-to-face or on the telephone, to go over the agreement with your prospect.
4. Summarize what you have discussed. Whether or not you’ve closed the sale, write down the main points of the meeting, what you discussed, what you’ve agreed upon points and any action steps that need to be taken. Email or snail-mail this to your prospect. This document will help the prospect remember what was discussed and what they’ve agreed to. It will also help you if you need to have future meetings or conversations with this prospect.
5. Once you have closed, do everything that you have agreed to do for this new customer. Make sure they get what they’ve purchased when they expect it, in the manner that they expect it with no problems and/or surprises. Happy customers buy more and give you referrals.