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SB026- How Sellers Connect with Questions, an Interview with Deb Calvert

Deb CalvertIn this episode we talk about how sellers can create connections with buyers through questions.  Deb Calvert, is the host of the Connect Online Radio podcast  for selling professionals. She is also the  2014 Top Sales & Marketing Influencer and author of the DISCOVER Questions™ book series.  As President of People First Productivity Solutions, she  helps organizations  boost productivity through people development. This work includes leadership training, strategic executive planning, team effectiveness work, and performance management program design.

We question, questioning! Deb has a process called DISCOVER,  great questions sellers can ask to connect with prospective buyers.

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Deb believes there are eight purposes people can frame questions. She calls them DISCOVER.  They are:

  1. Data – Just want the facts question
  2. Issue – Concern or complaint you invite sharing question  “Tell me more about that…”
  3. Solution – Collaboration question,“Tell me about how others in your industry address  this problem.” instigates brainstorming and allows the sellers to get feedback on what the buyer perceives as great solutions, ideas you can feed back to the buyer.
  4. Consequence – Fear questions “What happens if you don’t meet your goals?”
  5. Outcome – Hopes questions “Where do see your business in one year?”
  6. Value – Understand buyers hierarchy  of needs  “What’s most urgent for you?”   
  7. Example – Compare contrast questions  “How does this compare with other possibilities?”
  8. Rationale – Decision making questions “Walk me through your process, how will you come to your decision?”

Be purposeful in your conversation she coaches. We can always get better at asking questions.  Not just messy fishing questions, but purposeful questions that advance the sale. The world has changed and buyers expect more from sellers. Because they  have so much information, they don’t want to be sold the old way.

Deb teaches that questions engage people.  They provide an opportunity to be heard. This requires skill in listening and to stay in the moment.

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4 Responses to SB026- How Sellers Connect with Questions, an Interview with Deb Calvert

  1. Stephen Lahey September 23, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Great interview, Pat. Highly recommend Deb Calvert’s book, as well. Brilliant approach to questions in sales and life.

  2. Pat Helmers September 24, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Her recommended questions are spot on. All sellers could learn from her coaching.

  3. Deb Calvert (@PeopleFirstPS) September 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Thanks, Stephen and Pat!

    • Pat September 29, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

      You’re very welcomed Deb!

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