What to say when someone says to you I need to think about it, I dont have the time, or I dont have the money.
One of the biggest challenges I see network marketers face is what to do when the prospect says I need to think about it, I dont have the time, or I dont have the money.
This is a challenge for the network marketer and it is also a challenge for most everyone on their team. We know that at the end of a presentation the prospect is going to say one of four things.
1. I am ready to sign up.
2. I am not interested.
3. I have some questions.
4. I need to think about it, I dont have the time, or I dont have the money. (or raise some other concern)
Prediction is a form of power. Because we know what they are going to say we can then prepare a powerful, persuasive response to overcome their concern and move the prospect to action. Persuasion is about leading. It is about moving people to action. Great network marketing leaders are great at moving others to take action.
After you have given the prospect your presentation you are going to ask them to take action. After you ask them to take action that is when they typically say I need to think about it, I dont have the time, or I dont have the money. I want you to imagine that when you ask the prospect to take action it is if you are giving them a hot potato. When they say to you I need to think about it, I dont have the time, or I dont have the money they are giving you the hot potato back. We now need to give it back to them. Here are some ways to do that.
The prospect says to you I need to think about it. You can say:
1. Other than thinking about it is their anything else preventing you from moving forward today?
2. Other than thinking about it I am sure that you have some other concerns. Can share with me your other concerns.
3. Tell me more about that.
The prospect says to you I need to check with my spouse. You can say:
1. If the decision where up to you would you move forward today?
2. On a scale of 1-10 how motivated are you to get started today?
3. Other than checking with your spouse is their anything else preventing you from moving forward today?
4. What would you do if your spouse says no?
In each of these responses you have now given the hot potato back to the prospect. The prospect now needs to respond in some way back to you. When they respond back to you they are probably not ready to take action yet. Your next step would be to tell them a story and then ask again for them to take action. This process is like a dance. After you ask them to take action the first time they raise a concern. You then respond to the concern. They then raise another concern. You then respond with a story and ask them to take action again.
You want to tell a very specific type of story. You want to share a story of someone in a similar situation. A story about someone who had the same concern they did. For example if the prospect tells you they dont have the money to get started. Tell them a true story of someone else who did have the money either. They went and found the money and now they are financially free because of it. After you tell the story the next step is to ask the prospect to take action. One way you might do this is to say (right after you finished telling them the story of someone in a similar situation) based on what you have shared with me so far I really believe getting involved with our company could help you achieve your dreams. What do you say we give it a try? After you say this be silent. The prospect is now in a place where they need to make a decision. At the end of each presentation you deliver you want the prospect to make a decision. A no is OK. A yes is a lot better. One of the most important things you can do though is to have the prospect make a decision.
Eric Lofholm is the president of Eric Lofholm International, a global training organization dedicated to helping people achieve their potential. His web site is www.ericlofholm.com.