Three Major Reasons Sales Objections Come Up






What are the three underlying factors behind sales objections?

Salespeople face objections that are due to :

1. Skepticism
2. Misunderstanding
3. Stalling

The best way of handling objections is to be a knowledgeable, interested salesperson whose mission is to help the prospect achieve his objectives. Remember that the word “sales” is derived from the Norweigen word “selje” which literally means to serve.  So, if you keep it in mind that you are there to serve the prospect you’ll be well on the way to responding appropriately.

Remember to stay positive and respect the prospect’s objections  as legitimate concerns. The Agreement Frame mentioned in an earlier post will help you react to objections as legitimate.

I’ll discuss the first group of objections today and the other groups in a later post


If the prospect seems skeptical about your presentation, your product / services or your ability to deliver, it could come from one of the following situations:

Promising too much. If you promise too much or trivialize the uniqueness of the prospect’s situation you run the risk of being unbelievable.

Failing to establish rapport. You must listen and respond effectively. Concentrate on being interested in them and not on trying to be interesting to them. There’s a vast difference. You can get away with all sorts of mistakes if you are interested. Learn to listen and respond effectively.

Not asking the right questions. Know enough about the prospect’s needs to be able to ask probing questions. Asking good questions is just as important as giving good answers.

Not fully answering questions. The prospect’s questions are real; do not think that they are ‘dumb questions’, and do not avoid a question because you think it is trivial. By not answering all questions, the prospect could think you are trying to conceal something.

Becoming defensive. If you appear to be defensive to an objection, you might antagonise the prospect. Always be open-minded, responsive and reply enthusiastically, not defensively.

Not Client-Centered. If you speak in general terms and do not address the specifics of the prospect’s objection, you have not given him the answer he is looking for.

Being hasty. If you rush through your presentation or do not give enough consideration to the prospect’s concerns, you could make the prospect feel uneasy. Never linger on any one point, but do not give any quick answers either.

Avoid these mistakes and you’ll avoid skepticism.


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Handling Price Objections and the Real Reasons We Get Them

This is an interesting article on handling price objections.

Given that this is probably the most often raised sales objection it could be wise to read everything you can on the topic.

The info is quite basic but remember it’s important to keep the basics in mind with any skill.

Happy reading, Greg

Handling price objections and closing more sales by overcoming this common objection with techniques developed by a working sales manager for professional sellers.

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Use “CPR” on prospect objections

This is an interesting read about handling sales objections.

It relates specifically to the insurance industry but a lot of what is covered is relevant to all other sorts of sales scenarios as well.

Hope you take the time to have a look.


Many insurance sales professionals fear, or worse—hate—handling objections. What you tell yourself at the moment you field an objection is critical. Is it something negative: “This is the part of the job I really hate,” or “Oh no! …

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