What Strategies Do You Use for Handling Objections During a Sales Pitch?

What Strategies Do You Use for Handling Objections During a Sales Pitch?

In the dynamic world of sales, overcoming objections is an art that can significantly alter the success of a pitch. We've gathered insights from top sales professionals, including Sales Managers and Directors of Sales, who share their effective strategies. From anticipating and addressing objections early to proactively eliciting and addressing them, discover the four transformative techniques these experts use to turn potential rejections into successful deals.

  • Anticipate and Address Objections Early
  • Empathize and Highlight Value
  • Listen to Understand Client Needs
  • Elicit and Address Objections Proactively

Anticipate and Address Objections Early

The best strategy is to anticipate objections and handle them beforehand. I remember a particular HP training where we analyzed financial reports to anticipate needs and objections before calling a prospect.

However, the question here is overcoming a particular objection. One that comes to mind is the sale of a SAN system to a bank. The Director of IT loved our solution but loved the pricing of a competing system even more because they said it could do what we did for less. We explained the pros and cons in detail and pointed out where they could not possibly meet his needs. He didn't believe us, ended up buying the cheaper system, and then, a few months later, came back to us to buy ours since it actually met his mission-critical needs.

Garfield Jones
Garfield JonesSales Manager, Ameri Selections

Empathize and Highlight Value

One effective strategy for overcoming objections during a sales pitch is to empathize with the prospect's concerns and address them head-on. Rather than brushing off objections, we acknowledge them as valid points and use them as opportunities to provide further clarity and reassurance.

For example, when a prospect raised concerns about the upfront cost of our product, we empathized with their budget constraints and highlighted the long-term value and return on investment our solution could offer. We shared specific case studies and testimonials from similar clients who initially had similar objections but later found tremendous success and cost savings by using our product.

By addressing objections transparently and providing concrete evidence of value, we were able to build trust and credibility with the prospect. This approach not only helped to alleviate their concerns but also positioned us as a trusted advisor rather than just a salesperson. As a result, we saw an increase in the number of prospects moving forward in the sales process and ultimately closing deals.

Daniel Merrill
Daniel MerrillFounder - Sales and Marketing, Oncourse CRM

Listen to Understand Client Needs

The biggest strategy that I’ve used to overcome objections is to listen to understand instead of to respond. If you listen to your client, they will tell you what they need or why they’re unsure. If you listen to that, you can find a solution that is mutually beneficial for both of you and show the client you care about their needs.

Alex TriantafilloSenior Account Executive, National Adjusters LLC

Elicit and Address Objections Proactively

At PanTerra Networks, we view objections as opportunities for deeper conversation, not roadblocks. In fact, we encourage our sales team to actively elicit objections throughout the sales pitch. Objections often reveal underlying issues the prospect might not have mentioned. By drawing them out, we can tailor our solution more effectively. Addressing objections head-on shows we understand their perspective and are confident in our product's value. This builds trust and strengthens the relationship. Objections can be a chance to re-emphasize how our solution directly addresses their specific needs.

Early in the pitch, we use phrases like, "What are some of the concerns you typically have about solutions like ours?" Or, "A common concern that some customers have vocalized is..." This normalizes objections and encourages them to be upfront.

Shawn Boehme
Shawn BoehmeDirector of Sales, PanTerra Networks

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