One Question To Uncover a Tire-Kicker

I hear it all the time. “What do I say when my client does this or says that?” The words you use can often make the difference between winning the business and losing the business.

Early in my career, I had no idea how to ask or answer tough client questions. I fumbled my way through it, sometimes doing it well, but more often not. The result was I lost a lot of business that I could have won.

If I only had the right words, I would have eased their concerns; set expectations properly; or noticed the red flags. And the list goes on.

Thankfully, I learned a way that works. Here’s a great question to uncover whether someone is serious or just kicking tires: 

“Why are you looking to hire an interior designer now?”

The word ‘now’ helps uncover how motivated they are. Bottom line:  if they’re not very motivated, they’re just kicking tires.

To learn more, register for a complimentary 3-part series, “Three Secrets to Closing Higher Paying Clients Who Love Working With You.”

Maria Bayer, Authentic Sales Coach for Design Success University, shows interior designers how to take charge of their clients and make more money without being salesy.

About the Author
I'm a super energetic person that has lots of new ideas always floating around in my head. I own two businesses, Dandelion Interiors and Minutes Matter and enjoy both of them. One business satisfies my need to use my creative design talent and the other satisfies my need to help others to develop their technology skills. I absolutely love my church, my family, my two granddaughters, technology and cooking.

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