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If they are not ready to close now, agree a future date when you can meet to discuss further. This at least keeps the deal alive and you return to fight another day. It may also be just what you are seeking to take you to the next step in the deal strategy.

Putting dates in the diary may also be an assumptive method, assuming that closure has taken place and that it is just a matter of when.

Examples

When shall we make the next coaching meeting?

Are you free next Wednesday at 3pm?

What new things shall we discuss next week?

 

How it works

Putting a date in the diary is easy for the other person, and may be agreed as an exchange for you not pressing further for a close now.

Dates in the diary also get them thinking about the future, which may be a good thing as this attention will then keep them engaged in your subject-matter.

See also

Assumption principle, Attention principle

Books on Sales Closing

**** Tom Hopkins, Sales Closing for Dummies, For Dummies, 1998  **** Zig Ziglar, Zig Ziglar's Secrets of Closing the Sale, Berkley Publishing, 1985  *** Stephan Schiffman, Closing Techniques: (That Really Work!), Adams Media, 1999  **** Stephan Schiffman, Getting to 'Closed': A Proven Program to Accelerate the Sales Cycle and Increase Commissions, Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2002  *** Joe Girard, Robert L. Shook, Robert Casemore, How to Close Every Sale, Warner books, 2002 ** Gary Karass, Negotiate to close: How to make more successful deals, Fireside, 1987

 

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