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Technique

As you make a closing offer, extend your hand for a handshake. Smile and nod as if the deal is done. Look expectantly. If necessary, raise your eyebrows slightly.

Examples

(Extending hand) So, are you ready now to do the deal today?

(Extending hand) We have a deal?

(Grasp their hand) Well done. You've got a good deal today.

How it works

When you offer your hand to somebody in greeting they will automatically feels obliged to shake your hand in return, often doing this without really thinking.

When they do shake your hand, they may realize that they are also agreeing to the close. Most people will not then feel able to retract their agreement.

See also

Assumptive Close

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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