One thing we all have in common with our clients is the undisputed fact that we are all going to die. (I hope I didn’t just give away any spoilers.) Most plumbing and hvac techs don’t have to deal with death as a variable in the sales process. So, when a client refuses your offer by bringing death into the picture, chances are really good that you just lost the sale.
Death is an uncomfortable topic. You probably struggle with speaking to your family about death, much less a client that you have known for a short period of time. The end result is that you don’t get much practice, and therefore don’t know how to handle the objection. I know this is the case for myself.
I witnessed the perfect response to the “What if I die?” sales objection while waiting on a massage.
An older lady, I’m guessing in her 80’s, had just finished her session. Let’s refer to the older lady as Betsy. Betsy looked very relaxed. It was obvious she enjoyed the experience. After a little banter, the service provider, let’s call her Amanda, asked this question:
“Would you like to become one of our monthly clients?”
Betsy gave her the look. You have seen the look when you offered a service agreement. The one that says, “Here we go. Now they are going to try to sell me more stuff.”
Betsy immediately said, “No.”
Most people would stop at “No.” Or, they would get pushy and aggressive. Amanda did neither. When Betsy said “No,” Amanda smiled and asked a few easy questions:
I was impressed. It was obvious Amanda knew how to re-establish value after the first objection. As a plumber or an hvac tech, remember that the next time you are in the field.
But what happened next is what blew me away. Betsy stopped Amanda in her question process with the mother of all objections. She asked,
When Betsy said that, 3 things immediately went through my brain:
Amanda looked Betsy in the eye, and cocked her head slightly to the right. She then did one of those puppy dog frowns and said,
I was shocked! What? What? “I would miss you!?” No correction, “Awe. I would miss you!” Could that possibly work? That had nothing to do with the objection. That was just feelings. Just emotions.
Then Amanda said,
“Betsy, it is an agreement for a year. But if you move, or your doctor says you don’t need to do the massages any longer, we can cancel this for you. Would you like to become a member?”
Betsy said, “Yes!”
It worked! Betsy pulled out the “What if I die?” Sales Objection, and Amanda used it to close the sale!
I gained a lot of value from sitting in that lobby and paying attention. And now, you get to benefit from it as well. This is proof that life is always ready to teach us a lesson if we are just willing to listen. So use this lesson, and the next time your client looks you in the eye and asks, “What if I die?” say, “Awe. I would miss you!”
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