Rejection is a tough pill to swallow; especially when it comes to something we’re passionate about—like our work.
When you’re making cold calls or engaging with prospects and you’re met with objection or disinterest, it’s hard not to take it personally.
Although it may be difficult, it’s necessary to develop a method so you can maintain balance and perspective. Every interaction with a prospect is a learning experience and thus, a chance to grow.
I’ve been in the industry for decades. While I’ve been successful, I’ve definitely had my fair share of rejections. Early on when I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, I decided to implement a system of reflection to guide me in the future:
Everything a prospect says can help you in the future. Don’t get defensive or attempt to break apart every single doubt point by point. Learn when it’s the right time to cut your losses.
Is it reasonable?
If roles were reversed, would you also object your proposal?
Try to identify the pain points.
We don’t have to sign every single customer we come in contact with—just the right ones. Know when a relationship just isn’t going to work.
Instead of judging the objections practice asking good questions that will help you develop your strategy.
While we don’t want to pester prospects, there are three cases in which you may find yourself faced with an objection. But you may have a gut feeling that you could turn it in your favor.
If you find yourself on the receiving end of one of these phrases, don’t fret! There’s a good chance that with the right script you can flip the script and come out victorious; or at the very least get good practice at making cold calls.
Ask whether your prospect is uninterested in the actual topic or if it’s the time that is difficult.
Maybe they are interested in the topic, but they can’t speak at the moment. Confirm that they are the right person from their organization to speak with and try to set up another time to talk.
Inquire about their doubts—is it that you caught them at a bad time or the time in general doesn’t match their company’s focus?
Ask some follow-up questions to figure out which and try to set a future appointment.
While it may be polite to say “thanks for your time” and move on, you may use this as an opportunity to plant the seeds for your own business or learn about potential pain points you may have.
Ask what it is about their current advisor that they like and what makes their relationship work so well. At the very least you are establishing a relationship with the prospect, which can be cultivated in the future.
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