Sales isn’t for the faint of heart. You don’t just encounter negativity on a fairly frequent basis. In many cases, it is your job to sniff it out and address it immediately.
Sandler Rule #3, “No Mutual Mystification,” deals with an issue that often plagues sales professionals-“happy ears.”
When a salesperson has happy ears, it means that they only hear what they want to hear. While this may allow the salesperson to leave almost every meeting with a good feeling, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will close the sale. As a salesperson, your job isn’t just to pick up on the positive cues; your job is to reveal and address potential roadblocks, conflicts and ambiguities with the prospect before they become a larger problem later in the sales cycle.
Listen to Mike Crandall in the above video, and take a minute to reflect on your last few sales meetings. Have your happy ears kept you from completely clearing up the situation for you and the prospect? Have you been adequately recapping conversations? If not, pick up that phone and clear things up. Otherwise, your happy ears will have made an unhappy customer down the line.