Listen to Their Need
When you are speaking with a new recruit, the best way to connect with them is to listen to their need. What would happen if you were chatting away with someone and you neglected to find out their need?
You may be talking to someone who you think would be GREAT in your business. They seem smart, highly motivated…and you want to tell them more about your company. You start telling them how GREAT it is to be able to earn extra money so they can spend more time with their kids and go on WONDERFUL family vacations!! You’re super duper confident that this opportunity can do that for them!!!
However……your “prospect” seems to be giving you a blank stare. You stop to ask if that sounds like something that would be great for them and they tell you that they are single and they don’t like to travel. As you’ve been talking, you have been building a block in their mind that this company and opportunity is not for them.
But, it still could be, IF you are able to find what THEIR need is and talk to them in their language. Show how your company can fit that need that is so important to THEM. You see, not everyone has the same need. It would be great if everyone wore their need visibly on their sleeve……but they don’t. You have to do a little digging. More importantly, you have to do a LOT of listening.
Basically, most people’s “need” is based on one of four areas:
F – Family: They want to spend more quality time with their family. Maybe a mother wants to be a work at home mom instead of working outside of the home. Maybe a husband wants to make enough to allow his wife to be able to do that.
O – Occupation: They want an occupation that is fulfilling. Maybe they want to be in a different line of work. Maybe they want a less dangerous job. Maybe they want something that gives back to people.
R – Recreation: Recreation often involves a different lifestyle. They want a vacation, a motor home or snowmobiles. Maybe it’s just the ability to travel when and where they want.
M- Money: They want money to be able to do the things that they can’t do now.
So how do you find out what their “hot buttons” are? Ask some very simple questions or make some simple statements…and listen to their answers.
“You must love your job!”
“You must go on some great vacations!”
“I bet you make GREAT money at your job!”
“Do you have any fun plans for vacations this summer?”
“What brought you to your current job?”
Make sure to phrase your statements in a positive way. People will be more honest with you this way. Now pay CLOSE attention to what they say. If their answers are negative (as in “re you kidding, I HATE MY JOB!”) ask another question…”So if you could do one thing differently, what would it be?”
Bingo…THERE will be your magic answer!! That will be their need…whether it’s “spend more time with the family”, “have great vacations” or “make more money”. THAT is what you zero in on as you work on how your business can meet their needs.
Now you can talk to them in their language. Your opportunity talk can focus on the family, occupation, recreation or money needs that your company can meet. Focus on the need that they sound most passionate about. When you work on finding someone’s need and show them how you and your company can meet it, your prospect will be MUCH more likely to listen!