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The Ben Franklin close.


The Ben Franklin close gives your prospect the feeling that you want them to make their decision based on the facts.  Of course, facts are really the paradigm through which we view them.  If you don’t believe me just listen or watch a political debate.

This is the Ben Franklin close:  you start with a piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle of the paper making two columns.  At the top of the left column write the word Pros.  At the top of the right column write the word Cons.  In the far left, start listing the features and benefits of your product.  After you list them, put a check mark under the Pros or Cons column.  At the end, add up the checks to see which side wins.

The Ben Franklin close is not limited to product features.  It can be used to compare you to your competition, support policies, etc.  It is obviously important that you know all the features and benefits of your products and services and that you approach this close with a fair and open mind.  However, if you have done your homework, this close should come out in your favor. 

Sales Homework
– Create your own Ben Franklin worksheets around your own product.




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Sales Managers – When your sales reps use go through this exercise/close with their prospects, it is really a consultative selling strategy.  Help them execute this flawlessly.      Read more...


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