🍵3 Techniques To Ask Better Questions (Without Being Selfish)
Customer Success is not a theory.
You must get down to the basics and start building trust, first.
This will help you gather the right level of information to drive success, in practice.
But to do so, how do you know what your customers care the most about?
By asking great questions.
Here are 3 core techniques you can apply today and get your customers’ attention right on the spot:
1/ Ask precise questions
The last thing your customers want is to waste time.
This is why they usually give you quick answers, at first.
They prefer to stay superficial until you break the ice.
So don’t ask questions you could have googled yourself.
Ask deeper questions instead.
Invite them to elaborate more without appearing pushy or rude:
I’m curious, how did that happen?
What did you do to fix it? Did it work?
What was the cost of such an issue?
Is it something you might experience again?
If so, how will you handle it next time it happens?
That way, you can influence them to tell you the story behind the pain.
Ask and listen without stepping in.
In short, help them tell you more in their own words.
p.s. a step further is to practice “mirroring”. Refer to section #4 in this previous edition where I guide you through this powerful method.
2/ Impact of not taking action
Your customers might be heads-down fixing things.
They might be so busy dealing with daily operations that they can pass on building a long-term plan.
So it’s important for you and your customers to take a step back and reflect on the consequences of inaction.
Now that you have some great information from the previous step, ask them:
What would happen next if you don’t take action today?
It’s surprising to see sometimes they are not even aware of the potential cost themselves.
This question will reveal the harsh reality in the most practical way which brings us to the final step.
3/ Create urgency
You know what? your customers don’t care about your end of quarters and the time by when you need to land the deal.
What they care about the most is to have the solution implemented within their own timeline.
So reverse the situation and ask them:
when do you need this solution to be up and running?
In doing so, you position yourself on your customer’s priorities. You can then reverse-engineer and say:
to get it in production in [X] weeks or months, we need to start working on the project no later than [date].
That way, you shift the focus from your own business objectives to their roadmap.
This alone will bring the sense of urgency you need for them to take action.
And as a bonus, you didn’t appear pushy but had them take part in the decision-making process.
See the IKEA effect I explored in a previous edition to learn more about its psychology.
So well done, congratulations!
Your customers are now all ears! ✌️🎯
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