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Focus On The Imperatives
Andreas Buergi, PhD Andreas Buergi, PhD
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Dateline: Nuolen,
Friday, March 12, 2021


The most important question I tend to ask my clients is:

"Whatdo you REALLY want – and why?"

I have found that the best sales negotiators seem to focus onidentifying and providing a solution for their clients‘ imperatives – the thingsthey feel they absolutely must be, do or have.

What tends to motivate clients is not theproduct, service or solution you provide, but how this will help them toachieve their desired outcome.

From the client’s perspective, what we sell issimply a means to an end.

What they really want is the desired effect.

Great sales negotiators enable their clients toquickly and effectively close the gap between their current reality and wherethey wish to be.

Such reality-gaps can be terribly painful and frustrating.

In thebusiness world these gaps are often caused by important strategy, innovationand business transformation projects that fail to generate real traction.

My corporateclients usually come to when they need to close the gap in stalled businessnegotiations, resolve crisis situations with major clients and suppliers, orsecure the success of business-critical change projects.

What they buy is not my service.

They buy the effect.

Their imperative is to get the gap closed.

This is their “must have” – no matter what theprice.

When I recently chipped a tooth, I immediately called my dentist for an appointment.

I didn't ask him for a price quotation.

Although I teach negotiation, I didn't feel that I was in a position to haggle.

I just wanted to get my tooth fixed a.s.a.p.

This was my imperative.

The cost was never an issue.

I have found that if you help your clients toclose their most painful gaps, the price-discussions tend to go away.

What are your clients’ true imperatives?

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