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JC Pollard on The Sales Evangelist Podcast

By now, someone has already told you that sales is about building relationships. If you’ve ever been lured into the trap of trying to be your prospect’s best friend only to find out they weren’t interested, you’re not alone. As you’ll hear in this episode, JC Pollard isn’t afraid to ask tough questions, and that’s how he became a top seller at Gong, hitting 190% of his quota in his first year. Listen in as he and Donald Kelly discuss “soft closing” to get the facts about where your deals are at.

Setting Expectations and Being Proactive

  • As a rep, you are (or should be) experienced with your sales process. Take a leadership role in outlining the next steps in the process for your buyer.
  • Give the buyer options so they know you can either close the deal quickly or take more time to evaluate, depending on what they want.
  • Position the outcomes on every call and keep inviting your buyer to tell YOU where they stand.

Soft Closing

  • Many reps don’t know how certain their deals are. Instead of keeping yourself in the dark, set your buyers up with an opportunity to close at every step of the process. 
  • If they say yes, this saves you a lot of time and effort. But if they say no, you have an opportunity to do discovery.

Wrapping Deals Before the Trial Ends

  • Never launch a trial or pilot without knowing what your customer’s success criteria are. 
  • If you believe your product has checked all the boxes before the pilot is done, check in with them and see if they’re ready to buy yet. If they say no, don’t be afraid to ask, “Why not?”


Gong website

Reach out to JC Pollard on LinkedIn

JC’s post calling out Donald Kelly on LinkedIn!

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