Objections to membership sales can be viewed as the most difficult part of the entire sales process for a health club sales person. This is especially true if the objection is viewed as an obstacle rather than an opportunity to help the guest get the results they are looking for. Here are some suggestions on how to handle health club membership objections effectively.
1. With the effective use of a needs analysis, always try to anticipate objections early in the club tour and membership presentation. Too many health club sales people wait until objections come to them instead of trying to anticipate what they will be. Eliminate the objections as you go along, and the membership process will be much easier.
2. Never rush your response to a guest’s objection. Hear them out. Listen, even if you’ve heard it a thousand times before. Health club salespeople often respond too quickly and actually will over-talk their guests in these situations. This will often create friction with the guest which will likely lead to them not joining your club.
3. Repeat the objection back to your guest. This will buy you some time to think, plus it will also show that you are interested in what they have to say. It will also help you to be sure that you understand exactly what the guest is saying.
4. Don’t forget that that an objection to joining your fitness center is many times a “buying signal” because the guest still has questions. If they had no interest in your club or in joining, why would they still be talking to you?
5. If you think a guest’s objection is just a smokescreen, ask if they are interested in your club and in getting results. Smokescreen objections can be a real time waster for health club sales people, and even the most seasoned health club professionals can fall into this trap. Some club guests will feel overpowered by a confident health club sales person and their only escape is to create a “false objection” to joining your club. A simple way to rid yourself of this problem is by further probing in order to make sure that the objection to becoming a member is genuine.
6. It is important to remember that, statistically speaking, a minimum of three objections are needed before a person will buy. However, many health club sales people give up after the first objection without realizing that this person would have joined their club if they had persisted a little more.
7. Objections are simply part of the club sales process. Without them, there would be no need for salespeople and you would be out of a job. So don’t let them stop you from reaching your goals. The true health club professional doesn’t ever let objections get in the way of end goals.
8. Listen carefully to objections you receive about joining. They will hold valuable clues about the guest’s needs and desire. A real objection can often reveal important information that is worth noting because even if your guest doesn’t buy on this occasion you may know what buttons to push the next time you speak to them.
9. The better your tour and the better your membership presentation, the fewer objections you will hear – it’s that simple. It’s important to give your presentation in a way that your guest clearly understands. This will help you avoid objections that arise from not clearly understanding what you have said. Practice.
10. It wouldn’t be sales if people never objected. Many guests who join your club simply enjoy the “going-back-and-forth element” of buying, and health club sales people should be aware of this.
Now, sell some membership.