Consistently enforced qualification criteria is a cornerstone to any great sales process. As a sales leader, It’s important to provide a mechanism to ensure that sales opportunities warrant the investment of your sales team’s time and resources.
Your salespeople need guidelines on whether the opportunity is ready to advance to the next stage of the buying process. Use these seven questions as a starting point. Their answers should provide enough information to determine whether or not the opportunity should move forward or if more work needs to be done on the account.
Seven Questions to Qualify an Opportunity
1. What is the compelling event? What is the business impact if they don’t take action or take the wrong action?
2. What are the business problems the customer is trying to solve? What is the impact to both the individuals and the business?
3. How have you calculated the negative consequences? Do you have customer agreement on the quantifiable impact?
4. Who benefits from the customer buying your solution? Describe the “After Scenario” and the Positive Business Outcomes.