How to close… without closing

While most people will tell you they’re open-minded, they really aren’t.

Because in reality, we’re all open-minded only to those things we’re open-minded to. Which means we’re not “really” open-minded, right?

Of course.

An that’s why one of the toughest things you will ever do is try and sell someone something in print. That’s because people don’t like to be sold or persuaded. They like to be informed and then come to their own conclusions.

Lots of copy critiques that come across my desk show me the writer’s forgotten this. They instead, tell the prospect everything and then simply expect them to say “Yes,” one time.

But that’s not how people usually make buying decisions.

Instead you want to get gradual agreement and mutually beneficial intermittent points of contact.

And one of the most effective ways of doing this is to meet your prospect in the middle throughout you ad. So for instance, if you’re selling jewelry, you might say a few statements like…

“Let’s face it, it’s hard to know who to trust when it comes to buying good quality platinum jewelry, right?”


“I couldn’t believe how expensive it was! That’s ridiculous – don’t you agree?”


“But no matter what your budget is, the bottom line is, you want the best value you can get for your hard-earned money, don’t you?”

See, when you can agree on the little things, you’re already on the same page. This way there’s no need for some big-time close where you’re “hoping” they say yes.

Because like I always say, “hope” is NOT a good business strategy.

Now go sell something, Craig Garber

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Craig GarberAuthor of "How To Make Maximum Money With Minimum Customers, " and publisher of Seductive Selling - an offline marketing newsletter currently read in 15 countries, world-wide. In a nutshell, I do two things: 1. I show you how to attract a reliable, steady stream of pre-qualified leads who are ready to do business with you NOW... 2. And I increase your net profits and cash-flow, by increasing your customer, client, or patient value -- often, dramatically. How do I do this? By developing, and helping you implement, unique, personalized lead generation and marketing strategies... using compelling sales messages that push your customers emotional buy-buttons. I've worked with over 300 clients in more than 104 different industries, since March of 2000, and I really enjoy what I do. I'm a stable, reliable, happily married family guy with three kids who loves life and always follows through on my commitments and promises. I love to listen to music, workout, read, travel with my family, take pictures, and go bass fishing. I always say "Yes," when it comes to good cigars, good books, and good coffee :-)