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The Worst Sales Pitch Questions

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

Are you tired of hearing the same old sales pitch questions over and over again? Are you ready for a good laugh? Well, you've come to the right place! Here are some of the worst sales pitch questions that are sure to make you chuckle (or cringe).

"Are you ready to change your life?"

This question is so overused, it's become a running joke in the sales world. Unless you're selling a time machine, chances are you're not going to change anyone's life with your product. So please, spare us the dramatics.

"Can I show you how to save money?"

Ah, the classic sales pitch question. The problem with this one is that it's so vague. Save money on what, exactly? And how much money are we talking about? It's important to be specific when you're trying to sell something, otherwise, you'll just come across as pushy and annoying.

"Do you want to be a millionaire?"

Who doesn't want to be a millionaire? But asking someone if they want to be one is not only a ridiculous question, but it also sets up unrealistic expectations. Plus, if your product isn't actually going to make someone a millionaire, you're just setting yourself up for disappointment.

"Can I give you a free demo?"

This one sounds innocent enough, but it can actually be a trap. If you say yes, you're essentially giving the salesperson permission to waste your time with a lengthy demo that you may not even be interested in. If you're going to give a demo, make sure it's something you're genuinely interested in and not just doing it to be polite.

"Do you have a minute to talk?"

This question is usually followed by a long-winded sales pitch that lasts far longer than a minute. If you're going to ask someone if they have time to talk, make sure you respect their answer. If they say no, don't keep pushing them.

"Are you tired of being mediocre?"

This question implies that the potential customer is a failure and needs your product to become successful. It's not only insulting but also incredibly ineffective. No one wants to feel like a failure, and shaming them into buying your product isn't going to help.

"Can I ask you a personal question?"

This question can make people feel uncomfortable, especially if they don't know the salesperson very well. It's usually followed by a question about the person's finances or other personal information that the salesperson has no business asking. Stick to discussing the product and its benefits, not the potential customer's personal life.

"Do you want to be the envy of all your friends?"

While it's tempting to appeal to people's desire for social status, this question is just plain silly. No one wants to be seen as a braggart or a show-off, and using this as a sales tactic is more likely to turn people off than win them over.

"Are you afraid of missing out?"

This question preys on people's FOMO (fear of missing out) and can come across as manipulative. Instead of focusing on what the potential customer might miss out on, focus on the benefits of the product itself.

"Can I make you a deal you can't refuse?"

This question sounds like something out of a mob movie and is more likely to scare people than entice them. Instead of trying to make deals that sound too good to be true, focus on the genuine value your product offers and why it's worth the investment.

Remember, a successful sales pitch is all about building trust, establishing rapport, and offering real value. So, leave the cheesy, overused sales pitch questions behind and focus on being authentic, honest, and helpful.

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