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How to Deal with Difficult Customers: 10 Simple Strategies for Selling to the Stubborn, Obnoxious, and Belligerent



How to Deal with Difficult Customers: 10 Simple Strategies for Selling to the Stubborn, Obnoxious, and Belligerent

Dave Anderson

ISBN: 978-0-470-04547-3 October 2006 192 Pages


Praise for How to Deal with Difficult Customers

"The application of the ten key strategies in this book will help every sales professional learn how to deal with the truly difficult and how to avoid creating unnecessary difficulties. It's written with the same wit, humor, and inspiration that have made Anderson's prior books so effective."
--Margaret Callihan, President, Chairman, and CEO, SunTrust Bank, Florida

"Anderson knocks another one out of the park with How to Deal with Difficult Customers! The problem is real; Anderson's solutions make sense and, as always, he makes you laugh in the process."
--Mike Roscoe, Editor in Chief, Dealer Magazine

"I could not put this book down. It's a salesperson's bible, offering clear and concise how-to advice. If you're in the selling profession and want to sell more, you should read this book . . . twice."
--Warren Lada, Senior Vice President, Saga Communications

"An individual executing the ideas within this book will change their own life and their organization. No one has the gift like Anderson to articulate the importance character plays in maximizing potential."
--Mike Tomberlin, CEO, The Tomberlin Group

"Throw out all your other sales manuals. Anderson's new book will change the way you look at customers, the way your salespeople look at themselves, and, quite frankly, the way you look at the sales process."
--Dan Janal, President,

"What are you waiting for? We all have difficult customers. If you're tired of leaving money on the table because you can't handle them, read this book. If your good customers are turning into difficult customers, read this book. If you want to deliver results year-in and year-out, read, re-read, and apply the lessons of this book."
--Randy Pennington, author, Results Rule!

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Author xix

Introduction xxi

1 Understand the Ten Truths About SOBs! 1

2 Toughen up; Sharpen up; Grow up & Go up! 17

3 Don’t Just Be Better, Be Different! 41

4 Take the Fight Out of the Sales Process! 63

5 How to Face and Finesse the SOB “Quadruple Threat”! 83

6 Shovel the Piles While They’re Small! 97

7 Create a Cult! 109

8 Create Urgency to Buy Today! 119

9 Learn to Read an SOB’s Mind! 133

10 Be Prepared to Walk Away! 145

Notes 157

Bibliography 159