The Entrepreneur: Pressing the Right Buttons - The Consultative Way

Posted by admin at 15:51 on 13 Feb 2017


We have all heard the terminology about the so called "Hot Button." "You have to find the prospect's hot buttons...", "Push their hot buttons...", etc. In fact there have been countless books on this specific area of what we all know & love as 'consultative selling'.

But here is a question for you: What exactly are hot buttons? The last time I looked I did not see any buttons on the buyer. What are these magical buttons or triggers that you can push that suddenly make the prospect turn wild with desire of what you sell?

If you look it up you will find 'hot buttons' defined something like this...

"An emotional and usually controversial issue or concern that triggers immediate intense reaction."

Well, simply put, a hot button is...

"A problem, need, urgent desire or source of pain that stirs enough emotion in the prospect to motivate the prospect to want to take immediate action to solve the issue."

The key words to remember are emotion and intense, not to mention pain. A benefit does not usually create an emotional reaction that leads to a buying decision. A benefit is only a benefit if there is a strong need so identifying that strong need is crucial. Also, understand that the fear of loss is a far more intense emotion than the desire for gain. So... find a strong need associated with a fear of loss & you're starting to get near the buttons!

So, being more specific, how exactly do you find and consequently push these hot buttons?

Finding the Hot Button

To find the prospect's emotional triggers, you need to find their problems. Unearth the prospect's problems and pain and you will discover their hot buttons. Then present how your product or service will solve those problems, and you will be pushing those hot buttons.

Don't Confuse Mere Interest with Hot Buttons

Often when a prospect mentions some area of interest, the sales person assumes this is a hot button, and relentlessly pursues the idea. However, such initial areas of interest usually just scratch the surface of the prospect's situation. You need to dig deeper.

Also, keep in mind that today's modern buyers are smart, and are not too quick to reveal their emotions and concerns, as they know doing so will weaken their negotiating strength.

In addition, the prospect's true hot buttons, those areas of serious problems and pain, may not be immediately evident, even to the prospect.

Solutions to Problems = Hot Buttons

You need to have a systematic method of asking questions to uncover the prospect's problems. Find areas the prospect is losing, hurting or suffering in some way due to the lack of your product or service. Exemplify those areas of problems and pain, and then present your solution and you will hit the hot buttons on the head.

For more information on anything covered in this article, please contact Roger Wilson, MD of Rioja Business Development Limited, Specialists in helping businesses develop winning sales strategies, via