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“The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas of enthusiasm.”
-Thomas J. Watson, CEO IBM
Do you sell with enthusiasm? It starts by liking the products you sell. I often find that the most successful salespeople truly love their products. So what do you do if you don’t love your products? You reconcile the fact that it’s going to be harder for you to sell them. Or you figure a way to appreciate the value you bring your customers when they buy your products. Either way, your customers are buying your enthusiasm along with the products you sell. Consider this if you think I’m wrong. Most unsuccessful salespeople stop selling too soon. They lose enthusiasm and quit. That’s why they don’t accomplish great sales. I’ll bet Watson would agree with me.
To my newsletter readers: Thank you to all of you and those who send comments. I always enjoy hearing from you!
Selling Ideas for this Month
How successful do you think you would be if customers were afraid to meet with you? I’ll bet not very. Even worse, what if you didn’t know? This is more common than you think and a barrier to your sales success.
Do you know what customers really think? It’s time to find out what your customers think about you. The way to ask is to explain that you’re ready to increase your business. You want to be able to refer prospects to satisfied customers. Ask your customer if he would be interested in being a reference for you. Now watch how your customer responds. Anything less than an enthusiastic response tells you that you’re in trouble. While that’s not great news, at least it’s useful information. You now know that this customer is not willing to enthusiastically recommend you. Your job is to do something about it. You can follow with, “I’m always looking to improve so that my customers can enthusiastically recommend me. What suggestions do you have for me?” Just remember, if customers are less assertive, this question wouldn’t work because it will make them very uncomfortable. If they are assertive, they’re going to be blunt and tell you. Be ready.
Who will tell you? I was at a meeting recently. A vendor was mentioning a salesman she had worked with. She mentioned how disappointed she was in his behavior. This twenty something had been rude to her. Another person nearby chimed in. He had called this salesman to discuss a deal and the salesman said, “I’m busy. Why are you calling me now?” That’s shocking. Who would think that this sort of behavior is acceptable? I had worked with this salesman on a project and decided to call him to tell him what I heard. I asked him, “How important is your reputation?” and “Would you want to know if something was said that would damage it?” When he said it was and he wanted to know we talked about what I heard. He did remember when he was under a lot of pressure. He said, “What I did was wrong. I was a jerk.” He agreed it was in his best interest never to act like that again. Who will tell you if you’re acting like a jerk?
How are you proactively managing your reputation? Certainly see what’s coming out about you on the web. A Google alert on your name and company should get you started. Do you have an ongoing process to gather feedback about your work? Putting a step in your sales process to follow up after a certain period of time is a good way to learn what customers think about your work. Contacting customers and saying that you do this routinely will help make them comfortable opening up to you. Remember, it’s going to be hard to listen to negative feedback. You must not be defensive if you learn ways in which you are missing the mark.
Some people say that ignorance is bliss. It’s not if you’re in sales.
Best wishes for your selling success!
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2. Develop a plan to address your shortcomings.
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Written by Maura Schreier-Fleming, Best@Selling (https://www.bestatselling.com). Maura works with business and sales professionals who want to sell more and be more productive at work. She is the author of Real-World Selling for Out-of-this-World Results and Monday Morning Sales Tips.