So what are your beliefs around sales?
What are the first words that come to mind when I say the word 'Sales' or 'Salesman'?
Often when I do this exercise with clients, I'll get answers like...
If you believe that to be good at sales, you need to be any of the above – is it any wonder we don't want to sell to people? We don't want to come across as pushy or manipulative!
Let's get one thing straight. Being great at sales is a positive thing when you are simply helping people to buy the right product or service for them. Not for you. For them. Selling is just helping people to buy what they need, want and can afford. It's not about pushing them into something or selling them a product or service they don't want. If your 'stuff' is right for them, why shouldn't they buy it?
Let me give you an example...
I passionately believe that every small business owner should have a business coach. Someone to help them to see the wood from the trees, to bring great ideas to the table that will improve not only their business but also their quality of life, to cheer them on, support them and hold them accountable. So when I am in a sales situation with a prospect, and I think we are a great fit for each other – I will do my best to take them on as a client. Likewise, if we are not a good fit, I'll happily walk away without even thinking about trying to persuade them. It has to be right for us both. I'll still add as much value as I can during our time together, but I won't sell them something they don't need or can afford.
So... what if your belief around your sales ability wasn't true? What if you approached every new sales opportunity with the belief that you were great at sales? And that if your products or services are right for the client, you owe it to them to sell your stuff. If you are passionate about what you do – why wouldn't you?
How to change your beliefs around sales
If you do the above you will start to collect new evidence around your sales ability, and your beliefs will gradually change.
Keeping you selling :-)
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