Sales could easily become a spiritual practice, bring in far more revenue, and make sellers Servant Leaders.
For decades, I have been a proponent of, and keynoter in the field of, Spirituality in the Workplace. In my work life, I have focused on the sales profession, as I believe (as the very foundation of business), it offers the capability of making each person, each interaction, and each company, based on true service.
Unfortunately, with the focus on profit, solution placement, timelines, and commissions, the potential for true servant-leadership has been overlooked.
80% of your prospects will buy a solution similar to yours within 2 years of your connection, but not from you; your relationship-building, price breaks, marketing campaigns, etc. are irrelevant until they have their ducks in a row and are ready to bring in a solution.
Indeed: the time it takes buyers to manage changes they’ll face from bringing in your solution is the length of the sales cycle. And you’re not helping them manage the change.
Your product is not the reason people buy. It should not be your initial focus with prospects.
Information, when used to influence or sell, has cost us untold loss in business and relationships. It actually causes resistance.
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As sellers, we’ve been taught that someone with a need that our solution fulfills is a prospect…