I wrote this back in 2013. I love it because it reminds us that we are doing business with HUMANS after all, and it makes us so successful when we remember that!
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Here’s the article:
I hear ALL THE TIME…”People do business with people they Know, Like & Trust” from sales trainers and sales experts.
Here’s what I wanna know…
WHY IS THIS A REVELATION?
People go to prom with people they know, like & trust.
People travel great distances at great expense to visit people they know, like & trust.
People like to give gifts to people they know, like & trust.
Let’s face it, people like to hang out with DOGS they know, like & trust.
It’s pretty common sense, isn’t it?
SO I CHALLENGE YOU…
If it is some kind of revelation to you that people do business with people they know, like & trust, WHERE ELSE are you not bringing common sense to your sales?
People do business with people who deliver excellent service
People do business with people who have a sterling reputation
People do business with people they hold on a pedastal
People do business with people who do what they say they are going to do
People do business with people who have similar values
People do business with people who ….. I mean, we could keep going here, couldn’t we?
BUT THE BIGGER QUESTION IS:
If learning that “People do Business with People they Know, Like & Trust” is a revelation to you, then what is going on with your sales?
Do you not believe in what you sell?
Do you not believe that your customer needs what you sell?
Are your goals different from that of your customer?
Are you trying to meet quotas instead of make a difference with people?
And here is my favorite…
~DO YOU THINK DOING BUSINESS IS DIFFERENT THAN DOING LIFE? ~
This week, I want you to bring common sense to your business. (Sorry, this will require actual THINKING)
Are you doing the work that you know you should do to connect with the people who need what you sell?
If yes (and be honest with yourself about that one),
Who are the people that “should” be doing business with you?
Do they know about you?
Do they agree that they need something that you offer?
Reach out to THEM. Be clear, simple, concise. Offer them something yummy!
Go be a great human being. Period. THEN, see what shows up!
Love ’em UP! (And the rest will follow)
The Irreverent Sales Girl
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