The “Fact” that Prospects Are Honest Is Hurting Sales Growth

The “Fact” that Prospects Are Honest Is Hurting Sales Growth

85% of salespeople have self-limiting beliefs that hurt their sales effectiveness. 85%! Huge!

And one of the most common Sales Self-Limiting Beliefs we see in sellers is the belief that Prospects Are Honest. The number actually went up one percentage point since I last reviewed the data in October 2019.

You probably have heard the old adage, “How do you know a prospect is lying? Their lips are moving!” LOL

All Kidding Aside

Most prospects are not deliberately being dishonest with sellers. They are telling little-white-lies such as.

“I need to think it over.”

“Now just isn’t a good time. Can you check back […]

College Football Wagering and What It Has to Do with Sales

College Football Wagering and What It Has to Do with Sales

While I was watching ESPN’s College Game Day, I heard Chris “The Bear” Fallica, who is a research producer and sports betting analyst for ESPN, make an observation about betting odds that was a revelation to me. He commented that when people place bets, they generally bet on the outcome they want.

Of course! It’s natural that people bet on the outcome they want. It is really hard to be completely unemotional and unbiased, especially about sports like college football.

Selling Emotions

Well, guess what? It is really hard for salespeople to be unemotional and unbiased as well. Salespeople project their own excitement […]

Hedgehog Your Sales Organization

Hedgehog Your Sales Organization

Years ago, while I was working for a company in the sales trenches, a fellow salesperson was always struggling to make his number. He would fight and claw to get approval on small opportunities that were not really in our sweet spot. He would go to the mat to get a discount for a prospect that wasn’t quite right for our business – happy to negotiate internally with our boss to get the client a better deal rather than stand his ground and get them to pay what our services were worth.

Two Factors and a Need

I didn’t realize it at […]