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How less ego creates more sales

by Jeff Mowatt

See if this applies to you or your team members in your organization: You’ve been working in your industry for several years,lunette oakley. Your responses to requests from customers, prospects and co-workers are fast and accurate,Chanel pas cher. You know your stuff and your product knowledge is one of your greatest strengths,burberry soldes. If this is the case, then the bad news is that your extensive knowledge may also be one of your greatest weaknesses,sac chanel. The reason – you may be inadvertently coming across as being arrogant and insensitive,tods chaussures.

I’m not suggesting that you have a holier-than-thou attitude or that you are unfriendly. It’s just that you are so quick with your answers and recommendations that others feel like you haven’t really been listening to their needs (even though you have). In other words, the greater your expertise,The Humility Advantage – How less ego creates more sales, the more likely it is that you are unintentionally rubbing people the wrong way. The good news is that there’s an easy way to prevent this misconception that I call The Humility Advantage�.

Working with over a hundred sales and service teams over the years, I’ve found there are at least seven key opportunities where a little employee humility pays-off substantially. Here are three that I often share in my Influence with Ease� speeches and seminars.

1. Mention your Homework

Several years ago, a couple of branding consultants approached me about enlisting their services,sac pas cher. My first thought was that these folks knew nothing about my company or my industry, so why on earth should I pay their sizable fees. I only agreed to meet with them because a colleague said they’d done good work for his firm.

When I sat down with the consultants, they did not start asking me lots of questions about me and my industry,lunettes chanel. (That would have confirmed to me that they really didn’t know my business world and would have ended their chances of selling me their services). Instead, they began the meeting explaining that,converse all star, by way of preparation, they’d been chatting with some of my colleagues and customers to find out their impressions of my company’s services. Then,converse pas cher femme, they asked if I would like to hear the word-on-the-street,gianmarco lorenzi ebay. As you can imagine,sac burberry, that got my attention,The Humility Advantage – How less ego creates more sales. And the ensuing conversation led me to engage their services.

When you talk with potential customers, do you begin the conversation by mentioning the homework you’ve done on their company,tods soldes? If not, you’re missing an opportunity to let them know that you are truly interested in them.

Rather than starting a sales conversation by asking about their needs,prada chaussures, try commenting on something you saw on their website or read about them in an industry journal. It’s a powerful way to confirm to others that you’re knowledgeable without coming across as one who brags,lunette Chloé. It’s one of the first steps in applying the humility advantage,tod’s sac.

2. Confirm your Understanding

If you’ve participated as an audience member in one of my live presentations, you might have seen me step off the stage pretending to be a waiter taking food orders from several audience members as if they’re at a restaurant,converse pas cher. During this skit,lunette carrera, rather than order directly from a menu,gianmarco lorenzi chaussure, each patron has a special request such as,chanel pas cher, “I’ll have the salad with the meal.” or “I’d like to have fruit instead of fries,” etc. As the waiter, I don’t write any of this down, and as you’ve likely guessed, when I walk away, the patrons assume that there is no way I’m going to get all the orders straight.

There’s the problem,sac chanel pas cher. I may have listened accurately to each request, but the emotions I left with my customers are worry and lack of confidence in my service,Chloé SAC À BANDOULIÈRE LUCY.

As an experienced professional in your industry,chanel chaussures, you may be a great listener, but are you perceived as such,sac prada pas cher? Being regarded as a poor listener is a surefire way to kill a sale or curtail your career. Fortunately,Chloé pas cher, by using a little humility,The Humility Advantage – How less ego creates more sales, this is easy to correct,Sac Chloé. In the waiter demonstration,gianmarco lorenzi, I redo the same order-taking scenario,oakley pas cher,The Humility Advantage – How less ego creates more sales, except the second time after taking the orders,lunette carrera femme, I say, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight,oakley frogskins. You would like yours with fruit instead of fries…” (I then confirm everyone’s special request accurately).

Suddenly, the restaurant patrons feel good about the quality of my service,chanel lunettes. Here’s the key; I repeated my understanding of their needs with the phrase, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight.” Fact is,burberry pas cher, I knew I had it straight, but the customer didn’t. The catch is, if my ego were running my life I’d never say, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight.” Hence the Humility Advantage.

Here’s one more application:

3,sacs a main Chloé. Ask Permission to Present

You’ve probably heard the expression that people don’t like to be sold-to, but they love to buy,tods pas cher. That means that before you present the benefits of your products or services,lunette carrera pas cher, remember to ask for permission,prada pas cher. When you thread all these techniques together,The Humility Advantage – How less ego creates more sales, a sales conversation might start by pointing out the homework you’ve done on the other person. Then ask about their needs, confirming your understanding with, “Let me make sure I’ve got this straight…” Later, ask permission to present with, “Based on what you’ve told me, I do have some thoughts. Would you like to hear a couple of options that I think would fit for you?” Once the other person agrees, they’ll feel less like they are being forced, and more like they are being helped.Related articles:

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