The 3 Stages of Selling

For me there are 3 stages to ‘selling’. Now, don’t think I am about to launch into a “How to close in 3 easy steps” guide here–so not my Thing when it comes to sales. What I am talking about instead is the 3 stages people (by people, I mean ‘prospects’ if we’re doing sales speak) go through when they are buying.

Or, at least, this is how I see it…

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You don’t know what you know

Most people have no idea how much they know. And—even worse—they don’t know the VALUE of what they know. It’s not unusual (as Tom Jones would agree) for me to work with someone who ‘claims’ that they don’t have anything different or special to share with the world.

So what are they worried about?

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How to handle the NOISE!

Sometimes it can get very noisy—noisy in your inbox, noisy in your head, noisy in your market, noisy in your office, noise noise noise.

Now some of this noise is very real—but some of it can be easily silenced.

And I don’t just mean taking a holiday and ignoring it all—that’s only a good short term solution… long term it’s probably going to be bad for business!

The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to listen to.

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Thing first, niche second

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Now I know a niche is as important as the next marketing/sales/business guru but there is an order to these things that may well be the difference between driving yourself mad and your sanity (and success).

For me the ‘right’ order is Thing first and Niche second.

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Do it again!

Now I am the world’s worst (or best?) at coming up with new ideas.

I am always excited about the next thing. What I can do that’s new. And I always want to move forward. Keep it going. Bigger, better, bolder, brighter. But actually this can be exactly what not to do in business.

If you have something that works – keep doing it!

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Publish ‘something’ to sell more

You don’t need a website to be able to sell your Thing. OF COURSE a website helps and provides a great focal point for prospective clients to learn about you, understand your Thing, see examples of your work, read your story, watch you in action (assuming you have videos!) and compare your offers. But you don’t need a website.

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