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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Your radar is always on

One of the ways you know you are doing your Thing is that you realise that your ‘radar’ is always on.

Your Thing is either something you find really easy, something that really annoys you, or a combination of both those factors (as they are, in fact, 2 sides of the same coin–it’s likely something annoys you when you know how easy it is to fix it).

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I Get You

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I know where you are right now. You know you’re here to do something brilliant and even if you don’t know what that is yet you know you have to do it. You know you’re not doing your Thing, as it’s not easy doing what you’re doing.

You know that you have a talent for something and you ‘get’ that you’re allowed to make this your job, your work, your business. But it’s just not happening.

I get you.

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Not everyone is an entrepreneur

If you’re happy to just do your Thing—get paid for it—all is well, but you’re probably not an entrepreneur—just a self-employed, or employed even, Thinger. It’s when you take risks—either the risk of standing out, of doing something differently, of calling yourself a ‘name’, of standing by a process or philosophy that’s yours—then you’re an entrepreneur.

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The pushmi-pullyu of marketing

It’s not just you that’s part of your marketing—there’s also the person you’re marketing to.

If you are constantly marching forwards with your marketing, and there’s no ‘thinking’ space or ‘feeling’ space where someone can make a decision that suits them and, worse still, they feel like they’re being led blind in a direction they don’t want to, that’s when your sales will suffer.

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Slower is better than stopping

Today I went for my first ‘proper’ run in a long time (that’s running for the sake of running, not because I’m cutting it fine to catch my train). I’m married to a ‘proper runner’ who ‘pops out for a 10k’ 2 or 3 times a week, so it’s a little intimidating when I know my ‘run’ could be outpaced by a walk at times. But when you decide on something you want to do, it’s a good idea to just do it–any way you can.

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