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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Listen very carefully (your market is speaking)

Most of the answers you need for your business are all around you–it’s often simply a case of listening more carefully.

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You don’t need ALL the answers RIGHT NOW

When you’re an ambitious growing business it’s natural to want everything to happen RIGHT NOW, but sometimes it’s better to have only the answers you need NEXT to make sure you’re not missing a step.

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Saving it for Best

A phrase that I utter on a regular basis is “There’s no point sitting at home on your own being amazing”, and I mean it. When you find your Thing, the worst thing you can do is keep it to yourself. The reason being that your Thing is there to help other people—hence it needs to be shared to be helpful! I know it sounds obvious but it’s not always as easy to do as it sounds. But you need to get over yourself and do it!

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Go ‘Old School’

Now look, I know it’s not the ‘cool’ thing to do marketing-wise… that would be funnels and split-testing landing pages and the live videos on Facebook… BUT a good old-fashioned phone call can go a long way.

As can ‘real life’ networking.

Or what about a letter in the post?

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This isn’t it

What your Thing isn’t is as important as what it is. Sometimes it’s expected that when you’re good at something you’re good at ALL of it. Take Marketing (for an example close to my heart!): I LOVE ideas, strategy, plans, visions, creative concepts, copy and the communication side of Marketing. Do I love the stats, […]

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