Because we're all so busy, we guard our schedules. And rightly so. But just seeing sales opportunity through the filter of right now (worthy) or not (unworthy) is a little simplistic, short sighted and in the long run, detrimental to our ongoing success.Experience tells us that not all deals are created equally. Closing a deal just because you can may lead to seller's remorse (yes, you know those times when a deal costs more than it's worth in time, stress, etc), leaving money on the table, and lead to a solution that may not deliver lasting value. We know it's because we haven't done enough work to uncover the fuller picture and impact.
We're told that having a longer-term focus to our approach is essential. So, why do many sales people still go looking for the quick wins - the low hanging fruit, the deals that will feed them TODAY (instead of a year from now)?It goes beyond a potential deal with a prospect. It about the way we build and value relationships.
Do you only seek referrers who can put you in front of their client base right now, or do you demonstrate and prove value to them first to establish an ongoing referral relationship based on trust and belief? Food for thought.There are many reasons why sales professionals revert to transactional, short term "sales hits", but here are 2 of the main culprits:
1. Sales Metrics
We've heard the adage: what gets measured gets managed, and what gets managed gets done. So, what are we driving with our metrics? If our measurements are encouraging sales people to be numbers driven only, we can end up with a pipeline that promises much and delivers little: lots of meetings, lots of RFP's and a few deals of significant or long term value.
2. Sales Rewards and Recognition programs
And, what gets recognised and rewarded will be the dominant behaviour. It's not the number or metric alone that can damage your brand and reputation. It's the behaviour it reinforces. Consider what you reward or even praise.
So how can we combat this behaviour? Arm your thinking with the following questions encourage longer term thinking:
Work hard, and work smart. Build a solid sales future through disciplined thinking, focus and action. In a world of transactional selling, be the gift that keeps on giving.
Tips from John Buchanan, Beyond 19, Coaching Practicing Lead:
Take free our sales asessment and you will not only see how you compare, you will see key areas where you can improve.
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