If you own a business, how eager are you to sell what you provide? Fact is most business owners would rather give up their first born than engage in selling what they offer. It’s uncomfortable, it’s awkward and rejection just plain sucks! Over the years, sales techniques have run the gamut from high pressure to manipulation and trickery, all causing customers to think of ‘selling’ as something under-handled or unsavory. The emergence of social media has changed the way people want to do business making the practice of traditional ‘selling’ even more unattractive for the business owner who is already paranoid about doing it.

So how do you treat a vital part of your business operation that you don’t really want to be part of?

The reality is that without sales or a purposeful approach to selling; most businesses won’t stay in business long. It doesn’t matter how good your product or service is. If you can’t convince people to pay you for it, you don’t have a business, you have an expensive hobby!

Business owners who fear having to sell what they offer have the option to pay someone else to do the selling for them. Professional sales people who understand the importance of this discipline usually do very well for themselves and at some point in their careers, seek high paying commission assignments to maximize their income potential. What separates them from everyone else is their mindset about selling. They understand the elements that produce sales success and they are totally comfortable engaging people in this process.

Here’s a tip for the resistant business owner. You don’t have to be a highly polished, smooth talking sales professional to make ‘selling’ work for you. In fact, if you resist the need to sell all together, you might also be forgoing the simple act of ‘asking for the order’. Customers know that you’re in business to sell what you offer so overlooking their desire to buy sends a poor message.

You can make ‘selling’ a more comfortable and successful pursuit if you work with the following approach.

  1. Think of ‘selling’ as helping people find solutions:

People will buy from you if they believe that what you have is the right solution for their problem. Before you can determine this, you need to understand what they want before making a recommendation. Take the time to ask about their situation and listen for buying signals. Then play back what you heard before suggesting something you offer. If your business can’t provide the right solution, be willing to suggest something Read the rest

Originally posted 2015-09-20 12:27:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter