I am back from a discussion with (master) Dedalo Piffer, probably the best salesman I’ve ever met.
The discussion was on the characteristics (aka attributes) that a person should have to be a good salesman.
It seems there are 10 of them and all 10 must be at a reasonably high level: having a bad score at only one of those will compromise the whole and will never allow that person to reach a higher level.
What I also found very interesting in the discussion is that most of these characteristics are also necessary in many other fields and some are in general very interesting attributes that a person should have for a professional growth.
Let’s see them:
the power to pursue objectives, with self-motivation and perseverance
2. Medium to high technical preparation
as a very high technical level will make the focus shift from business and sales to technical issues, resulting in discussions about technical problems, critical aspects and in general negative elements instead that focusing on value for the customer, positive effects and return on investment.
3. Capacity to inspire Trust
as a person, as a company, as product and services that I represent. All of those three.
4. Ability to quickly identify the Power Base
that is the group of the most important, influent people for the sale. Doing the right thing at the right time with the wrong person will not work. And speed is essential.
5. Ability to quickly identify the Critical Issues
for the customer, his main problems and where the products and services we have can give the maximum added value.
6. Capacity to ride (even create) a Compelling Event
the urgent need that will make the customer close the deal and not procrastinate forever. This capacity is especially important in tough times like the crise we’re in.
7. Have the courage to ask Customer Committment
at some point of the sales process: have the customer promise a contract with a certain amount at a set date.
8. Ability to negotiate the Closure
of the deal never losing control, never getting nervous, never giving up.
9. Capacity to build, day by day, a human capital
a network of relations that will lead to other relations and sales. This is primarily what the salesman will leverage to call high and grow.
and enthusiasm. Passion and the ability to inspire passion in the people. My favourite one.
Achieving only average levels in all ten of those is for some people very hard. I am one of those: very strong in a few points above but too weak in some others; I’ll probably never be a salesman, but I enjoy understanding how it works and when looking for a salesman for my company I’ll be careful evaluating the candidates over these 10 characteristics.
Last but not least other recently discussed (very broad) topics I love:”Exit the confort zone” and “Think big, start small“. These two have never been more important for me than now.
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