ABC – Always Be Connecting – Sales 101

May 30, 2009 by  Filed under: Sales 

I was at a great event this past week. The motto of this event is “Cooperation NOT Competition”. What a great way to do business!

How many times do you go to a networking event and come home with a stack of cards that people basically threw at you? Recently this happened to me, I was at an event and an architect thrust her card at me and said, “Hi, I’m Linda (not her real name) and I am an architect, here is my card, so if you know anyone let me know”.

Wow. That was an ineffective sales pitch. Really, I just took her card and it is sitting here on my desk as I type this right now. I don’t even know what to say to her to follow up and I AM AN EXPERT AT THIS. I know nothing about her and she knows nothing about me, there is no sense in that. How can we help each other grow our businesses using this model?

We can’t! I could feel her desperation, I could see her nervousness and really I could tell she didn’t really know how to sell herself. That is the problem with this model of competition, you have to sell yourself.

I believe that “Sales” is about building relationships and in order to do that you have to ask questions that lead you to the real answers. You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know what it is, right?

Why not give this “new model” a try at your next networking event. Walk up to someone and ask them, “Hi, My name is Carolyn (use your own name), what are you doing and how can I help you”? I bet you will get a warm response and this will be the beginning of a great relationship. This is the building block to sales!

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