By: Shama Hyder
Recently, I have been on a networking spree. I have been attending one networking meet after another. It’s been wonderful to hear people’s stories and learn about their businesses. However, I am truly shocked by how little people know about marketing. 80% of the people I met could not truly articulate what it is that they did. And 95% of the people I met made the number # 1 marketing mistake in my book-
They Jumped the Gun!
That’s the American way of saying they rushed into their pitch.
Here is an example:
Sally– Hi, I am Sally. I am a consultant.
Me– Hi Sally. Nice to meet you. What kind of consultant are you?
Sally– I help businesses.
Me– That’s great. How do you help them?
Sally-Oh, with whatever they need really.
Me- (thinking to myself)-Does she clean offices? I doubt it.
Sally-What do you do?
Me– I help independent professionals who are struggling to attract more clients.
Sally– That’s wonderful. I think I could help you. When can you get together? I would love to tell you all about my business.
Business relationships are a lot like personal relationships. You can’t rush into anything. If you go too fast, you will scare the other person away. Most people think that business is done this way:
But that’s wrong.
Business is actually done this way:
Meet–>Connect–>Build Trust–>Share an Experience—>Sell.
If you are thinking "But Shama, that would take forever," think again.
The 5 steps above can be done in a matter of days, but a successful sale needs to follow that order. The bottom line when it comes to selling is- friends buy from friends. If you aren’t making friends, you aren’t selling.
The BEST selling advice I can give you is to SLOW down. You want them as a client. You know you can help. You are just itching to jump on board and save the day. Still, slow down. You have a better chance of getting the client if you do.