At some point in your life, you will have the need to influence someone else to get something YOU want or need. Even more importantly, one day, you might feel compelled to encourage or inspire someone else to take action for his or her highest good.
- You are a lawyer with the passion to convince a jury and judge of a heinous wrongful doing.
- You’re the CEO genuinely inspiring a mass of your underperforming and unmotivated employees.
- You might be the person encouraging the love of your life to marry you.
- You were the single parent looking for a better job to provide for your family.
- You could be an engineer with a genius concept and the need to “pitch” it to your team, upper management or maybe even to venture capitalists to fund your new startup.
Regardless of the scenario or intent, each of these people has the need to “sell” themselves, their ideas, products, services, or beliefs. The bottom line is, if you are alive and breathing, you are in sales.
So, you’re in sales, now what? What if you just surrendered to the fact we all need to have the skill to influence others- in fact, let’s be so bold to say, we must be able to sell others on ideas, products, services or beliefs and most importantly ourselves, in order to survive and ideally thrive. This raw, innate desire to influence or persuade someone else through authentic unbridled passion or enthusiasm is the true nature of sales.
The fact remains, no matter who you are and what you do, selling is your business. The key is to be crystal clear on your intent. Is your mission to “sell and tell” and push yourself, ideas, opinions, products or services on others? Rather is your heart’s intent to “serve and solve” with a learning mindset in order to influence and inspire others to take action?
True story: regardless of your intent, you are always selling, whether you want to admit it or not. The big questions are: How successful have you been so far selling yourself and on a greater scale, inspiring others? Are you producing the results you want in your business and your life?
Do you have the “sales” skills you need to create more meaningful and effective relationships, standout results and ultimately return opportunities?
If not, get some. Why? Simply because “Sales is Everybody’s Business”.