I stayed the course … from beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me.
—Tina Turner, entertainer
Suppose you wrote the following goal on your office whiteboard: “I want to make as much money as possible.” Now suppose your clients saw it. How would they feel? How would you feel knowing that they'd seen it? Would you be proud or embarrassed?
What if you went over your prospect list, and the only thing written next to each prospect's name was a dollar figure and a projected close date? Would your prospects be happy if they saw that? Would they want to do business with you? Probably not; it reduces them to nothing more than a number. Yet that's exactly how most organizations talk about their customers on a daily basis.
Imagine a salesperson walking into a customer's office and opening the sales call by plopping a revenue forecast down on the customer's desk announcing, “I have you projected for $50,000 this month. Give me an order now!”
That rep would be thrown out in a second. Yet that's the kind of language most organizations use when they talk about their customers internally. It's like two different worlds.
Think about the typical conversation a sales manager has with his or her sales rep. It usually goes something like this:
“When are you going to close this? How much revenue will it be? Are all the key decision‐makers involved? Who's the competition? What do you need to close this deal?”
All the questions are about ...