In Sales, Winning Breeds Winning
Leveraging Psychological Stamina
As I look back, I really had no idea how a great sales manager/coach can impact their sales team in a positive way. It is not one thing; it is 100 little things. I know now. I saw it first-hand as a new sales rep back in 1983 working for Wallace Computer Services, pretty much straight out of college.
It has been said that the difference between the successful salesperson and the unsuccessful salesperson is this: the successful salesperson is in the habit of doing things the unsuccessful salesperson doesn’t do. Those three little words that make all the difference: in the habit.
Guess what? The above statement is even more pronounced with sales managers. A great sales manager can make all the difference in the world if he/she is in the habit of capitalizing on a sales rep’s euphoria and turning it into psychological stamina.
Let me share a personal experience with you. In December 1983, I came back to the office “walking on air,” having picked up the biggest order of my young career. I had worked on this prospect for nearly nine months and came back to the office to share my euphoria with my manager and fellow sales reps!
After receiving sincere congratulations from my boss and the customary high-fives from the other sales reps, my boss said something that changed my life as a salesperson and that I still act upon till this day...
He said, “Now you need to call the toughest SOBs with the greatest opportunity on your account list!"
“Why?” I said, quite confused by the directive.
“Because they can’t hurt you!” he responded. “You are riding high! You are kicking butt! Get them on the phone! Let them hear your confidence! Let them feel your swagger!”
He was right. Winning breeds winning. I started calling the toughest SOBs on my account list. I sounded different. I was bold. I was confident. I was feeling successful! No, I WAS SUCCESSFUL! Attitude is everything, right?
It works. It always works and has never failed me. Something good ALWAYS comes of it. That day, I scheduled an appointment with the toughest SOB on my account list — Director, of IT. I remember the call like it was yesterday!
“Hi John, this is Mike Jacoutot with Wallace Computer Services. Don’t hang-up because I am calling you for the last time if you are still not interested. It is really simple, I had a conversation with your shipping manager and I believe I produce your pick-ticket form/label combination with better quality and at considerably less cost than you are buying today.”
After a brief conversation, we scheduled an appointment for the following week. I was awarded the business and eventually took over the account ($200k a year).
So, the moral of this story is this: great sales managers/coaches, never, ever let a “sales high” go to waste! They use it as an opportunity to stretch a salesperson. Winning and success are contagious!
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With 194 percent year over year growth and a 90 Net Promoter Score, Butler Street has established itself as one of the leading consulting, training and research firms to the middle market. Before founding Butler Street, Mike Jacoutot spent the previous nine years as CEO of a national health care staffing company and most recently, a revenue cycle company. Jacoutot brings a strong combination of Lean Six Sigma process skills together with 34 years of sales and marketing experience.
Jacoutot is also the author of "Become the Only Choice." Now in its third printing, the book emphasizes a combination of consultative selling and process management techniques to enable salespeople to sell the way clients buy.
A four-time All-American collegiate wrestler, Jacoutot led The College of New Jersey wrestling team to two national championships. He culminated his senior year by winning the NCAA Division III Championship after three consecutive second place finishes. In March 2015, Jacoutot was inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. In October 2013, he was also inducted into The College of New Jersey Athletic Hall of Fame along with his 1981 NCAA Division III Championship Team. He holds a B.A. in Management.