Benefiting From Sales Frustration
Looking back on his or her sales career, any veteran sales rep would describe those early days as being full of frustration. They didn’t know who to call on. They had no idea what to say in order to get appointments. They were clueless as to how to go about it. Something had to change and it did, so they found success.
We all go through dry spells when the phone doesn't ring, no one is placing any repeat orders, and self-doubt sets in. It’s a frustrating time and it generates one of two reactions:
- A reason to complain, or
- A signal to change something.
Usually, that something is a lack of motivation. Once that changes, action follows and the resulting sales activity soon ends the drought.
Frustration is caused by turmoil and is commonly seen as a negative emotion, but there is an upside. See frustration as a dead-end and you are missing out on an opportunity. See it as a call to action and you are receiving its benefit.
True story: A print sales rep in Canada spends 18 months trying to get business from a large franchise group. Time and time again he suffers through the, "Your price is too high" syndrome that is a likely result of bidding on job after job.
The typical reaction would be to give up and move on but this rep decides otherwise. He sees this emotion as a call to action and learns a new approach for gaining access to this company. Instead of, "Do you have anything I can quote on?" he does some homework on the organization and comes up with a way to help them solve a problem.
Armed with this new approach, he gains access to power, sells his idea, and earns an order without any mention of price. A big order. A REALLY big order. Beauty, eh?