I stopped in the office of a friend the other day to talk to him about the latest and greatest offerings we have.
It was a sales call…and it was unannounced. I had hoped to “pop in” and chat with him quickly before moving on with the rest of my day.
But when I walked in I could tell his energy was pretty low. His eyes looked tired. So I asked him what was going on. He proceeded to talk to me about some tough things that were going on in his personal life. The more I listened, the more I realized that he did not need for me to solve anything. I just needed to listen. So we just talked. During the half hour conversation, I tried to offer some words of encouragement, but mostly I just was a person to talk to. Then we discussed getting together later for a coffee or a beer. I left without trying to sell him anything.
Sometimes as a salesperson or an entrepreneur, we can get caught up in chasing our goals and trying to create the life of our dreams. It’s a noble pursuit. But sometimes the best thing we can do to create the life you want is to just “be human.” Take a moment. Take a breath. Listen. Be a friend.
Sometimes that’s the best sales strategy of all.