Then you need a paradigm shift.
Very few of us like wearing the salesman hat. It conjures up all kinds of ideas about slimey tactics, manipulation and other things that people with consciences want no part of. Yet we still have to run our businesses.
If your present view of sales and marketing is that it’s a necessary evil, you’re in danger of self-sabotage when it comes to promoting yourself and your product.
Like most things, there’s a ditch on either side of the road. There’s also a way to sell, without being sleezy or annoying, and without blackening your soul.
It all starts here. You have to sell something you truly believe in, and know that it’s in people’s best interest to buy from you. You can’t only be in it for the money.
If you don’t 100% believe in what you’re doing, you shouldn’t go any further in business until you address this issue. Is it your internal struggle, or do you need to sell something else? Do you need to improve or change your product, or change your belief?
If you’re dealing with self-doubt and limiting beliefs, despite evidence to the contrary that your product is worthy, and you haven’t written out a list of benefits which should form your sales copy, I urge you to do that. It will help you get in touch with the value you give people. You should also look at my post on Imposter Syndrome.
The other side of this is believing so much that you give it away because you know how good it is and you just want to see people benefit.
But if you really want to help, you need to charge, because people rarely value what they haven’t paid for. Charging also helps you take your offer to a larger audience, which benefits more people. I only do free when I hear Papa say so.
All that said, giving away something small for free is a great way to introduce someone to your brand.
I have a questionnaire on my flower essence site which is basically a free consultation. It helps me filter out those who are really looking for essential oils (common mistake) and those who really want a drug-like effect. If they pass that, I can send them to my appropriate product. Otherwise, I refer them elsewhere.
If you shift your perception of sales away from the idea of trying to convince people to buy from you, to helping as many people as you can, you’ll feel better about the process.
Let any of the above three; serving, educating or entertaining, be a part of every interaction a prospect has with you, and you can’t go wrong. They will love being marketed to by you.
“Selling is not something you do to someone, it’s something you do for someone.” -Zig Ziglar
Look at how others are successfully selling to you. Why did you buy? What makes you like the way they do business? How can you emulate that in your own business?
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