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Best Sellers in History Recap

TSE 1259: Best Sellers In History Recap 

Best Sellers in History RecapThe Best Sellers in History has been a hit and we’ve been doing it for the last few months. We have highlighted individuals and classified them as the best sellers throughout history. Over the course of the series, we’ve talked about: 

  • Who they are
  • What made them great at selling
  • What separated them from everyone else
  • How we can take those ideas and apply them to our selling career

The Recap

In this series, Donald has talked about several individuals who made their mark. They were influential and persuasive people who were able to make a difference in their lifetimes. We’ve talked about Jesus Christ, Oprah Winfrey, Reginald F Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, Benjamin Franklin, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Abraham Lincoln. They were amazing sales people even though they weren’t in sales for a living. For example, Abraham Lincoln wasn’t a salesman but he did sell a major idea. 

  • Abraham Lincoln – sold the whole country on the idea of unity and the need to abolish slavery. 
  • Mother Teresa – sold to the Catholic church the idea of leaving the convent and personally helping the needy to create her own ministry. 
  • Mahatma Gandhi – sold to the whole country the idea of a peaceful revolution. 
  • Martin Luther King Jr. – sold the idea of civil disobedience. 
  • Harriet Tubman – sold to people the idea of running away toward freedom, despite the danger

They all had vision 

All of the individuals we’ve discussed are tied to a vision we are still talking about today. Websters defines vision as a thought, concept or object formed by the imagination. You can have a vision but that doesn’t necessarily mean your vision is going to compel people to take action. For people to join you, your vision must reveal and alleviate the pain. If people understand how your vision can help them, they will want to know more and be more compelled to come alongside. People need to understand why they should sacrifice their time, effort, and resources for your vision.  

Martin Luther King Jr., illustrated this beautifully in his speech,  I Have a Dream. He didn’t offer a detailed plan of execution, Martin Luther King Jr. simply stated his vision and invited our imaginations to join him in a better world.  

Sell a dream, sell a vision

If you want to become a great salesperson, you too must be able to learn to sell a dream. 

As scripts are recycled, sales reps are saying the same things. How are you going to stand out in the way you communicate with your prospects?  By recognizing your clients’ pain points and offering a vision of what life would be like without these challenges. Here’s an example: 

“60% of what your sales reps are doing today are non-sales related activities and will not generate business for  your organization. Based on what you’re paying them, that could cost you anywhere from $2000 to $5000 in wasted resources, not to mention lost opportunities. If we can demonstrate how we have helped other organizations like yourself show their sales reps how to become more productive and increase sales by 30 to 40% per rep. would you be open to learning more about that?”

You can do this in the form of a video or a phone call. Regardless of the platform you use, be able to paint a picture for your prospect. Speak about the pain that most sales leaders and other businesses face. Help the culture change within the organization by making them see the problem, quantifying their pain, and helping them see how bad it impacts their business. You are giving them a vision of what life could be like for their organization if they keep going in the same direction.  As the sales rep, show up as the solution.  

It’s a fact that not everyone will buy into your vision, just like the other individuals we’ve talked about in this series. The greatest sales people in history faced opposition but they showed up and they were brave. Be brave.

Do not fear the challenge

The second lesson from this series is to not fear the challenge of going against the status quo or your own organization. When organizations find themselves in a rut , they can do the same things over and over again even if they’re still not seeing positive results. Disrupt the rhythm by showing how you can provide the opportunity for these systems to get better. 

When you offer change, be respectful and be ready to show the data. Pepared and take on chances. 

Welcoming the new series

The new series will be coming in after the month of March. We will be focusing on SaaS and we’ll be interviewing individuals who are in the SaaS world. This series is called BDR, business development representatives and it’ll be rolling out by April. We’ll be getting on people from Donald’s team. It’s almost like a reality TV show and they are going to talk about their journey and experiences as salespeople and how they were able to become successful. This series may run for six episodes and will be posted and played every Wednesday. 

“Best Seller In History Recap” episode resources 

If you want to hear more and review this series, you can just head on to The Sales Evangelist podcast site and type Best sellers in history series in the search bar. 

If you want more stories, you can just reach out to Donald. Reach him via these channels: LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook about any sales concerns. 

This episode is brought to you in part by TSE Certified Sales Training Program. It’s a course designed to help new and struggling sellers to master the fundamentals of sales and close more deals. Sign up now and get the first two modules for free! You can also call us at (561) 570-5077. 

We have a new semester beginning on February 14th and we would love to have you and your team join us. Follow this link to apply to the program. 

We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes so tune in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can also leave comments, suggestions, and ratings to every episode you listen to. 

You can also read more about sales or listen to audiobooks on Audible and explore this huge online library. Register now to get a free book and a 30-day free trial. 

Audio provided by Free SFX and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.

Best seller in history with Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

TSE 1247: Best Sellers In History Series 7 -” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Best seller in history with Dr Martin Luther King Jr.This is the seventh episode in the Best Sellers in History series. We celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day on January 20, a legendary man who was the face and voice behind the civil rights movement. We have freedom today and now have opportunities that weren’t available for many people before him. Martin Luther King Jr. fought a tough battle but he never gave up and his efforts paid off. Through his actions and his character, he was able to move people closer to justice and freedom. 

Today’s episode is about Martin Luther King Jr., one of the best sellers in history. We’re going to focus on the characteristics that made him so persuasive and how he was able to inspire a nation to change its ways. 

Sales Spotlight – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was originally named Michael King Jr. He was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He passed away on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin was a Baptist minister and a social activist who led the civil rights movement in the United States from the mid-fifties until he was killed in the sixties. Dr. King’s leadership was fundamental to the success of the civil rights movement. His involvement helped to end segregation in the South and in other parts of the country as well. He rose to prominence as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1964 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his continued effort to realize equality among his fellow Americans. King was among the youngest individuals to receive this award. 

His early life

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was 15 when he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta under the special wartime program. It was created to help boost enrollment by admitting promising high school students like King. Before he officially began his college education, he spent his summer on a tobacco farm in Connecticut. It was his first time to be far from home and what he experienced there opened his mind. He saw how people with different races interacted with each other, he saw what life was like without segregation. He was shocked and he wrote about it to his family back home. He wrote about how negroes and the whites went to church together. He never thought people of the same color could share a meal together. That summer deepened his hatred towards racial segregation. 

His oratorical skills came from his father and the time he spent going to church. It was further honed when he went to Morehouse College, especially when he met the school president, Benjamin Mays, who was also committed to fighting the battle against inequality and racial injustice. Benjamin accused the African-American community of being complacent in the face of oppression. King saw how strong-willed Benjamin was and this was not lost on the mind of a young Martin Luther King Jr. 

Becoming the face of the movement 

King furthered his education by going to a Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania and proceeded to Boston University where he got his degree and married his wife Coretta Scott. They got married in 1953 and had four children. King became a pastor at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. A year before, the civil rights movement had already begun when everyone started talking about Rosa Parks. She had refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white female. This small group of social activists approached Martin Luther King Jr. because he was admired in his community, he was charismatic, and he was outgoing. Martin Luther King Jr. had ties in the ministry community so he was thought to be the perfect individual to be the voice for the civil rights movement. This launched his campaign to promote freedom and justice for all people.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great salesperson for 5 reasons: 

  • Built relationships well 
  • Set a vision
  • He was a great orator 
  • Created unconventional solutions to conventional problems 
  • Was willing to take action and go into battle for those he leads

Building rapport and connecting with individuals 

Dr. King was new to Montgomery, Alabama. He didn’t know many people but they knew about him. They knew of his stellar reputation and they saw something in him. The small group of activists who approached him was already doing taking action but they knew they needed Dr. King to help. They needed him because of his ability to connect and build rapport. It was a risk that Dr. King was willing to take. 

Build rapport as a salesperson 

As a sales representative, people will do business with you only if they trust and like you. The community rallied behind Dr. King because they trusted him. As a salesperson it’s important to build trust with your clients as they get to know you. Show them you’re trustworthy, understand them and you empathize with their problems. Reflect similar behavior and language. They need to see that you are in the same tribe.

Start with your LinkedIn profile. Check out your social circle and try to connect to one person a day. Send them a note of positivity. Practice this every day until deeper connections are made. 

Creating a vision 

In Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, I Have a Dream, he painted a picture of hope for people who otherwise may have felt there was no hope for their race.. He encouraged them to take action and challenge the status quo. 

“I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. Yes, it is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day, this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. I have a dream that one day, on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character… I have a dream.”

All of the great people we’ve had in this series all had a vision and they helped other people to recognize that vision too. 

Create a vision as a salesperson

A salesperson’s job is to show your clients a better tomorrow, especially those who are stuck in the status quo. Help them realize that there is a solution to their problem even if they see them as insurmountable, and they need to do something about it. Show them how much better their lives could be if they implemented the solutions you provide. Paint a vision for them, even as simple as getting home to the kids early, being able to spend more time for the family, etc. 

Having oratorical skills 

Dr. King came from a family of ministers so he’d been in church all his life. As he observed people at the pulpit and learned from his mentors, it became natural for him to speak in public. These experiences helped him hone his skills. His words were profound and conveyed messages of great importance. No one can listen to his I have a Dream speech without feeling something, regardless of what side you are on. In the final speech before he died, he said, 

We’ve got some difficult days ahead, but it really doesn’t matter with me now because I’ve been to the mountaintop… like anybody, I would like to live a love life, longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will and he’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know the night. And we as a people will get to the promised land. So tonight I’m not worried about anything, I’m not fearing any man. My eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” 

He was clearly passionate and had a gift. 

Practice your speaking skills as a salesperson 

King didn’t become a great speaker overnight. He practiced. As a salesperson, you should be able to speak to your prospects well enough to understand your message. Read books and become familiar with the words, terminologies, and concepts that apply to your industry. Give yourself a chance to dive into the challenges your prospects are facing. This will allow you to understand their experiences and speak to their struggles in your communication.

A great training opportunity to become a more effective communicator is Toastmaster. It’s an inexpensive way to learn and you can go regularly to practice your speaking skills and speeches. Your experience with Toastmaster will help you get the practice you need to speak confidently. Find a Toastmaster club nearby and register as soon as you can! 

He had an unconventional idea 

Martin Luther King Jr. had an unconventional idea. He thought of using Gandhi’s civil disobedience in America as well. It was an unconventional solution to a conventional problem. Dr. King was able to amplify this method of civil disobedience and pushed it forward. 

Salespeople face problems all the time and it may be an unconventional solution that you or your client needs. Bring something to the table that is innovative for your client and it will help you stand out among the competition. The point is to think outside the box. 

Take action 

Dr. King was willing to take action. A great salesperson understands that in order to persuade a new prospect, they have to be seen in motion, either in service, in working or coming alongside. 

This is how you convince people to take action with you as the lead. Model what you’re asking them to do.

“Best Sellers In History Series 7 -” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” episode resources

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a persuasive leader because he was able to build rapport with people and he was able to set a vision. He was also a great orator and he created unconventional solutions to conventional problems. Lastly, Dr. King was willing to take action instead of just telling people what to do. 

Do you have sales questions? Suggestions? You can also talk to Donald about it via LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for any sales concerns. 

This episode is brought to you in part by TSE Certified Sales Training Program. It’s a course designed to help new and struggling sellers to master the fundamentals of sales and close more deals. Sign up now and get the first two modules for free! You can also call us at (561) 570-5077. 

We have a new semester beginning in January and we would love to have you and your team join us. Follow this link to apply to the program. 

We’d love for you to join us for our next episodes so tune in on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can also leave comments, suggestions, and ratings to every episode you listen to. 

You can also read more about sales or listen to audiobooks on Audible and explore this huge online library. Register now to get a free book and a 30-day free trial. 

Audio provided by Free SFX and Bensound. Other songs used in the episodes are as follows: The Organ Grinder written by Bradley Jay Hill, performed by Bright Seed, and Produced by Brightseed and Hill.