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What are some of the things you see as a setback? You can actually turn those disadvantages into advantages.

I was on a podcast interview the other day and I was the one on the hot seat this time. The podcast is called Pioneers of Insight hosted by Jerry Gaura.
In the episode, we pointed out some of the disadvantages I experienced.
  • Being raised in a single parent home
  • We were immigrant to the country.
  • We were poverty stricken household.
In some instances, we see these as excuses that keep us from accomplishing our goals.

How This Relates to Sales

I went for a job interview and I was told I didn’t have any experience so they didn’t want to work with me.
The interview lasted for only five minutes.

Seeing the Disadvantage

No one would take me because I didn’t have a lot of B2B experience. Considering I was already in the door-to-door security and I did phone sales. They didn’t care about all the other things i did. They only cared about having that B2B experience.
So I hustled and went to my network. Someone introduced me to another until I got introduced to a CEO. I was hired and then got into the software industry.
You see, I didn’t have the experience to come in as a B2B rep. But that fueled me to get as much knowledge as possible.

Turning It Into An Advantage

Because of my eagerness to learn, it propelled to work harder and learn more. So I became one of the top selling performers in the company because of that hunger and that drive.
My inexperience propelled me to learn and to study and listen to podcast. I read and gained new insights. That caused me to become stronger.

How This Applies to Other Areas of Selling:

1. If you’re bad at picking up the phone
If you’re a great writer, write out what you’re going to say and practice that. Then your ability to articulate yourself on the phone becomes more effective than those natural at speaking.
2. If you’re not that great at closing
Closing doesn’t have to happen at the end of the call. Look at the close as a way to continue the relationship or how you can get them to say yes earlier. Closing can be more of a natural progression. Learn how to properly close and this becomes your advantage.
Don’t look at your disadvantages as something that’s going to hold you back. Utilize them as your strength by developing them and you’ll see amazing results, not only in your sales but life in general.

Episode Resources:

Pioneers of Insight Podcast

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