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3 Ways Your Sales Motivation Could Derail the Sale

0329 - words hurt.pngBuyers question the sales motivation of every seller. There's nothing we can do about that. 

What we can control is our intent. We can check our own sales motivation and make sure we're not legitimizing our buyers' doubts.  

There's no shame in being motivated to make a sale. The "fire in the belly" that fuels you and the adrenaline rush that comes with closing a deal are not what we're talking about here. 


3 Ways Your Sales Motivation Could Derail the Sale

Selling is a noble profession. As a seller, you help people get what they want or need. You solve problems. You create and deliver answers that others have been hoping for. 

Your desire to help someone is what keeps your motives pure. You get to make money AND help people at the same time when providing value is your sales motivation. Buyers sense this and appreciate it. They respond to it, and they recognize when it's missing. 

When it's missing, there are other motivations in play that buyers admire less and often resist. Without an intent to help the buyer, you may be costing yourself sales. 

Sales motivation to crush quota, close deals and make more money

You're all fired up after that sales rally, ready to go sell everything to everybody. The problem is that your buyers don't want to talk to hunters, don't want to be part of something you're crushing, and don't want to be closed.

Buyers want help. If it seems like your motivation is to make a sell, fist pump and move on to make another sale, buyers will resist you. They want to know that they're more to you than a "win" and that you value them for more than the extra commissions or bonuses you'll get once you close them. 

Sales motivation to win at all costs

Don't let negotiations ruin your relationships with buyers. Instead of preparing for battle and entering the negotiating arena with a gladiator's intensity, look for win/win solutions that help your buyer.

You may not have to give anything up to meet your buyer's needs. You may be able to find mutually satisfactory solutions. But it will never happen if your motivation is to win (meaning your buyer loses).

Buyers can spot a "winner take all" seller. They avoid doing business with sellers like these because, really, who wants to sign up for a battle?  

Sales motivation to be a consultant

Surprisingly, you can overdo it. You can be driven by an intent to only help the buyer and to avoid being seen as a "pushy" seller. 

You'd rather be seen as a trusted advisor, consultant, partner or friend to your buyers. Up to a point, that's fine. 

Buyers (and sales managers!) have a problem with this when nothing else happens. Sellers who don't sell are just hanging out and offering free advice. But to what end? If a seller doesn't bring a solution, they're wasting the buyer's time. 

Buyers -- especially those who work with numerous sellers -- don't respect a seller who won't sell. If they sense you're not confident enough to truly help them, the won't meet with you. 

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