Posted on: Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Psychologist Martin Sigelman discovered a strong link between optimism and results in a detailed study with sales professionals at Met Life Insurance. The study concluded that those who ranked in the top 10% of the organization when it came to optimism outsold by 88% those in the bottom 10% of the company.
That statistic may not surprise you, but think through the underlying aspects of the study. These were salespeople, and they were hired because they were optimistic people in the first place. Those in the bottom 10% still would have considered themselves to be optimists, and compared to a lot of other professions they probably were.
What does this mean for the top 10% of the salespeople in the organization? It means they were more than optimists – they were super-optimists. These were people who did more than pretend. They were optimists in their core, and they carried that optimistic purpose into every sales encounter.
Are you a “super-optimist” in the sales presentation? Show me, don’t tell me. I’ll see it your approach, in your energy, and in your facial posture. I’ll see it in a clear sense of purpose in your conversation. I’ll see you drive the sales process along, and I’ll see that you do not give in to negative energy.
How optimistic are you? Optimistic enough to change someone’s world?