3 Ways to Avoid Being a Sleazy Salesperson

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When people think of a salesperson, it’s likely one variation of the same character – a middle-aged male with oil slicked hair who reeks of cheap cologne and who is generally, sleazy.

If you’re in the sales world, you’re up against that reputation.

When Dan Pink did a series of man on the street interviews and asked people, “If I say salesperson, what is your response?”

The number one answer was pushy. The number two answer was sleazy.

That’s awkward. And obviously, untrue.

So, why do people see salespeople in that way?

It has to do with the concept of reality versus synthetic reality.

Synthetic reality is that image that comes to us as we see it in the media. Looks real, but it’s not real.

We are haunted in some ways by our own subconscious, and our subconscious gets fed false images from the media all the time.

That’s what’s happened to our own customers. They perceive salespeople as what they have seen in the media, or stories that have been told to them.

But what if I told you that this ingrained bias, can actually work to your advantage.

Here are three ways to do that:

  1. Empathy for the Customer’s Experience

I don’t care what you’re selling, I don’t care how great your product is, it doesn’t matter unless it connects to the customer’s need.

It begins with the idea that your customer is to you because there’s a pain point.

You need to understand what that pain point is as deeply as you possibly can.

  1. Choose Kindness.

Unilateral, one-sided, kindness. Your kindness is not dependent upon how kind your customer is to you.

  1. Outlast Negativity. Outlast the Negativity.

Positive energy is one of the most profound and important attributes of great salespeople.

One way to fight negativity is to feed yourself positivity.

Learn more to earn more.


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About the Author: Jeff Shore

Jeff Shore

Jeff Shore is the Founder and President of Shore Consulting, Inc. a company specializing in field-tested and proven consumer psychology-based sales training programs.

Jeff is a top-selling author, host of the popular sales podcast, The Buyer’s Mind, and an award-winning keynote speaker. He holds the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association and is a member of the NSA’s exclusive Million Dollar Speaker’s Group.

With over 30 years of real-world, frontline experience, Jeff’s advanced sales strategies spring from extensive research into the psychology of buying and selling. He teaches salespeople how to climb inside the mind of their customers to sell the way their buyers want to buy. Using these modern, game-changing techniques, Jeff Shore’s clients generated over $30 billion in sales last year.