You've heard it:
"I could never be in sales."
Monitor your conversations for a day. How often are your really trying to convince someone to see things your way?
some reason it's OK to persuade but icky to sell. (You might change
your mind about the sales thing if you looked into the financial
compensation of successful sales people).
Let's Talk Persuasion: 3 Different WaysWe
frequently use proprietary assessments to help people clarify their talents. One
of the things we've discovered is that there are three unique ways people can be gifted at persuasion:1. Negotiating. This
is an above-average ability to discern the needs and desires of two
people--or groups--and orchestrate agreement between them.If
this is a talent of yours, people will see you actively seeking to
assist people in conflict. Those with this talent can quickly garner the
credibility needed to help resolve issues.Do you inherently "jump in" when you see the need for resolution? Are you successful more often than not?2. Selling. This
is just what it implies. People with this specific talent excel at
introducing a product or concept and then going for "the close," whether
it's money or a commitment.Are you always thinking about better ways to get a commitment. . .now?!3. Promoting. Think
about someone whose enthusiasm and excitement is infectious. As a
result, with multiple exposures and relationship, other people are
willing to try out a new idea and look at new ways of seeing things.The
"close" is a fait accompli. There's no reason to say "will that be
cash or charge?" The organic nature of the process leads to
implementation or closure.Do
people accept your ideas because of your genuine enthusiasm and
willingness to spread your enthusiasm over a period of time? Do you view
yourself as an educator who brings about change?One of these is your persuasive talentAcknowledge it, learn more about it, use it often, and don't let anyone talk you into doing it differently.The world and the workplace need to be influenced by people with sound ideas, positive motives, and ways of communicating that don't force some sort of "acting." How will you exercise your persuasive talent today?__________________________________________Kudos to the kommenters (always wanted to do that) who add to the knowledge base here at All Things Workplace. Remember, too, to subscribe via email or RSS--we don't post daily but usually once a week, twice if something special comes up. For those who want a quick workplace tip each week, be sure to receive our special newsletter from steveroesler.com . Sign-up is in the upper right hand corner and only takes a moment. Also: we never, ever share our readers' emails with anyone in any way.