Recently, I’ve seen a lot of articles about self-care. Why? Probably because of the pandemic and the additional STRESS we have experienced dealing with a situation that is out of our control. Often these articles are about “self-care for parents,” or “self-care for people balancing work and family.” Self-care means taking action to preserve your physical and/or mental health so that you can do what you need to do without causing yourself harm.
It occurred to me that nobody ever talks about self-care when it comes to salespeople. We have highly stressful jobs – and no part of selling is more stressful than cold calling. A good percentage of the time people are saying “NO” to us. Clearly this is a situation that is ripe for stress. We need to engage in self-care to continue to do it well.
So, what is self-care for cold calling?
In my experience, self-care for cold calling starts with the basics:
Be PREPARED. Train, practice, review the script, and internalize it. Honing your skills as a salesperson will strengthen your sales capabilities and increase your confidence. You’ll reduce your stress levels as a result.
Next, think of each conversation you have as a LEARNING opportunity. Listen to what the prospect is telling you and pay attention to what you are picking up indirectly from the conversation. Can you draw any conclusions that might lead to a smoother discussion the next time? If so, then you’ve learned something new!
Another important part of self-care is understanding what you can CONTROL and what you cannot control. For example, in cold calling your mission is deceptively simple: call someone you don’t know with the objective of gaining agreement to move to the next step. What can you control in this situation? You control what you say, your level of preparation, and the number of dials. But you can’t control other things. You can’t control the number of conversations you have, and you can’t control how the prospect responds. So, if you get a negative response, you should be aware that factors outside of your control are influencing the decision.
In my opinion, cold calling is one of the most challenging aspects of selling. And it takes a special person to do it well. Self-care is key to ensuring success.
Stay tuned for Self-Care for Cold Calling – Part 2 for more on how you can keep ‘on point’ in this challenging business!
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