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Your Name: selling a car, working as a sales person in a big box store, selling insurance.

Each requires great talents and skills to be successful. At the lowest levels, the steps are the same-find an
interested prospect, determine their needs, present a solution that meets their needs and compels them to buy, ask
for the order.

I also suppose that I could sell cars, or in retail, or even insurance. I could probably close a few deals-but could I
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RSS Feed: While I probably could close a few deals, I'm not sure I could sell in a B2C environment. There are even some
B2B environments I'd probably struggle at.

All kidding aside, the job of a car sales person is really difficult. It's basically a one call sales cycle-establishing a
quick relationship, developing the level of trust necessary for the transaction, and completing the transaction in
one call-possibly with hostile/distrustful customers.

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It takes me a while to build a relationship, I want to really get into the customer's problems, issues and goals. I also
may be a little slower, I like to reflect on the customer situation and think about the best approach to solve their
problem. I can't necessarily do that in an hour or so that a car salesperson might have. I certainly couldn't do it in
the few minutes a big box sales person might have.

Then there's this thing called passion. Part of being a great sales person is being excited and passionate about what
you are selling. Years ago, I was Vice President of Sales for a technology company. They had a wide product line.
The core products were, for me, uninspiring-I was really excited about a few product lines that were more
complex, much more interesting. I spent a lot of time looking at those product lines, helping sales people on those
deals-but had great difficulty with the core products-the one's that paid the bills. It was a real struggle for me. We
met our goals-but if they had relied on me to do the deals, we wouldn't have. Fortunately, we had sales people that
were passionate about the core products.

A rose by any other name is still a rose-but selling is not selling is not selling. While at its core, B2B and B2C
selling may be similar, to be successful requires very different skills, competencies and attitudes. Both are
challenging, but for different reasons. One is no better than the others, though there is a lot of posturing about B2B
and B2C. Both are challenging, they each require passion, great skills, real competencies. But they are different!

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