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Sales Is Hard Work

Posted by Doug Davidoff

Jun 29, 2011 5:02:00 AM

High PerofrmanceLast week I wrote about how the counter-intuitive idea is often the right one. Yesterday I read one of my favorite bloggers share was of the best counter-intuitive sales thoughts:  The best sales leads are people who are already happy working with someone.

Anthony Iannarino, author of The Sales Blog, shared this thoughts:

    1. You don't want leads who are easy to get in.
    2. You don't want leads who aren't loyal.
    3. The best leads always have a partner.
    4. The best leads are hard to penetrate.
He advises that you play The Long Game.

"The long game means nurturing and developing relationships with the most difficult leads you have been given over a long period of time. It requires that you continually call and continually find ways to create value. You have to pay for your dream client in advance of winning their business, and that means you have to be waiting in the wings—and they have to know it."


While I don't fully agree with his third point, I completely agree with his conclusion.

Look, selling is hard work.  It's why the best get paid so much to do it.  It's why CEOs everywhere long for a salesperson who can "get the job done."

Somewhere along the way, maybe in the late 90s and late 00's, when the fish were jumping out of the water and there was more than enough fake growth for everyone, salespeople started thinking that sales was supposed to be easy.  More often than ever I'm seeing salespeople turn away at the first sign of resistance,

Let's not forget, a salesperson's job is to sell.  Selling doesn't mean pushing or peddling.  It means constantly:


If you want fast growth (and big commission checks) the long game is the only game in town.

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Topics: Inbound Marketing, B2B Sales Strategy, Sales Training/Coaching