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Every business is about making a sale of some sort. Even if all you do is rent something to an individual or enterprise, you are still selling in a sense. What a lot of business leaders forget is that they are not sellingto everyone in the world. In an effort to reach everyone, they end up reaching out poorly and reaching far fewer people. It is because of this that a lot of leaders don’t achieve their intended level of success.
When you go out with the intent to sell something, you try your best to plan for as many contingencies as you can. However, one of the biggest contingencies out there is that not everyone thinks the same way. If you target one age group or gender, the other is going to pick up on this. If you try to target no one, you might just end up reaching no one, because most people hate a generic pitch just tossed into the air. The shotgun approach usually only works on rabbits.
However, when you understand the type of person you’re actually selling to, you can say exactly what you need to and in the right way to get this person to listen to your pitch. From there, you can start to forge a relationship, and finally make sales to this person for the rest of their life. Ultimately, most significant sales come down to relationships. If there’s no connection between you and who you’re trying to sell to, the sale will usually fall flat. However, if you target someone in their own language, your understanding will pay off.