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3 "Q-Tips" for Overcoming Sales Rejection

Featuring Sandra Yancey, Founder & CEO, eWomenNetwork

Published Date:Jun 12, 2018 | Blog Category: eWomenNetwork
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Embracing "No" 

When it comes to business, rejection is a part of the package. Whether your company is a one-person operation or a million-dollar enterprise, “no” is a word that you must learn to embrace. Rejection and failure are important steps on the way to dominating within your industry. The key is to not let a failed sales pitch affect your productivity or your attitude. If you’re in a sales slump, eWomenNetwork Founder and CEO, Sandra Yancey, shares her 3 "Q-Tips" for overcoming sales rejection at the eWomenNetwork Platinum Summit in 2018.

 
 

1. Don't Take it Personally

When your sales pitch doesn’t work out, it can feel like a blow to your ego. It’s important to remember that business is business, and letting rejection affect your self-worth is the worst thing you can do. Keeping visual points of reference in your work space can help keep you on track and motivated after losing a sale.

For example, Sandra describes using a common household item to help her conquer rejection hurdles. “Every morning I’d get up and I would tape ten
Q-Tips around my monitor… Every time somebody would say, “no” I would rip that Q-Tip off. It was an acronym for me to "Quit Taking It Personally.” 

Attitude is everything. If you allow disappointment from a lost sale to carry over into the rest of your day, you are losing business. Keep your head held high and move onto your next call with confidence and conviction, no matter what.

2. Switch Your Pitch

After three or four unsuccessful sales in a row, Sandra recommends re-evaluating your pitch. “It’s not just about making ten calls. It’s about learning why people are saying ‘no’.” Focus on a quality over quantity mindset. Approach your sales from different angles, try new things and take detailed notes on what works and what doesn’t to help you formulate a more effective strategy for the future.

Sandra also encourages business owners to learn the power of certain words. Record your phone calls and listen carefully to your vocabulary choices. Are there any key differences between sales that were successful and those that weren’t? Words have the power to energize or cripple your sales pitch, so it’s important to choose them carefully.

Dr. Samantha Madhosingh, America’s Holistic Success Doctor, talked about the power of words in her video blog for eWomenNetwork. She says:

Psychologists call it the "primacy" effect. It means that based on the words others tell us about another person, or we tell ourselves, predisposes us to believe it's true. For example, say you're meeting with a potential high-end client who could greatly impact your bottom line. If the words streaming through your mind are destructive such as, "They won't buy from me, my business isn't big enough," then you'll likely lose that client. If, on the other hand, you say to yourself before meeting with this person, "My business is the perfect fit for this client," then your success rate will likely improve.

I have never worked a day in my life without selling. If I believe in something, I sell it, and I sell it hardEstée Lauder 

3. Ask for the Sale

A common mistake is not asking directly for the sale. Sandra says, “If you’re waiting for someone to go ‘let’s get started,” you’ve probably missed half your clients.” You are in charge of asking the client if they are ready to move forward and guide them through the rest of the process.

Don’t be afraid to be direct! By asking for business, you demonstrate confidence not only in your product but also yourself. When you make a sale, this will help create long-lasting and meaningful relationships with your clients.

Rejection is not always easy, but it is manageable with the right attitude and tools. Even if your sale is pitch-perfect, you may still get a “no” for financial or other reasons. What’s most important is that you put your best foot forward every single time and regularly self-evaluate to see what improvements can be made. 

  In business, you’re the Chief Salesman. Create a sense of demand, rather than waiting to have demand -Barbara Corcoran  

Author, Hannah Geiser
eWomenNetwork Staff Writer


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  • Kim Gordon-Cumboon 06/15/2018 11:54 PM

    I love the idea of the Q-TIP. It does feel personal at first, but it isn't. I can't recall who said that if you are afraid of No's, you are in the wrong business. Thanks for this article.


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