by: Ellene Meece
Have you ever been subject to the sting of a sales pitch that carried such self-serving overtones that you knew the sales person was using you for personal gain?
Years ago as a young homemaker, I hosted one of those "home parties" and invited all my friends and family to hear about the wonders of a product this lady had convinced me to allow her to share. Almost immediately, her approach turned into high pressure and her tone became demanding. She had forgotten that her product might bring convenience and joy to those she shared with and was obsessed with the need for her hearers to purchase so she would make a buck.
Sales are in the fabric of our lives. We sometimes say this or that person has the personality to sell or this friend is a born salesman, but in reality we are all selling from the moment we wake up in the morning to the moment we lay our head down to rest at night.
In fact, we are selling from the instant we are born until the day we die. As a tiny infant, we make our point, change minds and move households in our behalf. As a teenager, we learn to con, to negotiate, to manipulate our case. And, sadly, as an adult we can carry some of those same selfish patterns straight into our relationships at home, at work and in the church trying to force situations to go our way.
Marketing, influencing, selling must always be rooted in honesty and have the other person's best interest in mind. When the motive is egotistic and self-seeking, the results are detrimental.
As influencers in the Kingdom of God, we look for opportunities to share our vision, our story, our passion with those around us. But, if the core of our desire to influence ever becomes tainted with competition or the need for attention or the gripping force to prove our claims, our hearers will be hurt.
Whether you are representing a product in your work life, or promoting the gift of life, keep the other person and their needs your focus. Selfless sales will always reap positive returns.
Ellene Meece lives in Meeker, Colorado and works with her husband in their natural resource company while running her own online store, http://www.Grandmastreasuresonline.com. Currently, she oversees the marketing for the FMIN Workplace Leaders Network and is on staff at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce.
I am sure that when the aims and ideas are realistic then a venture shared is a venture gained as you have said its the needs that are fullfilled, that are the most important influence but there are many things that can mislead in business and it is not always the client that is targetted for gain. Sometimes what the this can be applied on both sides.. Really enjoyed this article and appreciated the access to be able to respond independantly Thankyou.
Well stated,Ellene, thanks! Reminded me of 1Cor.13 If I have not love, all I do is un-balanced at best or detrimental at worst! Love never fails, but self service will just cause people to not understand true love. Thanks for this gem.
I and my wife, are helped through this, its truth because with out this, my life could not meet my desires and health life and happy family. l love this.
by: pastor fredrick Dinah
I always read and enjoy your writings.They are a great influence to me and my business life. Thank you
by: wendy - uk
I like this. So true. I may have not been a great sales person as far as my sales went...but I enjoyed helping others and tried to meet their needs. Satisfaction was my reward. Thanks for remindig me that God measures success differently than this world measures it. In His still small voice our soul is comforted.