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Some Do Get Away With Telling
The media, politicians, and "famous" people are telling us all what to think. Unfortunately many are listening to these sound-bites, and assuming what they hear is "truth." But they are not listening to me in this unqualified manner. Nor will they listen in this way to you.
You must seek to persuade people of your point. Provide information reader can accept or reject. If collectively you sufficiently support your point, you have at least a shot at being believed.
How This Applies To Selling Anything
The rules of selling are changing rapidly. It's true hard-sell, loaded with hype, con, and even lies, continues to work for some. And even junkiest spam brings profits to a few.
But permission selling is now mode, particularly on Web. A visitor is invited to freely consider a possible solution to a problem or information that may help. Within these notes, there are invitations to explore a product or service that goes specifically to point.
If your visitor accepts a second invitation, then sell. But honestly. Gently. With benefits to potential customer. This is a kinder way of doing business. One with which both seller and customer are comfortable.
Don't Screw It Up
In this way of selling, there is no room at all for telling anybody anything. All is persuasion. We seek to convince our potential customer, one point at a time, that our product or service is exactly what they need. Slip in a "known fact" or "best ever" and you'll blow deal.
If you have power, you may be able to tell people what to do and make it happen. But you are wasting time trying to tell anybody what to believe without backing it up with verifiable information.
Bob McElwain, author of "Your Path To Success." How to build ANY business you want, just the way you want it, with only pocket money.