This month, I’m taking what I’ve learned as a musical performer from age 4 to the world of leadership and sales. (And, read my musical quotes at the end of each blog. I hope you’ll get a chuckle!)
Are You Just Following a ‘Template’?
As a musical performer, I know you first have to learn the music (the ‘template’). But then, you have to add YOU. That is, you have to add the interpretation that ‘speaks’ to you personally. Otherwise, it’s just notes on a page. So many times, I’ve seen leadership and salespeople merely follow the template. That’s great for a beginning, but it doesn’t create a connection to others. In fact, it creates a dissonance. You know what I mean. You’ve heard a salesperson say, “Does 1 PM or 2 PM Tuesday work for you?” You probably want to scream (as I do), “Be human, you’re not an automaton.” Now, it’s fine to give people choices, but, if you sound as though you just memorized those words, and are not actually interacting with another human being, you’re creating distrust, not rust!
Adding YOU, the Personal Benefit
Get past the templates. As a salesperson, you bring to your clients some very unique and valued attributes. However, many times salespeople do not use these attributes to commnicate and gain trust. Instead, they rely on the old ‘templates’–those cliches and sayings that we just don’t find ‘ring true’. For example: You have a background in art. Are you using that background to communicate and ‘share’ YOU with your clients? Are you using that skill visually in your presentations? If not, you’re missing an opportunity to relate. And, in this day in age, relationships are what hold a client to the agent over time.
Here’s a great quote that expresses what I’m suggesting:
Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering. ― Steve Maraboli
What’s YOUR Music?
What life experiences have added to your success? What skills do you bring to what you do today? How can you communicate those as a benefit to those you serve?
Look back on your life.
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Just for Fun
Last night at Carnegie Hall, Jack Benny played Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn lost.
Harold C. Schonberg
When she started to play, Steinway himself came down personally and rubbed his name off the piano.
Bob Hope, on Phyllis Diller
Remember Jack Benny and Phyllis Diller? They may not have been concert artists, but they used their musical talent to differentiate themselv