That sentence probably makes many of you uncomfortable, it runs counter to what so many opinions we may have about selling. We want to build relationships, we want the customer to trust us, we don’t want to rock the boat……
But having a “comfortable” customer is the worst thing possible for sales. If the customer is experiencing no discomfort, they have no reason to change, no reason to engage in a buying process. The absence of discomfort is the kiss of death to all sales people.
If we want the customer to change, we have to be disruptive to the point of creating discomfort. They have to view the pain of change to be less than the consequences of not changing. Otherwise we are wasting their time and our time.
There are words here that are undoubtedly causing you some discomfort.
Being “disruptive,” is a word that sends shivers down the spine of most people, including sales people. Being disruptive doesn’t mean being impolite. It doesn’t mean being pushy. It doesn’t mean being overly aggressive, but it does probably mean we have to be assertive. Being disruptive is about getting customers to think differently. It’s getting them to consider there might be a better way of achieving their goals.
Creating discomfort, is not about antagonizing the customer or pressuring them. It’s about creating the “pain.” It’s about making them dissatisfied with the status quo, helping them see things can be better and creating a sense of urgency around achieving this.
Insight is all about being disruptive and creating discomfort. It’s about providing the customer ideas, it’s about showing them opportunities they may be missing, how they can grow, how they can better serve their customers, how they can be more efficient, how they can be better.
We have to disrupt the customer’s current thinking. We have to help them become uncomfortable with the status quo. Doing nothing has to become unacceptable to the customer.
We are always dealing with disruption and discomfort, though much of it may be unconscious. Often, the customer has recognized a problem, they know they need to change, so they are already managing the disruption and discomfort.
Sometimes it’s through our Insight we create the urgency and drive to change.
However it happens, selling is is about disruption and discomfort. If we are uncomfortable with this, we’ll never make the customer comfortable with this.