March 29, 2011
Be Nimble. Jack Be Quick...
Francine Smilen, longtime
friend and colleague, is a true Metaphorian when she talks to clients. She sells
a variety of leadership and professional development programs to buyers in
companies that range from fashion to finance.
Like most sellers, one of the biggest challenges Francine faces is helping
prospects really understand how her firm does what it does. Francine uses
metaphors to ride right over that obstacle to close business quickly.
Says Francine, "It is hard for buyers of training to understand our unique
business model. I represent fifteen different companies in the learning industry
who provide programs and services -- from classic behavior modeling to fully
customized programs and everything in between. Using metaphors solves that
problem for me:
If I'm in
financial services, I describe myself as a "financial advisor."
My job is to meet with organizations to determine their learning
needs over their organizational life cycle and to make the right
recommendation to meet those needs from among the
programs/services that we offer.
If I am
in the fashion/retail industry, I describe our work as being
"like a stylist"-- depending on the client need, we can offer
everything from the plain white tee shirt to the high end custom
care, I refer to myself as a (good) "primary care physician" who
keeps the big picture and calls in the experts as needed....
These simple comparisons
to jobs in their industry make it really easy for them to "get" what we do and
paves the way to bigger and better business opportunities for me."
Jack Jumped Over the Candlestick
You can be as successful as Francine. Just think:
my company do?
this like in my listener's world?
create the connection between the two in your prospect's mind to
create instant understanding.
Like anything else, the
more you train yourself to think like this, the easier it becomes and the more
success you'll enjoy. Try this on your very next call.
Make what you say pay — with metaphors.
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insightful and It can help you figure out how to describe what you do in very
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