Sales Training: Overcoming Your Fear of Rejection
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Overcoming Your Fear of Rejection

When I present sales training workshops, I often hear a variety of reasons for not following up opportunities that emerged at networking events. Here are some examples:

  • I don't want to seem too pushy
  • I'm too busy
  • I struggle to pick up the phone
  • If they want my services, they'll call
  • I keep meaning to do it, but somehow or other, dont get round to it
  • I've lost their card
  • I'm not sure how they're going to react to me
  • I'm not really certain that I'm going to get anything out of it
  • I can't deliver what I thought I could
  • I'm not sure what to say
  • I've heard something adverse about them
  • I fear a no

All sales training courses say the same about these reasons: they are driven by the sales person's key fear of rejection! That means, if any of the above reasons apply to you, you're normal! Thats a good start, isn't it!

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Will Kintish is the Founder and Managing Director of Kintish Ltd, a UK-based training organisation who show people how to grow their business through networking.

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10 likely consequences of not making the call

If you have agreed to call someone to follow up a networking event, and youdon't call on the agreed date, the consequences are:

  1. The prospect will assume you don't want his/her business. "Well, he was a waste of time."
  2. You are unreliable. The prospect will think "If he can't be relied on at this part of our relationship what are things going to be like if I did become a client?"
  3. You can't be trusted. You promised to call and you broke your promise.
  4. Your reputation will be tarnished. That in itself is bad enough but you are representing others, i.e. your company. Their reputation will also be tarnished. This is a serious consequence. If you are the first person they have met from your business the whole of the company will be judged on the way you behaved. Unprofessional, unreliable, untrustworthy, the list goes on. You have one massive responsibility when you are out there representing your company.
  5. You are actually rejecting the prospect; now that is bad for business.
  6. You'll NEVER know what you might have gained from the prospect and from their referrals.
  7. Its probably worse than not having met the person in the first place.
  8. You'll create a negative multiplier: the prospect may well tell others
  9. Your credibility is lost
  10. If you meet again, how are you going to feel?

Destroying your fears

When you hesitate calling - consider:

Some additional thoughts for business owners:

Some thoughts for everyone else:

Some final thoughts

You don't like to hear the word no. But no is the second best answer there is. Not knowing where you stand is the worst position to be in.

Whats the worst thats going to happen?

The very worst is she doesnt want your service or product. And actually says she has changed her mind. Calamity! A crisis: you have been rejected. No you havent; only the offer of your help has been rejected.

If you would like to do an in-person or online course, to develop your skills in networking and sales leads generation, then contact Kintish Ltd

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