As a salesperson, do you wait for leads and ups, or do you go out and actively prospecting for new customers? No matter how great a salesperson you are, sales is a numbers game. If you want to sell more, you need to talk to more people. If you aren’t talking to enough people, you need to prospect. I believe that for the most part, prospecting for new customers is a lost art.
In today’s world, many salespeople believe that posting on social media constitutes prospecting. Although it could be considered a form of prospecting, it’s not nearly enough. Nothing beats genuine, in-person connections. Prospecting is the art of cultivating mutually beneficial relationships, which means you should not be prospecting just so you can make sales. That will happen as a byproduct, but it’s not your goal.
Prospecting is really about making friends—lots and lots of friends, and treating them well. Here are a few tips.