Fisherman: A person who catches fish for a living or for sport. An Angler
I grew up in the greater Tampa Bay area in the beautiful state of Florida and spent my entire childhood fishing with my grandfather. He was a true “fisherman”
I have many times equated the “art of fishing” and catching fish with the “art of selling” and closing deals. If you think about it they have many similarities. Let’s look at the two and compare side by side to see if we can use the steps necessary to catch fish to help us increase our sales closing ratios.
Let’s start with the obvious. We must pick the right spot. The old adage “fish where the fish are biting” comes to mind. Once we have the right spot it’s time we look at the equipment we use. This isn’t “Mayberry”
Bait - lure – decoy – enticement
So we’re in the right spot and we have the right equipment, now it’s all about the “bait”. Choosing the right kind of fishing bait is very important and it could mean the difference between you catching a fish and you not catching anything at all. It’s the same in sales. If you want the potential customer to “bite” then you must use the right “bait”.
They BIT! They’re on the hook. That’s it…we are home free…right?
Ok…now were ready to start reeling them in, but remember this is an “art” and if we just yank the rod (like I did as a kid starting out) then we risk breaking the line. As I watch a lot of people who are reeling in a sale, it becomes evident that the actual process of reeling a sale in – that is “fighting”
Let’s wrap this up…I think you are getting the picture. The two processes are very similar and are easily compared. So we get the bite, set the hook, reel the fish in…now what? The fish isn’t in the boat…we haven’t caught anything yet. The last step is to get some help. That’s right…call in the back up. The T.O. (turn over)…a lost art in many cases, but a sure way to land the fish. I see it…it is right at the edge of the boat…bring the net and help me scoop this fish into the boat!
So there you go…how to land the sale. No excuses…no matter the lure (product) you sell -spinner type lures, plugs, jigs, soft plastics, spoons, or flies.
“Now cast out your line”
David Villa, CEO
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