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THE Sales Japan Series by Dale Carnegie Training Tokyo Japan

THE Sales Japan Series is powered by with great content from the accumulated wisdom of 100 plus years of Dale Carnegie Training. The show is hosted in Tokyo by Dr. Greg Story, President of Dale Carnegie Training Japan and is for those highly motivated students of sales, who want to be the best in their business field.
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Jan 30, 2024

In the first two parts of this three part series we have gone deep on how to become known and liked by buyers.  That is all very well, but if they don’t trust us, they won’t buy our solutions if they can avoid it.  If you are in an industry where the supply side is totally restricted and the buyers have to compete for supply, then lucky you. I have never had that luxury and I would guess 99.9% of salespeople are in my boat. 

How do we get buyers to trust us?  The answer is in our kokorogamae.  This is our true intention.  What is in our hearts as salespeople?  Are we focused on what we get, our commissions, our new car, our benefit, making our targets to get the Sales Director’s jackboot off our neck?  Or are we focused on the buyer’s interests.  Is our success wrapped up inside the buyer’s success?  One of my favourite sales trainers is Zig Ziglar, whose famous insight is: “you can get everything you want in this life, if you will just help enough other people get what they want”.  Zig has passed away already, but he hit on a profound building block of gaining buyer trust with his philosophy. 

Speaking of which, do you have a sales philosophy?  Have you set out your approach to sales, to establish the guardrails and boundaries of your actions and behaviours.  Of course, a wonderful sales philosophy is easy to embrace.  Remember though that everyone has a plan until they are punched in the mouth.  In sales, that means not selling and if you are on 100% commission that means not eating.  Even if you are not on 100% commission, it means getting fired and having to find another job.

Are you pushing certain solutions to buyers because they are the group with the highest commissions for you?  Are you putting your personal interests ahead of those of the buyer?  When things are going well, then all of these issues can be eliminated, but when you are hungry and can’t support your family, then your own rules get thrown out the window and you become desperate.

There is nothing worse in the business world than a desperate salesperson.  They will damage two brands in perpetuity.  One will be the company brand. They will create distrust of their company because why would an honest, reputable, reliable company tolerate dodgy salespeople?  The other brand is their personal brand as a businessperson.  I remember a salesperson relating to me how he had to keep going to new towns in the US to find new clients, because the quality of his solution was bad and once the buyers discovered that fact, he couldn’t show his face in that town again.  That was a companywide issue, but I silently asked myself why did he keep working for that dodgy company?  What was his kokorogamae as a salesperson?

In another case, we were talking with a well-known businessperson here in Tokyo, about a possible collaboration, when up popped this note in my social media feed;  “Has anyone seem Mr. X, because he owes me money?”.  Wow!  I knew the author of this social media post, so I went online and checked Mr. X out a bit more thoroughly and what a tangled mess I found. So many accusations of no trust and broken trust that it was scary.  Needless to say, we stopped the talks with him immediately.  What was his kokorogamae?  His reputation never recovered from this incident.

My point of view is that if you are not making it in sales, then get out and leave the profession to the rest of us, who know what we are doing and who have the correct kokorogamae.  All that bad actors do is pollute our profession and make it that much harder for the vast majority of us to win the trust of our buyers.

When you have the interest of the buyer at the forefront of your approach to the deal, then you will always make the right decisions.  Your will take the long term view and try and build up a reputation of being trusted and always dealing fairly with everyone.  That personal brand is worth a fortune and only an idiot would do anything to destroy it. 

It takes a lot of consistency to build it and this is where having a correct kokorogamae comes in to guide us, when we have to make tough decisions.  If we are in a transactional business model then maybe none of this matters.  But seriously, is that the type of sales life we want? Don’t we want to have a solid book of repeat business, with buyers who trust us and who appreciate our kokorgamae? 

We all know what is the right thing to do. We have to make a choice about whether we are going to defend that approach, against all of the pressure and temptations which will arise or not. Yes, sometimes we will make less money on a sale.  Yes, sometimes we will leave money on the table in a sale.  But if our mindset is long-term, then we can amortise these occasions against a long successful career in sales. We will benefit a lot more from being the choice of partner by our buyers, because they know we are honest, can be trusted and we always have their interests as our first priority.

Where do you locate your kokorogamae – your true intention?

 

 

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