The argument I hear is, “I don’t have time to prospect due to everything else I have going on.”
Yes, I’ve even been guilty of saying it too. The argument is by the time you take care of all the existing customers, there’s no time left to do any prospecting.
Let me be blunt. Thinking about prospecting is not prospecting.
I don’t care how good your intentions are; they’re only intentions. Until you actually do it, nothing is going to happen. You might have great intentions about an investment you’re thinking about making, but unless you make it, the investment doesn’t exist!
Customers aren’t going to fall into your lap. If they do, great, but don’t go building your sales quota on it happening. Prospecting begins when you engage. Preparing to prospect by gathering information, etc., is not prospecting! It’s called getting ready to prospect.
Far too many salespeople never make their quota because they spend all of their scheduled time to prospect merely preparing to prospect. I put these people into another camp I call “prospecting wimps.” These are people who in reality are afraid to prospect, so they spend their prospecting time doing everything but actually prospecting.
We need to quit building our day around “to do” lists of things we think are important and instead realize how vital prospecting actually is!
I’m reminded of the Chinese proverb: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
If you want to have customers next year, next quarter, or even next month, you need to be prospecting today. That means engaging with them, not simply preparing and not thinking about them, but doing it.
If we want to have sales to close, it starts with prospects and it starts with you picking up the phone.
Mark Hunter is the author of High-Profit Prospecting: Powerful Strategies to Find the Best Leads and Drive Breakthrough Sales Results.
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