How is coffee like a sale? When it’s with a customer

I like coffee. Dark, black coffee. Espresso. No cream. No sugar. Just dark, black coffee. You? More

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How is coffee like a sale? When it’s with a customer

Posted 2/24/14

I like coffee. Dark, black coffee. Espresso. No cream. No sugar. Just dark, black coffee. You?

But I look at coffee differently than you do. I don’t “wake up and drink it.” I venture out to a coffee shop and an early morning meeting, and oh, by the way, I have coffee.

My goal each day is to have an early morning cup of coffee with someone that can help me enhance relationships, make connections, build value, and make sales. As a traveler I can’t do this every day. But I try my best to do it as often as I am able.

A meeting is a brand new way to look at the value of a cup of coffee. You may look at coffee as a cost or an expense. To me, coffee is an investment of time. It’s not “how I drink it.” Rather, it’s “who I drink it with.”

KEY POINT OF UNDERSTANDING: Whenever I meet someone for coffee in the morning, I find the meeting is relaxed and fun. It’s a genuine exchange of information. Always informal and humorous. And it’s usually with someone I do business with or could do business with.

I try to have these meetings early. Very early. Between seven and eight in the morning. Sometimes I have two breakfasts. One at seven and one and eight.

Oftentimes my appointments meet each other, so it becomes an additional opportunity for networking. Many of my customers, prospects and connections have done business with my other customers, prospects and connections.

Personal Note: When I’m done my with coffee and my meeting is over, I get back home as fast as I can so I can take our young daughter to school by nine. And no, I can’t do it every day, but that is the goal every day.

Think about the impact of that. A sales call before the day starts.

Here’s how that idea applies to you:

If you have one cup of coffee a day with a customer or prospect, that’s equal to 250 sales calls this year. It will be relaxed, build relationships, make sales, gain referrals and create business opportunities. Coffee and sales – not just coffee.

What could you do with an additional 250 meetings, appointments or actual sales calls? How much extra income would that convert to? How much quicker could you advance your sales cycle? My wallet is pulsating just thinking about it.

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