Introducing: Jesus’ Approach to Sales

In the vast landscape of sales techniques and strategies, it’s easy to overlook the basic, yet pivotal, art of introduction. It is in the initial stage of introducing oneself and the product that the trajectory of the entire sales journey is set. One might argue, based on its importance, this art should be renamed “Mastering the First Impression.” And who better to guide us on this journey than the masterful communicator and teacher, Jesus of Nazareth? In my recent book, The Master Salesman: Jesus and the Art of Service, this principle is dissected and presented, drawing upon Jesus’ methods to inspire the modern salesperson.

The IDEAS Sales System, with its emphasis on “INTRODUCING,” aligns perfectly with this approach. Introduction isn’t merely a ‘hello,’ but a profound understanding of the customer, a strategic alignment that marries the needs of the potential buyer with the solutions the product or service offers. As a cornerstone of the IDEAS Sales System, “INTRODUCING” compels us to craft a masterlist — a reservoir of opportunity. This masterlist encompasses various categories, including our powerbase, sold and unsold customers, customers of competitors, and orphans. The emphasis is on quality introductions that resonate with these categories, ensuring long-term relationships over mere transactional interactions.

Jesus’ method of introduction mirrored this exact principle. In His time on Earth, Jesus was the epitome of strategic alignment. Even with the weight of the world on His shoulders and knowing His time was limited, Jesus was meticulous and intentional in His interactions. He wasn’t seeking momentary applause but rather lifelong discipleship. His statement, “In a little while you will see me no more” (John 16:16, ESV), underlines the significance of time and the urgency with which we must act. His deliberate pace teaches us a valuable lesson: act swiftly but make it substantial.

This sense of purpose, however, isn’t confined to biblical times. Any seasoned salesperson will concur that a swift but insubstantial approach often results in missed opportunities. What’s needed is a blend of urgency with a commitment to forming genuine, lasting connections. Sales, in essence, is a belief system. It’s built on the Triad of Belief – belief in the industry, in the product or service, and most crucially, in oneself. And this belief isn’t mere confidence; it’s about integrity, trust, and genuine connection.

Now, the challenge for us is twofold: to build a comprehensive masterlist and, more importantly, to ensure it’s not a stagnant document but a living testament of our commitment. It’s not just a list but a visual reminder of our sales pipeline, echoing our unwavering commitment to our industry, our unshakable belief in our products or services, and our unwavering faith in ourselves. This reminder is potent. As Romans 9:28 (ESV) states, “For the Lord will carry out his sentence on earth with speed and finality.” Our mission is urgent, and the approach must blend speed with substance.

Taking inspiration from Jesus’ approach to sales, I delve deeper into these principles in The Master Salesman: Jesus and the Art of Service. It’s not just about sales techniques but understanding the human touch and the power of genuine connection.

For those looking to enhance their sales techniques and imbibe the art of introducing with a blend of modern strategies and age-old wisdom, individualized training and coaching can elevate your journey. Explore the world of Closer Classes and invest in your growth. In the end, always remember that the core of sales lies in serving, helping, and believing.

The customer is ready to buy. He needs you to help him believe.

Article Summary:
Mastering the art of introducing is pivotal in sales, drawing inspiration from Jesus’ methodical approach. The IDEAS Sales System’s emphasis on “INTRODUCING” aligns with this art, encouraging genuine connection and building trust. A blend of modern techniques and timeless wisdom can elevate one’s sales journey.

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