The correlation between dating and sales is unmistakable. Many steps in both processes are an exact match for one another. Below I am going to compare how the dating and sales processes work and also analyze my own current performance. Hopefully you will be able to gain some takeaways for your own life.
|Research||What am I selling and who is my customer? Determine focus.||What type of person do I want to date? Find the qualities that you are compatible with.||Beautiful, intelligent females with personality near my age group.|
|Targeting||Where is my customers and how can I reach them?||Where and how will I meet the person I want?||Best way is through friends and social events; bars rarely work well.|
|Introduction||How do I get in front of my potential customer? Get them to listen to you with an open mind.||Initially approaching women or men is hard. Overcome fear the fear of rejection.||Fearlessness & confidence are the key. Gain them through practice.|
|Qualification||What value do I offer to my potential customer? Why is my product/ service good for them?||Bragging fails, but you need to somehow convey your best traits.||I have the most difficulty here because I am naturally laid back. Need to show off a bit.|
|Proposal||Get their contact information and plan a time to give a formal proposal.||Obtain phone number or another future contact method.||High rate of success by the time I reach this stage.|
|Negotiation||Process of talking on the phone or meeting in person to determine details.||Calling or texting in order to engage and plan initial date.||Maybe too much dawdling on my part during the inital phone call.|
|Closing||Coming to an agreement to move forward||Passing the first few dates||My specialty. I am a very entertaining person.|
|Transaction||Cash in the bank, contract in hand.||Solidified emotional connection.||Usually fairly successful.|
|Retention||Keep client through the years?||Long term relationships?||I get bored or annoyed often.|
I am sure if you think about it you will come up with even more correlations between dating and sales than I have here. ‚ Do you have any ideas you would like to add?