📄 Buyers That You Should Avoid Like the Plague

There's basically three kinds of people that you could try and sell to:

There's the qualified buyer, the unqualified buyer, and then there's the buyer you shouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.

How to recognise the third kind?

By the way they look at spending money.

This was illustrated a while ago, by a comment someone left on one of my LinkedIn posts, where I talked about pricing your work based on the value of the outcome you deliver, instead of the time you spend delivering said outcome.

Here’s the gist of his message:

“I just spent 100 bucks to have somebody come out to my house and put together a sofa that I bought. It took him 20 minutes - and it was money well spent, because it would have taken me a whole day.”

That mindset right there, that is the kind of person that you can sell to, even if there other factors that make them unqualified for now.

That is the kind of person who understands that there is a difference in the value of time, compared to the value of money.

After all, time is not replenishable: it runs out. Time is a very scarce, very finite resource.

Money, however, is something you can replace.

You spend a dollar, you make another dollar - doesn't have to be that difficult. That's not to say it's easy, but at least it's possible. The time you spend though, every hour you deal with the wrong buyer... well, that hour is forever gone gone gone.

The problem for many consultants and coaches, is that very often they don't avoid & ignore the fully wrong kind of buyer, the one you shouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, which is the one who'd say:

“100 bucks for 20 minutes of work!? That's outrageous - I’ll do it myself!”

That kind of person, you really shouldn't even try to engage with.

Don't try to contact them, sell to them, engage with them - don't even put them in your CRM and don't consider them a prospect, because this person is thinking incorrectly about the value of money, and the value of time.

If you do engage with them, you're now in the unfortunate position of having to explain, and convince, and reason with them, and then try to have them see the sense in making an investment with you.

And that’s a tough job, because they have their own reasons for seeing things the way they see them, including the value they place on money vs time.

And believe me, your smart argumentations are going to achieve very little, trying to reason against a lifetime of beliefs, opinions, experiences and habits.

A buyer is a person, a world onto themselves - and it's a useful if harsh truth to accept, that our puny argument about how wise and sage it would be to invest with us, doesn’t stand a chance against that world.

We’re talking about the kind of person who doesn't realise that if they spend a day putting together a sofa, they just lost out on an entire day of productive work that could grow their business or earn them money.

They didn’t save themselves $100 - instead, they lost themselves anything from $100 to who knows how much a day’s work can be worth.

The difference, in one handy quote (don’t remember where I saw it):

Don’t spend time to save money. Spend money to save time.

So, look to engage with people who agree with that, and stop trying to convince people who don’t get this simple, and sage, and sane, principle.

Engage with people who consider paying you an investment, not a cost.

Much easier sale for you, much more fun and efficient lead generation process.

And yes, I'll teach you how to engage with - and identify! - those people, once you enrol in Sales For Nice People.

Tired of hagglers, stalled deals, and getting ghosted?

You're not alone: everyone who sells faces that. Subscribe for a short daily email, and get better at selling every day.

Bonus: Instant download of the 📈 SFC Pipeline Habit Scorecard 👇

Need some help?

Send a message to Martin