Matt has certain beliefs about money that may come from his own personal money struggles or buying habits that makes him nervous and uneasy when talking about money or his prices. It hasn't occurred to him that not all his clients are buying every product or service at the lowest price available and that there will always be someone with a lower price somewhere. His inability to stand the money pressure is probably the reason he can't have the kind of true "business discussion" that will earn him the business.
A low-grade fever caused by money discomfort can often be cured with a few mental and strategic treatments:
- Understand the difference between your money and their money. You aren't paying their invoices.
- Talk about the tough stuff earlier rather than later. Ask them to help you talk about price, timelines or budget issues.
- If you are worried about not being the lowest, then tell them that up-front when discussing expectations.
- Develop a strong understanding of your own money matters so that it doesn't cloud your selling process.Talk in "round numbers" or "off the record" to get money issues on the table.
- Spending $1,000 or $10,000 might seem like a lot to you personally, but it's usually a small blip to most businesses that are looking for value. Don't sweat the small stuff.
- Be aware of symptoms that might be self limiting beliefs about money that keep you from being better than what you are. Do you discount a lot or constantly complain that your prices are too high? Are you happy just living off your current income and have no desire for more?
As you read or listened to this week's Monday Morning Manager, what were your initial reactions? When in doubt, always ACT AS IF you are very comfortable with whatever amount the client is discussing.
Final Thought for the Morning:
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." -Thomas Edison
"Become the person who would attract the results you seek.” -Jim Cathcart
Your Top 3 Goals & Tactics for the Week
LAST WEEK: Update us on how things went last week with your stated Goals and GD Tactics.
THIS WEEK: Please share your Top 3 Goals for this week and the GD tactics you plan to deploy.