All Sales People are Liars

Eventually, I'd get used to the smell of burning flesh but I never got used to the sound of a sternal saw cutting through breast bone.



Picture Credit: Blowing Smoke by Bill Gracey 

 

The naked man lay between the consultant and I.

“Oh, you’re a salesperson. Aren’t all salespeople liars?”



Picture Credit:  Terry Tibbs, Cockney car salesman from Rickmansworth, AKA Kayvan Novak, Facejacker.

 

It was my second day in theatre, third day in my new job, completely new industry.  I could feel the blood draining from my face.  A dry mouth, clammy hands, and pounding heart almost bursting out of my chest.  “Absolutely not, no!”  I was thinking how dare you, but didn’t say it. “Perhaps that’s been your experience but I can assure you, I’m not like that.

Fortunately for you, if I tell a lie, my face turns bright red & I start twitching.”

The consultant raised his eyebrows.

I spent the next couple of hours standing by the patient’s head watching the operation, a triple heart by-pass.



Picture credit: Angiogram of Healthy Heart by SPL/Photo Researchers, Inc.

 

The consultant surgeon gave a running commentary just for me.  "I'm going to release the clamp, don't blink or you'll miss the myocardium pinking-up.  Did you see it? Did you see it?"

Some people think sales is a dirty word.  But we’re all in sales whether the word's in our job title, or not.  The thought of selling might make you feel like a rabbit in car headlights.  Others take to it better than Harry Potter flying on his first broomstick.  Like many things, the more you practice, the better or more comfortable you can get at it, but only if you're inspired.

Watching an operation on a still, motionless, human heart, then seeing it burst back into full pumping life, is off the scale for inspiration.

Forget return on investment.  This is return on inspiration.

If you're inspired by what you do, it's contagious.  Let everybody you come across catch some of the goodness.



Photo: Patty McGee, First Female Professional Skateboarder

 

To be inspired or inspiring, you must be honest with yourself.  With your customers. With everybody.

Though sometimes, honesty's not what people want to hear.  Be honest anyway.

What you truly are will come out sooner or later.

 

Thanks so much for reading my blog.  Tell me your stories of Return on Inspiration. 


 

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Lin-Lee Aspin

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All Sales People are Liars

Many thanks Alan for your great comment. We could all do with bucket loads of grace. A word that's rarely used. Thanks again with kindest regards, Lin www.getseen.tv

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Alan Bowman

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All Sales People are Liars (great blog Lin-Lee)

Great Blog Lin-Lee A real salesman should never be selling but should be telling his clients what he will do for them and then do that and more so all his contacts become buyers. The art of doing this means that no one ever feels let down and if you are asked to do something at 3.00am tomorrow make sure you do it with the same grace you said you would do it at 3.00pm today. Kind regards Alan

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Jon Majeika

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Wonderful first blog Lin-Lee. "Return on Inspiration" - Love it! Best wishes, Jon Jon Majeika Tel. +44 (0)1935 83200 Mobile. +44 (0)7760 264845

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Gyula Julius Reznicsek

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Dear Lin-Lee :)

Pleasure is on my side Lin-Lee to meet you and have my greetings :) "Forget return on investment. This is return on inspiration. To be inspired or inspiring, you must be honest with yourself. With your customers. With everybody. Though sometimes, honesty's not what people want to hear. Be honest anyway. What you truly are will come out sooner or later." Find your heart and your way will be found... Peelw@x Coffee

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Penny Power

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Great to see your first Blog and so much conversation created Lin Loved this sentance Forget return on investment. This is return on inspiration. warm regards Penny Power Founder of Ecademy and Ecademy Digital School Helping you build social capital in your business and life Follow @pennypower Follow @pennypower I support:  

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Fred Thompson

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All Sales People are Liars

Lin, Thanks for pointing me to your blog. It was an enjoyable read as I slipped through one turn and into another. I am looking forward to your next installment. Fred B Thompson

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Stephan Gerd Meyer

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Lin-Lee, great topic! Congratulations to the lively response. You receive a lot of "return on inspiration"! My attitude is exactly this one you mentioned: "Though sometimes, honesty's not what people want to hear. Be honest anyway." The reason is: you do it for your own sake. Whatever you do, it will affect your environment, e.g. who is attracted by you and will become your customer. And the honest customers are definitely the better ones. Best wishes, Stephan HORSE & SOUL - Natural Leaders * Horses being vital Mirrors and natural Catalysts * Coaching for Entrepreneurs Director: Stephan Gerd Meyer Ludwig-Erhard-Str. 10 D-34131 Kassel fon.: +49 (0)561 - 816 86 91 fax: +49 (0)561 - 310 34 85 mail: office@horseandsoul.de web: www.horseandsoul.de www.horseandsoul.com

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Gordon Wheaton

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You are so right about this. But I think you should be careful where you say this. Sales people though have to lie, or at least not tell the complete truth. They are paid to sell a product and they have to say how good it is, even if they don't think it is Regards Gordon

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Mary Bosveld

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All Sales People are Liars

Wow, great Blog Lin & very professional....Best Wishes, Mary the Supergranny http://www.TheSupergranny.net

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Stella Holman "The Connector"

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All Sales People are Liars/Dare to differ!

Lin, Great blog I have to differ about being a Liar - I was in a very intensive sales job near four years ago - under the umbrella of Financial Services Authority - if you told a lie you would make the company liable for a fine or even yourself so in this case, lies never came into the scenario. Sales people are however know to be skilled in their jobs and if they can sell you the benefit of the product or service then they have you hooked, it is a matter of choice as to whether you take the bait and part with your money.;-) Best wishes Stella Stella Holman-TheConnector . join Malcolm Tullett Doug Holman and I on 9th August at South East - UK - Connector-Trading Services Int Group/Southern Counties : Boardroom Monthly Event- Connect and buy my shares on Empire Avenue Twitter- a great search engine- find out how it could help you to develop more leads for your business Do you need help with your networking and using Social Media? - Join the CONNECTOR-TRADING CLUB #CONNECTOR-TRADING GROUP Twitter and Facebook Marketing http://plancast.com/stellaholman Social Media Visibility Consultant - working independently and also with Geert Conard Management Solutions UK Agent for BGifts | Belgian Gifts & Incentives We offer an entirely new way to TRAVEL. Matt Morris will explain here for more info-

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Richard Parsons

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All Sales People are Liars

Hello Lin-Lee Great subject for a blog! :) @ What you truly are will come out sooner or later. This is why the relationship must come first before there can be any talk of business.... I like Seth Godin's quote: People don't believe what you tell them. They rarely believe what you show them. They often believe what their friends tell them. They always believe what they tell themselves. A good salesperson will tell people stories which the can tell themselves and as they begin to identify with the story, prospective customers will sometimes become buyers..... Richard @Our_Network ------------------------------------------------------------------- Technology, Entertainment, Design - TED - ideas worth spreading.......... ------------------------------------------------------------------- My Three 'Ts' for 2010: Trust, Tolerance and Talent

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Carolyn Williams

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A thought and visually provoking statement Lin Lee It's not in the Sale it's in the Heart. Give it heart! Inspire to achieve. Sparkle Wednesday Lin Lee. C:)x I am a ENFJ Carolyn helping individuals and businesses discover the simplicity, harmony, and freedom of being organized and productive. www.cardiffboardroom.co.uk www.lifestyle-online.co.uk

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Jim Tuffin

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All Sales People are Liars

Hi Lin, Excellent blog which I enjoyed reading. I found your approach new and different and as a result rewarding for me to read. Are all Salesmen Liars? I for one don't think they are ... but then again that might be a lie. Well done ... let's see more from you soon. Best wishes Jim Tuffin Home: 02380-361-648 - Mob: 07890-328-768 - Sky: BIZTIME

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Phillip Khan-Panni

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What my cardiologist told me

After my double heart bypass I complained of persistent pain in my sides and back (rib cage). The cardiologist said the surgeon got out his Black & Decker circular saw and cut through my sternum, then brought out his clamp, which he probably get at Homebase as well. Using the clamp he forced apart the two halves of my sternum and then fiddled around with my heart and stuff for over four hours. No wonder my rib cage was hurting! I was home after five days and back at work a week later (although my wife maintains I came home from the hospital, switched on the computer and was back at work immediately.) Why am I telling you this? Because Lin was concerned that she might have been indelicate in asking a bypass patient (me) to read the blog above. As you can see, I was not offended. Good blog, Lin. Don't stop here. Phillip =================================== Phillip F. Khan-Panni MBA PSA Founder PKP Communicators Words that Work Wonders 35 Hillbrow Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 4JL, UK t: 0845 165 9240 m: 07768 696254 e: phillip@pkpcommunicators.com w: www.phillipkhan-panni.com View my profile on LinkedIn:

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Hans Anneveld

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All Sales People are Liars

what's exactly a liar? Perhaps everybody has his own truth? Is a liar perhaps someone not able to deal with his own truth? Right Lin, you write: "To be inspired or inspiring, you must be honest with yourself. With your customers. With everybody." And sales is,... basically ... inspiring other people,... Hans Anneveld ArtKids, ... feel like a Young-Rembrandt

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Tina Jonasen

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All Sales People are Liars

Inspirational blog, thanks for sharing dear!! With these words I will leave you to a continued Glorious day & future Prosperous Networking,

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Ferdinand Felix Casantusan

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All Sales People are Liars

Hi Lin, Thank you for sharing this. Every person sells himself, his pleasant and unpleasant attributes, good or bad. In theater, film, and other businesses of whatever field. Taste and preference of the audience divide all these. Inspiration and honesty are very significant key aspects of every choice a person makes. Warmest Cheers from Manila, Felix twitter XeeSM

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Martin Dewhurst

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All Sales People are Liars ...

All Sales People are Liars ... Until there's a "why". Once there's a why, there's a motive for action. Once there's a why that inspires them you can see the sparkle of that why in their eyes. The integrity of their why will resonate with you and everyone they meet. Great blog Lin-Lee! And yes, "Return on Inspiration" genius :-) Looking forward to meeting soon. Martin

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Amy Lorenti

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Nicely done. I really like "Return on Inspiration" - mind if I use it? Amy amy lorenti blog - amylorenti.com consulting - mindsthatwork.com portfolio & samples - klearidea.com

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Steve Hall

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All Sales People are Liars

That makes 99% of the human race liars! Why? ......because whatever you may want to call yourself consultant, expert, advisor, assessor, solicitor, whore, accountant, brain surgeon...or even cyclist....you are selling yourself. After 35 years self-employed, I am pretty sure of that! I am a salesman I have always been a salesman I am proud to have been a salesman It's what I am, it's what I do and I have no problems telling the world that I don't call myself consultant, expert, advisor, assessor or whatever I sell things and if you think all sales people are liars, please remember what we say, "Buyers are liars" Great blog,,,,,,,,welcome Kind Regards Steve Hall Follow my CYCLE journey through England (and beyond!) to raise awareness of the world´s 45 million refugees. Please visit:www.theshirt2010.co.uk

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Stephen Bailey

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All Sales People are Liars - bollox

Some of them are just plain useless. You need to know the difference between those that can close and those that couldn't close a door, even if you read them the manual and then drew them a picture ;) Thanks Stephen Follow @Stephen_Bailey

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Stuart Kerslake

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All Sales People are Liars

Hi Lin - great to see you in print (and pictures):) Totally agree re honesty and inspiration. And yes, all sales people are liars, just as all accountants are boring. Duh!!! Doesn't everyone know that:) Looking forward to the next one Stuart Stuart Kerslake Awakening Freedom in your business

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Georgina Lester

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Return on Inspiration - love it!

Lin-Lee - great first blog - although I have to say that being a little bit squeamish I was a little worried about where you were going with it! I would not have been brave enough to watch an operation - so admiration and respect to you for doing so. I loved the way you took me on a journey though - with a great twist. Love this ...... "Watching an operation on a still, motionless human heart, then seeing it burst back into full pumping life, is off the scale for inspiration. Forget return on investment. This is return on inspiration. If you're inspired by what you do, it's contagious. Let everybody you come across catch some of the goodness." Follow @Georgina_Lester

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Barry Jacob

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All Sales People are Liars

HI Lin So true about being Honest with yourself, Customers and everyone for Inspiration Well done on your first blog! Have a Nice evening. Barry

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Allegra Gee

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All Sales People are Liars

Hurray! You're so right, if you are inspired by what you do, that's all you need. Just being who you are has huge impact. Although that can be scary in itself, being without the masks,,, Selling is just chatting really, so if you're inspired by what you do and enjoy chatting about it, you're half way there (if not further...) Nice pics, by the way :-) Well done Lin, may this be the first of many. Allegra Allegra Gee Creative Business Coaching - Making the Pieces Fit

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