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· 3 min read
Roy Firestein

As a salesperson, building trust with your prospects is crucial for closing deals and establishing long-term relationships. But how can you create that trust quickly and effectively? One approach is to take a cue from the medical profession and treat your sales conversations more like a doctor's visit.

When you go to the doctor, they don't just sit down and start prescribing medication or treatments. Instead, they ask probing questions to diagnose your condition and understand your unique needs. They want to get to the root of the problem before offering any solutions.

As a salesperson, you should adopt a similar mindset. Rather than launching straight into your pitch, focus on asking insightful questions that uncover your prospect's true challenges, goals, and motivations. This shows you care about understanding their situation, not just making a sale.

Doctors also aren't afraid to ask tough, even uncomfortable questions when needed. They know that getting the full picture is essential for making an accurate diagnosis and recommendation.

Likewise, don't shy away from probing deeper with prospects when you sense there's more to the story. Asking challenging questions demonstrates confidence and expertise. It positions you as a trusted advisor, not just another vendor. Prospects will respect your thoroughness.

Just like a good doctor, aim to prescribe solutions that are tailored to each prospect's specific "symptoms" or needs. Cookie-cutter approaches erode trust. Prospects want to feel you've carefully considered their unique situation.

Finally, remember that patients don't necessarily expect their doctor to be their best friend. While bedside manner is important, it's secondary to being a competent professional who asks the right questions and provides appropriate guidance.

The same is true in sales. Focus first on demonstrating credibility, insight and leadership through great questions and attentive listening. Build trust by showing prospects you're a safe pair of hands to guide them to the right solution.


To create trust like a doctor, salespeople should:

  1. Ask tough, challenging questions: Doctors ask patients uncomfortable questions to diagnose the problem accurately. Similarly, salespeople should ask prospects questions that they may not know the answer to, but feel the salesperson should. This demonstrates expertise and helps the salesperson understand the prospect's true needs and motivations.
  2. Focus on the process, not the outcome: Doctors follow a systematic process to diagnose and treat patients. Salespeople should also have a structured approach to selling, focusing on the steps that lead to a successful outcome rather than being overly attached to the final result.
  3. Provide leadership, a safe pair of hands, and insight: Prospects look for these three qualities in a salesperson. By demonstrating leadership, competence, and valuable insights, salespeople can establish trust and credibility, much like a doctor does with their patients.
  4. Avoid being needy or overly adaptive: Doctors don't change their approach to please patients; they do what is necessary to help them. Salespeople should similarly maintain their professionalism and not be overly concerned with being liked or adapting to every whim of the prospect.
  5. Be willing to challenge the prospect: Doctors often have to convince patients to make difficult lifestyle changes for their health. Salespeople should also be prepared to challenge their prospects' assumptions and guide them towards the best solution, even if it may be uncomfortable.

By adopting these doctor-like behaviors, salespeople can shift their focus from being liked to being trusted. This approach may not always be comfortable, but it is more likely to lead to successful long-term relationships with clients who view the salesperson as a credible expert and partner in achieving their goals.

· 14 min read
Roy Firestein

Are you a technical founder struggling to crack the code on outbound sales? Do you find yourself more comfortable debugging code than dialing for dollars? Fear not, intrepid entrepreneur, for I have the blueprint to take you from zero to sales hero. In this post, I'll share the hard-won lessons I learned while building a high-performing business development representative (BDR) team from scratch. Get ready to level up your sales game and watch your startup soar to new heights.

· 3 min read
Roy Firestein

As a Business Development Representative (BDR), your success hinges on your ability to connect with prospects and uncover their pain points. While your script and product knowledge are essential, there's one often-overlooked skill that can make or break your conversations: your tone.

· 8 min read
Roy Firestein

Hey there, sales superstar! Ready to take your outbound game to the next level? In this post, we'll dive deep into the nitty-gritty of structuring outbound calls and emails that grab prospects' attention and get them eager to learn more.

First things first: let's talk about the foundation of any good outbound strategy - personalization. Gone are the days of generic, one-size-fits-all messaging. If you want to stand out in a crowded inbox or cut through the noise on a cold call, you need to do your homework and tailor your approach to each prospect's unique needs and pain points.

But how do you do that without spending hours stalking them on LinkedIn? Fear not, my friend. I've got some tried-and-true techniques to help you craft outbound calls and emails that are personalized, relevant, and most importantly, effective.

· 4 min read
Roy Firestein

Ready to see the future? Let's dive into the art of predicting your sales numbers with a dash of Python wizardry. In this guide, we'll harness the power of time series forecasting to unveil the secrets of your future sales revenue. Armed with pandas for data mastery and statsmodels for crafting our crystal ball (aka forecasting model), we're setting you up to forecast like a pro.