SIC 045: A.J. Vassar – Entrepreneurship: A Fancy Word for Sales

Working in sales isn’t hard if you work with the right mindset. In today’s episode of Selling in Color, Donald is joined by International Speaker and sales expert A.J. Vassar to learn why sales and entrepreneurship are B.S. (and by that, we mean a Belief System.)

People value things they think are rare.

  • Gold, diamonds, and silver are rare, so we value them. But would you rather have water or a diamond? After all, only one of those things keeps you alive. 
  • Value is relative to the situation and the amount of something available.
  • When selling, refer to things as “complimentary” instead of “free” because the word complementary implies a transaction and a payment, making people subconsciously attach more value to the product.

“Entrepreneurship is just a fancy word for sales.”

  • This quote is from A.J.’s first millionaire mentor, Dennis. At the time, he was worth roughly $20 million.
  • Everything is sales – whether that’s entrepreneurship, dating, or deciding on a movie with the family.
  • Until you make a sale, you don’t have a profitable business. Simple as that.
  • Entrepreneurs need to believe in and sell their product to others, be it a customer or potential team member, to bring the necessary people to the table.

What words do you think about when someone mentions sales? 

  • Is it the slimy car salesman? While people love to buy, they hate being sold to. Therefore, salespeople must be transparent and leave the purchase decision up to the buyer to encourage them to purchase. 
  • Bill Gates was able to sell his product before it was even created. And A.J. thought, why can’t I do that? A.J. pre-sells courses before he makes them, and includes surveys and questions in the presale to ensure participants get what they want out of the program. 
  • A.J.’s bump-down method: Call the owner or CEO of a company, and they’ll refer you to the right decision-maker, and you have the name of an influential person in your back pocket.

A.J.’s takeaway for someone new to sales? You need enthusiasm, but enthusiasm isn’t false positivity or extroversion. It’s being genuinely yourself. You sell yourself to sell a product. Reach out to A.J. on any social media platform at @ajvasser; DM him and ask for his calendar link to schedule a meeting or jump on a call.

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