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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

After the Mic Drops: What They're Really Saying When You Exit Stage Left

The Opening Act: You Think You Killed It, But Did You?

So, you've just wrapped up your latest sales pitch. You're feeling like a rockstar, right? You think you've nailed every slide, every pause for dramatic effect, every handshake. But let's get real for a second. What do you think they're saying about you after you've left the building—or clicked that "Leave Meeting" button? Trust me, it's not always applause and roses.

The Backstage Gossip: When You're Not the Hero You Think You Are

You might believe you're the Mick Jagger of sales, but let's cut the crap. There's a chasm the size of the Grand Canyon between what you think you've accomplished and what your audience—your would-be clients—actually think. And this isn't some minor inconvenience; it's an epidemic, a plague sweeping across boardrooms and virtual meetings alike.

The Critics' Reviews: Spoiler, They're Not Raving

I've been in the room, man. I've heard the C-suite and the mid-level managers spill the tea. And it's not always pretty. Here are some of the greatest hits:

  • "Could've been a tweet, not a 35-slide monologue." — Some guy in North Carolina
  • "It's like they had earplugs in the whole time." — A frustrated exec in SoCal
  • "The dude just parroted back everything we said. Is this an echo chamber or a sales pitch?" — A weary soul in Wisconsin

You see the pattern? You're so wrapped up in your script that you forget there are actual human beings on the other side of the table.

The Real Culprit: It Ain't Just Bad Training, It's a Bad System

You might want to blame the countless sales seminars you've attended, or maybe the self-help books gathering dust on your shelf. But let's get something straight: those are just band-aids on a bullet wound. The real issue? A system that values quick sales over meaningful relationships. It's a fast-food mentality in a Michelin-star world.

The Redemption Arc: Time to Get Your Act Together

Look, no one's going to swoop in and fix this for you. You've got to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and actually listen to what your prospects are saying. This isn't some corporate mandate; it's street-level, grassroots change, and it starts with you.

The Encore: What You Don't Hear Can Hurt You

The most important conversation about your pitch happens when you're not there to defend yourself. So, what are you going to do about it? Keep playing the same tired setlist, or start writing some new hits?

The Afterparty: Your Move, Rockstar

If you're sitting there, rolling your eyes, thinking this is all someone else's bad review, maybe it's time for a reality check. Ignorance isn't bliss; it's just ignorance. So, are you ready to tune in and actually hear what your audience is saying?

Drop a comment, ask a question, or just sit there and stew in your own denial. The choice is yours, but remember: the show must go on, with or without you.

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