Industry Views

Pending Business: Confidence

By Steve Lapa
Lapcom Communications Corp

imThe thing about outstanding performance is there is one key trait in the performer we can all agree on. It was on full display in front of millions during the past two weeks. It shows up every time an athlete takes the game to new levels, or an artist moves us out of our seats and collective comfort zone.

This trait is different from the energetic enthusiasm or the excitement we see from even entry-level performers. This trait takes time, experience, discipline and coaching before you can call it your own. We all need to pause a minute and make sure it is part of the developmental skill set being sharpened every day. Because you, the seller, cannot measure it on your own. You will need feedback from a trusted manager to be sure you are developing this part of your skill set to a level that will lead you to perform at peak efficiency.

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The trait is confidence. Not to be confused with arrogance, stubbornness, or being uncoachable. There is a difference between being so gifted that the student outgrows the teacher and sheer confidence. Confidence is that measured poise that shows your focus on the goals at hand, the calm you have under pressure, the ability to lead by example and the flexibility to adjust style and strategy. Confidence is one game changer that comes through whether working remotely or on in-person calls. Confidence is defined by proven experience as opposed to years on the job. Confidence is built by holding yourself to a standard that may be higher than what others expect. Confidence is developed when you set goals and stretch goals and through determination you achieve and exceed your goals. Confidence is recognized fastest when your performance leads by example and helps others achieve their goals. How do you begin developing confidence in your own performance?

1. Start with the one person you can control: You!

2. Prepare to Win. How much time do you spend preparing your calls? It takes 10 years of medical school education to accurately diagnose a one-second heartbeat.

3. A little positive self-talk helps. Think positive as in “I can do this.”

4. Invoke the great Charlie Munger theory. Get rid of the toxic influences in your (sales) world.

5. Learn from your wins and losses. When you win business the learning curve is simple. Very few managers teach sellers how to manage a competitive loss. Ask for the type of feedback that will help you improve.

6. Collaborate. The smartest people I know constantly ask questions.

7. Expand your knowledge base, experience base, and contact base every day.

Confidence is one universal trait in every champion. What is in your planner to help build your confidence?

Steve Lapa is the president of Lapcom Communications Corp. based in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Lapcom is a media sales, marketing, and development consultancy. Contact Steve Lapa via email at: