12-18-2017 07:54 AM
They used to say never talk politics or religion in polite company. Lately, it's hard to keep politics out of a conversation. I work in an industry that is very heavily affected by the current political climate (in the US - I know we have people from all over in this forum). As a result, I know most of my sales meetings will at some point turn to discussing federal regulation. Subjects I used to avoid with a ten foot pole now come up almost every day.
3 weeks ago
I've dealt into every taboo subject known to men and I know at times it's not appropriate but in the end it's my business and if these decision makers deem it not to their liking they'll respond in kind.
I find sales boring and stressful if I do the same methods of sales like everyone else.
3 weeks ago
Talking about religion or politics is still taboo in my books.
I find it very easy in business to avoid talking politics by simply ignoring any political statements and returning to the business topic at hand. Most prospects appreciate this straightforward approach. If asked directly which party I support, I calmly reply that I flew a few thousand miles to help their company solve problem X. If they want political advice or opinion that's a different division of our company and that type of information is something we never give away for free.
Most folks get the picture and business moves forward. I've also found that most folks out of some sort of guilt for going political, are more likely to buy from me. So in my books, staying non-politcal pays.