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Connection Between Storytelling, Neuroscience, and Sales
Blog / Sales Management / Jan 8, 2020 / Posted by Jeff Bloodfield / 1992 

Connection Between Storytelling, Neuroscience, and Sales

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Neuroscience and business are two industries that may not seem to go together, but new technology and research have generated an opportunity for science and sales to collide. Through neuroscience, companies can get their message out there in a way that actually resonates with the client on a real, genuine, biological level.

The Impact of Storytelling:

Most people and most cultures come from oral traditions, where important messages are handed down from generation to generation, and storytellers and poets were highly celebrated people in the community. In the age of technology, it may seem as if we have gotten away from this tradition, but neuroscience has proven that the impact of a story still remains. This makes a lot of sense when exploring deeper. A story is relatable. It’s visual, it’s emotionally connected, it speaks to our brain at a root biological level, and in essence, it is how we were designed to connect and relate to things. Sales and businesspeople can use this to develop deep and genuine relationships with their clients and tap into the part of the brain that biologically wired to receive communication.

Circumventing Human Nature:

Human beings are self-wired for preservation. It’s part of the biological drive that has helped us as a species survive. Your buyer is no different. Intentional or not, this is the mindset that they will walk into any sales conversation with. When you show up and start telling them about how great your product is, it triggers their self-preservation mechanisms and puts them on the defense, because they are not thinking about your product, they’re thinking about their needs. You are communicating something that you need, instead of thinking from the customer’s perspective and exploring the problem that your customer is trying to solve.

The Order of Communication:

The order in which you communicate with your clients is absolutely vital. When the human brain is under pressure or stress, it will always communicate subconsciously from its highest level of training. In sales, the highest level of training is usually on the product, because that’s what most salespeople focus their learning on. This means that when you’re in a pressurized sales conversation, the salesperson usually focus on product information when it really should be centered around what the customer needs and wants. A good communicator can tap into the emotions of self-preservation of the customer first, and then come back later to explain why their product can solve that problem; Not the other way around.

Connection and Credibility:

It’s important to have both connections and credibility. Often times, salespeople are trained so that they are credible. They know the market, they know the product, and they become an expert on what it is that they are selling. However, how to form a connection is a huge part of what’s missing in sales training. Without developing a connection with your buyer, the credibility doesn’t matter. We have to train on a product, but we need to train on the problem that we solve with equal, if not more measure.

About Author

From farm boy to professional storyteller. I grew up on a 100-acre farm in north-central Ohio. My Papaw bought that farm with his life savings, and it was on this very farm that I learned most of the lessons that have guided me through my personal and professional journey.

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Comments (6)

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Omavwerovwe Anigboro commented...

Amazingly true. Often time, salespeople communicate their products leaving out the customer’s need.

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Joe Robertson commented...

It’s absolutely true most times sales people careless about how to connect with their clients and focus more on the product but this article creates a balance and I love it.

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EnochOkoli commented...

Firstly I like the concept, it’s vital and absolutely important in every customer relationship management and also I believe as salespeople our primary should be to the benefit of solving customer’s needs and problems

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Jean Vladimir Fotto Fimbia commented...

Il est important de comprendre son client, ainsi il serait facile de déduire le ou les besoins de ces clients.
J’aime !

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Ayodeji Oluyemi commented...

While storytelling it’s also expedient to understand the customer’s background by critically analysing the customer’s need and listen to every pain point of the customers by asking relevant questions, other than been pushy in order to sell. This will make the customers to be more interested in the conversation. You have laid a valid points there, its succinctly put.

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Ogbonnaya Onuaja commented...

Great job!
No matter who, everyone enjoys stories that is connected to solving one’s problem in a credible manna.
It is good bringing this to the consciousness of the sales people.
I am adding this to my tool box.

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