I sell ice in the winter, I sell fire in hell
I am a hustler baby. I’ll sell water to a well
I was born to get cake, move on and switch states
Cop the Coupe with the roof gone and switch plates
Jay-Z U Don’t Know ♦The Blueprint
Naturally, sales people think this is a mantra for them exclusively. Just give me the product, and I will make it happen. This is not the point as BPM sees it, however. There is a point highlighted by Jay-Z that is bigger and that is true in sales and finance and law and any other business function. Supreme confidence is critical to success. Supreme confidence is not to be confused with arrogance or bluster, which often limit success. People gravitate towards confidence. It is true of the gawky teenager looking to the uber-cool jock, just as it is true of sophisticated adults. If you exude confidence, people will be comfortable doing business with you. If you are too cocky they will shun you or seize the first slip on your part as an opportunity to attack. Jay-Z sets the right tone.
Jay-Z is aware of his skill set. He understands that the hard sell is one that he can make and has no problem with a straight forward declarative of the fact. All of us need to approach our respective talents in this manner. Play to strengths and don’t hesitant in stating them. Exude blunt, confidence when presenting ourselves to the outside world. Demeanor is everything. Frankly, BPM does not know if Jay-Z can move the ice and fire inventory as stated, but he does not hesitate or waiver in presenting that skill set.
Note, however, that the same quotation reflects a flexibility that recognizes personal limits. Jay-Z talks about his exit strategy. The bottom line is that Jay-Z is going to make what money he can, close up shop and move on. Frankly, it appears that if he finds his self-confidence is misdirected he may even reinvent himself/switch plates and try a different audience. The Cop the Coupe reference is truly the most refreshing restatement of the hackneyed “think-outside the box” axiom. Hopefully, the average professional will not need to switch zip codes when things go awry, but Jay’s flexibility is noteworthy.
When you walk in a room to give a speech, are called on the telephone to give an opinion or pushed out front to do the explaining, do it confidently with respect to the matters you do know. We are not all experts in many areas, but we can calm people down when they have confidence about what skills we do have. If that fails, wrap it up quickly and move shop.
KNOW YOUR CORE COMPETENCY AND EMBRACE IT
CUT BAIT AND INNOVATE IF YOU FAIL