So said Brooke Shields today, reflecting on her state of mind in her early 20s, after having been exploited in showbiz as a child by her mother. She was made to play a prostitute when she was just 12 (!).
I guess everyone wants to do what it takes to be liked, including Brooke Shields. So now, how do we, as networkers and salespeople, get people to like us, when we want to sell them our product or business? What sense of self do we have with our friends and colleagues as networkers/sales people?
On a recent training call, an MD – a woman gynecologist – said she didn’t know what to say to another MD she’d “patched” with her product when he asked further about it. The product helped the other MD relieve his back aches and he wanted to know how to get it.
That he’d discover that she’d get paid on it if he bought it. He’s a friend and colleague. Suggestions for her?
Put yourself in her shoes before you answer. She is an MD and has “patched” another MD in her hospital and now comes the big question from him: Where do I get this?
What should she say, she asked me.
This is a big dilemma for women: Who is the “self” who is a friend/colleague, versus the self who is a network marketer (who gets paid on recommendations for products outside of her regular medical practice)?
What should she say or do so he will still like her?