Are nerves in sales a strength or a weakness?


Are nerves in sales a strength or a weakness?

I had a conversation this week with a Sales Leader who is moving into a new role. She's intelligent, highly skilled and has the proven ability to transform people to achieve higher levels of performance. She's super excited about her new role and is looking forward to planning her strategy to take the UK sales force to greater heights.

She confided in me that even though she knows she has all the skills to create success, she's also a bit nervous and was concerned that she felt that way.

This is such a common emotion for Sales Leaders...in fact all leaders. You get recognised for having outstanding skills for a more challenging position and when you get the role you start to wonder if you're good enough to pull it off.

It can also happen when you've been in your role for a while...normally when you know you're not dealing with a situation in the best way.

Is your nervousness a sign of potential weakness?

It might be but what it's more likely to be your body's reaction to something new, which is exactly what it's meant to do.

When you're either doing something new...or the situation is new to you, you're embarking on a trip outside your comfort zone. Your body goes into a stress response and starts to release adrenaline and cortisol to get you ready for fight or flight. As situations in the workplace are rarely life-threatening this reaction is actually an over reaction but there is a message in it which you need to take notice of.

Your body is warning you to have your senses on high sensitivity so that you notice the important information you need for success...specific criteria, personalities involved, levels of commitment and motivation...in fact anything that could become crucial to the achievement of your desired outcome!

Once you know...

...that your nerves are simply your body's way of telling you to be super alert because you're outside your area of confidence, you can take the steps you need in your information gathering process to determine your next steps.

Nervousness is a sign that you're stepping into your learning zone, you're growing as an individual and to take the time to enjoy your new adventure!

Until next time,

Leigh :)
Leigh Ashton
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Hi I'm Leigh Ashton of The Sales Consultancy

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  • /data/userPictures/A995A3AD-5F53-45DC-8F04-317C34E9802F.jpgFidel Zamora-Valenzuela1/29/2020 1:21:39 PM
    Great article. I'll use nerves to my advantage to be more attentive.

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton1/30/2020 5:23:37 AM
    It will be interesting to observe how much more you notice @Fidel

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgKayla Rawlings1/30/2020 1:48:43 PM
    I never thought of nerves this way. This will definitely help me in the future!

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgJames Loftus1/30/2020 4:44:13 PM
    Awesome article. Never really though about my nerves this way, I'll definitely use them to grow in the future!

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgBlake Whitsitt1/30/2020 6:08:23 PM
    I agree

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgJustin Beshears1/30/2020 9:18:18 PM
    I'm glad you pointed this out! as a college senior this will definitely change the way that I view my nerves when going into interviews, or starting a new role.

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton1/31/2020 5:21:41 AM
    That's great Justin. Good luck with your future opportunities :)

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton1/31/2020 5:26:23 AM
    Thanks @Blake...we are on the same page :)

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton1/31/2020 5:27:08 AM
    Thanks James...good luck with the concepts :)

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton1/31/2020 5:27:28 AM
    It certainly will @Kayla :)

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgBrandon Stepanek2/12/2020 12:58:11 PM
    Nervousness is a sign that you're stepping into your learning zone, you're growing as an individual and to take the time to enjoy your new adventure!

    I've transitioned from marketing (8 years) to sales at the beginning of the year. I felt this exact way but now that I'm 45ish days in the nerves have calmed and I'm getting after it. I am a sponge and soaking in what I can. I am asking a lot of questions to set me up for the future. Don't let the nevers get you down!

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgBrandon Stepanek2/12/2020 12:58:54 PM
    nerves! :)

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgMike Carr2/12/2020 10:13:52 PM
    Never thought nerves meant so much.

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton2/13/2020 12:58:12 PM
    Love it Brandon. How exciting for you. Wishing you much success and happiness in your new role :)

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton2/13/2020 12:58:34 PM
    Your body gives you so many clues Mike :)

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgWilliam Brandano2/26/2020 4:48:27 PM
    Great article and something I will definitely use in the future.

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgEmily Hallman2/26/2020 10:11:43 PM
    This is a new way I will start looking at nervousness!

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgAidan Dwyer2/26/2020 11:29:22 PM
    As someone who frequently experiences nerves, this was a great read!

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton2/27/2020 5:15:13 AM
    Thanks so much...delighted my article resonated with you guys :)

  • /data/userPictures/62828C32-0ED6-4575-A9E4-562556EC17C7.jpgRebecca Wise3/11/2020 7:40:32 AM
    I can relate so closely to this article and will definitely be looking at nerves from a different perspective now. Thank You

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton3/11/2020 8:14:04 AM
    You're very welcome Rebecca :)

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPicture.jpgBisrat Arega3/25/2020 10:18:52 PM
    Thanks for the article, made me see nerves in a different light.

  • /data/userPictures/79A3E582-1EB2-4E42-BE3C-D1AF9E815D1A.jpgVaheed Shahnam3/26/2020 2:56:12 AM
    Stepping into my learning zone!

  • /data/userPictures/3243AF74-6C14-4A30-9F93-4A87DE5AAC5A.jpgLeigh Ashton3/26/2020 7:30:27 AM
    Fantastic Vaheed...it's a great place to spend your time ;)