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Did your political view ever hamper your sales?

Did your political view ever hamper your sales?
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Beans
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Never ever discuss politics, and if your prospect does, blindly agree.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Can we just say to the prospect that "let's not talk politics"?ย 
nomdeguerre
Valued Contributor
+5
VP of Channel Partner Sales
Sure, if you want your deal to die ;-)
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Indakitchenwhippin
Opinionated
+1
MDR
This is the correct answer
Sa
SalesJuggernaut
Opinionated
+2
Sales Executive
This is the only answer.

34fifty
Valued Contributor
+5
Team Lead
I blindly agree to what you said! :P
Rocafella_1888
Good Citizen
Director
Agree agree agree - I come from one of the most patriotic parts of Ireland and on a daily basis I find myself agreeing to all kinds of British political views whilst in the back of my mind I hear myself think, "If my mummy could see me now".
TheHypnotist
Opinionated
+2
Sales Manager
Three Hail Marys and an Our Father and you'll be "grand" ;)
Worf
Politicker
+5
SDR
I sell to both sides of the aisle, as my market is mainly political, political NPOs, and large NPOs. I also have a political science degree.

I'll just leave a quote by Thomas Jefferson:

"Iย never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."

I'd think you can change "friend" to "client," here.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
This is very sharp. Makes sense
Bueller
Politicker
+2
Account Executive
Great quote- agree 100%
paddy
WR Officer
+10
Account Executive
This is great, but if you ticked off someone on one side of the spectrum they'd berate you about how Thomas Jefferson was a radical slave-holder lol so careful even dropping that on.
Worf
Politicker
+5
SDR
They can complain all they want, it doesn't matter how they feel about the man. A quote is a quote and it doesn't make it any less truthful nor change the meaning of his words. Any questions about his then-owned property can be directed to his estate.
BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
Whoops, hit the wrong button. No, unless I am selling something directly tied to a political party (which I have no plans to ever do), then I literally do not care who I sell to. I do not judge what their personal beliefs are, all I care about is getting a signature on my damn docusign.
funcoupons
WR Officer
+11
Kahluapons
Yup. I share limited and safe info about myself for rapport building purposes and would never want to discuss heated issues with my prospects. I'm doing business, not making a friend (or enemy lol.)
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
That's the best. Just share enough
BigCheese
Arsonist
+8
Agency Recruiter
Same - meant to say no.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yes that makes sense, the reason I asked was because one of my friends was denied employment when they found out his political view. This is so stupid. Got me wondering if sales ever gets affected by this
BigMeech
WR Officer
+11
Coors Light Advocate
If he is in the US, I am 90% sure that is illegal
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CuriousFox
WR Officer
+11
Needer of Life Alert
Nope. I don't ever let my views be known. Problem solved.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
That's the best way to do it
CCP
Opinionated
+5
VP, Business Development
Yup, agreed. I love politics but will only discuss it with family and close friends as a general rule.ย 
Chep
WR Officer
+10
Business Development Team Lead
Has not happened and I pray it never does
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
So do I, it'd be a bitch to lose a deal based on something that's not even our fault
nomdeguerre
Valued Contributor
+5
VP of Channel Partner Sales
Stay away from politics... save that for Thanksgiving dinner arguments LOL
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Its the best
Austin
Celebrated Contributor
+6
Founder - ** ***
I may have a different perspective, as my political views are generally in line with the customer base I serve. But I also donโ€™t think Iโ€™d ever pretend to be anything Iโ€™m not. Im also not advocating for making an issue over differing political views, but... Lots oโ€™ fish in the sea, and life is too short not to be your truly unvarnished self.ย 

Thatโ€™s my take, for what itโ€™s worth.ย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
This is the truth. Also, from client's POV what political we hold as salespeople shouldn't matter. They should look at the product we are selling for what it is. But sadly, having a political orientation comes with its own set of prejudices.
deviantzen
WR Lieutenant
+9
Consultant
Iโ€™ve literally leveraged shilling of foreign regimes to close global deals. Am I proud of it? Not really. Will I do it again? In a heartbeat.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
That's the confidence I need
Sa
Salesprime
Director of Salss
Limit any talk about politics, let them speak regarding what they have to say and move on.ย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
That'd be the best way to do it
GameOfPhones
Valued Contributor
+5
Account Manager
I would love the one person who said yes to explain.....
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Waiting for the same lol
Bittersweet0326
Politicker
+5
Digital Business Associate
Nah, politics is a no go IMO. BUT lately so many opinions in general are directly tied to political view so I could see this rapidly changing.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yeah I feel you. Anything can be politicized these days
JDialz
Politicker
+5
COO
Not really. Not yet, at least. Most of the people we work with are successful and interested in tax-advantaged investments, which lends itself to at least a particular fiscal policy persuasion.ย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Oh so no scope of politics in your field
JDialz
Politicker
+5
COO
We have lobbyists who work behind the scenes of course, but thereโ€™s not a direct political element to what we do. I used to work in politics, so Iโ€™m glad to be where I am now!haha
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goose
Politicker
+10
Sales Executive
I was raised to leave certain topics alone. ย Politics, religion and whether women were pregnant or not... ย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Good call!
NorthernSalesGuru
Politicker
+5
Account Executive
Politics kills deals...
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Totally!
Wolf
Opinionated
+2
Account Development Executive
Politics should never be brought up. There is no reason to bring it up at all.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
You'd be surprised how often it comes up intentionally or unintentionally
Wolf
Opinionated
+2
Account Development Executive
Oh for sure. I think then it would be about reframing because you can certainly shoot yourself in the foot if you go down this rabbit hole.
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southernfriedsales
Opinionated
+8
Senior AE & Business Owner
lol. A LOT of liars up in here.ย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Lol
breezyboiii
Politicker
+5
Sales Boiii
politics and religion are things that I'd never bring into the sale.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
That'd be the best practice
IA
IApplyFakeDiscounts
Good Citizen
Mid-Market Account Executive
This post is all too relevant and something that's been top of mind for me over the weekend. I've sold multiple deals to Israeli companies and given the recent events, jumped on a call with a prospect last Thursday who started laying in on his thoughts and the current situation. Tried the best I could to smile and wave....
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Hope the deal went your way
LordOfWar
Politicker
+6
Director
The best response when a prospect is going off on some rant is "Wow man, that's wild".
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Haha, pretty neutral
SalesPharaoh
Politicker
+8
AM BDR
well it never did but when it comes to prospecting. But all of a sudden some business partners in Syria, Iran, to name a few are no longer our partners so some revenue was lost.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
That's outside our control anyway
Rigeyyy
Opinionated
+1
Account Executive
Nah. Commission over being a soy boy baby!ย 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Ayy
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