Pipeliner Manifesto: Only Sound Education Brings Future Prosperity

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  • Only Sound Education Brings Future Prosperity

    Pipeliner ManifestoChapter 4

  • Nikolaus Kimla

    Email: n.kimla@pipelinersales.comWebsite: www.pipelinersales.com

    CEO at Pipelinersales Inc.

    Written by...

    mailto:n.kimla@pipelinersales.comhttp://www.pipelinersales.com

  • All that helps today is that we have a better idea, and the better idea is a fight against the bad idea. The weapons

    that we have are not armored. We have no hymns, we have no flags, we have no rifles. The only thing we have is our

    idea, and we bring that idea into the light. And when people understand it, the better idea will one day succeed.

    Ludwig von Mises, Economic Policy: Thoughts for Today and Tomorrow

  • Here at Pipeliner, we have taken what von Mises says totally to heart. We believe that education with ideas is the most important activity in which we are engaged. We believe that if we keep pushing out a great idea, one day people will say, That makes sense! 2 plus 2 is 4!

  • Why do we believe so much in education? And why do we believe education is so closely tied to sales?

    The original purpose of salesthough it may not be so obvious todaywas education. The salesperson educated the potential buyer about a product or service. Once education was complete, the buyer would either say, You've educated me for nothing! I see no value! or You have educated me on something that will help me, and that is why I will buy your product.

    Education clearly showed the buyer the inherent value of the product or service.

  • While buyers today can gain a considerable amount of data from the internet, buyer education from a sales rep is still needed.

    As products move up the scale of complexity, there is much that cannot be quickly or adequately described in web pages or online materials. For that information prospects must turn to sales reps, who are today's product experts.

    But even with products that aren't so complex, a salesperson still must educate a prospect on how products might be applied within that prospect's business or with their particular application.

  • When a salesperson is educating a prospect, the salesperson should remain at eye level with the prospect. In other words, not looking down at the prospect or being condescending.

    This is where empathy comes into the sales process.

  • If you look through our web site, you'll see we have created a tremendous number of educational materials. You'll see that they are totally geared toward application. We believe if you read or learn something, you should be able to turn around and apply it. At Pipeliner we believe in having data arranged around a goal, just as we have done in our product. The goal is that you do something that brings you a benefit, and you learn because the data is proven on principles. And it's not theoretical, it's practical.

  • In keeping with our commitment to practically applicable education, we have begun the Pipeliner Knowledge Factory. We have given our educational division this name because salesthe main subject of our worksis a production activity, not a theoretical one.

  • The focus of the Pipeliner Knowledge Factory is to produce information that can be instantly used. While the knowledge

    we are imparting comes out of business principles, it is practical in its application. It assists in business success by

    helping minimize risk and leverage opportunities.

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