MMS #92 - Crafting Connections Using Humor: B2B Transformation with Jon Selig
Mastering Modern SellingJune 27, 2024x
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MMS #92 - Crafting Connections Using Humor: B2B Transformation with Jon Selig

In the latest episode of Mastering Modern Selling, our hosts had an engaging discussion with Jon Selig, a seasoned sales professional and stand-up comedian, about the transformative power of humor in sales. 

This episode dives deep into how salespeople can break through the noise with memorable and impactful messaging using humor. 

Here are five key takeaways from this enlightening conversation:

  1. The Power of Relatability:
    • Jon emphasizes that humor can make sales messages more relatable and memorable. By addressing common frustrations or challenges with a lighthearted touch, sales professionals can create a connection with their prospects. This relatability helps to break the ice and establish a rapport that traditional sales messages often fail to achieve.
  2. Understanding Your Audience:
    • A critical element in using humor effectively is knowing your audience. Jon points out that it's essential to tailor your jokes and humorous messages to fit the specific pain points and interests of your target personas. Whether addressing C-level executives or mid-level managers, the humor should resonate with their daily experiences and challenges.
  3. Avoiding Generic Messaging:
    • One of the major pitfalls in sales is the tendency to stick to bland, generic messaging. Jon argues that taking calculated risks with humor can set you apart from the competition. While it's important to remain professional, a well-crafted joke can capture attention and make your message stand out in a sea of sameness.
  4. Balancing Humor and Professionalism:
    • Jon discusses the importance of striking the right balance between humor and professionalism. The goal is not to become a stand-up comedian but to use humor as a tool to engage and provoke thought. The humor should always be relevant to the sales context and should never overshadow the primary message or solution being offered.
  5. Practical Applications and Examples:
    • Jon shares practical examples of how humor can be integrated into various stages of the sales process. From opening lines in cold emails to icebreakers during sales calls, he illustrates how humor can be a versatile tool. For instance, a joke about the hassle of disposing of printed programs at events can highlight the value of digital solutions in a memorable way.

Jon Selig's insights underscore the potential of humor to revolutionize sales messaging. By making interactions more enjoyable and memorable, sales professionals can build stronger connections and drive better engagement. 

As the conversation wraps up, Jon encourages sales teams to embrace creativity and take measured risks in their communication strategies.

Stay tuned for more episodes, and as always, happy modern selling!

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