Standing Out For Good

A BBC News  Hard Talk interview with Graham Poll turned up an interesting gem. He’s a former football ref who officiated at two World Cups.

The questioner asked whether he shared the lay-man’s commonly held belief that a good referee is an invisible one.

Poll replied that this was not the case for him. A good referee is one that you spot for doing something good. His examples included playing an intelligent advantage, or a visibly healthy rapport with the players.

It struck me that in many sales campaigns, salespeople can tread a line of neutrality. Yet to differentiate by striving to do something ‘good’ is a better policy.

And when it comes to what constitutes ‘good’, it is surely less about freebies and acquiescence but more about acting in a way that genuinely adds value to the buying process.

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