Where Do You Fall on the Salesy/Smarty Business Spectrum?

I’ve noticed that every business person/entrepreneur I’ve met falls somewhere on what I call the “Salesy/Smarty Business Spectrum” and it has a significant impact on their future success.

Salesies are the people you see out there who have no problem promoting themselves and their programs constantly.

They can get an idea for a business, launch it and make money very quickly.

Without a healthy dose of smarty thrown in though, they may find it difficult to sustain, evolve and grow.

Smarties, on the other hand, often seem stuck. Lots of skepticism, complaining, and judging from this group.

But, when the smarty gets infused with a little salesy, the combination is incredibly powerful.

The ability to have an idea, move it forward, launch it, sustain it and grow it.

Ideally, you’ll find a way to be both salesy and smarty.

Salesy when it comes to promoting your business and smarty when it comes to growing it.

I’m interested to hear where you would say you fall on the Salesy/Smarty Business Spectrum. Are you a salesy? A smarty? Or somewhere in between?

Are you working on cultivating one because you are already naturally the other? Has your natural salesy or smarty held you back? Let’s talk about it.


  1. Christian RussellTuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm 

    Great illustration of the living contradiction we must be to get results in business. It's a fine line between being awesome and being insane 😉

  2. alexisneelyTuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm 

    Thanks Christian. Yep, you and me, we like to live on the fine line I call the razor's edge, don't we? 🙂

  3. Christian RussellTuesday, June 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm 

    The razor's edge! That's a good place to be!

  4. Tia Singh, Coach T.I.AWednesday, June 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm 

    I'm a smarty for the most part, salesly when it comes to my blog posts, but not when it comes to my services. Um hello? It's time to be a salesy smarty pants now! Yeah, I claim it!

  5. AparnaThursday, July 1, 2010 at 5:04 am 

    I need more sales energy in me. I've got the ideas and the vision, but I fall short on sustaining the sales end of it.

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