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How to Be Persistent Without Being a Pest



There’s a fine line between being persistent and being a pain in the tuchas. Persistence is a trait to be admired, and it’s one that all sales professionals should embody.

What is persistence? In the sales setting, it’s following-up with your prospect or client, knowing what the next step is, and respectfully keeping them informed and on-track so that you can complete the project.

So how do you exercise persistence without becoming a pest? Limit the number of times you contact your prospect or client. Don’t call or email them every time you have a question or need something from them. Instead, make an ongoing list of questions or follow-up items and wait until your next phone call or meeting to address them.

If there are deadlines involved, make sure to let your prospect or client know about them well in advance. This allows you the breathing room to follow-up several times before the deadline without bombarding them right before it’s due.

The fact of the matter is that someone’s got to play the adult in the relationship. Often, your prospects and clients will be too busy to advance the transaction to the next step. You must be the one to ensure that things are moving forward. Just make sure you do so without crossing the line between “persistent” and “pesty.” 

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Posted by Mark Jewell