DOVC – #086 – How Explaining Simply Boosts Your Sales

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How Explaining Simply Boosts Your Sales

As entrepreneurs, it’s easy to get lost in the weeds of our business.

We throw around industry jargon and dive deep into the nitty-gritty details.

But while all those complexities are crystal clear to us, our audience remains utterly confused.

In this article, I’ll reveal a simple mindset shift that can double, even triple your sales overnight.

By simplifying your explanation and breaking down complex ideas into easy-to-grasp concepts, you'll empower prospects to fully understand your offers.

Read on to learn how tapping into this beginner’s mindset can unlock a game-changing competitive advantage.

The Curse of Knowledge Distorts Your Perspective

When you’ve been immersed in your field for years, industry knowledge becomes second nature.

The fundamentals fade into unconscious habit. Of course, experience grants valuable expertise.

But it can also limit your ability to view concepts from your audience’s fresh perspective.

You forget the countless small steps and building blocks underlying today’s mastery.

As Einstein noted, “If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”

Simplifying ideas down to their essence is the ultimate test of comprehension.

I realized the “curse of knowledge” when creating my book.

Though the concepts were clear in my mind, readers without my specialized background were lost.

By seeking feedback from novices rather than experts, the holes in my explanations became obvious.

Don’t fall into the same trap.

Regularly re-explain your offers at a basic level to avoid distorted perspectives.

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Put Yourself in Your Prospects’ Shoes

To communicate complex ideas simply, you have to temporarily forget your own expertise.

Imagine explaining your business to a child, as if you’re encountering the concepts for the first time yourself.

Strip away industry lingo and boil things down to the core.

Share relatable analogies rather than technical details.

Tell a story that makes abstract ideas concrete.

The goal is to spark that “aha moment” when murky concepts suddenly click into place.

When your audience thinks, “Now I get it!”.

Simplifying taps into the beginner mindset we all shared before becoming experts.

The Benefits of Speaking Simply

Some perceive simplicity as dumbing things down.

But the truth is quite the opposite.

Simplifying requires deeply understanding ideas to parse them down to the essentials.

Communicating simply also makes your offers more accessible.

Rather than exclusion through complexity, you’re inviting audiences in.

Prospects want to grasp how you can solve their problems in concrete terms.

Eliminating confusion paves the way for sales.

So speak plainly. Be transparent. Explain the what, how, and why step-by-step.

When pitching, tell a story.

And don’t forget – run drafts by true beginners to identify gaps.

Adopting this simplified mindset takes some work.

But the payoff in sales, connection, and competitive edge makes mastering the basics worth the effort.

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Action Steps to Start Simplifying Now

Follow these steps to begin simplifying your communication for increased sales:

  • Review your website, emails, and other materials. Identify areas using niche jargon.
  • Rewrite these sections explaining ideas simply, as if to a beginner.
  • Remove unnecessary complexities and technicalities. Boil concepts down to the core.
  • Run drafts by non-expert friends and ask what’s confusing. Refine further.
  • When pitching, relate ideas through stories and examples. Spark “aha” moments.
  • Apply this simplified approach consistently across platforms.

Adopting a beginner’s mindset takes practice.

But removing roadblocks to understanding gives your audience an empowering “I get it!” moment that paves the way for sales.

So reveal the man behind the curtain.

Be transparent and speak simply.

You’ll be surprised how clarity converts.

Key Takeaways: How Explaining Simply Boosts Your Sales

  • Experience can distort perspective and obscure gaps in knowledge
  • Simplifying ideas down to the essence tests true comprehension
  • Adopt a beginner’s mindset when explaining complex concepts
  • Relate through stories and analogies rather than technical lingo
  • Removing confusion helps prospects grasp the value being offered
  • Speaking simply builds connections and drives conversions

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