Are you a Go-Giver or a Go-Getter?

I had the very good fortune to attend a webinar hosted by Veronica Pullen of Word of Mouth Local with her guest, Bob Burg.  I read Bob’s book The Go-Giver quite a few years ago and the essence of adding value to other people has remained with me.

The book is a business parable about a young, enthusiastic salesman called Joe.  He’s a real Go-Getter, but the harder he works the

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann

The Go-Giver by Bob Burg & John David Mann

further away he feels to achieving his goals.  His mentor introduces him to 5 Go-Givers and the 5 Laws of Stratospheric Success that teach Joe to become a Go-Giver.

Here are the Laws with my thoughts from a marketing perspective:

Law # 1 – The Law of Value : Create Value

Bob says, “Give more in value than you take in payment.”

Creating value is your chance to wow your customers; giving something extra that they’d not expected and that has value to them. 

A simple means of giving value to visitors to your website (and an excellent way to capture their contact details to stay in touch) is an eBook that can be downloaded from your website.  It may be free for you to give away but holds value to the recipient because of the useful information that it contains.  I have directed many people to Veronica Pullen’s eBook ‘Unlock the 3 best kept secrets and sky rocket your sales from Twitter’.

Law # 2 – The Law of Compensation : Touch People’s Lives

Bob says, “Income is determined by how many people you serve.  The more you serve the more you are rewarded.  If you do a good job you will get repeat business, more referrals and therefore more profit”.

A common marketing mistake is to take a scatter gun approach; trying to reach as many people as possible and see what sticks.  A more targeted approach will deliver a much higher success rate.  Know who your target market is; know what they need; communicate to them the solution that you can provide and why you can serve them better than anyone else.

Law # 3 – The Law of Influence : Build Networks

Bob says, “Influence is determined by how abundantly you place others’ interests first”.

We’ve all attended networking meetings and been trapped by someone who wants to sell, sell, sell and has not a blind bit of interest in who you are and what you do.

The most successful networkers are the ones that ask “How can I help you?  Who do I know that I can put you in touch with that would benefit from what you offer?”

Law # 4 – The Law of Authenticity : Be Real

Bob says, “The most valuable thing you can offer is yourself.  All business or sales skills count for nothing if you are not yourself.  Being real and sincere will allow you to build trust”.

When writing copy for communications use language that is genuine and empathise with the person that will read your marketing material.

If you are making a telephone call to someone that you’ve not had contact with before, be honest and say “we’ve not spoken before”.  This will put you in a much better position to start the conversation.

Law # 5 – The Law of Receptivity : Stay Open

Bob says, “The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.  Giving and receiving is an equation; you can’t have one without the other.”

I’ve recently received some very practical and hugely helpful feedback from a business coach, Nicci Bonfanti of Manage2Improve, about how I can improve my presentations.  I really valued this feedback because, when applied, it will make a significant improvement.   I was very thankful and told her so.

It takes 2 seconds to say thank you and it’s a shame that more people do not do this.

So, are you a Go-Giver or a Go-Getter?

7 thoughts on “Are you a Go-Giver or a Go-Getter?

  1. Bob Burg

    Hi Nicola, thank you for your very nice post and lovely words. Very much appreciated.

    We encourage people to be both Go-Givers AND Go-Getters. Just not Go-TAKERS.

    The Law of Compensation is referring to the NUMBER of people you add exceptional value to. Remember that, in the story, Nicole told Joe..

    Law number one (Value) represents your potential income but that Law Number Two equals your actual income. Why? Because it’s not enough to simply provide great value. You must also touch the lives of many people with that value you provide.

    I like to summarize the first two Laws by saying, “Exceptional Value plus Significant Reach equals very high compensation.”

    Thank you again, my great friend.

    Bob Burg

  2. Karen

    This is a great post, and I absolutely agree with everything in it.

    You should provide value in all your transactions and before you know it law of attraction, or word of mouth will be working for you!

  3. Stuart

    Great post Nicola!!

    I love Bob’s book, so it’s lovely to see him engage here and to know that Veronica is interviewing such inspiring people.

    Thank all 3 of you very much!!

  4. Mara Thorne

    I really enjoyed this article, Nicola, it really encapsulates the philosophy I try to live by. I’d not heard of the book before, but it sounds very worth reading. Thanks!

  5. Mariette

    Hi Nicola,
    Thanks for this article. Very inspiring and I am now immediately after this comment going to order his book. Thanks for this great article again. I will tweet it out.

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