How To Create An Irresistible Promise

By , Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

Solo-E Certified Solo Entrepreneur Expert

Michele A Scism - Small Business Consultant and Marketing Strategist

You are in the middle of the desert, your throat is parched. Road weary, you’ve been traveling for days. You know that if you do not drink soon you will die.

How much would you pay for a glass of water?

I imagine quite a lot. Maybe everything you have. After all, it is not just water you are buying, but your very life. And, that is worth a lot. Hopefully, most of your prospective clients are not in a life or death situation. But, if you are good at what you do (and if you are in the Decisive Minds community my bet is that you know your stuff), your offer can be life changing for your customers. The trick is getting them to let you help them.

The key to getting customers is to create an irresistible promise – to help them change their lives by solving a big problem for them.

Sounds simple, but it can actually be very hard because you truly need to see the world through your customer’s eyes.

What is keeping them up at night?

What do they believe is the key to getting themselves unstuck?

You need to start there – even if you know that your product or your methodology will make a difference – you need your customer to believe that before they will buy from you.

So how do you get inside the head of your customer to create something they can’t resist?

Here are a few hints to get you started:

  • Listen to your clients – when people call you, when they talk to you at networking events – what is the question they ask you the most? That is a big hint to which product you should be creating.
  • Pay attention to your testimonials – How are people saying that you are helping them exactly? It may not be how you think. Read between the lines.
  • Listen to the larger conversation – Spend time on competitors Facebook pages, type in hashtags related to your niche on Facebook and Twitter. Set up Google Alerts for keywords in your area of expertise. What are people asking? Where are they getting stuck?

When you have a general idea of the biggest problems and issues facing your audience, you can create your big promise by asking the following questions:

1. What specific part of this problem can I fix for my clients? It is far better to truly fix ONE thing than to get too general.

2. What language does my client use to describe this problem?

3. What will happen to the client if they don’t solve the problem? What will happen if they do? (This helps you get at the deep why which is the key to getting sales.)

4. Why wouldn’t the client sign up for my offer? This isn’t being negative – this question helps you educate your client so you can make a difference for them.

Use the answers from the above 4 questions to create your version of a “water in the desert” promise.


Michele Scism is a decisive, driven and committed entrepreneur who helps successful business owners create passive income streams so they can stop working so hard and start enjoying the benefits of entrepreneurship.

Michele’s business expertise has been highlighted recently on NBC, CBS, Fox, and She is an international speaker, best-selling author and the Founder of Decisive Minds.

She is a serial entrepreneur who knows how it feels to fail miserably at business, at one time the bank actually called demanding their $1.5 million back, and also knows how it feels to sign the contract to sell your company for $9 million dollars. For business building tips visit

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