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The 5 Reasons Why AI will not Replace Great Salespeople

Updated: Apr 26, 2023



While AI has made significant strides in recent years, it

is unlikely that it will ever completely replace great

salespeople, especially in complex and enterprise

sales situations. Here are 5 reasons why:


1. The need for a human connection: One of the most

important aspects of sales is building a strong rapport with cust

omers. Great salespeople can establish a connection with prospects,

understand their needs, and build trust. This is something that AI simply cannot replicate. While AI can analyze data and provide personalized recommendations, it cannot match the empathy and emotional intelligence of a human salesperson.


2. Adaptability: Great salespeople can adapt to changing situations and think on their feet. They can adjust their approach based on the prospect’s response, read body language, and can respond to objections in real-time. While AI can be programmed to respond to certain situations that can be predicted ahead of time, it cannot match the adaptability and creativity of a human salesperson..


3. Complex sales: In complex sales situations, where there are multiple decision-makers and stakeholders involved, AI may struggle to navigate the nuances and interpersonal dynamics. Great salespeople can build relationships with different stakeholders, understand their priorities and motivations, and find ways to bring everyone together.


4. Creative Problem-Solving: Great salespeople can use their creativity and problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to complex problems. While AI can analyze data and provide insights, it may struggle to come up with truly unique and creative solutions.


5. Flexibility: Salespeople often encounter unpredictable situations that require them to think on their feet and to adapt to the needs of their clients and prospects. AI is not yet capable of this kind of flexible thinking.


The inability of AI to replace great salespeople is further proof of the flawed thinking evident when senior management treats their sales teams like widgets to be managed (see my blog on this topic: “Salespeople are not Widgets”).


The potential for personal growth in selling skills by an investment in emotional intelligence training can unlock unlimited revenue potential with the sales teams you already have in place.


Emotional intelligence combined with quality selling skills will just turbocharges this outcome.



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