This week, two of my connections tried to sell me their services.

I was on the fence a bit with one, they have a phenomenal offer and it’d probably benefit my business greatly. As soon as they said “What if I told you you could grow your business 3x in two months?” it was over.

A ‘maybe’ that would’ve probably organically turned into a yes became a hard NO really fast.

It has nothing to do with their offer, it has entirely to do with my personality and their style of objection handling. I like facts, processes, and systems to support claims. Bold statements make me shudder.

For my type of person, “My program helps you by giving you a step-by-step process and an accountability partner” would’ve sealed the deal.

My money would’ve been gone faster than I could blink.

If you’re a salesperson or marketer, one of the most important skills you can develop is the ability to detect personality traits in your potential clients and respond to their needs. The majority of sales and marketing comes down to psychology and understanding how your target audience thinks, feels, and reacts.

If you don’t understand the people you’re trying to work with, you’re either going to push a lot of them out the door or not attract them to your service in the first place.

Here are four decision making personality types and how they impact your sales and marketing results.


Amiable personalities value relationships and deeply personal interactions. They enjoy getting to know their salesperson the same way they’d get to know their closest friends and will often ask unrelated personal questions to build a relationship. Chances are they didn’t do a ton of research before walking into your store or stopping by your website and want you to explain it to them directly.

They want to know the results of your service and to have a vision of how their life may look with your help, hard facts and statistics mean very little to this personality type. Amiable people want to feel like they can trust you the same way they trust their best friend and appreciate being treated with the same personal interest.


Humanists rely on their intuition and personal convictions to make a decision. Like amiables, they care deeply about personal relationships and want to feel that as a salesperson, you have their best interests in mind. They care deeply about the effect their actions will have on others, and even more how other people like them have benefited from your service/product.

Humanists speak in blanket statements as if they have all the facts, but are double checking to make sure their information is correct. They are often emotionally driven but have solid convictions and will stick to them at all costs. Facts and figures aren’t as important as the effect your service will have at furthering their personal goals. When speaking to a humanist, summarize after every long explanation. They appreciate the information but rely on simplicity.


Dominant personalities are assertive, decisive, and know exactly what’s best for them. They expect information immediately with no dancing around the bush. It’s easy to identify a dominant personality based on the initial questions they ask. Instead of “How does your product solve XYZ problem?” they’ll say “I need to solve XYZ problem.” They don’t care about being your friend, rather how exactly your service can directly benefit them.

Give them information quickly to satisfy their need to make a quick decision. Dominants are confident and sure of their ability to make an informed decision, but enjoy learning about results. Dominant personalities are entirely faithful, if you deliver on your promises they’ll be your biggest advocates and keep coming back.


Naturally, analytic personalities are curious and like to weigh all of the information before making a decision. They want to know facts and figures even if they’re entirely unrelated to their specific problem. Analytics often take a long time to make a decision while they weigh their options and analyze the information given to them. Don’t push an analytic person to make a decision, they will come to it on their own and run away if they feel pressure to decide faster. 

Chances are, they’re already well researched before they come to you. Give analytics facts to support your claims. If you say you can grow their business, they need to know exactly how. While most types care about the results, analytics care about the process and understanding how things work.

If you made it this far, you’re probably an analytic or dominant decision maker. The people who stopped shortly after my story ended are more likely humanist or amiable.

Learning to read how your clients make decisions will help you tailor your marketing and sales delivery to suit their personality and improve your results. The only way to learn is to practice. Listen to their needs and watch how they respond to what you put out.

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