2020 is coming to a close… and what a year it’s been. We went through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, and a contentious election, all while living through a rapidly-changing landscape driven by ever-evolving technology. It wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that people are ready to move on.
But it hasn’t been all bad, and there’s a good chance that some salespeople will look back on this past year with fond memories. While most of us are ready to welcome 2021, here are four things salespeople will probably miss about 2020:
1. The challenge
While it wasn’t a challenge that any of us asked for, 2020 proved to be a test for many salespeople — though some industries have managed to thrive. The unique circumstances forced salespeople to dig deep, think outside the box, and make things happen that seemed impossible. Many people stepped up and proved to themselves that they had what it takes, and as things start to get back to normal, we’ll be able to use that same willpower to achieve great things.
2. The humor
It was a difficult and tragic year, and everybody tried to find their own ways to cope. But, true to form, many salespeople relied on humor to get through difficult times, and 2020 gave us some of the funniest sales-related content in a while. Salespeople are used to being able to laugh at themselves, and the jokes, memes, and other humor we relied on to deal with the absurdity of the situation was some of the best (and most helpful) in years.
3. Not having a commute
Millions of salespeople found themselves working from home after the pandemic hit, and those who were lucky enough to be able to perform their duties remotely will probably miss not having a commute as things slowly get back to normal. There are, of course, plenty of people who found that doing business from their bedroom or home office wasn’t their cup of tea, but millions more realized that they were far more comfortable when they didn’t have to change out of their sweatpants.
4. The camaraderie
Although the pandemic and subsequent policies literally kept people apart, in many ways, it did more to bring them together than ever before. Companies hunkered down in support of their workforce, and salespeople came together to support each other, and, in many cases, their communities. While we’ll be leaving 2020 and heading into 2021 in a matter of weeks, as things improve, we’re likely to hold onto some of the bonds we’ve developed with each other long after the year is over.