MEDDPICC – Implicate the Pain

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Implicating the Pain means you have both Identified, Indicated, and Implicated the Pain your solution solves upon your customer.

The I in MEDDPICC refers to Implicating the Pain.

Pain is a problem the customer has with their business that is serious enough that there is a need for a solution.

Simply put, if you don’t find enough pain your deal is on the fast track to lose. Either to your competition or to inertia.

The higher the pain, the higher the value, the higher the priority.

However, today’s buyer is overwhelmed with solutions they can buy that will help them towards their goals. Your job as the seller is to identify the biggest pains the customers has and attach your solution to solving them.

There are three types of Pain:

  1. Financial Pain
  2. Efficiency Pain, and,
  3. People Pain

More information about the three types of Pain is detailed within MEDDICC – The Book.

For sellers, it is important that they identify who owns the pain and that they articulate the pain in the customer’s language. Buzzwords are not effective here.

Identify, Indicate or Implicate the Pain?

Understanding the Pain is only the start of the Implicating Pain process. You need to take your customer from merely having the pain identified, through to where you indicate it to them in the form of a report or business case all the way through to where you do such a good job of illustrating the pain to them that they feel implicated by it and wish to solve it as soon as possible.

We call this the ‘Three I’s Transition’.

As you would expect, discovery is an imperative part of any pain discovery, and while you can find some pain from the outside in by reading public documentation and even from being able to try some of the organization’s services if you have access to do so, the main source of the most valuable pain is going to come directly from your customer via discovery.

More information on Implicating the Pain and the different types of Pain is available in MEDDICC - The Book.

Summary of Implicating the Pain

No Pain, No Gain. Elite sellers know that finding pain is only the beginning of the process and that to gain the full benefit of any pains your customer may be feeling to progress your deal will require you to dig in deep to fully implicate the pain.

Think of a deal you are working on right now and ask yourself which of the following three scenarios best describes your status:

Unless you are at i3 you should feel like you have some work to do.

This page is a super-condensed definition of Implicate the Pain. For full insight, strategies, tips, and hacks on how to use the Decision Process in your MEDDPICC / MEDDICC / MEDDIC Framework be sure to buy MEDDICC – The Book.


The book deconstructs MEDDICC into easy to understand and implement steps. Breaking down every letter of the acronym into actionable insights complemented by commentary on how MEDDICC can help sales organizations to revolutionize their sales execution and efficiency

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‘MEDDICC – The Book’ Sneak Peak!

The Implicating the Pain is covered in ‘MEDDICC – The Book’ in great detail. There are sections on: