August 22, 2009
Let's be realistic nobody really wants to be labeled a failure when it comes to sales, unfortunately many business minded people are just that when it comes to selling their product or service. I have gathered a few tips I'd like to share that can prevent you from succeeding in sales and ultimately cost you your business.
Based on my personal observations I've noticed one strong trait that is prevalent among people that are poor in sales, and that is a failure to adequately prepare to sale their product or service. They simply neglected to take the time to learn anything about their potential client or worse anything about their particular product or service. For instance, if the goal is to sell a particular cell phone model or plan to a consumer, it would be beneficial to learn as much as possible about that particular cell phone's features or what makes that cell phone plan special.
If you're a salesperson that deals directly with clients then the best advice I can give is to simply listen. This may seem to contradict what I stated in the previous paragraph about knowing the features or highlights of your product or service but in reality it isn't. A successful salesperson will know everything about their merchandise they just won't reveal it until prompted by the consumer. They know how to avoid giving out information that has no chance of closing the sell and they definitely avoid information that could prove fatal to the sale. Instead they listen to their client speak and pick up on certain phrases that express needs, wants or desires. Real estate agents are great at listening and then pouncing on the sale. In many cases a great real estate agent won't discuss prices until the potential buyer of the house has accidentally revealed how much they would be willing to pay for a house based on the current asking price. It's part of human nature to want to boast about how much you can afford to pay even if you don't really want to ever get that high. Once this information is revealed the real estate agent has a duty to inform the seller he/she represents and the rest is history or at least a nice commission check for the agent.
Failure in sales can also be a result of allowing a prospect to completely dominate the entire sales process. There are instances where this gets so out of hand that the salesperson actually ends up purchasing something from the client instead. Don't be that salesperson, as it won't make you wealthy anytime soon. Another error made by inexperienced salespeople is the failure to ask for the sale. More often then not a poor salesperson will simply never ask to close the deal even after winning the prospect over with the sales pitch. Failure to develop this crucial skill will doom a promising career in sales before it even gets off the ground.
Finally a successful salesperson always continues to beat the street looking for new customers. A sales person destined for failure will ignore this important task when things seem to be going good on the sales front. Unfortunately once the current sales spree is over there are no clients left to approach based on failing to continue to prospect. A hungry salesperson is often a successful salesperson.
Timothy Gorman is a successful salesperson, webmaster and publisher of Best-Free-Insurance-Quotes.com. He provides free insurance information and offers discount auto, life and home insurance that you can research in your pajamas on his website.
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