How to Be a Great Salesperson
This article is for everyone, even for people who are not technically in sales. Why? Because we are all in sales. Anytime you are trying to influence someone’s actions or thoughts, then you are selling. The best selling happens when you are trying to meet someone’s needs. This is when you will be most successful. This guide will outline the top ways to become a superstar sales person.

I’ve condensed my greatest sales learnings from 17 years of sales experience and combined it with the very best tips from the best sales books all into this one article. I’m a big fan of reading books and I reference several of them at the end of this article. At the same time I’m a bigger fan of absorbing some quick basic information and then immediately applying it in real life.

Sales Concepts for Success

1. Be Organized. This is very important. Planning is absolutely crucial to success:

  • Establish your Yearly Goals (free guide) and break them down into quarterly, monthly, weekly and daily goals so that you know what you need to be working on. Post your Goals in plain view so you see them all the time, especially your daily goals.
  • Be sure to do a Weekly Review of your Sales Funnel. Check to see that your results are matching up with your goals. If they’re not, then it’s time to recalibrate your strategy.
  • Plan your day everyday for maximum productivity and success.
  • Very Smart Practice: On a yearly basis (and quarterly basis too if you can), analyze what activities or clients brought you the most business? What activities were the least effective? Adjust your plan to do more of the high revenue producing activities and spend more time with clients and prospects who bring you the most business. Eliminate the less effective practices. Work smarter, not harder. Reviewing your results and adapting your strategy over time brings the sales process full circle.


2. Planning is Good, But Remember to Be Action Oriented. Makes your calls. Set appointments. Meet with clients. Have lunch with power networkers with whom you can learn and work for mutual success. Inspire prospects to take the next action. Be bold. There is no failure, just learning experiences. Balance your planning time with action time. Your plan doesn’t have to be A+ perfect. You can hone it over time. Plan and then get moving!

3. Uncover Needs. This is your most important task. If you don’t understand your prospect’s needs, you’ll never sell anything except by accident. So much could be written on this one point alone. But here is what you need to know in a nutshell:

  • Start with more open-ended questions where the prospect can talk a lot.
  • Make sure you keep quiet while the prospect is talking!
  • As your meeting is closing down ask more closed-ended questions which will be answered with one word such as yes or no questions. Be creative with uncovering needs.
  • Be direct when you can and be indirect when you sense resistance.
  • Don’t hold back because you think you’re prying. Remember you’re here to help. You can only do this if you understand your prospect’s needs.

4. You’re Here to Help: Meeting Your Clients’ Needs. The reason sales people get a bad rap is because of the ones who try to force feed their clients. That is not selling. That is bullying. Your true role as a sales professional is “Needs Consultant,” helping your clients meet their needs, solve their problems, ease their pain, and bring them joy. Sometimes you need to help clients become aware of what their true needs are. Many people go through life thinking they want X. Sometimes you need to help them turn on the light to illuminate their real needs which may be better served by product/service Y. Always confirm that you understand a need. Then match it with a benefit from your product or service that solves your client’s need.

5. Match needs with benefits. How do you do this? Complete this exercise so that benefits roll off your tongue easily when talking with actual prospects. Here’s what you do:

  • Title a sheet of paper horizontally or use a spread sheet with the columns: “Features” “Benefits” “Needs” “Benefit statement.”
  • Write down all the features of your products/services. Next to each feature, write down the answer to this questions “So What?” The answer to that will be your benefit. (You’ve heard about doing this before, but have you really done it? Don’t rely just on what the company puts out either. Be creative and come up with lots of benefits.) Example: Feature: Web access on your phone. So What?! => Benefit: You can access any information from anywhere.
  • Next take tiny yellow stickies and write down all the different problems, pains, desires, your clients and prospects have.
  • Under each problem write down what the need is. Example: Problem: Getting lost finding addresses when showing clients real estate. Need: Instant direction information.
  • Next take all your clients problems and match them to the appropriate benefit.
  • Write in the needs in the “Needs” column.
  • Last, write out a Benefit Statement for each feature that you can practice. Example: “You’ll never get lost again with the XYZ phone because it allows you to get information anywhere anytime.”

This exercise takes some time but it is one of the most powerful things you can do to prepare yourself for success. The best salespeople I know do preparations similar to this.

6. Tap into Feelings. Many people will start with a rational approach to making a decision, but in the end, how a person feels in their gut will often determine their final choice. Make sure you find out how they feel in addition to their rational needs. And it is important to use the language of feelings and to demonstrate that you understand. Examples: “How does it make you feel that your current advisor never calls you?” or “What was your feeling about that house we just toured?” A handy phrase is “I know how you Feel. I’ve Felt that way too. And what I’ve Found is..(insert helpful advice here)…” I call this the 3F’s.

7. Get a Read on Your Prospect. Here’s where you need to listen to your intuition a bit.

  • It’s helpful to assess the level of desire a client has for meeting their need. Where do they fall on the spectrum from desperate (will buy anything) to confident (their awareness and feeling of need is not high enough to spur action)? Use this analysis to decide how much time to spend with them. Don’t knock your head against a brick wall trying to convert someone who feels no pain. But if you see a need that they don’t, then be sure to follow up with them in the future. Be there when they start to feel the pain of their need. Example: Prospect who is looking at new cars, but is very emotionally tied to his old clunker. You can see that he needs a new car, but he can’t see it as clearly as you yet because of his satisfaction with his current car. Be in touch with him so you can be there when his beloved car bites the dust.
  • The other thing you want to read is your prospect’s personality and style. You will do well to somewhat mirror that style so that he or she will feel comfortable with you. Be too bold with a conservative person and you’ll lose them. Be too “soft-pedal” with a type-A person and they’ll be gone before you can blink. Be yourself, but be aware of how your prospect likes to interact and accommodate them.

8. Know What Your Goal is with Each Sales Interaction. This is important so that you will know when your interaction is finished. In sales you need to be efficient for both your sake and your clients’ sake. This will keep you from wasting time. The best way to do this is to actually write down your goals ahead of the meeting.

Example: I want to:

  • confirm my client’s top 5 “must haves” in a home.
  • get their 10-scale rating on each home I show them today.
  • know their favorite and least favorite thing about each home we see.
  • schedule our next meeting.
  • If there is a home they love, I want to establish next steps to keep the momentum moving forward.
  • ask if I met all their needs for this meeting.

9. Asking for the Sale and Closing. Closing is not just about asking for the sale, but continually moving towards that point. An example is asking for the next appointment and setting mutually agreed upon next steps for both you and the prospect.

Closing, of course, also means asking for the sale. It is amazing how many sales people climb the sales mountain and then fail to take this last crucial step. Don’t be one of them! Ask for the sale! What have you got to lose?

When should you ask for the sale? Once you’ve confirmed that you correctly understand a client’s needs and you’ve explained how the benefits of your product or service meet their needs, then ask for the sale. There are many ways to do this. This is where the art of sales comes in. Read your prospect and ask in the way that will get you a yes. This takes practice. So go ahead and practice, practice! Consult with other top sellers to learn how they speak and then use what will feel natural to you.

If you get a “no,” find out why. Are you dealing with a misunderstanding, an objection, a concern, or perhaps indifference? Explore the root reason for saying no. If the client still has a need and wants to meet it, and if you have a product/service that meets this need, then continue on. If one or more of these elements is found to be missing then it is time to move on to the next prospect. But at least you tried!

10. Follow-up and Service. Follow-up is your continued communication with prospects. Service is your continued relationship with clients.

  • Follow-Up: Unless there is no need to meet or unless the prospect tells you to not contact them anymore, make sure you find a way to follow-up that not only keeps you in contact, but also provides value, whether via phone, email, newsletter, etc.. This is almost like your audition to show how you will provide service once they become a client.
  • Service: Once you’ve made the sale, the relationship is just beginning. Make sure that your client gets the best service. Set reminders for staying in touch. It’s easier to make a new sale to an existing client than a prospect. And with a happy clients, you’ll be more likely to earn a referral.

11. Ask for Referrals. The 80/20 rule applies here. 20% of your clients will provide 80% of your referrals. Find those 20% and cultivate them. There are certain people in this world who really LIKE to help others with referrals. You can ask every satisfied client for a referral, but usually it will only be a handful that actually refer you business. That’s ok. And don’t be afraid to be specific about the types of referrals you are looking for. Treat these clients like gold and watch the referrals stream in. There are many ways to ask for a referral. Here are some ideas:

  • Actually ask for a referral upon completion of a meeting.
  • Offer an incentive for referrals. Put this on your website and all your marketing materials.
  • Send out a survey to clients asking their opinion of your service and would they refer someone, “if so please fill in name or call me. If not, how can service be improved? What would make you want to refer business to us?”
  • Host a seminar for clients (make sure it is valuable and serve food!) and request, encourage, or invite them to bring a friend.
  • Offer an affiliate program.

12. Perseverance. Sales is a numbers game: SW³ = “Some Will. Some Won’t. So What!” You won’t win them all, and that’s ok. We all know the baseball analogy of how even the best batters miss the ball about 70% of the time. So don’t sweat the individual sales loss. Just move on to the next. With that said you do want to analyze your result patterns over time and adjust your strategy when you want different results. The idea here is to stay disciplined especially on bad days, stay focused on meeting needs, and keep evolving your strategy, tactics and skills. Slow and steady wins the race. Stay upbeat and when you’re down get rest and/or seek out positive people to help lift your spirits.

13. Look for Opportunity. Always be analyzing situations. Is there a local event you can leverage? Watch the news. Always ask yourself, “Is there a need for my business in this that could help me reach my goals? Can I fit it into my schedule? Will it be more or less effective than other activities I have planned?” Look for opportunity, analyze it’s potential, and if it is worthwhile then strike while the iron is hot! If you observe yourself shying away from a high potential idea because it’s something you’ve never tried before, challenge yourself to do it! Seek out helpers or partners! Go ahead, amaze yourself!

14. Become a Networking King. They say eating lunch alone is wasted time. Depending on your field, you should set a goal for 1-10 networking lunches per month. You should attend at least three networking functions per quarter. They don’t have to be obvious things. It might be going to a golf tournament. It might be going to an art gallery opening. Go to where your prospects and industry colleagues hang out. Include networking goals in your overall goals. Like any of these elements networking takes time to build so take it slow and build upon your successes. And by all means, have fun with it!

15. People Buy from Positive People. Be enthusiastic in your own way. Be authentic. Take responsibility if things go wrong. Watch how you speak in front of clients. Don’t blame others. Don’t complain. Don’t trash the competition. Life is Good! Life is challening, and that’s what makes it fun! Let your passion show! And, of course, on the inside, believe in yourself. You can do it!

16. Be Driven. Tap into what motivates you and connect to that everyday. Is it helping people? Is it helping your family? Is it a lifestyle you desire? A home, a car? Find ways to to get your energy flowing. The best way to do that is to move your body. Do some jumping jacks, do some stretching up to the sky, do some crazy facial exercises, and then laugh. Now you’re ready to tackle your cold calling block, or your seminar, your meeting, whatever.

17. Be Your Own Toughest Critic. Be brutally honest with yourself. Are you making real progress? In sales, the numbers don’t lie. Of course at first you need to build, but make sure you’re getting some wins. If you’re not, then don’t get sad or mad, just figure out a new way. The best sales people I know are always tweaking their strategy. Don’t let yourself get comfortable. The only thing that should stay the same is that you constantly seek better ways to improve your results.

18. Seek Guidance from Top Dogs in Your Field. This is one of the most important items. Leapfrog your knowledge by learning from those who’ve already made some mistakes. Offer to take them out to lunch. Ask to “ride-along” on their sales meetings so you can observe firsthand their magic. Ask them the secrets to their success. And offer to help them out in some way to repay their guidance.

19. If I Trust You, I Will Buy from You. Honesty, Integrity, Credibility. Build this with your actions. Do what you say you’re going to do. Answer the phone promptly. Return calls ASAP even if to say, “I got your call and I will be free to talk at this specific time.” Write down questions you don’t have the answers to and then get back to them promptly. Saying “I don’t have the answer to that right now” is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of honesty. Following up on that question later is a demonstration of reliability. Use these opportunities well.

20. What is Your Unique Selling Proposition? What is your “elevator speech?” This is the 1-2 minute answer to “What do you do? And, why should I do business with you?” Be outrageously creative. Be memorable. Be concise. Continue to work on this over time to get it just right. And have fun with it!

21. Use the Simplest Method Possible for Tracking Your Sales Funnel. You will have Unqualified Prospects, Qualified Prospects, Best Few Prospects, and Closed Sales. Most likely your company will have a system for this. But if they don’t or if you have your own business, find the simplest system that will do what you need. There are two major players ACT! (software based) and Salesforce (online). And now there’s a new online player from 37 Signals called HighRise. It is free for 250 contacts or less. Above that there is a monthly fee. Make sure you’re constantly feeding your sales funnel and that prospects are moving along through to closing. Analyze what is working and what is missing in your approach.

22. Stay on Top of Your Field. People like to buy things that are shiny, new, and sparkly. If your product or service isn’t new, make sure it is “sparkly” in your clients’ eyes. How? Simple. Make sure that you are meeting their most current needs. Your product or service doesn’t need to be new, but it does need to keep up with customers’ ever evolving needs.

23. It’s Not About Price, It’s About Value and Relationship. People want to solve their problems and fulfill their desires and they want to feel good about how they accomplished that. That’s value. Value is also giving extras to your clients with no extra cost and no expectations. There’s value in a relationship too. People like to be comfortable and trust the person they do business with. Show them how your product or service will meet their needs and give them something to brag about with their friends. Bragging Example: “I bought my new car at ‘Medium Priced Cars R Us.’ Anytime my car needs servicing, I get a free loaner car. And this dealership has been ranked 5-Stars by it’s clients consistently for the last 5 years. The sales person was helpful and patient with us insisting that we take our time. And when it came time to negotiate, they were very fair. And since we’ve bought the car, our sales person has called us to see how things were going with the new car.”

24. Please, Don’t Be Afraid. Really! If you feel the fear or hesitancy inside you, break through it! You have nothing to lose! Remember you are here to help. If someone doesn’t want your help, if someone is rude to you, no problem. Just move onto the next prospect. There’s billions of fish in the sea! Don’t be afraid to fail either. Learn from your experiences. Analyze them. How can you do things better next time? Sales is a big puzzle. You don’t fall apart when two puzzle pieces don’t match, right? Neither should you with sales that don’t pan out. Sales is fun! Enjoy the ride!

25. Celebrate Success and Cultivate Balance. (Balance? What’s that?) No really. Take care of your body, spirit, and personal relationships too. This can be difficult for real ‘Type-A’ personalities, which many sales people are. Make this part of your plan. Schedule it in. If this is hard for you, then enlist the help of people you know are good at this. They’ll love it and it will help you.

Getting It All Done


How do you accomplish all these elements? To quote Ghandhi, “Go slow to go fast.” This means focus on a few concepts at a time. Once those are firmly entrenched habits, then move onto the next few. Work on those until they are habits, and so on. And keep this reference handy. Refer back to it often and brush up on the ones you think could give your sales results the boost they need.

Resources:

Recommended Courses:

  • The Quantum CookbookAs a salesperson, just like a pilot, knowing where you want to go is the surest way to get there. Having a plan and taking action every day consistently is key. This course keeps your mind focused on your goals, using the power of intention to ensure you always follow through. And it has a 200% money back guarantee. (Yup, that means they’ll refund you twice your purchase price if you don’t find value in the course! You risk nothing!)

Online:

  • HighRise – Brand New!! Free Contact Management System from 37 Signals. Service plans for over 250 contacts has a monthly fee. The free program includes tasks with categoires and contacts with tags. There’s more and you should definitely check it out!!
  • BackPack – basic account is free. This is a to-do list program with multiple pages (each with multiple lists), calendar, reminders and whiteboards that are a group-type project application. There are so many uses for BackPack it’s pretty much limitless. For a sales person you could have a page for Networking Ideas, Marketing Ideas, Goals page, Funnel Summary page and so on. You’re only limited by your creativity.
  • ACT! - software based (CRM) customer relationship management application for tracking your sales leads and client relationships.

Books:

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Comments

  1. 2
    Dennis
    July 26th, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Good work!

  2. 3
    Pamela
    July 27th, 2007 at 2:02 am

    That’s true. Organizing is not a waste of time as others think it is. The amount of time we spend on organizing and finding something may be the same, but the availability of our time is what matters.

  3. 6
    Dave
    July 27th, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    I agree with the list, especially with doing the right things like meeting our client’s needs. Success involves action. We will only be successful if we know what to do and when to do it.

  4. 7
    Stephen
    July 28th, 2007 at 5:03 am

    This is a really great article. Keep’em comin’!

  5. 9
    agentsully
    July 29th, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    @Dennis – Thanks!

    @Pamela – for the first years I was in sales, I always thought that planning took too much time and I just wanted to be “doing.” But once I took some time to do some planning, Wow! It really made a difference in my performance and also in how I felt. It got rid of anxiety because I knew I was on the right track. thanks for commenting!

    @Dave – thanks. Meeting needs is the #1 goal for a sales person. And taking action is so important. Time is money. And if you waste it …there will be no success.

    @Stephen – thanks!

    @Today’s the Day – thanks for mentioning this post!

    Hope to see you all again real soon!

  6. 10
    Helen
    July 29th, 2007 at 9:51 pm

    Wonderful list. Risk is an essential part of success. Hesitation will only get us nowhere. We should learn to trust our instinct to make a difference.

  7. 11
    Karl Ufert
    July 29th, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    Wise words… the message: organize, socialize (a.k.a. network, network, network), deliver and continue to be a trusted partner rather than a pest.

  8. 15
    Aditya
    September 9th, 2007 at 2:47 am

    Wow! buddy! I am really getting addicted to your blog now!
    Great Post! Thanks a tonne for this.

  9. 17
    Jayson
    September 30th, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Nice article. You covered and explained everything. I’ve read books with less valuable information.

    This article will be passed around the office.

  10. 19
    Post it notes
    December 19th, 2007 at 12:58 am

    Try using post it notes to for better organization. nice post.

  11. 20
    Geordie Romer
    January 25th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    This is a how to guide for everyone involved in sales. I think this a must read for every new real estate agent. If only my broker had shared it with me when I was getting started!

  12. 21
    property sale
    February 5th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    It’s a good list but almost too much. There also is some differences depending on what you are selling – If you are a real estate sales person your approach should be different then if you are in retail.

  13. 22
    Wayne Pruner
    February 13th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    What a great outline on how to be successful in real estate. You have reminded me that I need to improve in many areas. I would add that you need to uncover any objections/obstacles thr client may have and find solutions for them early on. There is always something they are unsure about. Clients tend not to hear anything you have to say until their problem is solved. I have bookmarked this for future reference. Thanks.

  14. 23
    agentsully
    February 13th, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks Wayne. I appreciate your encouragement and your comments!!

  15. 24
    Las Vegas Homes Guy
    February 13th, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Great list. Its amazing how some new agents dismiss old school values out of hand. There’s a reason they work.

  16. 25
    Bruce Rocket
    February 15th, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    The article is good, and lays out the fundamentals of selling. I especially like the resourse section which contains Jeffry Gitomers EXCELLENT book, The Little Red Book of Selling. Get that book -you won;t be disappointed.

  17. 26
    agentsully
    February 16th, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Glad you liked the article Bruce. Gitomers book is great!

  18. 27
    sad
    March 12th, 2008 at 11:53 am

    thanks Scott! Nice addition!

  19. 28
    International Real Estate
    April 11th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Excellent post , thanks for sharing these important info , I think each one in the real estate field will need it

  20. 29
    Elias Urias
    June 24th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I think when dealing with a customer one needs to be exited. Ready to roll and a little pushy. What i have learned in my small time of being a salesman is that you have to be able to maintain a great fun positive additude so that the customer feels it. Dont keep things to serius dont talk to much and answer all of your customers questions.

  21. 30
    agentsully
    July 11th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    @Elias – thanks for your insights! I think you’re spot on. People want to buy from people they like and usually that means positive people.

  22. 31
    iskandar
    August 27th, 2008 at 6:35 am

    good comment.i learn a lesson. this will much help me out.

  23. 32
    Adam Oden
    November 11th, 2008 at 5:55 am

    I read the articale; very nice! I am Just starting a job in sales at GuitarCenter. All my money will be made in sales. I really absorbed alot of basic and fundemental ways of becaomeing a great positive person. I just have to find people to encourage me in succeding.
    I am going to hit the library and do some research, and start a basic plan.
    Thanks for the info; very insightful!

  24. 33
    Samir Al-Busaidy
    April 14th, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Recently I started a blog that I hope would help both Automobile Sales Consultants (later on free subscription basis) and Customers (open articles).
    I have been thinking about some things that I believe are missing from most sales talks and training, so I started to do some research to make sure that I am not re-inventing the wheel.

    I found this post to be wealthy in content. I will be referring to these pages and posting a link from my articles.

    Thank you for taking time to put this awesome piece together.

  25. 34
    Joey
    May 4th, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I’m in oilfield sales; I also design websites, checkout the site I created for my employer. If you need a site designed for you or your company contact me e-mail palomalease@ymail.com

  26. 35
    agentsully
    May 16th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    @Samir – thank you! I’m glad to hear you found this so valuable! Thank you in advance for any links! And good luck in your sales!

  27. 36
    Kyle
    June 16th, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I work as a salesperson/storesperson im getting to know our range and everyday im improving but there are still customers that get annoyed if they ask me a question and i cant give them an answer how do i approch this. How do i improve my confidence and not stress in selling if im worried that i cant explain the product to the customer as well as they expect.

  28. 37
    agentsully
    July 8th, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    @Kyle – that’s a great question, as confidence is very important in sales. It’s also important in life and that’s why I am so enthusiastic about sales. When you improve as a sales person, you improve yourself personally as well!

    1. Really get to know your products/services that you sell. This will give you the knowledge you need to be confident. If you can’t know everything, practice practice practice getting good at accessing your company’s database on the products.

    2. Make a list of common questions and write out good answers that use analogies. This will help make things clearer to your customers.

    3. Take your time and remain calm. When the client gets upset, remain calm. This is the best way to help them calm down. Take relaxing deep breaths. Talk even more slowly. This will help you remain calm.

    4. “Let me get that information for you.” If you don’t know something, that’s ok. Assure the customer that you will get the answer for them and if it’s going to take a while give them a good time estimate. You can always call them back. Your confidence is in that you will get them the right answer, not that you necessarily have the information already in your head.

    5. Be confident or fake it until you are. Go slow, talk slow and clear. Make light jokes when appropriate.

    6. You can’t make everyone happy. Some people are going to yell at you and be mad even if you do everything right. So don’t worry about that. Just always remain calm and friendly. Know that they are in pain at some level and simply wish them well. For people who are abusive, explain that you can’t work with someone who is swearing or abusive and then use your company’s policy for handling those kinds of calls.

    Good luck and please let me know your progress!!!!!
    And please share this article with your other friends/colleagues who are in sales.

  29. 38
    shaun gerber
    August 21st, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    my company introduced the FEEl, Felt, Found,method into our training programme, and it has made our sales grow exponentially….its a genuine way of showing clients that you actually are listening to what they are telling you…..

  30. 39
    shaun gerber
    August 21st, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    just as an add on to Agentsully”s answer to Kyle’s question>>

    Besides knowing your own shop or all of the stock, make sure you know your business…. what does your closest competitor offer? what’s their trading hours? what kind of ethics do they stick to? what do they do well, and more importantly, what dont they do well?….

    Knowing your business is the starting point of becomming a great salesman….

  31. 40
    agentsully
    August 22nd, 2009 at 11:36 am

    @Shaun – thanks for your very helpful additions to the conversation!

  32. 41
    Tea
    October 5th, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    Very helpful, just trying to get my little service gig off the ground and new to sales but need more direction.

    Thank you for this!

  33. 42
    agentsully
    October 10th, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    @Tea – good luck!

  34. 43
    Jeffery Walker
    October 29th, 2009 at 4:07 am

    I am currently looking for a good IT Sales Person

  35. 44
    agentsully
    December 8th, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    @Jeffery – good luck in your search. These days it shouldn’t take long to fill a position I’m sure.

  36. 45
    2minikidz
    January 7th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I just started a sales job a few weeks ago and I have had little success so far. I think the advice in this article sounds really helpful and has given me the encouragement to dust myself off and try again. Thanks!

  37. 46
    agentsully
    January 8th, 2010 at 10:56 am

    @2MiniKidz – enthusiasm and persistence goes a long way in sales. Every “no” brings you closer to the next yes. Learn from every experience. Be authentic and honest and go for the gusto!!!!

    You WILL succeed if you keep at it!!!

    Let us know how things go down the line!! OK?

  38. 49
    victor
    May 20th, 2010 at 2:39 am

    i just got myself a new sales job and will join my new company next month. this is my first sales job, and i am looking forward to put myself into this challenge. so i am searching for some guide and here i found yours. i like this article, it helps me to know not just about sales, but how also the requirement as a sales. And you are right, sales isnt just about selling product but it is to fulfill customer needs.
    Thanks for sharing and hope can get more from you in the future. :)

  39. 51
    philip
    July 20th, 2010 at 3:44 am

    What u gugz do is so great because thousands of people visit this website and are able to acquire knowledge, thanks and keep it up

  40. 52
    agentsully
    August 5th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    Thx!

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    Mobile Car Service
    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:34 am

    It seems very hard to come across a good car salesman/woman nowadays

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    AgentSully
    August 22nd, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Victor – thanks so much for commenting! How’s your sales job going? Keep checking back for future sales articles. You can always subscribe for free to make it easy. See the top of my blog on how to subscribe.
    All the best to you!

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    Joe Ginsberg, CCIM
    October 13th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve been a huge fan of Tom Hopkins and How to Master the art of selling anything. Its a great read but even better on audio. Funny and educational.
    Thanks for the article.

  44. 56
    AgentSully
    October 24th, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Joe – yes, he is funny!

  45. 57
    Erik
    June 14th, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Thanks for a very good article!
    I myself are writing a guide on how to be a talented salesman.

  46. 58
    Marriage Events
    June 23rd, 2011 at 8:59 am

    You shouldnt be pushy salesman. You should explain what you are selling, and be able to read body language and back off when required to

  47. 62
    Michele
    October 3rd, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I just started with a new accounting firm and am a seasoned sales person. I have been charged with the task of helping the accountants learn to sell. Impossible, is what I thought – accountants are not sales people! After reading this article, I feel that I will be able to give them some great help that is not only practical, but something they can actually embrace. Thank you so much for publishing this article!

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    AgentSully
    October 3rd, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    @Michelle – So glad to hear your feedback! I’m so happy that this will help you! That’s awesome. Please check back with me and let me know how it goes!! And if you come across any questions along the way. Send your team over to this blog post directly to ask questions if they have them!
    Thanks again and good luck with training!

  49. 64
    Debbie Dooley
    November 17th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    actually to really become a good salesperson you need to do 3 things…….

    1)LIE 2)LIE and 3) LIE SOME MORE

  50. 65
    AgentSully
    December 10th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    @Debbie – I respectfully and strongly disagree.
    Perhaps if you are trying to sell something that is a poor product or overpriced.
    But if that’s the case find something else to sell.
    Selling should be teaching and service based, with the desire to help people meet their needs in life.
    Any salesperson who does that and sells a good service or product – that person will be fulfilled and their clients will be happy.

    That’s not to say that there aren’t lots of lying salespeople. Avoid them like the plague. Listen to your gut and research your facts before buying to avoid the turkeys out there.

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    http://tinyurl.com/socipack24703
    January 11th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I blog too and I am composing something related to this blog post, “How to Be a
    Great Salesperson | Life Learning Today”. Do
    you really mind if I reallyutilise a lot of of your personal ideas?
    Regards -Leo

  52. 67
    AgentSully
    January 14th, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Hi Leo. If you link to my post that would be good enough for me. Good luck with your blog!

  53. 68
    Jennifer
    October 18th, 2013 at 8:24 am

    If you feel that you have to lie to be a good sales person, you should find a new job. If you lie you cant believe in your product, the people that use these products we sell use these everyday they know more about them than we do. A good sales person cares about their clients, they see that and are not stupid. Every client is a potential to new business if you don’t care for that client they sure as hell aren’t going to care about you and help you out. Sales is networking and its not for everyone and its a tough business. If you feel the need to lie, your a bad sales person. The sales people who care about their clients will be the winners. There are many downsides to sales, however at the end of the day if you don’t feel good that you accomplished something or you met your goals. Do something else and don’t waste peoples time.

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    AgentSully
    December 30th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    @Jennifer,
    Thank you so much for your thoughts! I totally agree! What line of sales are you in?
    -Kris

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