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Bad News Deserves an Explanation, Not an Excuse

Here’s how to talk to clients when expectations aren’t met.

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WHY IT IS TRUE: Many salespeople are scared to be the bearer of bad news, but customers appreciate honesty.

PLAN OF ACTION: Be up front, and be prepared to accept the consequences. Maybe the customer’s special order ring from the vendor did not arrive on time. The customer does not care about the problems the vendor incurred. Explain the actions you’ve taken to rectify this situation, and if necessary, offer any compensation you feel will help.

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Dave Richardson

Afraid to Discipline an Employee? Don’t Be

Your other employees will be encouraged when it’s deserved.

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Sales Truth: Taking action against one employee does not lower the morale in others.

WHY IT IS TRUE:Your sales manual clearly defines the standards of performance required in your store.

PLAN OF ACTION:From the day people are hired, they should understand what your standards of performance are in your store. They are very simple; you have performed by them for your entire career. Those whose performance falls well below those expectations should be called for a one-on-one, closed door meeting with you. The other employees in your store will be encouraged to by your actions, and will continue to perform at levels within your expectations.

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Why Getting a Client to Talk About Themselves Can Help You Close the Sale

It proves you care.

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WHY IT IS TRUE: The more you get them to talk about themselves, the higher your closing ratio will be.

PLAN OF ACTION: Ask them questions about how they met, what some of their plans for the future are, etc. Just the fact that you are interested in them, and how they met, will go a long way to helping you close the sale.

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Here’s Why Having a Mirror on Your Counter Is So Critical

It’s not just vanity.

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WHY IT IS TRUE: This gives her an opportunity to immediately see how the beautiful piece of jewelry looks on her.

PLAN OF ACTION: Take this opportunity to observe her reaction, ask open-ended questions to reveal her feelings, and move for the close accordingly.

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