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Editor’s Note: Trace Shelton: Turn ‘That Type’ Into ‘That Client’

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If they’re in your store, they want to buy, but each requires a different approach

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 edition of INSTORE.


The Just Looker, the Discount Demander, the Frazzled Franny … you’ll see them all over the next several weeks, along with every other stripe of client. And because the holiday selling season is so hectic, it’s easy to fall into bad habits or become impatient and even dismissive with difficult customers. Sometimes, you may hurry your presentation because your sales floor is busy and wind up underselling an Unassuming Millionaire or even a Sullen Scrooge who would have purchased several items for the folks on their Christmas list.

In other words, the time to prepare yourself and your team to deal with every possible customer who may walk through your doors is now.

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To that end, we’ve polled our Brain Squad for their experiences with problematic clients and asked the experts how to make the most out of those sales. If you’ve ever wondered how to best deal with the Know It All who brings his Internet printouts with him, or the Desperado who shows up on Christmas Eve asking for that item his wife said she wanted six months ago (but which you sold three weeks ago), you’ll find those answers and more in our lead story.

But don’t just read it: Role-play it. Practice not just the lines but the can-do attitude that inspires and comforts even the most demanding customers. If you put in the time and training now, you’re less likely to become the Sorrowful Salesperson and more apt to transform into the Happy Holiday Hero by Dec. 25!

Wishing you the very best business,

Trace Shelton

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If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Editor's Note

Editor’s Note: Trace Shelton: Turn ‘That Type’ Into ‘That Client’

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If they’re in your store, they want to buy, but each requires a different approach

This article originally appeared in the November 2015 edition of INSTORE.


The Just Looker, the Discount Demander, the Frazzled Franny … you’ll see them all over the next several weeks, along with every other stripe of client. And because the holiday selling season is so hectic, it’s easy to fall into bad habits or become impatient and even dismissive with difficult customers. Sometimes, you may hurry your presentation because your sales floor is busy and wind up underselling an Unassuming Millionaire or even a Sullen Scrooge who would have purchased several items for the folks on their Christmas list.

Advertisement

In other words, the time to prepare yourself and your team to deal with every possible customer who may walk through your doors is now.

To that end, we’ve polled our Brain Squad for their experiences with problematic clients and asked the experts how to make the most out of those sales. If you’ve ever wondered how to best deal with the Know It All who brings his Internet printouts with him, or the Desperado who shows up on Christmas Eve asking for that item his wife said she wanted six months ago (but which you sold three weeks ago), you’ll find those answers and more in our lead story.

But don’t just read it: Role-play it. Practice not just the lines but the can-do attitude that inspires and comforts even the most demanding customers. If you put in the time and training now, you’re less likely to become the Sorrowful Salesperson and more apt to transform into the Happy Holiday Hero by Dec. 25!

Wishing you the very best business,

Trace Shelton

Advertisement

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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