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Why it is true: The biggest communication problem in our lives today is that we only listen to reply instead of listening to understand.

Plan of action: Carefully examine the number of situations in your store when your instructions were not followed. Ask the responsible employee specific questions about it. Look them in the eye, ask follow-up questions, give them the opportunity to really participate in the solution. This action is not intended to penalize them, but rather to let them know that you consider them to be a contributing member of your team. As a bonus, you might get a remarkable response that will continue to move your business forward.

David W. Richardson CSP, Jewelry Sales Training International


This article originally appeared in the April 2017 edition of INSTORE.

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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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Instead of Listening to Reply, Try Listening to Understand

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Why it is true: The biggest communication problem in our lives today is that we only listen to reply instead of listening to understand.

Plan of action: Carefully examine the number of situations in your store when your instructions were not followed. Ask the responsible employee specific questions about it. Look them in the eye, ask follow-up questions, give them the opportunity to really participate in the solution. This action is not intended to penalize them, but rather to let them know that you consider them to be a contributing member of your team. As a bonus, you might get a remarkable response that will continue to move your business forward.

David W. Richardson CSP, Jewelry Sales Training International


This article originally appeared in the April 2017 edition of INSTORE.

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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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