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Rejection Happens. Forget About It.

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WHY IT IS TRUE: The jewelry industry is a place of many remarkable rewards, but also lost sales. Don’t take it personally; just move on.

PLAN OF ACTION: All of us have gone into a store to purchase a blouse, suit, a pair of slacks, etc. and at the moment of commitment, made the decision (for whatever reason) not to buy. Now, were you rejecting the merchandise, or were you rejecting the salesperson? If your customer is clearly not going to buy, forget the time you invested in the sale, give them your card, and invite them to come back for other needs they may have.

David Richardson is a certified professional speaker and a consultant to retail jewelers and manufacturers worldwide helping them grow their diamond bridal engagement business.

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Dave Richardson

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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Remember This Important Lesson on the Power of Posture

How a client stands may tell you what you need to know about whether they’re ready to buy.

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How a client stands may tell you what you need to know about whether they’re ready to buy.

WHY IT IS TRUE: Are their arms folded and closely tucked at their sides? This indicates that they might not be open to you. Are their bodies turned toward or away from you? “Away” can symbolize that they are giving you the cold shoulder. “Toward” you, on the other hand, can imply a decision for interaction and more information.

PLAN OF ACTION: Ask open-ended questions that get clients sharing their genuine wants and needs. By doing so, you will help them to move closer to the close.

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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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