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Sales Truths: A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

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WHY IT’S TRUE A boulder rolling down a hill not only gathers no moss, but probably becomes dirty and damaged along the way. Dumping a large amount of sales training techniques upon your staff during a store meeting increases the chance of severe “information overload.” If people cannot effectively process all of the techniques and strategies you are teaching, then the application with a customer is severely diminished.

PLAN OF ACTION pend productive sales training time focusing upon specific education modules rather than everything related to the sale. Select critical items such as add-on sales. Ask specific questions such as, “We just closed the sale, why don’t we add on?” Get their input and ask other questions such as, “What do we add on?” “When do we add-on?” “What do we say to the customer?” Once you have involved everyone in a productive discussion, challenge each person to try for just one add-on sale every day (or to apply whatever the lesson is for that week).

[span class=note]This story is from the December 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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Sales Truths: A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

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WHY IT’S TRUE A boulder rolling down a hill not only gathers no moss, but probably becomes dirty and damaged along the way. Dumping a large amount of sales training techniques upon your staff during a store meeting increases the chance of severe “information overload.” If people cannot effectively process all of the techniques and strategies you are teaching, then the application with a customer is severely diminished.

PLAN OF ACTION pend productive sales training time focusing upon specific education modules rather than everything related to the sale. Select critical items such as add-on sales. Ask specific questions such as, “We just closed the sale, why don’t we add on?” Get their input and ask other questions such as, “What do we add on?” “When do we add-on?” “What do we say to the customer?” Once you have involved everyone in a productive discussion, challenge each person to try for just one add-on sale every day (or to apply whatever the lesson is for that week).

[span class=note]This story is from the December 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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