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Sales Truths: Beware the Cellular Sales Killer

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Sales Truths : Beware the Cellular Sales Killer

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Published in the January 2012 issue.

SALES TRUTH: The cellphone is a wonderful technology … but is it really? Now you can make or receive a telephone call virtually anywhere, anytime, to or from anyone. Almost everyone has a cellphone — but how do you react when a cellphone call interrupts your sales presentation? Your actions could mean the difference between closing or losing the sale.

WHY IT’S TRUE: When a customer’s cellphone rings during the sale, you know they’re going to answer it. The call may cause the customer to lose focus on the sale, but you must use this time to help him or her regroup. Think about where you are in the sale, what you want to say when the call is completed, and how you can continue to move toward the close. If used properly, you can make this interruption work to your advantage.

YOUR CELLPHONE: As a salesperson, you should never have your cellphone on, with perhaps the single exception of when a close family member is ill and you are waiting for a medical report. If your cellphone rings, and you answer it, you can kiss the sale good-bye. If your cellphone vibrates and you look at it to identify the caller, you will probably lose the sale. The cellphone of a salesperson must be in the silent, non-vibrate mode when he or she is anywhere in the store. – DAVE RICHARDSON

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Sales Truths: Beware the Cellular Sales Killer

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Sales Truths : Beware the Cellular Sales Killer

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Published in the January 2012 issue.

SALES TRUTH: The cellphone is a wonderful technology … but is it really? Now you can make or receive a telephone call virtually anywhere, anytime, to or from anyone. Almost everyone has a cellphone — but how do you react when a cellphone call interrupts your sales presentation? Your actions could mean the difference between closing or losing the sale.

WHY IT’S TRUE: When a customer’s cellphone rings during the sale, you know they’re going to answer it. The call may cause the customer to lose focus on the sale, but you must use this time to help him or her regroup. Think about where you are in the sale, what you want to say when the call is completed, and how you can continue to move toward the close. If used properly, you can make this interruption work to your advantage.

YOUR CELLPHONE: As a salesperson, you should never have your cellphone on, with perhaps the single exception of when a close family member is ill and you are waiting for a medical report. If your cellphone rings, and you answer it, you can kiss the sale good-bye. If your cellphone vibrates and you look at it to identify the caller, you will probably lose the sale. The cellphone of a salesperson must be in the silent, non-vibrate mode when he or she is anywhere in the store. – DAVE RICHARDSON

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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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