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Sales Truths: Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This

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WHY IT’S TRUE Mama may not always have been right, but we know she was never wrong! As kids we experienced a lot of these “down” days and yet somehow we survived. Today, we are experiencing some of the greatest challenges in our professional career. The economic challenges we face on almost a daily basis are forcing us to carefully examine our business model, and look at ways we can somehow do things differently, better and with a positive impact.

PLAN OF ACTION Take a close look at your staff. Ask yourself: Are they the quality and caliber of people that you want to help lift your business beyond this recession? If not, seriously consider making some changes. If yes, take the time to train and develop them. Dust off some of the training manuals, videos, CDs, audio cassette tapes DVDs etc. that you purchased and have forgotten about over the years, and use them as a foundation to give your people the skills they need to give you the support you need. Simple stuff like greeting the customer, presenting merchandise, add-on sales, TOs, overcoming objections, and of course closing sales. You don’t want to let Mama down.

[span class=note]This story is from the September 2009 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: Mama Said There’d Be Days Like This

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WHY IT’S TRUE Mama may not always have been right, but we know she was never wrong! As kids we experienced a lot of these “down” days and yet somehow we survived. Today, we are experiencing some of the greatest challenges in our professional career. The economic challenges we face on almost a daily basis are forcing us to carefully examine our business model, and look at ways we can somehow do things differently, better and with a positive impact.

PLAN OF ACTION Take a close look at your staff. Ask yourself: Are they the quality and caliber of people that you want to help lift your business beyond this recession? If not, seriously consider making some changes. If yes, take the time to train and develop them. Dust off some of the training manuals, videos, CDs, audio cassette tapes DVDs etc. that you purchased and have forgotten about over the years, and use them as a foundation to give your people the skills they need to give you the support you need. Simple stuff like greeting the customer, presenting merchandise, add-on sales, TOs, overcoming objections, and of course closing sales. You don’t want to let Mama down.

[span class=note]This story is from the September 2009 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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