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Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Published in the December 2012 issue.

WHY IT IS TRUE: An employee whose performance is at best average makes a mistake, perhaps a colossal mistake, which maybe even causes you to lose a large sale you desperately were counting on. Your gut instinct is to rake this individual over the coals, yell at the top of your lungs to make sure you are heard, and that this never happens again. You want to fire him immediately in front of everyone else to make a point. This won’t solve the problem; it will only make it worse.

PLAN OF ACTION: Losing your temper and blasting this individual, whether publicly or in private, will only weaken your ability to manage your business. Take the individual aside, perhaps in your office, and tell him in a firm but fair manner how you think and feel about the situation. If termination is required, do it in a professional manner. The last thing you want is a disgruntled employee who badmouths you everywhere they go. Resist the desire to throw gasoline on a fire. Difficult as it may be, a cool head, and a lot of cool water, will help you defuse an exasperating situation. — DAVE RICHARDSON

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Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

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Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

BY DAVID RICHARDSON

Sales Truths : Never Try to Extinguish a Raging Fire with Gasoline.

Published in the December 2012 issue.

WHY IT IS TRUE: An employee whose performance is at best average makes a mistake, perhaps a colossal mistake, which maybe even causes you to lose a large sale you desperately were counting on. Your gut instinct is to rake this individual over the coals, yell at the top of your lungs to make sure you are heard, and that this never happens again. You want to fire him immediately in front of everyone else to make a point. This won’t solve the problem; it will only make it worse.

PLAN OF ACTION: Losing your temper and blasting this individual, whether publicly or in private, will only weaken your ability to manage your business. Take the individual aside, perhaps in your office, and tell him in a firm but fair manner how you think and feel about the situation. If termination is required, do it in a professional manner. The last thing you want is a disgruntled employee who badmouths you everywhere they go. Resist the desire to throw gasoline on a fire. Difficult as it may be, a cool head, and a lot of cool water, will help you defuse an exasperating situation. — DAVE RICHARDSON

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Zadok Master Jewelers

Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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