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Sales Truths: Professionals Anticipate, Then Act

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WHY IT’S TRUE Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said that he never follows the puck. Instead, he acknowledges that he skates to where he knows the puck is going to be.

PLAN OF ACTION Sales professionals must do the same by taking a hard look at customers, figuring out what their real needs are going to be — and then positioning themselves “there.” If you are constantly responding to events rather than anticipating them, you’re going to be late. To the guy who announces that he is looking for an engagement ring, ask him, “How do you plan to propose?” Here’s a guy who’s prepared to negotiate the price, and you have just disarmed him by focusing upon the real value of his investment. By taking him to that special moment, where he is going to be, you’ve changed the whole dynamic of the sale.

[span class=note]This story is from the June 2011 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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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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Sales Truths: Professionals Anticipate, Then Act

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WHY IT’S TRUE Hockey great Wayne Gretzky once said that he never follows the puck. Instead, he acknowledges that he skates to where he knows the puck is going to be.

PLAN OF ACTION Sales professionals must do the same by taking a hard look at customers, figuring out what their real needs are going to be — and then positioning themselves “there.” If you are constantly responding to events rather than anticipating them, you’re going to be late. To the guy who announces that he is looking for an engagement ring, ask him, “How do you plan to propose?” Here’s a guy who’s prepared to negotiate the price, and you have just disarmed him by focusing upon the real value of his investment. By taking him to that special moment, where he is going to be, you’ve changed the whole dynamic of the sale.

[span class=note]This story is from the June 2011 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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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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