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WHY IT’S TRUE I was very upset many years ago when the manager of the Little League team upon which I played, substituted another player to bat in my place during the final inning of a highly contested, tied baseball game. I wasn’t the best player on the team, but I certainly wasn’t the worst either. As we left the ballpark at the end of the game, my father put his arm around my shoulder and said “Son, winning isn’t everything.” He reminded me that I was a participant on a team that had just won a very close game, and that it was my responsibility as a team player to support the overall goal “to win the game.” It was on that day that I truly understood the unselfish challenges a winner faces every day.

PLAN OF ACTION As a winner every person in your store faces the same challenge: become an active participant in guiding the team to victory. Real team players must recognize all indications the moment when the sale is going nowhere, and turn it over to someone else. T.O. the sale when you can’t close, you have no rapport or you just can’t seem to find the right item for the customer. You might say “Let me introduce you to Mary, who always has some good ideas” or “Let’s ask Bill who is involved in the purchasing of colored stones for the store.” You should then excuse yourself telling the customer “I’ll be over here if you need me,” then go pick up a selvyt and begin to polish merchandise or perform some other activity which will not distract the sale as it is in progress. Now from a team perspective, winning is truly “everything!”

[span class=note]This story is from the November 2009 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Sales Truths: Winning Isn’t Everything

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WHY IT’S TRUE I was very upset many years ago when the manager of the Little League team upon which I played, substituted another player to bat in my place during the final inning of a highly contested, tied baseball game. I wasn’t the best player on the team, but I certainly wasn’t the worst either. As we left the ballpark at the end of the game, my father put his arm around my shoulder and said “Son, winning isn’t everything.” He reminded me that I was a participant on a team that had just won a very close game, and that it was my responsibility as a team player to support the overall goal “to win the game.” It was on that day that I truly understood the unselfish challenges a winner faces every day.

PLAN OF ACTION As a winner every person in your store faces the same challenge: become an active participant in guiding the team to victory. Real team players must recognize all indications the moment when the sale is going nowhere, and turn it over to someone else. T.O. the sale when you can’t close, you have no rapport or you just can’t seem to find the right item for the customer. You might say “Let me introduce you to Mary, who always has some good ideas” or “Let’s ask Bill who is involved in the purchasing of colored stones for the store.” You should then excuse yourself telling the customer “I’ll be over here if you need me,” then go pick up a selvyt and begin to polish merchandise or perform some other activity which will not distract the sale as it is in progress. Now from a team perspective, winning is truly “everything!”

[span class=note]This story is from the November 2009 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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