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Sales Truths: Your Handshake Quickly Becomes a First Impression




WHY IT IS TRUE: You have only one opportunity to make a first impression. No surprise, your handshake plays a big part in forming that initial opinion. Believe it or not, customers may doubt your abilities if you extend a “wet fish.”

PLAN OF ACTION: Assemble all staff for a brief workshop on the good, bad and ugly of shaking hands with a customer. Ask everyone to stand while you walk around shaking hands with each person. Expect a few “bone crushers” as a clever response. After a few laughs, get serious and ensure everyone exchanges good firm handshakes with each other. If a first impression is really a lasting impression, you’ve now taken a big step in creating that first impression. 

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of INSTORE.



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Wilkerson Helped This Jeweler to Navigate His Retirement Sale Despite a Pandemic

Hosting a going-out-of-business sale when the coronavirus pandemic hit wasn’t a part of Bob Smith’s game plan for his retirement. Smith, the owner of E.M. Smith Jewelers in Chillicothe, Ohio, says the governor closed the state mid-way through. But Smith chose Wilkerson, and Wilkerson handled it like a champ, says Smith. And when it was time for the state to reopen, the sale continued like nothing had ever happened. “I’d recommend Wilkerson,” he says. “They do business the way we do business.”

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