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YOU DON’T have to be a baseball player rounding third, watching your coach to see if you should go home, to know how useful a hand signal can be. Jewelry salespeople could use a little coaching help sometimes, too. Try these hand signals and see if they don’t improve this season’s stats.

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[MAKING "L" SIGN WITH FINGERS] "Your customer’s a loser … save your best stuff for when it will work." [BLOWING KISSES] "Add a little romance to your sales pitch."
   
[PINCH EARLOBES]
"Sell her the earrings, too."
[PINCH EARLOBES WITH LITTLE FINGERS POINTING UP] "No, sell her the big earrings. She can afford it."
   
[RUBBING THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER] "You are on your way to one huge commission." [ELBOWS AT 90 DEGREES, HANDS ATOP EACH OTHER, CHIN RESTING ON HANDS] "It’s a pleasure to watch you work."
   
[TAP WRIST WHILE SHAKING HEAD]
"That man’s Rolex is an obvious fake."

[SLIDES FINGERS ACROSS NECK] "There’s no way you get this sale." or "The man you’re working with is a dangerous serial killer, and he has a knife."

   

[HANDS IN FRONT OF EYES, LIKE BINOCULARS, MOUTH IN "O" SHAPE] "Oh, yeah — the female customer you are working with right now is very, very attractive."

[ONE PALM OUT, MAKING CHOPPING MOTION INTO IT WITH THE OTHER HAND, PANICKED EXPRESSION ON FACE]
"Discount, damn it, discount!"
   

[THUMB AND INDEX FINGER TOGETHER, CLOSE TO LIPS, AS IF SMOKING SOMETHING, WHILE SQUINTING.] "Have you ever really thought about jewelry? I mean, like, really thought about it?"

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[PALM UP, WITH THUMB, INDEX AND PINKIE FINGERS EXTENDED, MIDDLE AND RING FINGERS FOLDED BACK.] "Just do what the robber says and open the safe. It’s OK — I’m Spider-Man."

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Sending All the Right Signals

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YOU DON’T have to be a baseball player rounding third, watching your coach to see if you should go home, to know how useful a hand signal can be. Jewelry salespeople could use a little coaching help sometimes, too. Try these hand signals and see if they don’t improve this season’s stats.

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[MAKING "L" SIGN WITH FINGERS] "Your customer’s a loser … save your best stuff for when it will work." [BLOWING KISSES] "Add a little romance to your sales pitch."
   
[PINCH EARLOBES]
"Sell her the earrings, too."
[PINCH EARLOBES WITH LITTLE FINGERS POINTING UP] "No, sell her the big earrings. She can afford it."
   
[RUBBING THUMB AND FOREFINGER TOGETHER] "You are on your way to one huge commission." [ELBOWS AT 90 DEGREES, HANDS ATOP EACH OTHER, CHIN RESTING ON HANDS] "It’s a pleasure to watch you work."
   
[TAP WRIST WHILE SHAKING HEAD]
"That man’s Rolex is an obvious fake."

[SLIDES FINGERS ACROSS NECK] "There’s no way you get this sale." or "The man you’re working with is a dangerous serial killer, and he has a knife."

   

[HANDS IN FRONT OF EYES, LIKE BINOCULARS, MOUTH IN "O" SHAPE] "Oh, yeah — the female customer you are working with right now is very, very attractive."

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[ONE PALM OUT, MAKING CHOPPING MOTION INTO IT WITH THE OTHER HAND, PANICKED EXPRESSION ON FACE]
"Discount, damn it, discount!"
   

[THUMB AND INDEX FINGER TOGETHER, CLOSE TO LIPS, AS IF SMOKING SOMETHING, WHILE SQUINTING.] "Have you ever really thought about jewelry? I mean, like, really thought about it?"

[PALM UP, WITH THUMB, INDEX AND PINKIE FINGERS EXTENDED, MIDDLE AND RING FINGERS FOLDED BACK.] "Just do what the robber says and open the safe. It’s OK — I’m Spider-Man."

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There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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