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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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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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