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Sales Truths: The Most Important Skill is Opening the Sale

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font-family : Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size : 15px;color: #333333;font-weight : bold;17. The most important sales skill isn’t closing the sale ? it’s opening it. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE 
A friendly greeting makes the customer more open to listening to you. A good salesperson knows that the customer is buying as opposed to being sold. Many customers find jewelry stores to be intimidating. Salespeople who understand this discomfort can reduce the tension. 
 
 
 
PLAN OF ACTION 
There are many good ways to open a sale: Greet customers with a firm handshake, listen for their name and say it throughout the sale. Make eye contact, smile and actively listen to what they are saying by nodding your head and asking open-ended questions to encourage a response. Whenever possible, greet customers by walking around to their side of the counter. 
 
Actively listen to what customers are saying, respond to their questions, and you may not have to worry about closing … they will close themselves.

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Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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Sales Truths: The Most Important Skill is Opening the Sale

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font-family : Verdana, Geneva, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;font-size : 15px;color: #333333;font-weight : bold;17. The most important sales skill isn’t closing the sale ? it’s opening it. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE 
A friendly greeting makes the customer more open to listening to you. A good salesperson knows that the customer is buying as opposed to being sold. Many customers find jewelry stores to be intimidating. Salespeople who understand this discomfort can reduce the tension. 
 
 
 
PLAN OF ACTION 
There are many good ways to open a sale: Greet customers with a firm handshake, listen for their name and say it throughout the sale. Make eye contact, smile and actively listen to what they are saying by nodding your head and asking open-ended questions to encourage a response. Whenever possible, greet customers by walking around to their side of the counter. 
 
Actively listen to what customers are saying, respond to their questions, and you may not have to worry about closing … they will close themselves.

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Wilkerson Testimonials | Zadok Master Jewelers

Stick to the Program — And Watch Your Sales Grow

When Zadok Master Jewelers in Houston, Texas, decided to move to a new location (they’d been in the same one for the 45 years they’d been in business), they called Wilkerson to run a moving sale. The results, says seventh-generation jeweler Jonathan Zadok, were “off the charts” in terms of traffic and sales. Why? They took Wilkerson’s advice and stuck to the company’s marketing program, which included sign twirlers — something Jonathan Zadok had never used before. He says a number of very wealthy customers came in because of them. “They said, ‘I loved your sign twirlers and here’s my credit card for $20,000.’ There’s no way we could have done that on our own,” says Zadok. “Without Wilkerson, the sale never, ever would have come close to what it did.”

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