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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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