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Sales Truths: You Make More Sales By Listening Than By Speaking Well

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What we know about how you sellTRUTH #4 
YOU MAKE MORE SALES BY LISTENING WELL THAN SPEAKING WELL. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE: Many salespeople believe their job is to use their verbal skills to convince the customer to make a purchase. Big mistake! Have you ever wrecked a potentially good sale by talking too much? Sure, you have. We are all very knowledgeable about our store and our merchandise, but not every customer wants to hear about the four C’s or how to propose marriage. The most important verbal skill you can learn is knowing when to shut up.  
 
PLAN OF ACTION: Ask open-ended questions to get customers talking and uncover their real needs. And when the customer is talking, listen ? really listen ? to their response rather than thinking about what you are going to say next. The result: you may not have to close the sale … the customer will do it for you.

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Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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Sales Truths: You Make More Sales By Listening Than By Speaking Well

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What we know about how you sellTRUTH #4 
YOU MAKE MORE SALES BY LISTENING WELL THAN SPEAKING WELL. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE: Many salespeople believe their job is to use their verbal skills to convince the customer to make a purchase. Big mistake! Have you ever wrecked a potentially good sale by talking too much? Sure, you have. We are all very knowledgeable about our store and our merchandise, but not every customer wants to hear about the four C’s or how to propose marriage. The most important verbal skill you can learn is knowing when to shut up.  
 
PLAN OF ACTION: Ask open-ended questions to get customers talking and uncover their real needs. And when the customer is talking, listen ? really listen ? to their response rather than thinking about what you are going to say next. The result: you may not have to close the sale … the customer will do it for you.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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