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Sales Truths: If You Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

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IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE: If you have no plan for your life, how will you know where you are going and, how will you know when you have arrived? Without a business or family plan, or meaningful goals, how can you structure your life to get the most out of it? 
 
 
PLAN OF ACTION: Establish specific measurable goals with your salespeople. Break them down by month, week and day. A daily plan might be to select your favorite piece in the entire store and commit to show it at least two times every day. Choose your favorite because you are enthusiastic and excited when you talk about it. Commit to trying (just trying) for one add-on sale every day. If you did only this, what would happen to your business? A simple plan when well executed will not fail. 

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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Sales Truths: If You Fail To Plan, Plan To Fail

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IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL. 
 
WHY IT’S TRUE: If you have no plan for your life, how will you know where you are going and, how will you know when you have arrived? Without a business or family plan, or meaningful goals, how can you structure your life to get the most out of it? 
 
 
PLAN OF ACTION: Establish specific measurable goals with your salespeople. Break them down by month, week and day. A daily plan might be to select your favorite piece in the entire store and commit to show it at least two times every day. Choose your favorite because you are enthusiastic and excited when you talk about it. Commit to trying (just trying) for one add-on sale every day. If you did only this, what would happen to your business? A simple plan when well executed will not fail. 

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Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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