8 Things Kids Can Teach You About Sales

3 Mar

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On Saturday night, I watched my 11 year-old daughter give a speech in front of 200+ adults at a fundraiser. I was reminded that I’ve really taught her everything I can in terms of values and life skills. The rest of the parenting journey involves modeling the right behavior – no longer preaching the rules of life. Children often live the basics better than we do in our haphazard, busy lives. Now it’s time for me to start learning a little from my daughter…

8 Things Kids Can Teach You about Sales:

  1. Say please and thank you. Those old-fashioned manners are important.
  2. Be authentic with everyone you interact. Be you.
  3. Do the things you enjoy doing. If you don’t love the sales profession, why are you doing it? If you don’t love the company you are working for, why are you working there? If you aren’t really good at it, why bother?
  4. Stand up for what you believe. It’s okay not to agree with everything people say. 
  5. Ask questions. We can’t ask “Why?” too often.
  6. Be playful. Jump over the fence if that’s the fastest way to get there.
  7. Tell the truth. Admit it when you don’t know the answer and apologize when you make a mistake.
  8. Keep learning. Never stop getting smarter and please learn from your black eyes, bumps, bruises and mistakes.

These are fundamentals that will help you sell. Customers and prospects want to know that you are a good person before they buy from you. If they don’t like you, they know one hundred other people selling your product or service. Be inventive and genuine – be the best and do it with a smile.

Make every day count!

~Drew Schmitz

www.linkedin.com/in/andrewschmitz/

http://www.blueoctopusllc.com

drew@blueoctopusllc.com

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/131nqty

Twitter: @drew_schmitz

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