What Makes a Great Salesperson?

Playing my favorite sport by the water keeps me happy and stress-free.

With the numerous options of articles, videos, podcasts, books, and creative tutorials out there on how to train salespeople to be great at selling, how does one even know where to begin?

In my opinion, everything that we do daily is selling. When we inspire someone to join our favorite charity or eat at our favorite restaurant or try something new with us, we are selling. If a banker convinces us to change to another type of account, that is selling. If someone asks us out on a date, that is selling. If a mother can convince her child to go to bed early so that the child will not get tired in the morning, that is selling. I hope you get the idea of what I am trying to convey.

To me, the meaning of selling is to engage, to intrigue, to persuade, to seduce, to entice, to enroll, and so on. Selling does not always have to be in exchange for a material thing or for money. For example, if you encourage someone to take action on your idea to improve their work or personal life, that is selling.  I feel like I have been selling my whole life. Always engaging and enrolling or inspiring, and motivating someone somewhere to try something that I am excited about at the moment.

In order to thrive as a salesperson, there are certain qualities I think a good salesperson must possess. Can those be taught and trained? I am not sure. Why don’t you read on to see what I have to say and then make that decision for yourself and your team?

Passion: I have seen many people in a sales position because it is a job, and not for the love of the product or the service offerings they are trying to sell. So much of sales is about sharing and communicating your enthusiasm and excitement about what you are selling. If you are not passionate about it, how can your potential customers be feeling the same? A great salesperson is genuinely and enthusiastically interested in what they are selling. And most often, you can see that in their body language, their positive facial expressions, and their upbeat tone of voice, too!

Knowledge: Study your products and services and know them well so that you can help fulfill the needs, desires, and respond to your customer questions promptly with well-informed and accurate data. Be the living example of it. Instead of spending time keeping track of what your competitors are doing, spend time giving your customers a unique, exclusive experience with you.

Honesty: A good salesperson is honest. Potential clients are watching and listening to you very intently, and can sense if a person is sincere or not. When you are honest and maintain integrity in your promises and delivery to your customers, you will build trust with them. And trust is the most important element in keeping any relationship strong.

Asking and Listening: When you are attentive to your customers’ wants and needs, you ask them specific questions about what they are looking for, their thoughts and concerns about the products and services, and then repeat their responses back to them to ensure them you have heard them correctly.  This is called active listening. The best sales experiences happen when your client feels that you know exactly what they want and need because you have done your homework of asking and listening. Soon, you will become a trusted adviser to the customer and transactions in the future will be simple and easy.

Detail Oriented: It’s the little things that matter. A great salesperson is very detail oriented. Their actions are fully thought out and performed with precision.  They know that every step they take and every little thing they do will be used by the potential customer to measure the worth of their brand or product in order to make the purchasing decision.

Polished and Positive: Finally, a polished image and a positive attitude are the key ingredients to get you in the door. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed. When you look your best, you will feel your best. Your confidence and joy will be contagious and everyone around you will want to have what you have. Interestingly, it has been scientifically proven that our mental and emotional well-being skyrocket when we are looking our best. When you are polished from head to toe, your confidence shines through. You are more mentally alert and prepared for what is coming at you, regardless of how sudden or challenging. As they say, you do not have a second chance to make a first impression.

These are my top 6 qualities that a great salesperson must possess. But my #1 quality in a great salesperson is Loving Life. If a person is in love with their life and themselves, they will highly value their time and will only choose jobs that they enjoy and are passionate about. Work will not feel like work if you love what you do and are true to yourself. It will feel like you are living your dream life. And that is moi 99.9%! (smiles)

Being able to walk to the water within minutes from work makes my life even more powerful.

How To Not Get Fired From Your Job

According to a study cited in Forbes magazine, 46% of employees fail within 18 months of landing a new job. Here are my top 11 ways how to NOT get fired from your job, but instead, do extremely well.

1. Under promise and over deliver. Don’t be too quick to say you can do something unless you know you will have the results produced with excellence.

2. Be punctual. Whether you are arriving at work, turning in a project, getting on a conference call, or heading to a meeting, be the first one there and ready to go. Be a leader and not a follower.

3. Be open to feedback. As a matter of fact, you should be seeking honest feedback from people you work with regularly and have honest conversations with them on areas where you can improve or perform better. Make sure you take action and follow through on making those improvements. Walk the talk.

4. Be present.  Prior to stepping into the office, all your personal problems and drama should be left at home or outside the door, or delete them from your mental computer. It is not nice for you to be using your employer’s time and money for your personal agendas and problems. When you are at work, you should be 100% focused on your job, doing it well, and being an asset to the organization, not a liability. Remember, when you make the company look good, you also look good.

5. Keep your word. Always do what you say you will do. People will trust and respect you more that way.  When you commit to something, keep it and honor it. Don’t be flaky. When that happens, you will lose your responsibilities in your role and eventually, you will lose your job.

6. Don’t just meet expectations, exceed them.  This means that if your schedule is 9 to 5, don’t just show up at 9 and leave at 5. There is so much to learn and grow from, take the opportunity while no one is around to do so. Come in early, leave late, and use that time to catch yourself up and be ahead of everyone.  If you are asked to read one book per month, read 2,3, or even 4.  Don’t wait for your boss to tell you what to do next. Be proactive, get ahead of the game, and surprise your employer!

7. Be respected rather than loved.  If you are not in the love business, then you should be earning respect at work to get the job done.  When people respect you, they will do what you say and help you to achieve goals and objectives.  How do you earn respect from others? Do all of the 6 things I mentioned above. Respect pays the bills, not love.

8. Invest in yourself. The more self-aware you are, the more you will be able to contribute to the world, including your work and personal relationships. You know this is my favorite one as I am a student of life and am always seeking to learn, grow, and improve myself and become an asset to those around me.

9. Stay healthy. No matter what, take care of your health and mental well being. When you are healthy, you will be more productive and efficient at work and that will make your boss (and everyone around you) happy.  Be sure to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night and exercise daily along with eating healthy. Meditation and Yoga also help to de-stress, too!

10. Become an expert in your role. Make sure you are the go-to person for everything in your area. The way to do this is to deliver quality work, not quantity. You will save time for the people that you work with because fewer mistakes are made and the result is money saved for the organization. You will be a valuable asset and resource and it will be hard to replace you.

11. Lastly, dress to win. Dress for the role you aspire to be in, not the role you are currently in. It’s always better to overdress and make everyone else look bad than to be the most unpolished one in the bunch and feel ashamed. When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you do good and are more effective at work. Who would not want to be around a happy, confident, polished, and successful person?

I hope this post was helpful. There are more tips I could share, but I feel that after years of working with other high-level executives and business leaders and also running my own business, these are the things we appreciate about an employee. This is what I use to make my decision on keeping or letting go of an employee.  As always, I am here to help. Please feel free to reach out should you need my assistance.