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5 Sales Tips to Practice Daily

Five different, but important tasks you can do Monday through Friday and watch how they begin to help.

  1. Stop the insanity– break the cycle and try something new everyday by Getting out of your comfort zone without losing control. Start small, and as your comfort level rises keep expanding outside of your comfort zone. Do something you have never done before or something not typical for you. It might take practice but that’s ok, just do it. Look for new ways of doing the same task like how you meet new customers…even take a different route to your car as you head home.
  2. Practice your value proposition– As you get ready for work, repeat the value proposition for your product line. Get it down to an mirrorart and make it as much your DNA as your skin. Try this… Look yourself in the mirror and convince “that person” your product is of value. If you cannot convince yourself, how are you going to convince a client?
  3. Stop being a salesperson– be the buyer for a change. What’s running through their head? What’s important to them? Do you know, or did you even ask? Your agenda does not translate into the customer’s agenda.  Recall when you were a buyer of a big ticket item. Did your priorities and agenda coincide with the salesperson? More likely they did not. Make your product a must have, not a nice to have.
  4. Become a psychic– Well maybe not really, but having the ability to read and understand a customer is invaluable. Study the art of psychicnon-verbal communications and use it to your advantage. It really does work. Practice using this in informal gatherings. It will also polish your observational skills. Most sales people regard this as  low priority to learn, yet it is high on their list of “wanna do’s.”
  5. Refocus your efforts– While this is may not be a daily activity, focus on the 20%-30% of customers that have the highest percentage of closing. This may mean taking a hard, honest look at your pipeline. This may also mean altering your strategy rather than waiting for the account review meetings to do it for you. At a minimum, refocus on your pipeline on a weekly basis.

As always, let me know if you find these of value.  Contact Me and let me know your thoughts.

Happy Selling!

Ed Warner

6 replies on “5 Sales Tips to Practice Daily”

Although these are simple practices in sales, we sometimes forget to utilize them in our daily practices. I use these subconsciously but it is something that we need to remain focused on. Great reminders. I like to focus on the non-verbal communication piece. I once took a sales class at ATT 15-20 years ago and it was one of the most rewarding classes I have ever taken.

I like #1 the best “Get out of your comfort zone.” That is a tactic I have adopted over the last couple of years, and although I am not in sales, it has made a difference in my daily life. Getting out of the comfort zone for everyday practices opens the mind to being able to make bigger leaps when the time arises. Throughout the past six months of searching for a new position, getting out of my comfort zone has made “doing whatever it takes…” a little easier. I now am of the philosophy “What have I got to lose…they can only say no.” This has given me the courage to make the extra call, ask the extra question, and tell the story. I am now beginning to see results, and I believe it has a lot to do with “getting out of the comfort zone” and what effect that has on my outlook overall.

Ed. Thanks for your comments on my blog. I like your article as well. I liked your advice on #3. Sometimes we have our best results when we do flip things on their heads…..

Btw, send me an email – I have a technical tip for you, if you are open to it.


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