February 25th 2013 at 10:11pm Published by firstdownadmin

Every business revenue relies one way or another in the ability to sell services or products.  Here are top tips from professionals on how to master the art of selling.

1. Learn to be comfortable interacting with others and try to develop a comfort level in talking with people you have never met. Joining a couple of social groups such as Toastmasters International that assist all types of professionals in public/group speaking can help.

2. Consider taking a sales course at a nearby college, entrepreneurial center, or chamber of commerce.

3. Develop a strong level of self-confidence in your ability to speak effectively and sincerely about your product or service. Believe that if you convince prospects to become your customers they will be better off because of what you sold them.

4. Seek mentors who have been successful in sales or sales management. Use them to bounce ideas off or and share your enthusiasm for being in sales. In the classic sales manual Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill advocates the use of a mastermind group. This type of support can be wonderful in an advisory capacity. Think and Grow Rich is one of the most successful motivational business books ever written.

5. Remember: Everyone is a salesperson to some extent and nothing happens in any company — or any relationship — until something is sold. If you are married, you “sold” your wife on marrying you. Competent teachers are salespeople too. They’re selling ideas and concepts to motivate students.