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Basic Salesmanship

Basic Salesmanship Each of us, at one time or another, has had to sell something.  Basic Salesmanship does not necessarily mean offering a product or service in exchange for a monetary consideration.

It could also mean convincing people about an idea or thought or a concept. It could also be trying to get people to side with you. The number one thing we must consider is this: do we know what we are talking about?

Do we fully understand all the implications? Do we know how these would affect us or other people? They say the best salesmen are those who know their product well. Whoever said this was half correct because that is only part of the concept of selling.

One might ask: “If we know the product we are selling, what else would we need to convince a prospect to buy our product?” The answer is simple. The other half of selling is “Honesty” and “Sincerity”. No, we are not trying to preach the Gospel here, though that is not such a bad idea.

Most people see right through a fake salesman; always in a hurry to close the sale making their buyers doubt in themselves and feel as though they were just “coerced” into buying.

We may read in salesmanship books that we need ingenuity, perseverance, and the ability to create a need, to make the prospect want our products. These are all true, but my dear ladies and gentlemen, nobody talks about “Honesty” and “Sincerity”.

By being “honest” and “sincere” we empathize with our prospects, we try to feel how they would feel, and to make them feel we understand their needs. When we go through the sales process, we would find it easier to close the sale if we took the time to explain the pros and cons of our product.

If we made the prospect feel that we are not just selling “a product” to them, but rather, we are offering them a solution, then we are on the right track. The best part of closing a sale is when we accept payment from someone who is not only satisfied with our product but also someone who can rest easy and not thinking that somehow we conned them into it.

I have once read that the number one salesman of all times is Jesus Christ, why? Because He knew what He was talking about, He was “Honest” and “Sincere” in all His dealings. So look at where His Product is now. The Church of God has withstood more than two centuries of faith. Isn’t that living proof of His salesmanship abilities?

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Alphonse Tan

Alphonse is a marketing person by profession and started his life's career in sales. He is an alumnus of De La Salle University in Manila with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management.

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