Just the mention of a career in Sales conjures up all kinds of thoughts. I’ve heard these comments and reactions for years and over time, I’ve come to the conclusion that if your gut reaction is that, “Sales is not for me!” I would like to “sell” you on the idea that it could be.
Admittedly, I was the kid growing up who sold the most cups, candy, candles, and cheese for fundraisers for school activities such as Football, Track & Field, and Band. You know someone like this too! You might remark that they “have the gift of gab” or some other descriptors used to describe the salesperson in your group of Friends.
No doubt, you’ve been in some sales situations that rubbed you the wrong way: That high-pressure Used Car Salesperson, that “Free Trip with No Obligation, you just need to listen to a brief 90 minute presentation” ordeal, the latest “Get Rich Quick Scheme” present yet again by some stranger you just met who thought looked like you’ve got what it takes to make millions in just a few months!
No, this is not the type of sales career I’m talking about.
To me, a career in sales can take on many forms:
So, I’d like to suggest that you open your mind to the possibilities of a career in sales. Here’s why:
And remember, some of the most successful salespeople I know are quiet, thoughtful people. They’re not the loudest people in the room. They’re not as talkative as everyone else. They’re not Type-A personalities necessarily nor do they have the stereotypical “gift of gab”.
Whether you’re one of those outgoing personalities, a “people person”, or “Sales Guy/Sales Girl” type, you need to know your product, know your Customer, and know the features and benefits of whatever you choose to sell.
Most companies provide extensive product training, sales training, marketing and promotional items, and lots of support in an effort to continually train you to become a better salesperson.
So, I’m not trying to sell you on the idea of sales. I just want you to consider it. Explore a career in sales. Dispel the myths behind what success in sales is all about. Do some intense fact-finding and discover what a career in sales might mean for you.
As you continue to find the career that’s right for you, keep an open mind to new career opportunities, including a career in sales.
As the late animal welfare advocate and TV personality Roger Caras said, “Never continue in a job you don’t enjoy. If you’re happy in what you’re doing, you’ll like yourself; you’ll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you’ll have more success than you could possibly have imagined.”
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