The Art of Sales

Last Update: September 23, 2014

So we are all here on WA because we see a great opportunity to make a living, earn an income, live a lifestyle, etc in a way that is different than our parents and the generation that came before us. We realize that the office-enclosed, 9-5, salary-based type of jobs are not the desired choice for making a living like the last century. It is a different economy and it is driven by the activity on the internet.

So how do we make a go of it? What are the secrets to earning that income online? Well we are all learning several different tips and lessons on how to be successful here at WA. In the past, sales was a great way of making a really good income through commission sales. Some were successful through great aptitude for selling, call them the naturals if you will. Some achieved great selling skills through training. Some reached success through a combination of both.

So my question here is...what were the most important traits of a successful sales person from days gone by? What skills or natural abilities did one have to possess to make it in sales? While thinking about that...how do those skills translate to today's online world? Are those skills and talents of the past still relevant in the sales funnel of today?

I would love to hear some feedback on this because I have my own views that I will share in the near future. But I would like to hear from each of you. Thanks in advance for sharing!

Mike

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jazminf Premium
My Grandfather was a salesmen and made a decent living out of it. I had to do some research, Questioned my dad,mom and grandmother and they all basically said the same thing. Sales people today have no idea what their selling. They read from a pre written script and sound like robots. Now back in the day a sales person would know exactly what they are selling without having to look at a script. Which in turn made the customer feel more comfortable buying from them. It makes people trust them, and with trust comes customers. Just my 2 cents:)
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TorabbMarket Premium
That is some awesome stuff there Jazmin. Very wise young lady. Thanks so much!

Mike
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jazminf Premium
Your very welcome Mike:)
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cookma54 Premium
Many things remain the same .... honesty, fair dealings, great customer service, prompt response ... to name a few. M
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TorabbMarket Premium
Thanks Cookma!

Mike
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hakemp001 Premium
Door to Door sales marketing, I remember so long ago that this was one of the best ways to sell products and services. Also the best way to get your exercise. You couldn't Target your market, the best you could do is knock on the doors of the rich and pray for a sale. To make the best sales, you had to be very good and precise at being a Salesman.

A salesman had to be able to speak effectively, without being shy about approaching a stranger. A salesman had to be skilled in picking out details of the person they were speaking with, and be able to talk to that person based on their personality.

Modern marketing is pretty much the lazy way to make money :) You can sit at home, build websites, target your market with a few keywords, and create content. You don't even have to be a great salesman in order to make an income.
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TorabbMarket Premium
Great feedback! Thanks so much for that.

Mike
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Terry661 Premium
What works for me is "Know what you sell and sell what you know". Hasn't worked here yet, I'm not that far along, but it will probably translate well in posts and pages. Good Luck
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TorabbMarket Premium
Thanks Terry! Good stuff.

Mike
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CarlaIves Premium
My Da was one of the best salesmen in the country in his day. He sold portion-control meats and seafood to high-end restaurants. He always told me the secret was just to never give up, to stick with it. His fave saying (and I'll clean it up a wee bit) was, "Ya throw enough stuff up against the wall, some of it's bound to stick." He always told me it takes contacting someone nine times before they consider making a purchase. If he was still on this earth with us, I'm sure I could get tons more great tips from him.
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TorabbMarket Premium
Love the story Carla! Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks so much!

Mike
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