Don’t Forget to Tie Your Shoelaces! – Five Don’ts for Salespeople

When following the don’ts for salespeople, its important to remember that becoming a great salesperson begins from the foundation up.  You must follow your intuition, keep your confidence, and focus on being present in your life and actions.

Five Don’ts for Salespeople:

  1. Don’t lose momentum. Prospecting is like a flywheel. It takes a while to crank it, but once it’s spinning, little touches keep it going. When you stop, such as to deal with a non critical interruption or to do something mindless that’s going to turn into a half hour long project, it’s like putting a big brake on that wheel. Afterwards, you’ve got to work twice as hard to start the wheel up again.
  2. Don’t ignore the hairs on the back of your neck. If you think you should call someone to follow up, but are procrastinating because you’re not sure how they will respond, especially if it’s to ask them to send in the contract that they agreed to sign, then act! The same thing applies when you’re in a meeting. If that internal voice is screaming, “Discuss the price now!” then act!
  3. Don’t assume the worst. Bad salespeople keep thinking that their clients and prospects are annoyed or put off with their persistent follow up. If you agreed to move forward, or if you ask for a meeting, or a recommendation, or something else that you’re supposed to do as a salesperson, then please don’t second guess what the other person thinks about it. Chances are you’re blowing it way out of proportion.
  4. Don’t call a spade a shovel. If someone keeps postponing a meeting, or doesn’t get back to you on a timely basis, then call it. Find out if commitment to this project is declining. What the best way to do this? Ask!
  5. Don’t rush out the door. Take fifteen minutes for a soft landing. You’ve been flying at warp speed all day. Take as much time as you can (without cutting into prime selling time – i.e. 8am to 5:30pm) to organize your desk, update your task list, etc. Remember: How you leave your workspace is how you will face it the next day. Be kind to the future you!

Again, these don’ts for salespeople kind of encompass the big picture of what goes into being a great salesperson.  It’s just like your parents reminding you to wash your hands before you eat, or to say please and thank you.  At first, you had to remember to do these things, but after awhile, they become natural.

Do you have any other don’ts for salespeople? Let us know in the comments!

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Charles Bernard is the CEO at Criteria for Success. He writes about sales, sales leadership, social selling best practices, time management, and anything related to helping others make sales success a habit.

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