Sales jobs attract naturally energetic, talkative and passionate people. They are often eager to begin working in the field, but they are not content to stay in one place for too long. They are always looking ahead to the next big goal, the next paycheck, and the next position. Here are a few tips for having a successful first year in your first sales job.
- Do more listening than talking.
Imagine you are interviewing prospective buyers to see that they are a good fit for your company’s products or services. How good would the interview be if it was just all the interviewer talking? Instead, you want to ask the right questions, so the prospect feels that buying is truly his or her own idea – not something forced upon him or her by a pushy salesperson. The best salespeople are good listeners.
- Focus on making a difference.
The best salespeople don’t fret over getting or losing a sale. Instead, they are focused on problem-solving and finding the best solution for a particular need.
- Find a mentor.
You may feel like your coworkers are almost like competitors vying for the same prospects, but it behooves you to think of them as mentors. Try to glean as many tips, techniques and tricks from your cohorts as possible. Look for people in professional associations who are willing to show you a few shortcuts or help you move up in the company.
- Convince yourself to buy first.
If you’re not convinced of the benefits that your own product or service has, then how do you expect to sell to anyone else? If your inner monologue is “off” and you have unresolved reservations, then every rejection will confirm your issues. Often times, it’s just a matter of learning more, understanding how to handle objections, and finding a new way to look at things.