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The funny thing about sales is that, for the most part, no one wanted to be a salesperson growing up. The reality today is that all of us do some type of selling – but we often don’t call it that. Rather, we spend the majority of our time persuading, influencing, and moving others. Think about it. What we do each day has some sort of selling component. We don’t all have to be a stereotypical used car salesperson to consider ourselves salespeople. We’re all selling anyway.So, we didn’t go to school to be salespeople. But we find ourselves in positions that require the knowledge, skill, and discipline of selling. And I’m willing to bet that the majority of the people reading this didn’t go through any formal training before, during, or after taking on a “sales” role. For better or worse, most of us learn how to sell on the job. We pick up the phone, create our own prospect lists, and do the grunt work that sales can sometimes require. It’s not easy. And it requires a lot of grit, determination, and discipline to onboard as a salesperson, especially when you’re a rookie.
In an effort to share some sales wisdom with the relatively inexperienced salespeople of the world, we reached out to several sales experts. We asked them to answer this question:
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself in your first 3-6 months as a salesperson?