Selling at any level. The only difference is YOU!

Selling at any level. The only difference is YOU!

Written By Jeffrey Gitomer

KING OF SALES, The author of seventeen best-selling books including The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, and The Little Gold Book of Yes! Attitude. His live coaching program, Sales Mastery, is available at

Selling at any level. The only difference is YOU!

I just received an email from someone who loves my column, but feels asthough I’ve been writing lately about more upscale things — travel,hotels, high-end shops, and people who earn a lot of money.

The email stated that these examples are not realistic or germane to her sales, her business, or her life.

Not so. These examples of sales and service are no different than aserver at McDonald’s, a front desk clerk at a Holiday Inn, a fleamarket seller, a salesperson at some random kiosk in a mall, or any B2Bsalesperson earning $38,500 a year, and struggling.

The only difference is the amount of money involved, and maybe the level of sophistication needed.

Sales is sales. It’s not who you’re calling on, or what you’re selling.It’s how you present yourself. If you sell used cars, computers,perfume at a department store, or million dollar yachts — there’s verylittle difference in anything other than your earnings.

Whatever the level of your sale, it’s likely that you’re at your salescomfort level. Maybe slightly above, maybe slightly below. But not outof your comfort zone. Your comfort is a place where you believe you canmake sales, and make a living.

Or maybe you’re content to make a little less money, because you lovewhat you do. Maybe you sell tickets for a sports team because you lovesports, or maybe you sell musical instruments because you’re amusician, or you work in a bookstore because you love to read.

Your ability to excel and be happy in any of these jobs — includingyour job right now — has very little to do with the economy, verylittle to do with your product, and even less to do with price.

The sale hinges on you and your communication ability.
The sale hinges on your belief in what you’re selling.
The sale hinges on your attitude about yourself.
The sale hinges on the way someone else perceives you.
The sale hinges on your believability.
The sale hinges on your friendliness.
The sale hinges on the customer’s perceived value.
And in rare cases, the sale also hinges on the price.

And all companies, sellers, and servers have one major objective in common: Ring their register.

All levels of selling have common requirements of salespeople:
They all have to make friends with their customer.
They all have to demonstrate value.
They all must be perceived as sincere.
They all have to engage in a friendly manner.
And in order to earn money, there has to be a willingness on the customer’s part to buy.

There’s one other common characteristic. Wherever you are on the salesfood chain, you want to grow. You seek to get to what iseuphemistically referred to as ‘the next level.’

However much you’re earning, you want to earn more. The person earning40 wants to get to 50. The person earning 100 wants to get to 200.That’s not some sales law; it’s a law of human nature. The less youhave, the more you want. The more you have, the more you want.

It’s not actually getting to THE next level. It’s getting to YOUR next level. That’s the real world AND your real world.

Many people don’t see the next level, because they’re focused on whatthey don’t have, rather than what they could have. And they’re focusedon gaining materially, rather than improving personally. MAJOR CLUE:Achievement precedes acquiring.

Get better. Achieve more. Earn better. Have more things. That’s the pecking order.

The reason the person who wrote me this email was not because I wasbeing unrealistic. It was because she was not able to see herself inthese situations. Her belief system could not say, “COOL! That will beme in a few years.” Rather, she is resigned to her present space,without any vision of what “could be.” And not willing to make a gameplan to get there.

Where are you now?
What do you believe you can become?
Do you believe you can get there?
Are you willing to do the work it takes to get there?

I can help you have a better vision, but in the end, you make your own reality.

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