Monday, April 27, 2009

Life Is A Sales Call

There was a wonderful piece by Ben Stein in the Sunday, April 26, 2009 edition of the New York Times entitled "Attention Must Still Be Paid"

In the article, Stein reminisces about his brief experience as a shoe salesman and his appreciation for those who can sell well. He states, "Sales — when done right — is more than a job. It is an art."

For many who think that they aren't good at sales or would chose a career that didn't involve selling, Stein offers, "Lawyers and doctors and dentists and politicians and accountants and actors — all of us sell something, every day and every time we meet someone."

The truth is that selling - and selling well - is one of the biggest challenges that one will face in life. Whether it is selling a product, selling an idea or selling yourself, we all become salespeople. Learning how to do it well is a skill that most of us will work on throughout our professional careers.

The topics of sales and selling are popular ones at Prendismo. It seems people are always trying to polish up their understanding of the process or gain more insight in how to become more effective. Below, I've shared some clips on the topic of Sales. If you are interested in seeing more, check out Prendismo's collection of clips on sales.

"In American business, and in business anywhere, nothing happens until something gets sold." - Kathy Koultourides, Aramark

"If you want to really make a mark in whatever industry you're in, I would really recommend that you try to get sales experience." - Jeff Parker, Founder and CEO,

"When a customer says no, that's when the selling begins." - Norb Mayrhofer, General Manager, Procter & Gamble

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