Top Ten Myths About Selling

By Deanna Barr

Are you anxious about selling yourself and your services because of
a negative view of selling? Let’s bust a few myths!

1. A salesperson can sell you something you don’t want.

People buy to satisfy needs and wants. A salesperson may help a
customer to identify their needs and wants but customers only buy
when they believe the product or service they are offered will
satisfy them. Selling is not about seducing or coercing the client
into buying something for which they have no use or desire.

2. Successful salespeople use a lot of tricks and gimmicks.

Tricks and gimmicks are the tools of the old style salesperson.
Today’s buyers are too sophisticated to put up with these tactics.
Tricks and gimmicks may still be used by some salespeople in some
industries but these techniques are not the skills used by today’s
sales professional.

3. Successful salespeople are aggressive.

The best salespeople are not aggressive, by the usual definition of
that word. They are self motivated, enthusiastic and personable. The
irritating pushiness that the public tolerates as part of buying is
the trademark of the un trained, unprofessional salesperson. Top
sales people in any field are sincere, knowledgeable, considerate,
helpful and empathetic.

4. Great salespeople are born, not made.

Great salespeople are not born, they are trained. They resemble star
athletes or entertainers in that they may have personality or
physical traits which enhance their abilities. However desire,
training, practice and experience will enable anyone to reach a
successful level of sales performance.

5. Selling is something you do to people.

Selling is something you do with people, not something you do to
them. A sales presentation is conversational in style. It should be
comfortable, not confronting. The client needs information and looks
to the salesperson for guidance and advice. The salesperson is
helpful and supportive as the client considers the presentation and
makes a decision.

6. Selling a professional service requires a compromise in ethics.

The salesperson is motivated only by a desire to satisfy their
customer’s needs and wants. Professionals always place their
client’s best interests ahead of their own. Trust is essential to a
successful sales relationship and a professional never compromises
his/her integrity to achieve success.

7. The public does not trust or like salespeople.

People do not like or trust poorly trained, poorly informed,
ineffective salespeople. They often share stories about unethical
and pushy sales service, but in the next breath praise the
experience of dealing with their stock broker, real estate agent, or
car dealer. They say, “She’s different, you can trust her.” Today’s
consumer wants sales service they can trust and rely on, and they
will remain loyal to salespeople who provide it.

8. To be effective in sales you must adopt a new personality.

The more open you are with your client, the more you reveal who you
are, the less you try to role play an imagined sales personality,
the more effective you will be. The more you share your values,
feelings and experiences with your clients the more comfortable they

9. Marketing is replacing selling.

Selling is part of the marketing process. Sometimes, professionals
use the term ‘marketing’ instead of selling, believing it is more
acceptable. There is also a mistaken belief that marketing can
replace selling and eliminate the need for direct, one-to-one
customer contact. This may be true for some products or services
where the salesperson acts simply as an order taker. For most
products and services, however, selling is a necessary and valuable
part of the marketing strategy.

10. All successful salespeople are hard closers.

Surveys show that today’s top salespeople seldom spend much time on
closing. Instead they focus on finding customer needs, demonstrating
benefits and asking for customer feedback. The professional
salesperson, after making sure his client has all the information
needed to make a decision, simply asks if they would like to take
the next step. HBM

Deanna Barr is a member of Work at Home Moms (WAHM) and is a
homebased Watkins independent representative. To contact Deanna Barr
or to obtain more information on the Watkins home business
opportunity, please contact Deanna at (800) 778-2159, P.O. Box 6256,
Vacaville, Ca 95696-6256, Email:, or check out
her website:

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