It's Not Just for Salespeople
Know matter what type of business you operate, one continuing education course I'd recommend you attend at least on a yearly basis are those that involve Effective Selling Techniques. The skills you will learn from a good sales course are not just for learning to pitch & close potential clients and customers. A good teacher or instructor who has mastered the art of selling would tell you that the skills you are about to acquire will help you in:
- Relating better to your customers and clients.
- Increasing traffic to your business, or assist you in reaching more customers.
- Help you in understanding how to better fulfill your customer's needs.
- Help you better inform customers about the benefits of your product, or service.
- Help you to understand how to handle rebuttals, and rejection.
- Teach you how to communicate more effectively, and efficiently in general.
Nothing Is More Rewarding Than An Interactive Form of Study
From my personal experience, not only are these courses very informative in their content; I also find that they are mentally invigorating - They have a way of giving me a greater confidence boost weeks, and even months later as I work on improving my plan or combined "Plans of Action" for that year. Another plus is that you have close access to the instructor for: questions, hands on problem solving, and you gain an established contact (The Instructor), who is usually a key figure in the business community. Not to mention you will also walk away with probably a dozen fresh contacts or referrals from your fellow classmates who attend the course.
A Course's Influence in Other Areas of Your Business
- It Helps You Construct or Ehance a Current Marketing Plan.
- Builds Confidence and Assists You In Personal Development.
- Teaches You Effective Time Management.
- In Learning Effective Leadership Skills.
- Builds the Awareness of Your Non-Verbal Communication.
- Becoming a Better Teacher to Your Employees, Associates, and Representatives.
- Enhances Your Skills In Planning, Organization, and Scheduling.
- Effectively Use and Develope Promotional Tools: Newsletters, Your Website(s), Brochures, and Business Cards.
It Builds Your Awareness of How to Effectively Sell a Product
Its funny going into a store to buy an item and having the sales clerk pitch a product warranty to me; I normally never ever buy them. Oddly though, in the back of my mind I usually want them to push a little harder, but they never do. Even though I will not buy it if they did try more. From my understanding they make a little extra when a product warranty is purchased; But imagine if that same clerk gave that little extra nudge just as an autosales person, or telemarketer will. With sales training, personal-interactive skills (a kind of helping my buddy approach), knowledge of that warranty's benefits, a thurough product knowledge, and customer satisfaction knowledge - He or she could come close to convencing me to buy it.
Great Sales Teachers to Learn From
A Very Important Area to Learn Product Promotion
Now with direct communication tools such as: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Internet Streaming, and Podcasting becoming more common in our daily lives; socially and in business. Learning to use these tools effectively has the potential of producing the same results as investing in a five or six-figure marketing campaign. If you think I am just exaggerating, then do a little research on people who are currently creating iPad and Android Apps. You can even cruise the internet and find small-town country craftsmen & women with a unique twist on an Old American or Native American Style of artistry, selling to customers in Europe, Asia, even Australia because of that old effective sales tool we call "Word of Mouth." So take note of how many people that contact you, write comments or request information from other countries. Maybe it's time to broaded your marketing plan, and learn to communicate with them.
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