What’s the first thing you think of when someone tells you “I am a salesman”? Are there more good than bad thoughts? There are, right? Be honest. There is just a lot of negative connotation to being a sales person.
Can I just say that some people still have the perception that if you are in the sales industry, you probably are a college dropout. Thus, being labeled an under achiever – living the mediocre life, not pursuing anything big because really, where can you go from selling door to door? Or ringing up people who have no clue who you are?
“Sales people are the engineers of every organisation.”
But let me break to it to you, in today’s modern world, the most valuable skill one can have is selling. Everything requires selling. From going for the job interview, to getting your husband to say yes to buying your favourite shoes, selling is the essential part of living.
You get what you want by selling.
Look, nobody wants to be a salesperson forever. But one thing I can assure you is that if you stick to selling for at least several years, like Grant Cardone and Gary Vee, you can transition from being a normal salesman to one of the big business players in the market.
These 3 skills are the ones that will get you to the next level.
1. Entrepreneurial skills – If you are a salesman, you are an entrepreneur. You will learn the art of taking control of your income. Once you have taken control, you understand that things will not be easy. That’s when you will learn resiliency, one of many is the ability of facing rejections. You will toughen up which means you don’t take things personally. You know it’s just business.
2. Public speaking – You will learn how to pitch your sales effectively. You know how to use impactful words to influence your buyers. . You know how to manipulate your tone to capture attention. You will then gain confidence to even speak to the top executives. It is a skill not many have, but the good news is it can be learned.
3. Negotiation – You learn to get what you want by negotiating because everything is negotiable. Imagine having all the things that you want just by mastering this skill. Warren Buffet, the world’s richest investor, once said “You are not robbed just because the other party was smarter than you during negotiations.”
So the next time somebody shames you for not having a high-flying job, know that a sales job IS the high-flying job that will take you places.