Tough Times

Selling During Them

Tough times, are they tougher than your sales muscles ?

Are you a fair weather sales person or are you prepared to earn your salary and commissions by making sales when it's hard ?

Anyone can make sales when the economy is booming and the focus of most companies is keeping up with demand. If raw materials and labour are scarce it's a sellers market.

But what about when things slow down ?

What do you do to make sure you make your share of sales ?

The list below comes from the December 1932 issue of Opportunity Magazine, written for salespeople during the Great Depression.

It was a test to be taken to see if you could sell during the depression.

I was lucky enough to find this information re-printed in The Customer Collective Blog.

Take the test and see how you do ?

  1. Am I sociable?
  2. Do I think in terms of success?
  3. Do I really like selling?
  4. Do I think of my customers interests?
  5. Do I read sales literature?
  6. Do I study my prospects?
  7. Is my personal appearance a credit to myself and the company I represent?
  8. Do I realize that success in selling is a matter of study and perseverance and that the element of luck is small?
  9. Am I cheerful in the face of interruptions?
  10. Am I always courteous even with unreasonable prospects?
  11. Am I always scrupulously honest in my representations?
  12. Do I think of selling as a dignified calling worthy of my best efforts?
  13. When faced with competition, am I inspired to excel?
  14. Do I know that my line of goods is the best on the market?
  15. Do I try to make repeat sales?
  16. Do I talk quality first and price later?
  17. Do I stay with a line of goods long enough to give the line a fair trial?
  18. Do I spend sufficient time perfecting my demonstration to make it convincing?
  19. Do I take advantage of every modern convenience in selling, such as the telephone, telegraph and letter service?
  20. Do I canvas systematically and never skip places because they look uninviting?
  21. Do I work regular hours even when the weather is unpleasant?
  22. Do I put in the extra time to close a deal when necessary?
  23. Do I put extra effort into selling after a poor day?
  24. Do I put extra effort into selling after an unusually good day?
  25. Am I determined to stick with selling despite the lure of a blind alley, time clock, type of job?

Score the test by adding up the number of questions answered favourably:

  • 25: Star Salesman
  • 20: A Success
  • 15: On The Way
  • Below 15: Need Overhauling

Well how did you do ?

Hopefully, you did well.

If not, get to it and start working on your game.
The time to start is now.

Here's to YourSalesSuccess, Greg

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