5 Life Lessons for the Entry Level Sales Professional

I often look back at my life and relive what I have been taught so I don’t forget it.  With that being said, I want to revisit 5 lessons that I have used to create myself as a salesmen. 1. Network. Network. Network. Networking is the best way to get yourself known and build your brand. Great channels through which to network and share your insights and expertise are the social networks. Create an account for Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn and start adding to the conversation. To start sharing indepth ideas and experiences, create a blog on Blogger or WordPress. Post content that is professional and directed to the right audience. Remember, it’s easier to sell to a warm market than a cool one. 2. Respect your elders. We’ve heard this since childhood and it’s applicable to today’s sales professional. Because you’re new at this, don’t go out there ruining relationships because you think you know what you are doing.  Most of the time you don’t. Listen and learn from others that have traveled the sales road before you.  If you do, you’ll succeed more often than not.  Remember, listening doesn’t obligate you to take action. Consider different points of views, then compare those with yours when looking for creative lead generation ideas. 3. Don’t Play with Fire.  Fire equals risk. I won’t argue that risk is a good thing when...

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