97,382 Views. You’re fresh out of college and ready to take on the world. After a couple of interviews you quickly realize that getting a great position mandates experience. How does that work? Well, actually, I have a couple of ideas to help there. Before we get into that, however, let’s discuss what a sales professional is.
What is a salesperson?
I can tell you my six year old is. Politicians, CEO’s, revolutionists, pacifists, friends and family are. Anyone that tries to express or sell their ideas… their “wares”… are. A better idea. A better concept. A better life. Seriously, where would society be in general without being motivated and “sold”? To persuade, convince, or direct others is in its truest since selling. I would go so far to say that everyone has the innate ability to sell. To become a sales professional however is much more than that.
“Anyone can sell something… Do it day in and day out for years… successfully… then you can honestly hold the title of salesperson” -Chris Lott
Sales Careers are different
Truth of the matter is that while sales positions-careers look easy they’re not. Here are some of the qualities needed to be successful.
Fast paced and full of energy
A quick wit and a knack for reading body language
Excellent people skills and a flexible attitude
Capable of initiating – taking risks
Adept at using verbal and written skills
Maintaining a positive attitude even when life challenges suck
Trainable – willing to learn constantly
Sales careers are not 8 to 5 jobs. Almost always long hours are demanded. Many times away from home.