Whether you’re selling software or signs, these are attributes that everyone needs to have to be successful, courtesy of Intelliverse.com.
“Abraham is one of the star salesmen in a company who is into software selling in the B2B arena. Abraham says sales is an exciting profession for him with an element of instant gratification as he can close the deals faster. Jenny joined the organization a year ago, but she finds sales an intimidating profession as she can’t close deals so easily.
This is something that is widely noticed in sales. Few are exceptionally successful in selling while others find it hard to cope. Identifying the qualities of a successful salesperson would help us to understand the traits required to be a successful salesperson. What does Abraham do that Jenny finds it hard to do? When asked, Abraham listed the below-mentioned qualities and characteristics that he thinks is behind the success that he represents.
1. They are confident
Abraham believes confidence is the prime prerogative of a salesperson, and he or she should exemplify it while presenting themselves and the product. Many times, the prospects get induced by Abraham’s confidence in the product as he explains the benefits of it, and he notices customers getting influenced by it. According to Abraham, this ability is one of the primary trump cards of a super salesperson which helps to act as a trigger for the customer to make the purchase decision.
2. They are subtle
Selling is all about instilling faith, confidence and educating the consumer about the product or the service in a friendly manner. Abraham has never made an attempt to sell. He builds rapport, understands the problem, and solves it by selling the product or service. Abraham says he gauges the mind of the prospect and goes on answering the questions that the prospect has in mind without even being asked.
3. They are resilient
Abraham has mastered the art of how to confront and cooperate at the same time while facing sales rebuttals and negotiating obstacles. He has a unique way of developing rapport and overcoming customers’ rejections to grab the deal. He is incredibly witty and uses his practical intelligence to convince the prospect that the product would exceed expectations in serving the needs of his customers.
4. They are insightful
Abraham says that he tries to gauge the knowledge of the customers and their minds to identify the specific requirements of the customers and come up with a solution to satisfy those needs. Like a consultant, Abraham tries to understand the needs and addresses those with empathy. In doing so he creates a rapport and an obligation that’s hard for the customers to ignore.
5. They have high integrity
A high level of integrity is ingrained in the character of a successful salesperson. Abraham is no exception. Misrepresentation of facts and figures is the last thing he would do as he knows that this not only jeopardizes a sale but can also distort the likeliness of future connections that the lead may provide. Abraham says customers like his integrity and higher values and it brings him more business and helps him in spreading his network.
6. They are focused
Successful salespeople never lose their focus as they understand their duties and set goals and do their best to achieve them. Abraham has his target and goals that he has set for himself. He has successfully aligned his personal goals with his work and strives hard to achieve the goals set by him. This helps him to act with a purpose in his daily work and focus in all areas of his profession.
7. They are open with a broad worldview
Abraham reads a lot, and in his free time he browses the net to look into the news and the current affairs that are happening around him. He has found his knowledge helpful in his profession. Successful sales representatives are open to different viewpoints with a broad understanding of the world and different cultures.
8. They care for other’s interest more than theirs
Abraham is a broad-hearted person with a generous nature as opined by his colleagues and friends. This characteristic helps him convince customers that he is working for the best interests of his prospects and that he values their interests more than his own.
9. They are extroverts
Extroversion is one of the primary attributes of Abraham’s personality. He has many friends, interests, and a natural flair for meeting and knowing other people. He enjoys company and interaction and can easily start a conversation. This inherent trait present in Abraham helps him to meet new people and make new acquaintances and friends.
10. They are good listeners
Listening is another winning attribute of Abraham’s persona. He listens carefully to the customers, understand their pain points and offers them a solution. Listening also helps him in building rapport with the other person. People adore him, as he has the habit of listening actively.
Abraham says that a few qualities were ingrained in him and he has developed a few of them. Abraham regularly coaches a few of his colleagues who find it hard to cope with sales. Abraham firmly believes that most of these qualities can be acquired as well.”
–Intelliverse is a Carrollton, Texas-based sales-oriented software and consulting firm that has been around since 1984. This is from the Sales Acceleration Blog on its website.