How can one become the best sales rep without academics?

How can one become the best sales rep without academics?
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Mark Suster created a really great primer on sales strategy on his blog bothsidesofthetable.com.  I would suggest that you look at this: http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2011/09/30/tips-to-help-you-think-about-sales-at-your-startup/.  Enjoy!

Answered over 2 years ago viarenuble 18 from United States


Hello Bonnie,
“All salesmen will profit by remembering that none of us want anything that someone else wishes to ‘get rid of’”

Do the following in order to succeed with sales
1. Make a network of friends who will be the users and free markers of your products or services.
2. Provide as much promotions as possible
3. Show people the color of your service before they show you the color of their money
4. Learn the principles governing customer care
5. Keep in mind that our strength grows out of our weakness. Keep learning
6. Be confident in expressing your product or service
7. You have to know that people struggle to get things which are difficult to get, therefore you need not to oversimplify the process of acquiring your product.
8. Acquire patience and perseverance
9. Avoid guessing, be straight forward
10. Avoid panic. People can persecute you the way they like, be comfortable and learn from them. Do not insult the abusive customers. Let them free for they will not abuse you in the future.

All in all but salesmanship does not necessarily need you to go to college, but it needs you to keep learning about your environment. Know your business well and know the customers of your business well. Make friends and call the friends of your friends to your business.

Answered over 2 years ago nicholaus mlangwa 58 from Tanzania, United Republic of
about 2 years ago exdir1 said:

Very nicely done, Nicholaus. Good answer.


Hi Bonnie. There are lots of ways to learn new skills outside of schools. Can you tell us a little more about what sort of sales rep you want to be? Maybe someone in the community knows some great techniques to learn sales skills without academics. 

Answered over 2 years ago tallybower 289 3 from United States