Today is April Fools Day. This day of practical jokes goes back to the 1300’s. Everyone has a story to tell about the joke that they pulled off. If you look at Google Maps today, the image is turning into a Pacman game that you are trying to win instead of following the directions.
It is more fun to deliver the joke than receive it. We can be good sports and laugh it off but in reality, we may not have appreciated it at all. This can be the same in your professional life if you are not prepared when dealing with your suppliers or your customers.
This week’s article is from the salesman’s perspective. The account manager that comes in to visit the procurement lead does not want to appear a fool. Sales About has an overview of the five elements of sales. As a procurement professional, you can spot them in the good salesman and appreciate that they have come prepared.
History: Know the company that you are visiting. Taking the time to do this research will be worth it.
Expertise: Know your products line and what it can do for the customer.
Appearance: Look professional, organized and confident.
Readiness: Have the tools, listen and understand your customer’s needs.
Teachable: Be willing to learn and keep an open mind.
The article discusses using these approaches to increase your profits and your business.Have you utilized this in working with your customers? Have you been able to avoid feeling like a fool?
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