I recently attended a sales seminar by Jordan Belfort.
Now there might be two questions in your head:
(1) Why the hec did I attend a sales seminar??
(2) And who is Jordan Belfort?
Firstly, who is Jordan… you should look him up, he is worth reading about!
Secondly, I attended the seminar to gain some perspective on my ability to sell.
I have had a background in retail…..to be precise, I have worked in retail for a little over six years. The one thing or rather skill set that is very important in such an environment is “Selling/Sales”. And as Jordan says – “If you are not selling in life, you are failing”. This made me realise that we are selling all the time in some form or the other.
It could be our blog, tweet, facebook comment or could be many more things. The only difference is “what end result do we desire”. For some people its about networking and for others its a way of making money.
As for me, if I want to set up an online business or any other business, I would have to sell very well to either investors or to potential customers.
And I must say the seminar was worth it. It showed me that I have the potential to be a fantastic sales person, although at the moment I am not even close to my peak. So, whilst I am still sorting through ideas and gathering funds to launch my first business, in my spare time, I am looking for a sales based job that will help me implement the things I learnt at the seminar.
I would highly recommend attending a sales seminar or something similar to anyone who is starting out in pursuit of their own venture/business. It is a skill worth having and perhaps the single most important skill if you would like to be successful on your own.
I want to end the post with a small story that Jordan told about his teens -
“I started selling meat door to door. My heart used to pound in my chest every time I used to knock on someone’s door. It was frightening. But I did it anyway. This is one of the abilities I have, I never let fear dictate my actions”…..