Patience, Helpfulness Key To Driving Today's Sales

Patience, helpfulness key to driving today's sales New research summary links sales success to employee attitude

In today's slower economy, the tension between a salesperson's need to close a sale and the customer's concern over buying the best product at the best price, is more pronounced than ever. But creating positive first impressions and demonstrating a sincere willingness to help a customer - whatever the outcome - are critical steps to longer-term success, according to a new research summary produced by the business thought leadership organization, The Forum: Business Results Through People.

The report, "Sales Employee's Attitude Directly Affects Sales Outcome, is the latest in a new series of targeted and concise research packages designed for sales executives. The researchers, Dr. Frank Mulhern of Northwestern University, together with Don Schultz, Heidi Schultz, and Robert Passikoff, studied the relationship between employee attitudes and customer perceptions of a major international hotel chain and associated customer spending behavior.

They said that out of four key psychological drivers exhibited by employees, the most important attitude valued by the customer was the employee's attempt to try and help the customer (tries to satisfy). "Sales people in general, much like the personnel at the hotel check-in, must convey a positive first impression and the real - if not perceived - attitude of a willingness to help the customer," the researchers said.

The research summary offers several important messages for sales leaders to communicate to their sales force in the areas of creating a positive first impression, establishing trust, and finding a tactful balance between persistence and patience in dealing with customers.

To read the entire research summary, please visit The Forum's website, .

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