A willingness to learn new skills is a good sign of your coming success Yusiye.
I am a lifetime-learner and a huge advocate of personal development. I would recommend spending 80% of your efforts in this area and the remainder in learning specific sales skills. In this manner you will be enabled to maximize the new skill-set you will learn. Always remember that selling is all about interacting with other people and presenting solutions to their needs.
Throughout my sales career, I have fed my mind with books and presentations by Og Mandino, Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy, Zig Ziglar, Dale Carnegie, Jim Rohn, Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Joel Weldon and of course, Earl Nightingale. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill is also a must-read. Consider regular visits to Salesopedia as well for current articles and materials from today`s sales leaders.
Please forgive the plug, but you likely would benefit from reading my book, Superior Selling Skills Mastery and the regular content and discussions at my blog Idea Sellers.
Here`s to your success and a prosperous New Year!
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Their leads generally tend to present selling opportunities in the early stages of development and include the key players at each company.
Have a great 2008!