Things You Learn as a Salesperson

Posted on October 25, 2008

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A week’s worth of selling magazine subscriptions at GITEX (Gulf International Technology Exhibition) taught me the following (the hard way of course):

– Everyone is a potential customer : Who would’ve thought that 6th grade girls would be more than willing to fork up 20 bucks for a quarterly subscription to a tech magazine?

– Gimmicks work : Two girls wearing an afro wig and outrageous heart-shaped glasses attract more customers than a pair of ordinary-looking (comparatively) lasses. Fact.

– Know the language : A 50-year old arab man asking you to “Gimme keess” doesn’t necessarily means he’s trying to get fresh with you. Turns out he just wants a bag.

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