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I just read this blog post from Seth Godin, and immediately my thoughts turned to selling cars. Seth is basically stating that too much emphasis is placed on the end of the process and not enough on the beginning. Look at your sales process. In my mind successful car salespeople always spent more time outside (on the lot) than inside (presenting the numbers). If a sale is set up correctly, on the right car, the close is so much easier. I know that there may be unforeseeable circumstances (upside down on the trade, for example) but a salesperson should never hold their breath hoping that a payment will sell a car. It doesn’t happen. How many times have you gotten a hug after presenting a trade number? How much of your sales process takes place before you even greet the guest? Think about it. Once, while training a new sales consultant, we watched another salesman take an up. The body language was begrudging at best. He walked up with his hands in his pockets and greeted the customer. I asked the trainee if he thought the salesperson was going to sell the car. The salesperson was outside talking to the customer for fifteen seconds, turned around, and came inside. I asked him what happened and he mumbled something about ‘just looking’ on the way to his desk. Who influenced the outcome of that sale? In every sales meeting in every dealership almost every week across the country someone is preaching attitude. There is a reason for this. Your outlook before you reach a customer may be more important than what you say when you get there. What do you think?

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