Confessions of a Happy Sales Person

October 6, 2009 by Shirleen Von Hoffmann Leave a reply »

jumping ladyThere are so many great things about being in Sales; I don’t know where to start. One of the most inspirational things to me about being in “Sales” is that I am in control of my destiny. I am Self Employed.  Don’t get me wrong, many of you out there may work for major corporations but if you are “Sales Employed” you are “Self Employed”, even while working for a company.

If all those “Non-Sales” folks out there in the work place knew what great jobs we have, they would be beating down the door to grab up all the Sales Jobs.   Glad they don’t know and we won’t tell them all the reasons why we love Sales so much.   I am not really worried because the “Office 8-5 person”, doesn’t get the fun part of our job and the reasons why we are so good at it.

Here’s 30 Reasons Why We Love Sales;

1. I own my own Sales Company.
2. I am in charge of my own office.
3. I am the Office Staff.
4. I am the Receptionist of my Office.
5. I am the Clerical Person of my office.
6. I control the Overtime, how much and when it is needed.
7. I am in charge of my increases in pay, I say how much I will make this year.
8. I am in charge of my day to day routine.
9. I say when I go to lunch or if I have a lunch.
10. I say when it’s quitting time!
11. I am able to perform under pressure and abuse, but no one is harder on me than myself.
12. I control the amount of hours I work and can flex them around my personal life.
13. I am in charge of the Sales Department. I am a Sales Manager.
14. I am in charge of the direction of the Market.
15. I am my Marketing Manager
16. I am the Public Relations Department.
17. I am in charge of my Training Department.
18. I am in charge of my Motivation Department.
19. I am the direct contact to “The Customer” and know all about “Customer Handling”.
20. I am the Customer Experience!
21. I am a People Manager; it’s my business to know everything about our clients.
22. I am my own travel manager and can travel the world if needed.
23. I am a hunter and get to express that talent daily.
24. I am out and about, never being in one place too long.
25. I can spot quality prey amongst a crowd and can direct my energies on that prey, until it’s mine.
26. I get paid to find interesting people to chat and hang out with.
27. I set and achieve all of my goals and the goals of my employer, ME.
28. I am in charge of the “Top Producer Awards”.
29. I love hearing the phrase, “Job well done”, so I say it often to myself.
30. Without me, my skills and my participation, there would be no employer. I love that!

With all that being said, next time you think about complaining about the market, not making enough money, not feeling very motivated, remember, YOU are the only one in charge of your destiny. It’s as simple as changing up your habits and getting busy doing whatever you are complaining about. I still love the phrase, “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten.”

Get busy and Happy Sales!

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25 Responses

  1. carla says:

    I couldn’t agree more… You’re my kind of person! what do you sell? I’ll!

  2. Thanks Carla,

    So Glad you enjoyed the post, you’re my kinda girl as well.

    I sell Sales Training! check it out… and

  3. Geoff Rue says:

    Geoff Rue
    Architectural Consultant- Fenestrations, LEED AP, CSBA

    We are the generators, the educators, the promoters of what’s new and never been done before! We have the power to move the economy and are the engine for its growth. Without sales, nothing happens. Thanks for this conversation!

  4. Jeff Knutson says:

    Jeff Knutson
    President of Contractors Software Group, Inc.

    Great points

    Sales is like a drug. Once you get hooked on sales your addicted for life. Sales is a great career and profession. Like any profession you have to work at it to be good at it. For us that love sales it isn’t work – it’s a passion!

    What is going to get our economy moving forward are salespeople. To help move this economy forward we’re doing our part. We’re hiring sales people who love sales.

  5. Barbara Stern says:

    Barbara Stern
    Owner, Affordable Closets

    Salespeople love other salespeople because we understand that it is up to us individually to create the lives we want.

    This quote is posted at my desk and I look at each day, several times;
    “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”
    Steve Prefontaine

  6. S. Robert August says:

    S. Robert August,
    NAHB Life Dir., IRM Fellow, MIRM
    BA, MIM, NAHB Life Director, IRM Fellow, MIRM, CMP, CSP, MCSP, CAASH, President, S. Robert August & Co., Inc.

    Wonderful thoughts from an inspiring author!
    ONwards and UPwards!

  7. Judith Boggio says:

    judith boggio
    Banker, Real Estate Broker, Investor,Trainer ,Life Coach

    well said…

  8. Ryszard Mejewski says:

    ryszard majewski
    General Manager at Pearly Grey Ocean Club

    great article, hope to inspire my sales team after sending them this.

  9. Marissa Hoppe says:

    Marissa Hoppe
    Director, Sales and Marketing at President Hotel – Times Square

    Love it! Thank you so much! It is great to be in sales…

  10. Tony Siciliano says:

    Tony Siciliano
    Sales at Hewlett Packard

    Shirleen, I don’t know where to start, so let’s try with I AGREE WITH YOU 150%. Granted, I work for a Fortune 11 company, and the bureaucracy can be mind boggling at times. But, still, selling products successfully, and having customers come back to you for more, along with everything in between that you state above, is what selling is all about. Once you get real good at it and get on a roll, selling is simply NOT work. It is fun, it is addictive, and the more I get the more I want. Granted, times have been tough over the past year, but as others have pointed out, the tech sector is starting to rear its not-so-ugly head again, and customers realize that they need the great products that we have, recession be damned. The past year has been tough, but the phone is starting to ring, people want to speak to us and see us, and 2010 looks to be a better year than 2009.

    The fun is coming back. I can’t wait!

  11. Eduardo Levy Cotes says:

    Eduardo Levy Cotes
    CEO – MgD Licensing & Marketing Co – Toplinked;

    Thanks for reminding me I need to put my head out of the hole.
    Thanks for reminding me that I belong to the noblest of categories …

  12. Ian Bedford says:

    Ian Bedford
    Northeast Sales Manager at InkCups Now

    Shirleen, Thank you for the reminder of what we’re all about!
    I needed that.

  13. Tina Stiles says:

    Tina Stiles
    Business Travel Sales Manager at Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach

    SO TRUE!!! My sentiments are the exact same…. thanks for sharing.

  14. Mariam Moorman says:

    Miriam Moorman
    Senior Sales Manager at Radisson Hotel Austin North

    I disagree about the “I am the Customer Experience” part. In fact, I think that is one of the tough things about sales. We sell the experience but we have to rely on others to deliver it. Happy Sales people probably have great relationships with their Operational people. If you don’t, you should be working on that.
    Posted 13 hours ago | Reply Privately

  15. Jeff Galindo says:

    Jeff Galindo
    Senior Vice President of Operations at New Home Star

    Very nice and well written piece. Thanks Shirleen.

  16. I agree with you Mariam. But the intention of the statement is that the customer looks to the Sales Person to deliver. We are the Customer’s Experience. Certainly your team delivers the goods in the background, but the customer looks to you.

    As always you hope to have the operational systems running well, however sometimes that can be a challenge.

    Thanks for the comments

  17. Thanks Jeff, I appreciate the kudos…

  18. Eduardo,

    So glad the article moved you and reminded you of the importance of your position.

  19. Tony,

    I absolutely love your enthusiastic attitude. You keep that and you will also do well in sales.

    Happy Sales.

  20. Barbara,

    I love that quote as well. It’s a wonderful quote to live your life by.

  21. Thanks Robert. Your the best!

  22. Jeff,

    I couldn’t agree more. Sales is like a drug and something I am very passionate about. I love meeting others who are passionate too and so very good at what they do.

    Thanks for your comments, they are very true.

    Happy Sales.

  23. You are right, Sales drive everything in our economy. That’s why I love what I do.

    Thanks for the comments…

    Happy Sales.

  24. Carolyn Miller says:

    Carolyn Miller
    Business Development at OC Metals/Cal Pac Sheet Metal

    Amen and well said!!! I’m printing a copy and sharing it immediately. Thank you for your words of wisdom

  25. Carolyn,

    Please do share it with your Sales Team. It is the reason for my articles.

    Thanks for the comments.
    Happy Sales

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