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Frank Bettger’s Thirteen Secrets To Success In Sales

By Bigg Success Staff
01-18-08

Timeless Principles

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Frank Bettger wrote one of the best book on selling ever! It’s called How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling. He describes how he was on the verge of giving up on a career in sales. He found himself deep in despair. Then he started to discover these secrets, one by one.

Ben Franklin chose thirteen virtues that he wanted to make daily habits. Frank Bettger, the pro baseball player turned salesperson, practiced these thirteen secrets to turn his sales career around.

So here are Frank Bettger’s Thirteen Secrets To Success In Sales:

#1 – Enthusiasm
If you don’t FEEL enthusiastic, ACT enthusiastic. Soon, you’ll BE enthusiastic. Double your enthusiasm and you’ll probably double your income.

#2 – Order (self-organization)
Set aside time to plan how you will spend your time. Think about what’s most important. Then do those things first.

#3 – Think in terms of others’ interests
Find out what your prospect wants. Show him or her how to get it. 

#4 – Questions
Questions get you further than comments. Let your prospect talk while you discover his or her wants. 

#5 – Key issue
Find the prospect’s basic need or main interest. Then focus solely on it! Ask “why” and “in addition to that” to discover the key issue.

#6 – Silence (listen)
Good listening works magic in selling. Listen intently intentionally!

#7 – Sincerity (deserve confidence)
If you don’t believe in what you’re selling, neither will your prospect. Give your prospect the service you would want.

#8 – Knowledge of my business
Keep your mind young by continuing to learn about your business.

#9 – Appreciation and praise
Show people you believe in them and expect great things. Don’t go overboard – just give them your honest appraisal.

#10 – Smile (happiness)
Smile your best smile at everyone you see. Think about all the things you have to be thankful for … and smile. The world will smile with you.

#11 – Remember names and faces
Take a mental photograph of the person’s name. Repeat it immediately in the conversation and then silently to yourself. Associate his or her name and profession.

#12 – Service and prospecting
Take care of them and they will take care of you. Follow-up on all leads immediately.
Set up for your next contact on this contact.

#13 – Closing the sale (action)
Proceed through the sales process – Attention, Interest, Desire, Close. Conclude your presentation with the magical question, “How do you like it?” Welcome objections. Don’t be afraid to ask for the money. 

These are Frank Bettger’s thirteen secrets. We highly recommend that you read the whole book. It will inspire you and help you reach bigg success in selling!

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Related Links:

Ben Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues Chart (pdf)

Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues

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