Sales was always a tough job. In turbulent times, it can be even worse. But funny, uplifting insight about sales can help ease the strain.
These quotes, anecdotes and one-liners will remind you why you got into sales and restart your selling spirit.
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I never lose. I either win or learn
~ Nelson Mandela
Sales Manager to under-performing team: ‘We’re going to have a sales contest this month. The winners will get to enter next month’s contest’
Large crystal ball for sale. $50, but you will haggle me down to $35
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Two shoe salesmen go to a remote island to break into new markets. After a few days, one salesperson calls the office and says, ‘I’m on the next flight. Can’t sell shoes here. Everyone goes barefoot.’ The other salesperson sends an email to the boss minutes later: ‘Get ready! The prospects are unlimited. Nobody wears shoes here!’
Success looks a lot like failure up until the moment you break through the finish line
~ Dan Waldschmidt
You might be a salesman if when you give your son a birthday present, you remind him that it has ‘unprecedented performance’
I love the winning, I can take the losing, but most of all I love to play
~ Boris Becker
There was one-third off all book titles at the local book store, so I bought a copy of The Lion, The Witch
My sales objective is to get my prospects to look at my products the same way I look at bacon
~ Kurt Mortensen
A state trooper stopped a sales rep for going 15 miles over the speed limit while rushing to a sales call. After he handed her a ticket, she asked him, ‘Don’t you give out warnings?’ ‘Yes, ma’am,’ he replied. ‘They’re all up and down the road. They say, Speed Limit 55‘
When you’re good at something, you’ll tell everyone. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you
~ Walter Payton
You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new
~ Steve Jobs
Salesperson: ‘This computer will cut your workload by 50%.’ Office manager: ‘That’s great! I’ll take two of them’
For sale: Broken quiz machine, $10. No questions asked
People don’t like to be sold, but they love to buy
~ Jeffrey Gitomer
Customers are like teeth. Ignore them and they’ll go away
~ Jerry Flanagan
You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?
~ Steven Wright
My favorite sales book? The Bible. I would improve it. You know how we people are
~ Kare Anderseon
I design, manufacture, distribute, and sell elevator buttons. I specialize in the fourth floor. And I don’t mean to brag, but I’m such a good salesman that I could sell one of my fourth-floor elevator buttons to the owner of a three-story building. I’m also into Jazz. I make elevator music in my free time. My motto in life: You can’t push my buttons if you don’t buy them.
~ Jarod Kintz
I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize
I should have been more specific
~ Lily Tomlin
For sale, Incredible Hulk t-shirt. Usual wear and tear
Business opportunities are like buses; there’s always another one coming
~ Richard Branson
When life gives you lemons, squirt someone in the eye
~ Cathy Guisewite
You might be a salesman if you insist you do more market research before you and your spouse have another child
Hustle until your haters ask if you’re hiring
~ Steve Maraboli
On any given Monday I am one sale closer and
one idea away from being a millionaire
~ Larry D. Turner
One of the greatest victories you can gain
over someone is to beat him at politeness
~ Josh Billings
There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?
~ Kin Hubbard
Do billboard salesmen record their sales on charts? If so, who’s at the top of the billboard charts for billboard sales?
~ Ryan Lilly
Seems like the light at the end of the tunnel may be you.
~ Steven Tyler
Winning isn’t getting ahead of others. It’s getting ahead of yourself
~ Roger Staubach