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Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales Greatness Hardcover – September 25, 2004
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If salespeople are worried about how to sell, Gitomer (The Sales Bible) believes they are missing out on the more important aspect of sales: why people buy. This, he says, is "all that matters," and his latest book aims to demystify buying principles for salespeople. From the red cloth cover to the small trim size to the amusing (but not cloying) cartoons on almost every page, this is an appealing and accessible book. The author is obviously enthusiastic, if not manic, about sales, and though some of his mantras verge on hokey, much of his prose is straightforward and realistic. Each chapter includes a mini table of contents, pull quotes and takeaway sound bites, examples of typical whines from salespeople (e.g., "the client said they spent their whole budget") paired with a positive response (e.g., "Decision makers make the budget. Non-decision makers spend the budget"), and plenty of advice and ideas that can be taken in and studied as a whole or referred to at random for inspiration.
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This isn't just a red book; it's a Red Bull of high-energy sales tips & counsel. -- David Dorsey, The Wall Street Journal (May 3rd 2006)
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Top Customer Reviews
Filled with more than a dozen principles of sales greatness, as well as numerous lists and attack plans for dealing with difficult customers, The Little Red Book of Selling offers the answers to just about every sales question a salesperson could ask, and provides the firsthand experiences and positive enthusiasm to drive them home with vitality and optimism.
Highly recommended for an individual or team in the sales profession.
My experience with people that are successful in sales is that they typically acquired the type of skills presented by Mr. Gitomer.
If someone wants additional techniques it should look elsewhere for information that is more specific to the sales problem that the professional is facing. Several books will complement this book like:
Books centered around research done by Xerox on customer buying behavior:
Customer Centric Selling
Books related to the way you present:
Presenting to Win
The Power Presenter
Lead with a Story
For those involved in Selling Software and similar products:
Demonstrating to Win!
Selling with a Noble Purpose
The One Thing
I think the little red book is just the beginning of the journey!
As quick warning, this is geared towards a salesman type job, with sales calls, etc. nonetheless the information is still useful.
When I first came across the book, I was had just been hired on by a 4 star restaurant that was very renowned where a $50 night was a really bad night. At the restaurant I was coming from, $50 in a night was the equivalent of hitting the Jack pot in Vegas. I was moving into a whole new field of sales and I needed guidance, what the book gave me was a miracle. I learned that the number one thing you sell to a client is not the product, but your service. Using what this book a couple more of his book, as well as online info provided, I became the most requested waiter at this restaurant, despite a wait staff of beautiful women, and I also walked away with almost double any of the other servers walked away with ($200-400) a night, and that was the norm for me. I learned not to market food, but to market myself.
They came to the restaurant and loved the food, they came there often because of me. I would have people lined up at the door waiting for my service. And I'm not some natural conversationalist. I actually suck at general conversation and am very introverted.
This book has mounds of information that is far beyond the given price of the book. Doesn't mean I didn't try to save a few dollars by buying the used copies, but if you're in sales, you'll make your money back, easy day.